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    Re: Epcot closes Soarin for Emergency Maintenance

    There are three rows of seating that raise up into the air in front of the screen. The rig you're sitting in does the moving, not the screen. I believe the first row is about 50ft up once the "ride" starts.

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    50 feet??? Yeah okay then., I won't be doing that ride especially with a scared 6 year old.
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    Re: Epcot closes Soarin for Emergency Maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by GoofyGuy View Post
    50 feet??? Yeah okay then., I won't be doing that ride especially with a scared 6 year old.
    Thanks for the info
    There is honestly nothing to be scared about on this ride. You can ask to be in the last row and you are not far off the ground. Your child will be strapped in tightly and will be fine. It is not bad and when you are on the actual ride you forget you are in the air. It's a wonderful ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneymaniac87 View Post
    There is honestly nothing to be scared about on this ride. You can ask to be in the last row and you are not far off the ground. Your child will be strapped in tightly and will be fine. It is not bad and when you are on the actual ride you forget you are in the air. It's a wonderful ride.
    I strongly second this opinion.

    GoofyGuy, my son was six when he first rode it and loved every last second. Don't let the height thing throw you, it's nearly impossible to realize you are that high up. You're nearly sitting "inside" of the concave screen. Once you move into position and the movie starts it's a wonderful experience.

    I would encourage you to give it a try. I'd be willing to bet your little girl comes away thinking it's the coolest thing she's ever experienced.
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    MoNoyz is right. You and your daughter will love it. There are all ages on there and it's not the 50' Tower of Terror sort. The theater is darkened and the way the chairs are pitched, you can't look down at all. So you have no idea how high you are off the ground. It's a great ride (not compared to the Simpsons ride, mind you, but still a great ride).
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    It is one of the smoothest rides on property... Your 6 year old will truly love it...
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    Yea, there's really nothin' NOT to like about this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNota0005DakMC View Post
    It is one of the smoothest rides on property... Your 6 year old will truly love it...
    Though from some of the comments, it sounds like it might be more than just a six-year-old who's scared.
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    Bingo, Mike!

    'Zactly what I was thinking.

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    i could see how they can slip out but why would they ??
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    To be a pain in the rear.

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    Re: Epcot closes Soarin for Emergency Maintenance

    On the back of the seats of Soarin there is a height line. If the top of the child's head falls below that height line there is an additional strap that loops between the child's legs so they can not squirm out. Likely if adults started to try to squirm out, Disney would/will adapt the seats so adult guests can 't. It usually only takes one before they start re-imagineering, it didn't take Disney long to put lap bars in Splash Mountain subsequently. Took a bit longer though for all the Trams to have doors installed. Surprised the train doesn't latch us in placed yet.
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    Funny you should mention the trams. Even as a kid I was always a bit freaked out by how easy it would have been to fall right out of that thing. I haven't been on them since they installed the doors.

    I'm pretty sure Splash didn't have lap bars on it the last time we were there (May 2010). I'm assuming that guy jumped out after that point in time.

    As for Soarin', yeah they have that little loop and they explain how to use it in the pre-show.

    And just to let GoffyGuy know, I'm scared to death of heights. I don't even like the highest climb on Everest. Tend to get a little jittery, though I do enjoy the view. But, Soarin' has never been an issue. You just don't realize you're that far up.

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    Funny you should mention the WDW railroad; the last time we were on it, as we approached toon town this woman tried to get up and jump off before we even got close to being stopped(read slow enough). The conductors were really freaking out. People just don't think.
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