Mike’s Favorites: Peter Pan’s Flight
By Mike Ellis.
Hello everyone, and welcome to another of our series of Mike’s Favorites at Walt Disney World! It has now been about 19 months since our last trip to Walt Disney World — which for us, feels like an eternity! I know that it isn’t, and that there are many great things to do that don’t involve Disney, but for me and my family, I think we are ready for that next trip whenever it should happen. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at another of my favorites — that classic attraction known as Peter Pan’s Flight!
Peter Pan’s Flight is a continuous run attraction located over in Fantasyland, across from the attraction “it’s a small world”. In the past, the problem that this attraction always had was a slow moving line and FastPass selections that would run out quickly. Since it has been a while since we have been there, things have changed as they redid the queue area. Has that made an improvement in your opinion? Please leave me a comment and let me know what your opinion is.
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the few attractions at Walt Disney World that utilizes a hanging system of propelling the galleons throughout the scenes, which feature Wendy’s bedroom, the scenic view of London below, Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland, and other recognizable scenes from the movie.
Like the Disneyland version, Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom is an opening day attraction, opening on October 1, 1971. The Disneyland version is one of the few attractions at Disneyland that is still in operation over 60 years later. Interestingly, the Disneyland version does not offer a FastPass option, but the Magic Kingdom version does. Also, the Disneyland version features galleons that stop for loading, unlike the Magic Kingdom version, which uses the Omnimover style of loading similar to what you find over at The Haunted Mansion.
What I really like about Peter Pan’s Flight is the forced perspective elements that are introduced. For example, I really enjoy the feeling of flying through the sky, and how high up we are over the London skyline. Also, as you progress through the attraction, the story is told, scene by scene.
For us, Peter Pan’s Flight is one of our favorites at the Magic Kingdom, and one that we can’t wait to experience again. What about for your family? Is it a family favorite, one you can “take it or leave it”, or one you absolutely don’t do? Let us know in the comments, and thanks!