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  1. Rob B
    November 20, 2017

    I just got back from Disney World. We went with extended family but only my wife, 4 year old son and I went to Animal Kingdom. We lucked out with a fast pass for Passage of Flight…long story. Anyways my 4 year old who is 98 percentile in height for his age was exactly 44 inches, the minimal requirement for the ride. I was hesitant to take him on the ride as I didn’t know what to expect. Space Mountain has a 44 inch requirement as well and although he was tall enough I was familiar with the ride and told him no.) However, for whatever reason I said yes to him for this ride. Throughout the ride I was glancing over to him to see how he was doing and he loved it. (He was an arms length to my side.) I loved the ride as well. It is by far the most immersive ride I have ever gone on. The technology that went into this was amazing. Even the smells and the banshee breathing between your legs added to the ride. I went on this before going on Star Tours at Hollywood Studios and the biggest difference is the screen. In Star Tours you are far away from the screen and the screen has an ending you can easily see which huts the immersive qualities of the ride. In Flight of Passage you are sitting on a simulated banshee with your face right up against the screen. Yes you can look left and right and see other people but you will be so focused on where the banshee is taking you your entire view is the screen. Amazing.

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    • Dave
      November 22, 2017

      Cool, Rob!

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  2. Craig
    October 16, 2017

    I’m 6 foot, 320 lbs with calves like tree trunks,I’m told. I fit easily in the test ride outside. When I got in though, I barely fit into the actual ride but the attendant was very accommodating and helpful. For me it was a game of inches. Waist up wasn’t a problem. Butt down was the issue. Lol.

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    • Dave
      October 17, 2017

      Thanks Craig–did you like the ride?

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  3. Jasmine Rosa
    October 11, 2017

    I LOVE THIS RIDE. HANDS DOWN THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE. BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION!!!!!! What are are the fragrance on the ride. Importantly the fragrance from the cave. I cant get it out of my head!!! i love the smells felt like i was really there. so please get back to me at let me know this fragrance

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    • Dave
      October 12, 2017

      Jasmine, I love the fragrances of Flight of Passage, especially the earthy-foresty one. But I don’t know what they are!

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  4. Taylor
    August 1, 2017

    Dave, it seems that so many new rides (not just at Disney) utilize motion simulation. I get that this is great new technology, and it saves on space, but my stomach just can’t handle it. I somehow convinced myself to try Star Tours on our last Disney trip, and I almost lost it twenty seconds in. Even with the glasses off, gripping my armrest, I barely made it out. My son can’t handle them either. I know that not every guest is going to enjoy every attraction, but motion simulation seems to be the way of the future. Soarin’ was closed for refurb on our last visit, but I’m thinking I should steer clear next visit, despite all the amazing reviews, and I don’t think I’ll be riding a banshee. I guess this isn’t a question, but I’d love a reassuring pat on the back…at least this will help narrow down the FP choices.

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    • Dave
      August 2, 2017

      Taylor, I have slight motion sickness–on a bad day I don’t like Star Tours, Tower of Terror, or DINOSAUR. Mission Space Orange is impossible for me. That said, I had zero issues with Flight of Passage. One of the keys is that the motion of your body from the vehicle is perfectly matched across your entire filed of view with the motion in the image, so you don’t have the body-mind miscues that are the main cause of motion sickness.

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  5. Lorene
    July 26, 2017

    Dave, I am a 53 y.o. child who cannot WAIT to get on this ride! Going in September and sucking up all the information I can before we go. It’s a one-day trip to Animal Kingdom for us and want to make the most of it. Riding a Banshee is top of my list! Thanks for the review!

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  6. Jeff
    June 13, 2017

    Wow!
    It’s gotten great reviews, but when Dave Shute says it’s the “best ride at Disney World”, not much else needs to be said.
    I can’t wait to ride it multiple times in September.

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    • Dave
      June 15, 2017

      🙂 Jeff. Be sure to let me know what you think!!!

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  7. Jennifer
    June 11, 2017

    The only word we could say when we first came off that ride was “WOW.” That word went on for a VERY long time. I did have to close my eyes during a barrel roll, but had no other issues. So incredibly beautiful and realistic. I’ve read and heard multiple people say this is the result of Universal’s Harry Potter rides forcing Disney to step up their game. What do you think?

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    • Dave
      June 13, 2017

      Jennifer, first I’m still sorry I missed yo, we could have waved ponchos at each other! I think every breakthrough ride gets the attention of designers, and the first Harry Potter ride certainly was such a ride!

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