Soarin’ is one of our favorite rides at Disney, and each location that you sit gives a very different experience! Here are some tips and observations:
Tip 1. We’ve found that the seats on the far left side of the theater feel as though they’re rising the highest. We’ve been told that they don’t actually rise any higher than the rest of the seats, but we believe that this effect has something to do with the perspective of the images on the screen.
If you have a fear of heights, request to be seated in the furthest right section in the back row. If you’re looking for a bigger thrill, request the left section, especially the front/top row. Cast members will try to accommodate you, but you may have to wait a little longer to get the location you prefer.
Tip 2: Although every seat is a great experience, the front/top row gives you a bit more of a view. Those in rows two and three will have a view of the feet of those in front of you blocking the top of your field of vision. However, also note that in the front/top row you’ll be able to see the top of the screen, which may slightly diminish the sense that you’re really flying.
Tip 3: We’ve found that sitting in the seats closest to the walls of the theater creates a less realistic perspective due to some mild distortion of the screen. We request to sit at least a few seats inside the row.
Lastly, there are times when we’ve seen debris on the screen. This can really diminish the realistic feel of the ride. We have heard that the cast members actually clean the lenses early in the day, and that the dirt builds as the day goes on. We couldn’t confirm this, but we’ve visited at various times of the day and the same issue has been visible. We’re not sure if there’s anything you can do about this, but we hope Disney will work on keeping the screen consistently clean.
Regardless, we love this ride no matter where we sit or when we visit, and hope you will too!