Paperwork filed for addition to Soarin' as speculation of adding a third theater builds

Nov 07, 2014 in "Soarin'"

Disney has filed building permit paperwork for what is speculated to be a third theater for the hugely popular Soarin' attraction at Epcot.

The attraction has had long lines ever since opening in 2005, with Soarin' being one of the only major rides at the park that can be experienced by the whole family. With the introduction of FastPass+, capacity has proven to be an even bigger issue.

Much like the rumored expansion of Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney is looking to improve the available allocation of FastPass+ and standby line capacity by adding an additional ride system.

Vaguely described in the permit as 'Add facility to existing attraction - Project 87," the address is in the location of Soarin', and includes an expiration date of September 2016 - about the time needed to build on a new theater to the attraction. The building contractor is PCL, who has worked with Disney on numerous large projects. Perhaps the biggest hint that it relates to Soarin' is in the "Project 87" name - Soarin' seats 87 guests.

Work is also thought to be underway on creating a new film for the ride, which would presumably coincide with the expansion in a major relaunch of Soarin'.

Disney has not yet publicly announced or confirmed any changes to Soarin'.

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Article Posted: Nov 07, 2014 / 2:00pm EST