On this day in 2005, Walt Disney World officially opened the Epcot attraction Soarin' (as part of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary global celebration).
Already a hit for the last 4 years in Disney's California Adventure (but known on the west coast as Soarin' Over California), the Florida version is located in Epcot's The Land. The attraction takes 87 guests at a time on a simulated hang glider tour over the Golden State.
Although the film (running at about 4 minutes and 40 seconds) and music (written by film composer Jerry Goldsmith) are the same in both versions, Epcot's Castmembers wear outfits that resemble flight attendants, whereas DCA Castmembers wear airfield crew outfits. At Epcot, the idea is that guests are taking flight to California as opposed to already being there at DCA.
Whichever version you board, you are sure to soar over such California locations as Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, the PGA golf course in La Quinta, and even Disneyland itself!
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