Peter Pan’s Flight – Disney World – Magic Kingdom

Facts at a Glance About Peter Pan’s Flight:

Park: Magic Kingdom. Location: Fantasyland Height Requirement: Any height Fastpass: Yes
Quick Notes: Flying is simulated as you ride a sailboat suspended over various scenes.
Disney Warnings: None.
Cautions: Elevated ride we’re you are looking down from a flying pirate ship onto nighttime scenes below. Includes pirates, crocodile, Wendy walking the plank, some very dark scenes. The pirate ship ride car starts out on the ground, then is lifted and becomes airborne. Guest may feel a small bump as the ship becomes suspended and comes back down. The moving walkway to board and unload can’t be stopped or slowed. Very limited time and space to load and unload. Musty smell on last check. See more cautions below.          
Length: The ride lasts approximately 3 minutes.
Special Needs Info: You must be able to walk. Service animals are not permitted on this attraction. Handheld Captioning, Audio Description. 


Overview of 
Peter Pan’s Flight

Sail aboard a flying pirate ship and follow Peter Pan on a journey to Neverland. This smooth ride has your ride vehicle suspended in the air as you “fly” over various scenes from the story of Peter Pan. Perhaps the most magical scene is when your ship flies over the classic nighttime London scene with Big Ben.

Perhaps a bit dated, this ride has not been significantly changed for decades. It’s a comparatively old-style low-tech ride. Yet it’s considered a classic Disney ride, and it’s so popular that there are often long waits to get on.

Queue information for Peter Pan’s Flight

The queue is under cover. Lines can be long here with shorter waits possible first thing in the morning, during parades and late in the evening. We’ve seen a lot of complaints because this queue has nothing at all for kids to look at.

Boarding Peter Pan’s Flight and ride car information

Guests must step onto a moving walkway to board this ride, and it cannot be slowed or stopped. Those in wheelchairs or ECVs must step from their chairs onto a moving walkway, walk to the ride vehicle and then board the vehicle. You must be able to step upwards into the moving vehicle and board your seat while walking. This all must happen rather quickly.  Mike Tuchman shared this tip:

“About a year ago, I spoke with the area manager who told me that if a person comes first thing in the morning or very close to closing time, they can stop the attraction for people who cannot handle the moving walkway. This is because the ride is elevated and they cannot, for safety reasons, stop it while Guests are on board.”

The colorful ride vehicle looks like a whimsical pirate sailboat. It has bench seating with a back and lap bar, and holds two average-sized adults comfortably. People of larger size may wish to have their own ride car. There’s no neck support, but there’s a hard sail behind you that you can put your head on if you need the support. Some people find that the sail forces them into an unnatural position that irritates their back and neck pain. However, on the right-hand side of the ride vehicle, the sail is further back and may allow you to sit more naturally.

Details and description of the experience on Peter Pan’s Flight

The vehicle does go higher and lower, but the angles are not severe. There are some scenes from the movie that may be scary to the most sensitive such as Captain Hook in the mouth of the crocodile, but the ride on the whole doesn’t seem meant to frighten. There’s cheerful music playing throughout, and though some of the characters are animatronics and move, their motion is very limited and unnatural. It’s all quite unrealistic and even cartoonish. We find that these things dampen the scary factor.

People with fear of heights should take note that you’re suspended above scenes looking down. Despite that, it’s not extremely high (my personal opinion but you’ll need to judge for yourself) and it shouldn’t concern most people unless the fear is very severe. There are a lot of darker scenes and periods of extreme darkness between scenes. There’s one fairly brief point where it’s almost pitch black, but within seconds you’ll turn a corner into a lighter area.

During the ride there are twinkling lights. At the end of the ride there’s a minor jolt as the boat brings you into the disembarking area.

This attraction smells particularly musty to us.

For those with religious interests, note that the word “Pan” is taken from Greek and Roman religion and mythology. Pan was considered to be a god, and the word “panic” comes from the name of this god who was able to inspire fear.

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