Soarin’ Around the World, the newest version of the attraction, debuted in the summer of 2016. While a lot changed visually there weren’t too many changes to the attraction except for the queue. In this post will take a look at the changes and the wheelchair accessibility of Soarin’ at Epcot.
Location: Epcot’s Future World in the Land Pavilion
Height Requirement: Guests must be 40in (102cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
Who Should Ride: Great for all ages but may not be for you if you are afraid of heights or experience motion sickness.
Soarin’ is one of the most popular attraction at Epcot. Because of this it’s important to either experience it first thing in the morning or schedule a FastPass+ time.
Whether you go through the regular or the FastPass+ queue there will be several ups and downs along the way. Getting stuck on any of them for an extended period of time is not something I enjoy. It’s less likely to happen in the FastPass+ queue. But other than that the queue is wide and relatively easy to navigate. The queue was recently redone and carpet was added. I was worried but it’s really easy to roll on.
You will get to an area where a Cast Member will send your to either Concourse A, B, or C. A and B are the same, C is the newest and we haven’t been in that queue yet. The are a lot like the queue but this time the hills are going down. You can get stopped on an incline for a few minutes.
Next up is the the pre-show area. You will again be divided up between three loading areas. This part is completely flat. We always asked to be placed on the end of a row. It is a lot easier for us to transfer into the ride vehicle there but it’s up to you. There is enough room between each row so you don’t have to be in front row to transfer.
There are three separate ride vehicles but they are all the same. They sit a few feet off the ground and have arm rests on either side. The seat sits higher than my wheelchair and my husband usually helps me but with the way the armrests are made I could do it on my own. There is a seat belt to help you feel more secure and I usually use the armrests to help me feel more steady.
Once you are seated someone in your party or a Cast Member will place your wheelchair next to the ride vehicle. There is a marked area so that it will be out the way and then once the ride is over they just go back to that spot to get it for you.
Even though you have to transfer to experience Soarin’ Around the World, it is a pretty easy process. The Cast Members have always been very helpful and we have never felt rushed to get on or off the ride vehicle. If you have any questions just leave a comment below!