Soarin' Around the World

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.


The Basics

Location: Epcot’s Future World in the Land Pavilion
Height Requirement: Guests must be 40in (102cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
FastPass+: Available
Who Should Ride: Great for all ages but may not be for you if you are afraid of heights or experience motion sickness.


Soarin' Queue

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.

Soarin' Queue

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.

Soarin' Queue

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.

Soarin' Queue

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.

Soarin' Queue

Soarin' Queue

Ride Vehicle

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!

Accessible Disney Attractions - Soarin' at Epcot


  1. Cynthia "Vets Wife" on July 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Does one of the arm rests raise for an easier transfer? Or would my husband need to ‘jump’ over the arm rest?

    I so appreciate your providing this site. We used a lot of your information for our 2016 trip.

  2. Beth on September 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I have a brother with CP, he needs his chair to help him sit up. Do you think that the ride will offer enough support for him if we are on either side of him?

    • Michael Rossow on November 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

      It would have been tough for my daughter with CP. I rode Soaring first, with the idea of scouting it out for her. While we could have kept her in the seat with the center strap for the seatbelt, she wouldn’t have felt stable or comfortable.

      • Beth on November 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

        We took him on. My dad and I sat on each side of him and held him. He LOVED it!

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