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Walt Disney World's Soarin' ride to get international makeover and third theater

Walt Disney World's Soarin' ride is expected to get a new film and a third theater by 2016.
Walt Disney World's Soarin' ride is expected to get a new film and a third theater by 2016.

The Soarin' ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot is soon to be the subject of a major makeover.

According to a new report, Disney is preparing to replace the ride's current film (which, like its counterpart at Disney's California Adventure, focuses on the state of California) with a new internationally-focused film.

Called "Soarin' Over the Horizon" or "Soarin' Over the World" (Disney has not said what the attraction's official new name will be), the footage is expected to include U.S. landmarks like New York City, the Grand Canyon, and Walt Disney World -- as well as highlights from countries like England, France, Italy, Egypt, India, China and Japan.

The new HD footage is expected to be accompanied by a new soundtrack, as well as other special effects that have made Soarin' so popular - like wind and scents. The new film is a logical step, given how the California-focused version was never a good fit for the Florida theme park, despite its popularity.

Disney is also expected to begin construction sometime later this year on a third theater for Soarin' -- which would make sense, given the ride has one of the longest wait times in all of Epcot. (Along with Test Track, Soarin' typically has a 70-120 minute standby line, and usually runs out of FastPasses early.)

The grand re-opening of Soarin' with the third theater and new film is rumored for 2016. It's unclear if Disney will be forced to shut down the ride entirely while working on the upgrades.

It's unlikely the Soarin' Over California ride at Disney's California Adventure will be seeing any major changes or overhauls.

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