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Vintage Walt Disney World: Celebrating Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Today, we celebrate the grand reveal of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park. But one iconic elephant has been flying high above Fantasyland since the park opened in 1971. Here’s a look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant back in 1973.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park in 1973

Now flying in Storybook Circus, Dumbo soars daily, continuing to provide amazing aerial views high above Fantasyland.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom Park

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  • Speaking of Dumbo, will we soon see a meet and greet opportunity with Dumbo? I noticed that he was in the special opening show for New Fantasyland and would love to be able to meet him!

  • I remember standing in that line in the hot blazing sun for Dumbo back in 1973, when I was kid. And I remember everyone wanting to be under one of the few umbrellas creating a little shade if only for a few minutes! Now to have the option to wait in the new air conditioned play area for your turn to ride is just amazing!

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