Soarin’ Over California Returning to Disney California Adventure for a Limited Time

Fans who miss the Disney California Adventure classic Soarin’ Over California are in luck! Today the Disney Parks Blog announced that the park will be restoring the original film for a limited time.

Update (6/21/2019):

  • Disneyland Resort has announced that Soarin’ Over California’s temporary return has been extended until August 31.
  • Disneyland says: “Due to guest popularity, the epic, aerial adventure Soarin’ Over California has been extended through August 31! This virtual, immersive experience celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Golden State – from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the crashing waves in Malibu.”
  • Plus, as an added bonus Annual Passholders can enjoy an extra hour at Soarin’ Over California after park closing every Thursday night, beginning June 27 through the end of July.
  • Please note, blockout dates apply.


  • Soarin’ Over California debuted with the then-named Disney’s California Adventure in 2001 and proved to be such a hit that it was later duplicated in Epcot under the name Soarin’.
  • However, when Shanghai Disneyland opened with a new version of the attraction (named Soaring Over the Horizon), both domestic parks replaced the California film with one that took riders around the world.
  • Now, nearly three years after its closure, Soarin’ Over California will return for a limited time.
  • Currently the original film is slated to run from June 1st through the 30th.
  • Obviously the hope is that Disney California Adventure can use the offering as counterprogramming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening across the esplanade later this month.
  • Meanwhile, Soarin’ Around the World will remain uninterrupted at Epcot and will return to the Disneyland Resort after this special presentation.
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