Interractive games at Disney’s Soarin’

For those of you who dread waiting in lines at Disney, they have recently made it a little less painful in the queue at Soarin’.  Mid-way through the line, there are now five giant screens using Wii-based technology that allow you to play interractive games as a group. Sensors above the screens sense motion from the crowd in front of each screen. At the beginning of each game, you are given directions on how to move to make the game work. One game has your section leaning left or right, directing a large bird along a course. If you don’t lean the correct way, your bird will hit rocks, trees, etc. All five sections are competing against each other in this one.

We were in line for quite a while, so we got to play three or four different games. One game had us swatting at blobs of paint that were floating around the screen. When you hit one, it exploded and revealed part of a picture. When enough were hit, you could see the whole picture.


The game we played against the other sections was a balloon race to recover stolen gems. The balloon was controlled up and down by either waving your arms or holding them still.  It was really fun.


Waiting in line is still one of my least favorite things to do at Disney, but at least now the’ve done something to pass the time while having fun at the same time. This one might just be worth skipping the Fasspass. Well…..maybe.

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3 Responses to “Interractive games at Disney’s Soarin’”

  1. Michelle Alford says:

    That’s awesome. I always hated waiting in lines at Disney, partially because with all the twists and turns it was impossible to ever tell how close you were getting to the beginning. Think they’ll eventually do this with all of the rides?

    • I don’t know if they have the room to do it with all rides, but it would probably work on some of the bigger rides. It was a great way to pass the time!

      • Amy says:

        Michelle, I just watched a video on the ‘soft opening’ of Space Mountain at WDW on Nov 14th. They’ve added games to that line too, but they are a little different. These look more like conventional video games, with buttons you push to ‘fire’ stuff. Still, anything to pass the time quicker is a plus in my book!

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