Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland

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Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is one of the twelve opening day attractions that still exist today! In fact, it is one of the most popular attractions in Fantasyland. Find out secrets and some fun facts about this beloved attraction in Disneyland in this post-Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland.

Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland

One of my favorite Fantasyland attractions is Peter Pan’s Flight. (First is It’s a Small World.) It is so fun to soar above London at night surrounded by stars! 

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If you would like to know more about what opening day attractions are still in Disneyland today, check out my post 12 Opening Day Attractions that Still Exist Today. 

What is Peter Pan’s Flight?

First for Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is what is Peter Pan’s Flight? Peter Pan’s Flight is based on the movie (which is based on a book) that tells the story of a boy who never wants to grow up! It is a dark ride, which means it is a ride that is indoors, in the dark with props and special lighting. 

With this attraction, you board a miniature galleon (a multi-deck ship with sails) and fly in the air through London and more to see the story of Peter Pan. 

Ride Track System

Next on the list of Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is the ride track system. Similar to the other dark rides in Fantasyland, the ride vehicle goes along a track. With the other rides in Fantasyland, the track is laid out on the ground, for Peter Pan’s Flight the track is up above. This way it helps the ship to move and give it the “flying” feeling. It too can go left, right, or straight, however, it can also go up, down, and tip forward just a little to feel like you are soaring. 

A fun fact, to compare Disney World’s version of the attraction with Disneyland’s, Disney World’s Peter Pan’s Flight has a higher ride capacity because the ships continuously move as you board from a moving platform. Just like when you ride The Haunted Mansion.

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The entrance to Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland.

Original Entrance Design

Next on Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is that the original entrance design was different compared to the way it looks today. Back in 1955 when Disneyland opened, Fantasyland was a Medieval Faire theme. Colorful banners and ride fronts. Check out the concept design below. 

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One of the sketches for the original Fantasyland.

This was how Fantasyland looked from 1955-1983. 

Where’s Peter?

When Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland first opened, the ride did not have any Peter Pan figures. Just like when Snow White first opened, guests that rode Peter Pan wondered where the main character was? They were confused and didn’t realize that Disney was trying to make the ride to be as if you were the character going through the story. As a result, when Fantasyland was closed and rethemed in 1982, they added the characters to the rides. 

Changes 1982/1983

Next on the Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland are the changes that happened in the ’80s. In the section above, I mentioned that Disney added the characters to the Fantasyland Attractions. That is one of the changes that was made. In addition to the characters being added, Disney also changed the look to Fantasyland. The building themes were changed from Medieval Fair to a rustic European village. 

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There is a weather vain on top of the Peter Pan attraction. It is of the crocodile from the movie.

Additions from Another Fantasyland Location

Another item on the list of Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is that there were some items taken from one attraction and used inside of Peter Pan. 

In Fantasyland, where Dumbo the Flying Elephant is located today, there was a pirate ship restaurant that was surrounded with water and there was also skull rock. Skull rock was a waterfall with tables and chairs around where people could sit and eat.

I do wish this was still in Disneyland. It sounds like a great place to sit and relax!

In 1982 when Fantasyland was closed, the pirate ship and skull rock were torn down. As a result, Disney took some of the items from the ship, for example, lanterns, and rigging, and placed them inside of Peter Pan’s Flight. Since the ship and rock couldn’t stay, it is nice that they are using some of the pieces elsewhere to keep Disney’s history there in the park. 


Scene Changes 2015

Next for Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland are the scene changes that happened in 2015. Peter Pan’s Flight went through a refurbishment. Therefore, one of the main changes happened to the first scene after you take off. 

The first scene is of Wendy, John, and Michael’s bedroom. John and Michael used to be on the bed and Wendy was sitting in a chair next to the bed. During that refurbishment, Disney added new flying figures of Wendy, John, and Michael above the bed.

Another change happened in the London and Neverland scenes. With the addition of new special effects. 

Moving Word Blocks

Finally on the list of Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland is the word blocks that are in Wendy, John, and Michael’s bedroom. You have to look quick or it can be missed, but on the floor are letter blocks and they spell out Disney. Sometimes it uses some numbers in place of the letters, sometimes it is all one level or other times it has Dis on top of the ney. It is fun to check it out during your trip. It could be different from the day before! 


 

 

In Conclusion

Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland has been around since the park first opened in 1955. This attraction is still very popular to this day. Being that it has been around for so long, there have been changes over the years. I hope that today’s post helped you to get to know more about this beloved attraction. 

Questions or Comments?

Do you have any questions or comments on today’s post-Secrets of Peter Pan’s Flight in Disneyland? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I would love to help!

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About Melisa Rice 177 Articles
Melisa has had a love for Disneyland that started at a very young age. Her family traveled to Disneyland every year or two when she was growing up. As she got older, she began to read anything she could get her hands on regarding Disneyland. If you ask her anything about Disneyland, she is always willing to share her knowledge. As a former Manager of a video store, she has a wealth of knowledge about movies as well. In addition to these experiences, she also loves to take landscape photography, do crafting, bake cakes for her nieces and nephews. But most of all, she enjoys reading the Bible.

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