BREAKING: Disney Confirms Expansion of Soarin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is expanding two of its most popular attraction in an effort to lower guest wait times.

As rumored, the Stage 1 building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be home to a third ride track for Toy Story Midway Mania. Disney has still not confirmed any rumors about a Toy Story Land for the park, but this may be the first step in the expansion.

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Not only will Soarin’ at Epcot add a third theater, but the attraction will also complete the digital conversion currently being installed at Disneyland, possibly in preparation for a new version of the ride coming in the next few years.

Disney has stated both projects will be completed by late 2016.

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Scott Dolan
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Scott Dolan

If they remove the black blotch in the middle of the picture in Soarin’, my life will no longer have meaning…

eastyorkdisneyfan
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eastyorkdisneyfan

why does everyone obsess over sorin being made digital. Digital projectors are no where near the quality of a film projection especially an imax one. Unless of course Imax has finally built a decent digital projector that can show colors and detail in the same way film can.

Scott Dolan
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Scott Dolan

Ah, yes. The tired old LP vs. CD line of arguing. How do you watch movies at home? Reel-to-reel projector? Whether it be sound or video, the digital medium is equal to analog these days. This is no longer the 1990’s.

Monkeypoopants
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Monkeypoopants

Have you been on Soarin’ lately? The film stock is a blurry and jumping mess filled with black spots.

Cindy
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Cindy

My solution is to take my glasses off :D

Jason Honingford
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Jason Honingford

Digital is fine. No one is buying film projectors anymore, except those theaters that can’t afford digital.

Anna Weiner
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Anna Weiner

Will eaither ride close while this is happening?

Matt
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Matt

Late 2016? Are they kidding? It’s going to take two years to add a track and second theater?

Maria Hafford
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Maria Hafford

Soarin is the best ever. Cannot wait!

mvscoppa
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mvscoppa

Could be that the full ride (existing and additional parts) would be fully functional by then. Possible the new theater opens for Soarin while the original is updated to prevent closure of the ride.

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Bill Smith
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Bill Smith

Soaring while neat is not a great ride, I don’t see why people wait so long to ride it. The toy story ride was at a 210 minute wait when I was there last time, I simply told my kids would you rather ride tower of terror twice more (at a minimum) or wait in line for a different version of the buzz lightyear ride? We rode tower of terror twice more and the aerosmith roller coaster in the time it would have taken to ride the toy story ride once.

jeanylaser
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jeanylaser

Soarin’ at Epcot is my favorite and I can’t wait to ride it next year!