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To Tell The Truth: The Smell of Soarin’

To tell the truthTruth: a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like. To Tell the Truth is a series where I tell you a verified or indisputable fact, but it is hidden within three outright lies. Your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to figure out which one of my stories it the one that actually depicts the reality. Leave your guess in the comments below, and next week I will reveal the truth.

This week’s tale takes place in Epcot’s busiest attraction, Soarin’. People ride Soarin’ to get that sense of flight, adventure and doing something you have never done before. What some people don’t realize is that they come for a sense, and they also get scents (see what I did there? … teehee). Many guests don’t realize that Soarin is a 4-D experience. Occasionally, you can SMELL things that you see on the screen in front of you. How many scents can you smell on one complete ride through on Soarin’?


Story 1

There is only one scent you can smell on Soarin’, and it’s when you are gliding high over an orange grove. Florida is famous for the perfection that is organic oranges, so it’s almost like a little nudge to Florida all the way from California. If you close your eyes, it smells just like real oranges!

Story 2

If you are paying close attention, you will smell two distinct scents during the ride – oranges and the salty air of the ocean. While flying over the orange groves, you smell the fresh fruit. When you can see the Pacific Ocean, the salt water seems right below you and the scent really seals the deal that you are actually there. They might just be little subtle fragrances, but it really puts this attraction over the top and makes it more memorable.soarin

Story 3

Two fragrances are used in Soarin’. The most popular one is the famous orange grove scent, which immerses you RIGHT into the story. The second scent is pine, but it is actually used TWICE in the ride! As you fly over the river with trees surrounding it, you can smell it. You experience the aroma once again when you are going over the skiers and snowboarders. You can just imagine yourself outdoors canoeing or skiing with pine trees surrounding you.

Story 4

Three scents are featured in this one-of-a-kind ride. These orange groves seem to be right under your nose when you fly above the orchards. When you are high above the Pacific Ocean, you get a whiff of the strong salt water. Pine trees are on the mountain that the snow lovers are skiing and sledding down. You can smell the pine at that point. It’s pretty cool how Disney can use a sense that you don’t expect to use during an attraction, huh?


Okay, Disney fans, which one of these stories explains how many aromas are used in Soarin’? Let me know which you think is correct (or if you prefer, which ones are not) below.

Congratulations to everyone who answered the last To Tell The Truth correctly. There were many of you who correctly chose Story 2. Town Square Exposition Hall is joined by the train station as the only two buildings on Main Street, USA that don’t use forced perspective.


See ya REAL soon!

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Quote of the Week:  It would be nice if something made sense for a change.”  ~ Alice, Alice in Wonderland

Makena is a 14 year old high school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family. Makena began blogging for WDW Radio in December 2011.