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Epcot: Refurbishment of Soarin' starts Jan. 4

Epcot: Refurbishment of Soarin' starts Jan. 4

Soarin', the king-sized simulator ride that lets Epcot visitors virtually glide over California scenery, will begin its refurbishment on Jan. 4, according to the official Walt Disney World website.


The ride "shall reopen in the summer of 2016," the site says.


In March, Disney said the ride, which opened in 2005, would be expanded from its original two theaters to three. In August, the company said the content would be updated and called Soarin' Around the World at Epcot at the sister attraction at Disney California Adventure theme park. The changes will also happen on the technological side with the installation of digital screens and projection systems.


The new Soarin' will "take guests on a journey to far-flung lands," according to the official Disney Parks Blog.


Also scheduled to open next year at Epcot will be the Frozen Ever After attraction, currently under construction around the former Maelstrom ride, which closed in 2014. 

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