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Original Soarin’ Over California Coming Back to Disney California Adventure in 2020

(UPDATED: 2/1/20): I’ve got great news today as we just found out that we’ll be able to ride one of my favorite all-time attractions again after being gone from the theme parks for a few years. I’m talking about the epic “Soarin’ Over California” is making a limited-time return to Disney California Adventure from February 28 – April 21, 2020.

Original Soarin Over California returning to DCA this June

Soarin’ Over California is coming back just as a limited-time engagement and will be running alongside the Disney California Food & Wine Festival during that same period.

Here’s a tweet from @DLThings on Twitter confirming the news:

This isn’t the first time Disney has brought back the original Soarin’ Over California. Just last year it made a limited-time run from June 1, 2019 all the way until September. Originally Soarin’ Over California was only supposed to make a limited return from June 1 – 30. But due to the overwhelmingly positive response from guests, it stayed through the entire Summer 2019 season!!

This is great news to me as I was able to ride it last year during the opening weekend of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and now I couldn’t be happier it’s coming back once again!

If you’ve never been on “Soarin Over California” before then you’re in for a real treat. This is the original Soarin’ attraction before Disney introduced the newer “Soarin’ Around the World” in 2016.

Fly high above California, on a virtual and visual tour over the “golden state” that will take your breath away. Soar over beautiful and iconic California locations like: San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the crashing waves in Malibu.

You will be raised high into the air, and surrounded by an immersive, 80-foot projection dome to simulate the graceful motion of flight, while your senses will be teased with iconic scents found throughout California. 

Soarin Around the World Sign Disney California Adventure

Everything is set up exactly like Soarin Around the World, and it’s being held in the same theater with the same ride system, the only difference is you’ll be seeing the old scenes from Soarin Over California instead of the new version.

I LOVED this attraction and when it opened in 2001, it was absolutely breath-taking and made me want to go again and again. The Orange Grove scene was my favorite, it was so incredible the way Disney combined, sight, sound, and motion all together into one seamless experience. Definitely an all-time favorite of mine.

When it closed in 2016 I was pretty sad, and I didn’t see why they couldn’t run both versions simultaneously, giving guests a choice of which one they want to go on.

Now it seems that after a few years of Soarin’ Around the World, Disney has realized that that very thing is possible, and there are enough fans who remember the original and want to experience it again. Even though this is a limited-time thing this time around, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this happen periodically, as it truly is a fan-favorite!

Soarin Around the World scene Taj Mahal
A scene from the new “Soarin’ Around the World’

Another consideration for why they are bringing back Soarin’ Over California at this time is the little land across the street called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Since Disneyland Park is going to be super crowded in the next few months due to the massive popularity of Rise of the Resistance, it’s smart to bring an old fan favorite back.

Disney is trying to draw some traffic away from Disneyland Park over to DCA, and it pulling out all the stops to do so.

It will get a little easier this Summer when Avengers Campus opens up. The new Spider-Man attraction and all the other super heroes that will be there should help draw away a good amount of people and balance the parks a bit more.

Soarin’ Over California became a fan-favorite attraction. In 2016, the attraction became Soarin’ Around the World, taking you over the many wonders of the world—from the majestic Swiss Alps to the Great Wall of China.

Stay tuned to Ziggy Knows Disney for more info on this attraction and all the latest updates in the parks…

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the original Soarin Over California Coming Back to DCA…

  • Are you looking forward to seeing it again?
  • Which version of Soarin’ do you like the most?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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News Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Thursday 23rd of May 2019

Love it too. Glad they brought it back.


Friday 24th of May 2019

thanks for the comment Marion. You and me both!!