Mom And Son On Run
  • On Feb 28, 2010
    Roxanne from AB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Arrive May 3-16, wanting to go on Soaring. Husband is afraid of heights yet went on Exp Everest and most other rides last trip. Will he have a problem with Soaring do you think? Are some seats better than others to help prevent that tingling in his feet?

    Hi Roxanne,

    Soarin is an amazing ride! Well let's see - just how extreme is your husband's fear of heights?  If he went on Expedition Everest, I think he'll be fine on Soarin but you know your husband better than I do.  One dad I know gets vertigo super easy & didn't have a problem with Soarin. Some parts of Soarin give the appearance of flying high in a hang glider while others are flying low. Just remind him that he's not really that far off the ground. 

    Cast Members direct guests where to line up to board. There are 3 rows in each of the 3 sections.  Row A will be lifted the highest in front of the screen (approximately 40 ft), followed by B then C. The seats are moved from & returned to their loading position in complete darkness so your husband won't see how far he really is off the ground. You could request to be in Row C to make your husband feel better.

    All the seats are designed the same so I don't think one over the other will be better for any tingling in his feet that he may experience. Your feet are suspended off the ground so there is nothing for him to prop them on. If your husband has ever seen an IMAX movie then he'd probably be fine with Soarin.  It only lasts about 5 minutes.

    If he decides to go for it, get there when Epcot opens & head straight to Soarin. If the line is already building, grab a Fast Pass & come back later. If you've never done it before, you could ride when you first get there before the lines get too long while he grabs Fast Passes for you. You could then give him a full report & let him make a decision. Its an amazing ride so I'm sure you'll be happy to do it twice. Don't force it though - if he doesn't think he can handle it then don't push him to do it. We don't want any bad pixie dust sprinkled on a trip.

    Wishing you magical memories :-)

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I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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