Earlier this year I rode Peter Pan’s Flight and I figured it would be the last time I’d ride it this year and perhaps even longer. The state of Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom was poor. The wait times though, consistently over an hour or more wouldn’t tell you that, they’d suggest everything was as you’d expect whilst at Walt Disney World, perfect. But one of Disney’s most vaunted attractions based on the all-time-classic animated film Peter Pan itself based on an adaptation of the Play “Peter Pan” by Sir James M. Barrie, was not delivering the experience it should in today’s modern age nor even the experience it should give as a well conditioned dark ride. The show scenes needed tons of work, some of them, especially the London city-scape, barely visible as you soared above them. And as for that soaring, the ride’s suspended vehicles and track were showing their age as they uncomfortably clanked around the attraction and literally slammed right as you approached the final scene just before you disembark in the load/unload area. This in the midst of the New Fantasyland expansion only exacerbated the feeling that the existing Fantasyland area and its attractions were feeling well, old. Needless to say I was quickly feeling as agitated as good ol’ George Darling but luckily this tale doesn’t end without a happy ending.
A bit of pixie dust has gone a long way towards making Peter Pan’s Flight feel like a classic attraction worthy of its Fantasyland stage.
Remember the construction of the Tangled restrooms, yes those Tangled restrooms. There was always one more piece to its puzzle that had yet to deliver but now it has. If you recall the Tangled restrooms were to leave the existing Fantasyland bathrooms, adjacent to Peter Pan’s Flight vacant and in that repurposed space is where a bit of pixie dust has gone a long way to help make Peter Pan’s Flight feel like a classic attraction worthy of its Fantasyland stage. Pixie Dust that has uncovered a new themed indoor and enclosed queue for the attraction. It focuses on the earliest moments of the film, as we join Peter Pan on the rooftops just moments before he enters the Darling’s nursery in search of his shadow. And indeed now you will be able to tour the nursery from the film and it appears much like you remember, as Wendy, John and Michael would have left it.
There are few details from the animated film that are left out of this scene that is sure to delight Disney fans new and old as they enjoy Peter Pan’s Flight for the first or hundredth time. It isn’t an interactive queue quite yet, as we’ve come to gleefully expect in recent queue revisions in attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but there are signs that point to effects possibly being turned on in the future. Even as it stands today the new revitalized queue for Peter Pan’s Flight gives it the weight that the classic attraction always deserved. There are a few omissions that we hope are temporary, such as that guests enter the indoor queue and then return outside before boarding undermining the escapism the indoor queue had just provided. But even quibbles like that pale in comparison to the very good work that was done here. And there is one more thing. Peter Pan’s Flight finally flies smooth again and whatever had been causing the abrupt clanking conclusion is now thankfully a thing of the past making the touched up scenes all the more enjoyable, the way it should always be.
Peter Pan’s Flight, the way it should always have been.
If you haven’t ridden Peter Pan’s Flight in a while, or had sworn it off as I was nearly willing to do because it had fallen into disrepair than you will be wonderfully surprised by how magical this classic attraction can still be. It now has a queue that quite honestly feels too much like part of the attraction to ever skip and I don’t plan on ever doing so. So it’s off to Neverland but for those who don’t mind a spoiler or two, we’ve got an incredible photo tour below of the new queue and we’d like to welcome you to the Darling estate.