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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Walt Disney World expanding Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania to accommodate more guests.

UPDATE: Soaring Around the World will open June 17th 2016 at both Epcot and Disney's California Adventure. 
UPDATE: Toy Story Midway Mania's third track will olen Memorial Day weekend. 

If you've been to Disney you know that the wait times for Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania can be quite long. Well good news, the rides are getting bigger to reduce wait times!!!!

Soarin in Epcot will be gaining an additional theater. The ride which places riders in front of a large screen that simulates flying over various scenes across the world has been a fan favorite since it opened in both Disney parks. An additional theater will allow for many more guests to experience the ride at the same time. (There are already 2 theaters, so a third would add to the current capacity.) Hopefully this will lower the average waiting time down from the usual 90-120 minutes. It should also allow for more fast passes for the ride per day. The ride will also have newer screens and projection systems installed for an even better experience. 

Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios will be gaining more track. In a previous article it was implied that the ride would offer a fastpass+ dedicated side allowing for both sides of the original ride to be open for standby guests. This should greatly affect the usually long wait time for one of the most popular rides in all of Disney. It may also allow more guests to grab a fastpass+ ahead of time. The ride which allows guest to battle each other in 3D video game like scenes will also receive a few updates to the games scenes played. 

Both ride expansions are projected to be complete in 2016. I will update as I receive more info. 

Pictures and info thanks to The Disney Parks Blog.

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