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From Screen to Park: Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Fantasyland at Disneyland park is home to an array of iconic dark rides. The popular attraction Peter Pan’s Flight uses sets designed with black-light paint and illuminated by ultraviolet light, much like its neighbor Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in the English-inspired section of the Fantasyland Courtyard.

In 1953, Disney released the animated classic,“Peter Pan,” an adaptation of the famed play and novel by J.M. Barrie about a boy who never grows up. The story of Peter Pan was one of Walt Disney’s favorite tales during his youth — he even played the role of Peter Pan in a school play.

In this opening-day attraction, guests fly above London on a whimsical journey to Never Land in their very own pirate ship. Different than many other dark rides, an overhead rail suspends the ride vehicles, creating the unique sensation of flying. Tinker Bell sprinkles her pixie dust throughout the flight’s five scenes, which include encounters with the nefarious Captain Hook, a blundering Mr. Smee, our hero Peter Pan and mystical mermaids from the mermaid lagoon.

New magic enhanced this unforgettable attraction with beautiful water ripples, updated animation and the illuminated city streets of central London in 2015.

Versions of Peter Pan’s Flight can be found at Disney Parks around the world including Magic Kingdom Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Ready for a trip to Never Land? In the words of Peter Pan himself, “Come on everybody! Here we go!”


  • Would love to see these enhancements come to Florida. They would fit in well with the marvelous new queue area.

  • What a great video! Thanks for the fun post, Erin! Peter Pan is my family’s traditional “first ride” every year at Disneyland. And we love the new effects!

  • I think the new changes are so cool!!!

  • I loved the enhancements that this ride received. Hopefully, the Snow White, Pinocchio, and Mr. Toad dark rides will be some enhancements too!

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