Soarin' Over California at Disney's California Adventure
By Arthur Levine, About.com Guide
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Disney 2005. Used with permission.
Early on in the design process, Imagineers developed what they called the "dry cleaning idea" to simulate hang gliding by having individual seats rotate on a conveyor belt. When that didn't work, Mark Sumner, a senior technical director and project/ride engineer at Imagineering, created a ride prototype using Erector Set pieces. His concept evolved into Soarin'.