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Soarin' Over California at Disney's California Adventure


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Soarin' Over California picture
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'.

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