Soarin ’Around the World is a lofty, simulating attraction that takes guests on an aerial tour of various wonders of the world inside EPCOT’s The Land Pavilion.
This popular attraction takes customers up in the air and uses gentle movements, smells and wind effects to create the feel of flight along with a film shown in a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome.
In true Disney fashion, the driving experience is combined with detail and contains various Easter eggs, tributes and connections to Disney history. So we take a flight aboard Soarin to discover some of the attraction’s best Easter eggs and their connections that can be seen as you pass by this EPCOT attraction.
The flight number of each guest trip to Soarin ‘is 5505. This means the date Soarin’ debuted at EPCOT on May 5, 2005.
The Matterhorn and the abominable snowman
The Swiss Alps scene of attraction has to do with the iconic Matterhorn, which is a bit of a callback to the replica of the Matterhorn at Disneyland Park. There are rumors that there is even an abominable snowman, just like the Cerví sleigh, hidden somewhere in the scene.
The Great Wall of the EPCOT connection of China
Do you know this particular plan in which guests zoom in on the Great Wall of China? It’s actually an ode to the place where Imagineers shot the original 1982 Wonders of China Circle-Vision 360 film by EPCOT.
Real world inspiration
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany, is important to Disney parks for several reasons. Of course, Disney’s first feature-length animated film, 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – involved a castle and was a German fairy tale.
But Neuschwanstein Castle itself inspired the look and design not only of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, but also of Disney World’s Cinderella Castle.
In addition, the Soarin’s Monument Valley scene is connected to Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While Bryce Canyon National Park inspired the look of the roller coaster version of Disneyland, the unique landscape of Monument Valley inspired the escape train version of Disney World.
Hidden Mickey hot air balloon
Of course, the Imagineers had to put a few hidden Mickeys into the attraction. Watch out for Monument Valley, Utah hot air balloons. At one point, three balloons come together to form a hidden Mickey.
Captain Jack Sparrow in Fiji
For the scene on Fiji’s Lau Island, eagle-eyed guests can see a person walking along the beach. According to legend, this individual is actually Captain Jack Sparrow of the pirates of the caribbean franchise.
EPCOT Fireworks Hidden Mickey
During Soarin’s final scene on EPCOT, a hidden Mickey is formed when two fireworks explode at the same time on the Earth Spaceship.
Old EPCOT Future World
For nostalgic guests of the future old world of EPCOT and its Fountain of Nations, this area of the park continues to live in the final scene of Soarin when guests glide over this ancient space and reach the fireworks on the ship space Earth.
Other Disney-related locations
Many of Soarin’s locations are depicted in Disney movies. For example, Sydney Harbor and Sydney Opera House are represented at Pixar’s Finding Nemo. P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, anyone? In addition, the Eiffel Tower of France is seen Ratatouille.
Is Soarin one of your favorite attractions? Which Easter egg was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
First published on July 14, 2021. Updated on October 8, 2021.