According to the rumors, the Epcot version of Soarin' will close for an extensive refurbishment starting from January 2016. While we have not been able to confirm the actual length of the refurbishment, some sources told us that the attraction could remain closed for about six months to perform the following:
- Change the configuration of the restrooms;
- Modify the attraction's entrance;
- Enhance the theme of the queue;
- Connect the third theater to the other building;
- Install new projectors used in the ride;
Am I the only one that thinks this is silly to do? There are so few rides as it is in the park, why would they close their most popular one before the Frozen ride opens? I can only imagine how horrible the lines for Test Track will be during that 6 months...
Why would any of these projects require such a lengthy down time? The queue can be re-themed in a week, projectors can be installed in the same time as well as the ride entrance moving a few feet. The restroom and entrance to the third screen are major projects, but that can be done behind construction walls not impacting daily operations.
Disney probably won't comment on this until the new version opens, but one has to assume that the glorious Jerry Goldsmith score is being dumped as well.
It would be a miracle if they could keep it. I can't imagine the ride without it.
As an ex-cast member, disney takes so long on refurbishments because the details must be exact, and the detail is precise. Everything Disney does is calculated to the millionth degree, so something as simple rethemeing a queue, or touching up an attraction takes weeks. Plus, they don't work around the clock -- they work the normal 9 - 5 on these refurbishments.
I know from experience, The Haunted Mansion was closed for 15 days in Dec. 2014 to simply paint a few hallways, and replace the Load/Unload belts. They didn't even touch the paint until 3 days in, and then in the process, started on the belts. The renovations were completed 4 days prior to opening, and the attraction sat closed and unused for the flooding 3 days, before opening to the public again.
This what they should do get the 3rd theatre open and close 1 theatre down at a time with a temp queue from the exit area while the new queue gets rebuild. I'm thinking it could be rethemed to a airport lounge area. First part you could scan fake boarding cards at the checkin desk,then walk thought a area where you will walk thought fake scanners then you in the lounge area where there's games,monitors with flight times,fake shop fronts. Then you get to the front and have your boarding cards ready and then told to go to boarding gates 1,2 or 3. Where you watch the video before boarding.
Experts everywhere but at Disney! How is it that such a grossly inept company has been so successful in seperating the experts from their money?
You also have to understand, that with refurbishments or new construction, no one knows just how long each project will take. There's always going to be extra time budgeted into each one, just in case something isn't right. Even then, sometimes they'll extend or rush up-to-the-minute for refurbs.
If they remove the iconic soundtrack and the scents, I am not going to be happy!
I also am in agreement that closing this ride for 6 months seems insane! I always find it funny people complain that Hollywood Studios has nothing to do, yet it has Toy Story, Tower, Rockin, and Star Tours as 4 major rides. Epcot has Test Track and Soarin as major rides and a few minor rides. Close Soarin and the only thing left is Test Track, Mission Space, Nemo, Figment, and Spaceship Earth. That's 5 rides inside the whole park and only 1 of them is considered major (mission space, while exciting, never draws crowds).
After the crowd levels in the park I just witnessed Sept 22-Oct 1st, closing anything at this point is going to be a disaster at this park. The parks are growing WAY to busy even during non-peak times. Some days, the parks were worse in Sept than they were when I went at the end of June! Price hikes are not going to be enough to keep people away. They need to get started on a 5th gate quickly. I can't imagine what Star Wars Land is going to look like when it first opens. The main ride is going to have a 6 hour+ queue.
The "World" clips they've shown on YouTube feature new music, so I think it'll be a new score. Hopefully the original music stays present within the queue somehow.
I can't wait to ride Soarin' over the world for 2016! Awesome!
The Soarin music is one of the few, newer, scores that stands out above the rest, it definitely fits with most older EPCOT music to me, aspirational, and emotional. I'll play it while driving to calm me down, lol. I hope the new score can live up to how good the current one is!
Nobody is being forced to go to a Soarin-less Epcot
So much drama and rhetoric!
Is the new "World" Soarin' going to replace the California track, or will both be offered?
Wow! Thank goodness for all you armchair engineers out there! And here I thought all you folks did was comment on blog sites, study for your 9th grade final and hang out in moms basement. I have a funny feeling Disney will completely reevaluate the downtime after reading that it can be completed so much quicker!