Soaring: Fantastic Flight Lifts Photography Ban During Preshow at Tokyo DisneySea

Spencer Lloyd

Soaring: Fantastic Flight Lifts Photography Ban During Preshow at Tokyo DisneySea

Guests at Tokyo DisneySea are reporting that the ban on photography during the preshows of Soaring: Fantastic Flight has been lifted after four years.

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From its opening on July 23, 2019 until yesterday, guests riding Soaring: Fantastic Flight at Tokyo DisneySea were strictly forbidden from any sort of photography after the merge between Standby and FastPass/Disney Premier Access. This includes the Camelia Falco living portrait preshow as well as the Renaissance sketch-style safety video once guests are split into their rows.

Twitter user @Kou231D initially reported the change, which was later confirmed by reports from other guests at the park.

Photography does remain prohibited while aboard the attraction. Guests were always able to take photos and video while waiting in the queue prior to the preshows, including the rather stunning cupola room.

Soaring: Fantastic Flight

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The newest addition to the Tokyo DisneySea repertoire, Soaring: Fantastic Flight opened on July 23, 2019 as the fourth iteration of Disney’s classic flying IMAX attraction, having previously been installed at Disney California Adventure, EPCOT, and Shanghai Disneyland.

As with other attractions at Tokyo DisneySea imported from other parks, this version was given a unique setting and backstory to fit Tokyo DisneySea. Guests step into the Museum of Fantastic Flight in 1901, holding an exhibition to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Camelia Falco, a Society of Explorers and Adventurers member who dedicated her life to the study of aviation and the museum’s second director after her father. In 1851, she became the first female member of S.E.A., and passed away at the age of 74 in 1875. Falco is portrayed by frequent Imagineering collaborator Stasha Surdyke.

From an early age, Falco dreamed of flight. She believed that the power of imagination and dreams could take you beyond time and space, to anywhere you want to go. And preparing for the future, she designed the Dream Flyer, the vehicle on which guests embark to soar around the world.

The ride’s video features mostly the same scenes from Soarin’ Around the World/Over the Horizon attraction at the three other locations, but there are some changes. This version boasts two new scenes, with Paris removed and replaced with scenes of Tokyo (featuring the Tokyo Tower), followed by a finale at Tokyo DisneySea. Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton, who’s created the scores for other Disney attractions such as Ellen’s Energy Adventure and the 2007 Spaceship Earth arranged and composed the score for Soarin’ Around the World based on motifs from Jerry Goldsmith’s original score. In fact, Broughton re-recorded the film’s score for the Tokyo version as well as original music for the queue and preshow.

You can watch our full queue tour and ride POV from opening day courtesy of our YouTube channel above.

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