5 Fun Facts About Peter Pan’s Flight!

by | Mar 27, 2020 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

What is your first stop in Fantasyland? If you said Peter Pan’s Flight, you answered correctly!

Come along as we soar through the streets of London and into the hearts of the child in us all to discover a little man behind the curtain goodness. 

1. A Disney Nursery

Oh, hidden Disney details, how I love thee! We all know that this queue is chock full of magical goodies and Instagram worthy stills—but did you know the blocks in the nursery serve as a friendly reminder to where you are? 

Not that you could forget, but just in case you were slipping away to dreamland in this immersive treat for the eyes, the word “DISNEY” is spelled out to jog your memory.

Nursery Blocks

The blocks in the queue have different messages on them! Photo by Laurie Sapp

While you’re strolling through the Darling’s house, be sure to check out your very own version of Peter Pan’s signature shadow trick and watch as Tinker Bell dazzles with her adorable light show. 

2. Suspension of Disbelief

Peter Pan's Flight

Flying over the bridge is a great example of forced perspective in use. Photo by Laurie Sapp

If you’ve ever wondered why you feel so high up in Peter Pan’s Flight, yet aren’t far from the ground, it’s because of a magical thing called “forced perspective.”

Whilst flying high, most specifically while soaring above the city of London, the landscape was constructed to cause you to feel as though you are much higher up than you actually are. 

This effect is achieved most commonly in the architecture of buildings. The same concept was actually utilized in the construction of Cinderella Castle.

During your dreamland flight, you are only about 17 feet in the air at the highest point. 

3. He was Probably Hanging Out With Snow White…

This particular concept for Disney attractions is probably one of my favorites, yet it seems to not quite connect with guests, as it is always short-lived.

When Peter Pan’s Flight first opened, the ride did not include the attraction’s namesake, Peter Pan himself. 

Wendy on the Plank

Originally, Peter Pan wasn’t included within the ride. Photo by Cliff Wang

Much like the original Snow White’s Scary Adventure, the point of the absence of the main fella was to enjoy the experience through the eyes of, and as, Pan himself.

As cool as this notion was, park goers and Peter Pan fanatics were not loving soaring through the skies without seeing their favorite ‘big kid.’ Peter Pan was later added to his attraction and all good things were restored!

4. Worth the Wait 

Peter Pan's Flight Wait

Wait times for Peter Pan’s Flight can easily soar past an hour. Photo by Cliff Wang

Whether you frequent Disney World weekly or are constantly updating your My Disney app in Fantasyland until your next trip, you will notice that Peter Pan’s Flight is consistently an incredibly long wait. 

While I don’t always mind a 60-minute wait in this phenomenal queue, if you can, snag a FastPass+ or hop in a 20-minute line during an After Hours event, get it while the getting is good! 

With wait times between 75 t0 90 minutes on a crowded day, be sure to pack your patience in your fanny pack. 

5. All Four Corners of the World

Like so many popular attractions, just one (or two!) versions of Peter Pan’s Flight just wouldn’t do! 

Outside of our beloved Magic Kingdom, this attraction can also be found in the original park, Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris in France, and in (probably the most similar park to the Magic Kingdom) Tokyo Disneyland. 

While each concept differs slightly and adds its own bit of Disney magic, they all possess that same childlike wonder and pixie dust that is just so Peter and gang. 

I often like to reiterate that I live in Fantasyland, and it’s not entirely untrue.

This is one of my favorite spots in all of Disney World property and this jovial land is the perfect congested oasis to bring your family or enjoy being a kiddo again. 

Scene From Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is such an iconic Disney ride. Photo by Cliff Wang

Another iconic opening day attraction, Peter Pan’s Flight is so full of magic from the adorable queue to the dazzling mind tricks and those sweet Disney details

Attractions and experiences may come and go here at the Magic Kingdom, but this one is a little piece of Disney joy that we know is sprinkled with too much magic to bite the pixie dust anytime soon!

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Written by Britta Stephens

Written by Britta Stephens

Britta Stephens is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine, Disney blogger, hairstylist, and dog mom x2. The first book she ever read was Hans Christan Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and she's been a fan of Disney endings ever since. When she’s not fostering kittens, she can be found reading literature from a dog’s perspective and singing the opening of The Lion King to her greenhouse plants.