Peter Pan’s Flight is a theme park attraction located at Magic Kingdom® Park in Fantasyland® at Walt Disney World in Florida which opened on October 1, 1971. It was designed after the original Peter Pan’s Flight located in the Fantasyland® section of Disneyland in Anaheim, California which has been in operation since Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Both Tokyo Disneyland (1983) and Disneyland Paris (1992) also have Peter Pan’s Flight. A fifth will debut in Shanghai’s Disneyland, China in 2016.
Based on the 1953 animated film “Peter Pan,” the three-minute thrill ride takes its audiences on a magic flight to Never Land. Low-tech in execution, the simple ride hasn’t changed since it opened over 30 years ago. The expanded version at the Magic Kingdom features animatronics and special effects created via glow in the dark paint, unlike the original Disneyland ride.
As guests enter the loading area, they climb aboard a colorful suspended aerial galleon with sails. You then fly into the Darling nursery where Peter Pan announces, “Come on, everybody! Here we go!” Soon you are flying out of the nursery window with the help of some pixie dust, and over the glittery moonlit sky of London where guests can view miniature versions of some of London’s famous landmarks, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Tower Bridge and the River Thames. As the ship leaves London, it is whisked away into the stars (“the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”) toward Peter’s Pan home of Never Land.
With music from Disney’s classic 1953 film Peter Pan playing in the background, you descend to Never Land Island where you pass over the Indian village (where Tiger Lily lives), a glowing volcano, sparkling waterfalls, the Lost Boys camp, Mermaid Lagoon and Skull Rock.
Suddenly, Captain Hook kidnaps the Darling children and it’s up to Peter Pan to save the day as he valiantly battles his arch-rival in swashbuckling duel on Hook’s 48-foot pirate ship to save Wendy and her brothers (Michael and John) who are lashed to the mast while Wendy is about to walk the plank.
As the battle ends in Peter’s favor, he takes the helm of the pirate ship and sails it safely back through the stars to England all the while leaving Captain Hook in Never Land precariously balanced over the jaws of the hungry Tic-Toc Croc while shouting frantically for his first mate, Mr. Smee to save him.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland
4720 Caribbean Way
Orlando, FL 32836