NEWS: Soarin’ Over California to Return to EPCOT

The Disney100 Celebration kicks off at EPCOT on September 22, and Disney has announced some exciting news for Soarin’ Over California fans. Catch all the details below.


Disney has announced that Soarin’ Over California, the original Soarin’, will return to The Land pavilion for a limited time as part of the Disney100 celebration beginning September 22. That date is also the beginning of the Disney100 celebration at EPCOT.

No other details have been announced, such as how long the fan-favorite Soarin’ Over California will be available to guests. The Disney100 celebration ends on December 31, 2023, so it might end at the end of the celebration. The last time the Soarin’ Over California film played was June 16, 2016. Soarn’ Around the World debuted on June 17, 2016.

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Walt Disney World will soon join the global celebration of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary – 10 decades of creativity and innovation. EPCOT will host this celebration at Walt Disney World, and we’ve got the dates along with some new details of the celebration. Learn more below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Vanessa de la Vina:

The celebration of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary is underway, and I’m excited to share that Disney100 will ramp up at Walt Disney World Resort beginning late September! Throughout the year, we’ve been celebrating the fans and storytellers who have sparked the joy that is Disney over the last century. It’s been so fun to see all of the special surprises at Disney parks across the globe helping fans and families relive beloved Disney memories and experience new, heartwarming stories.

You may have heard that EPCOT will be the center of the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World, marking not only a century of magic and innovation, but also ushering in the future as the multi-year transformation of the park wraps up.

So, what’s in store for this limited-time celebration at EPCOT? Keep reading to learn more about what you’ll find starting September 22!

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Have you taken a selfie with any of the Disney100 backdrops located at all four theme parks and Disney Springs? You’ll be able to snap a photo with a new platinum Mickey Mouse sculpture in World Celebration with Spaceship Earth in the background. And don’t forget about the dazzling Disney100 Magic Shots and PhotoPass offerings currently available across Walt Disney World.

Be sure to check out the all-new mural at the heart of World Celebration to see how many of the 100 Disney characters you can find in the incredible scene. This expansive mural located along the walkway to World Showcase will feature some of your favorite characters hidden throughout the various neighborhoods of EPCOT. The rest of World Celebration will also be decked out in Disney100 platinum banners and décor.


Mark your calendars because you’ll be able to meet, hug and snap a photo with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their platinum best in the Imagination! pavilion. They won’t be the only ones sparkling in honor of the celebration. Spaceship Earth will light up each night with special colors and lights accompanied by the Disney100 anthem, a unique rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

My favorite part of any celebration is the food, and this one won’t disappoint! Sip and savor the tastes of the Disney100 celebration with limited-time food & beverage locations during both the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays! I can’t wait to sample all of the culinary delights and delectable drinks that evoke new and timeless Disney memories. Check out the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival foodie guide for the full menus.

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That’s not the only exclusive food and beverage you’ll be able to enjoy during the celebration! You won’t want to miss out on the purple metallic Mickey Balloon Premium Popcorn Bucket available only at EPCOT during Disney100.

We can’t wait to welcome you to EPCOT to see the ongoing transformation of the park and join the excitement of the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World from Sept. 22 to Dec. 31, 2023. And stay tuned for details about even more new experiences debuting during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

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