Wednesday, July 18, 2012

An extra hour of Soarin'

Here's a lesser-known fact: Soarin' is open late these days at Epcot!

With Test Track down for a multi-month refurbishment and re-theming, there is a gap in the line-up of thrill rides at Epcot, so they've elected to keep Soarin' open an additional 60 minutes. It's like Extra Magic Hour but open to everyone, not just hotel guests!

As you  might expect, Illuminations at 9pm draws heavy crowds, meaning that Soarin's lines drop precipitously. That final hour often has short lines!

While we're here, let's gawk at the info board a bit more. Every so often, the screens fly away and show designs instead, which, I'm pleased to report, are based on the Epcot attractions. I love little details like this. Can you identify all the rides?

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.