Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland

Peter Pan's Flight

(October 1, 1971 - present)

 

History and photos of the Peter Pan's Flight ride in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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Located in Fantasyland and across the street from "it's a small world" is Peter Pan's Flight, an incredibly popular ride that takes Magic Kingdom park guests into the world of Walt Disney's 1953 animated film, Peter Pan.

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The Magic Kingdom's version of the ride is based on the Peter Pan's Flight ride at Disneyland, a ride that opened on July 17, 1955.  The Florida version of the ride opened on October 1, 1971, with the rest of the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan's Flight is a dark ride that uses miniature pirate ships as the ride vehicles.  The ships are suspended from above, giving the riders a feeling of flying throughout the attraction.  This is a slow moving ride and there is no height requirement.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Peter Pan's Flight - 1984 - 01

This is a FASTPASS ride, and the FASTPASS machines are located to the left of the ride's entrance.  Above the bank of machines is a sign with Tick-Tock the Croc and the current return times for the FASTPASS system.

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Throughout its history in the Magic Kingdom, Peter Pan's Flight has experienced very little change since it opened in 1971.  The ride itself has been virtually untouched since opening day.  The ride's sign has seen some small changes over the years, and the line queue was retrofitted in 2000 to allow for Disney's FASTPASS system.

RIDE

WARNING --- SPOILERS!

The experience for Peter Pan's Flight begins with approaching the ride in Fantasyland.  After going through the ordinary line queue full of switchbacks, it's time to board the ride vehicles.  The loading system uses a conveyor belt and Omnimover-style of loading to allow for guests to quickly load and unload from the ride vehicles.  Even though the ride vehicles are together in the loading/unloading station, they separate and keep distance from each other inside the ride's building.  After sitting down in the pirate ship, the lap bar is lowered, Tinker Bell sprinkles us with pixie dust, and off we go!

In the beginning of the ride we pass through the nursery where Wendy Darling is reading the story Peter Pan to her younger brothers, John and Michael.  We see the shadow of Peter Pan on the wall, and he urges us to join him.  We do and fly out the nursery's window, over Nana the dog, and then high over London.  After passing over London we aim for the "second star to the right" and fly to Neverland.

We arrive at Neverland and wind our way through the mountains, passing the mermaid lagoon and then the Indian camp with Tiger LilyCaptain Hook and Mr. Smee are on Hook's ship, and they keep trying to fire a cannon at us.  "Fire, Mr. Smee!"  Thankfully their aim isn't very good.

We then pass by Skull Rock and make our first pass over a lifesize replica of Captain Hook's ship.  Wendy is tied up and being forced to walk the plank, and John, Michael and the Lost Boys are all tied to the main mast.  Up on the mainsail we see Captain Hook fighting Peter Pan in a sword-to-knife battle.

When we swing around to the other side of the ship we see that the pirates have been defeated, the children are free, and Peter Pan is now at the helm of the ship.  Below and in the water is Captain Hook trying to get out of Tick-Tock's hungry jaws.  The pirate ship is covered in pixie dust and sails back to London.  Our ships descend back to the ground and arrive at the unloading station.  The lap bar raises and we hop off the ride vehicle and exit the attraction.

END OF SPOILERS!

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Peter Pan's Flight - 2006 - 01

Peter Pan's Flight is a short but fun ride in Fantasyland.  There's little to understand as to why it's consistently one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom.  Anybody who can walk a few steps and step into the vehicle can ride this attraction, and there's no height restriction.  For many of us, riding Peter Pan's Flight takes us back to our younger days when we rode this ride over and over again as a kid.

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Be warned that Peter Pan's Flight is *extremely busy* throughout the day.  The shortest lines are when the Magic Kingdom first opens, and much later right before the park closes.  Otherwise, be prepared to commonly wait between 45 minutes and an hour to enjoy this ride.  If you want to avoid the stand-by line, try for the FASTPASS system.

No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete without at least one ride on Peter Pan's Flight.  Do not pass up a chance to enjoy this classic Magic Kingdom attraction!

FASTPASS Peter Pan's Flight is a FASTPASS attraction.

 

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