Disneyland Resort extends Soarin’ Over California ride run through the summer

Update, June 21:

Thanks to popular demand, Disney has extended the limited run of Soarin’ Over California for a little while longer.

According to the official Disney Parks blog, the popular ride will continue to focus on California — rather than switching back to the world destinations version — through Aug. 31.

Annual passholders can also get an extra hour on the ride after park closing every Thursday night through July, according to Disney.

Original Story:

If you’ve missed soaring over the Golden State during a trip to Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort, you’re in luck.

Disney announced in June that it’s bringing back its popular Soarin’ Over California ride for a limited time. The flight-simulating ride was redesigned in 2016 as Soarin’ Around the World.

The Soarin’ Over California ride first premiered at the California-themed park adjacent to Disneyland back in 2001. It takes riders on a trip over the Golden State, showcasing the sights and smells of some of the state’s most iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and Napa Valley.

The ride’s 2016 redesign took riders from the Matterhorn in Switzerland to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The reappearance of the original version of the ride on June 1 was met with support online, where many people advocating for Disney to utilize the original film and soundtrack for at least part of the year.

“I’m crying over Soarin’ Over California being back at DCA,” a Twitter user identified as gonzoonthebeach wrote. “An actual mess. World just isn’t the same. My favorite DCA ride back for one month, I can’t breathe.”

For now, however, you’ll only be able to fly over California for a limited time. The ride is expected to return to Soarin’ Around the World on July 1.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.