July 1955 – present
At first, Walt Disney envisioned a ride in which guests flew through Neverland as if they were Peter. Confused guests didn’t understand why Peter wasn’t found anywhere in the ride, so Imagineers did a complete overhaul, changing the ride to an interactive experience in which guests jump inside the story. The original Peter Pan’s Flight was much smaller, focusing only on the most famous scenes from the film. But with the major Fantasyland renovation in 1983, Peter’s journey was extended to the more complete story it tells now. It also features updated animatronics, and plays original audio from the classic film.
- Single Rider Line – no
- Fast Pass – no
- Height Requirement – none
- Duration – 2:00
Immediately upon boarding the pirate ships, park guests are sprinkled with pixie dust and fly off into the London night sky. The ships sail into the stars, before approaching Neverland from high above. Once the ships arrive in Neverland, guests watch the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys unfold before their eyes, complete with battles against Captain Hook and the rescue of Tiger Lily. Finally, Peter captains the ships back to London, and guests leave Neverland with one final sprinkling of pixie dust, courtesy of Tinker Bell herself.
MY RATING – ★★★★★
Peter Pan’s Flight is by far Fantasyland’s best dark ride. The animatronics are exciting, the ride tells the story more thoroughly than any of its counterparts, and the scenes above London and in the starry night sky are absolutely breathtaking. Guests of all ages will fall in love with Peter and his gang over and over again, and flying with him through Neverland is always an adventure.
While many park guests run to Peter first thing in the morning, the line stays consistently long throughout the day. My advice is to incorporate it somewhere in your tour plan, and just accept that you will have to wait in line. Trust me when I say Peter Pan is worth the wait; you have to visit Neverland to get the fully Fantasyland experience.
Peter Pan’s Flight makes use of forced perspective more than any other dark ride in the park. Though guests feel like they are flying miles above London, the ships sail at a maximum height of seventeen feet.
This ride is one of the only rides in the park that has not changed its location even slightly since Opening Day.
The mural featured in the loading area was originally just an image of Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John. When the ride was refurbished in the 1980’s, the mural changed to depict some of the most famous scenery in the film.