PHOTOS - Soarin' reopens at Epcot with third theater and new projectors

May 27, 2016 in "Soarin'"

Soarin' reopens after refurbishment

Epcot's hugely popular Soarin' reopened today, giving guests another chance to see the original Soarin' Over California.

Like most days at Soarin', the early morning crowd arrived in large numbers to hit the standby line.

Within minutes of opening, the standby line was at 180 minutes.

The queue area has remained largely the same as before, but with new paint to freshen things up.

The large video screens in the queue remain, although they were currently not displaying anything beyond some cloud scenes.

Heading towards the boarding areas, the familiar neon blue lighting remains.

Approaching the standby and FastPass+ merge point, the new C theater is now visible straight ahead. 

Concourse A is to the left, Concourse B to the right, and Concourse C is straight ahead.

No changes have been made to the load area, but the biggest upgrade is inside the ride itself.

New IMAX Laser projectors deliver an incredibly clean image, with zero artifacts visible - a much welcome change from the often dirty projection of the original ride.

Even with the old film, the difference is significant, and it is sure to be improved even further with the new film opening later in June.

The original Soarin' film takes guests over California's popular sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park, and will play at Epcot through June 16.

The new Soarin' Around the World will debut June 17 2016.

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Article Posted: May 27, 2016 / 9:40am EDT