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Complete Guide to Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom

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Complete Guide to Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom

You can fly, you can fly, you can fly on Peter Pan’s Flight!

Soar high above the London rooftops aboard a pirate galleon on an adventure to Neverland with Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John.

Let Tinker Bell carry you away to Pirate’s Cove.

But will Peter defeat the dastardly Captain Hook? Or face an untimely fate? Think happy thoughts and maybe you’ll get back home safely!

Keep reading for our complete guide to Peter Pan’s Flight.

  • Location: Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland
  • Height Requirement: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 3 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: 1st or last hour, Early Theme Park Entry, anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Eligible for Extended Evening Hours: Yes
  • Scheduled Refurbishments
  • Tip(s): Queue is well-themed and has interactive elements that can be accessed using the Play Disney Parks app.
  • Description: Board ride vehicles that are suspended from the top, and glide over charming scenery in the dark. Although the ride takes place mostly in the dark, it doesn’t typically scare little ones.

Location

Peter Pan’s Flight is located in Fantasyland to the right of Mickey’s PhilharMagic and across from “it’s a small world.”

Here is the location on the map:

peter pan's flight location at magic kingdom

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How to Ride Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight has a Standby Line and a Lightning Lane. There is no Single Rider Line.

This is one of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom and always has long wait times, especially thanks to families with little ones. It usually takes some planning to ride Peter Pan’s Flight.

peter pan's flight lightning lane

Eligible guests can also ride the attraction during Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.

If you’re one of these eligible guests, you should definitely take advantage of the extra time in the parks to ride Peter Pan’s Flight.

Do I need to use Genie+ at Peter Pan’s Flight?

Genie+ is available at Peter Pan’s Flight and since Lightning Lane spots are often spoken for by early afternoon, you should definitely plan ahead if this is a priority for your family.

Either grab your Genie+ reservations early, rope drop it, get in line during the fireworks, or hop in line at the end of the night when those with little ones have already gone home.

Be sure to check out our touring strategies for Magic Kingdom for more Genie+ advice.

Rider Switch/Child Swap

As there is no height requirement for Peter Pan’s Flight, this attraction does not offer Rider Switch.

Rider Switch is Disney’s system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.

Learn more about Rider Switch.

What to Expect When You Ride

Queue

When you enter the queue for Peter Pan’s Flight, right away you are welcomed into the Darling home. You’ll walk past portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, as well as the Darling children.

darling pictures in peter pan's flight queue

Stroll through the nursery where Michael, Wendy and John tell tales of their adventures — and where Tinker Bell causes mischief.

Watch as your shadow comes to life on the wall! If you see bells appear on the wall, play them — for real. You can even use the Play Disney Parks app to enhance the experience.

peter pan's flight queue

This is one of the most adorable queues. You will definitely feel as if you’re inside the film.

Finally, you’ll step onto a moving sidewalk before boarding your ride vehicle.

Ride Vehicles

Ride Vehicles for Peter Pan’s Flight are suspended from the top of the ride track and are designed to look like Pirate Galleons, complete with a mast, sails, and rigging.

peter pan's flight ride vehicles

Each hard-backed vehicle holds up to two adults and one child. A safety bar is lowered onto guests’ laps (with help from some pixie dust, of course) prior to entering the ride.

Accessibility Information

For those in ECVs, you must transfer to a wheelchair and then to the ride vehicle. Service animals are also not permitted on Peter Pan’s Flight.

Be sure to ask a Cast Member for assistance before getting line.

peter pan's flight accessibiity information

Handheld captioning is available for those who need it.

On the Ride

If you prefer to experience Peter Pan’s Flight without any spoilers, you may want to skip this part.

Board your pirate galleon and fly through the Darling nursery before following Peter Pan on the flight of a lifetime.

As you soar through the window, wave goodbye to Nana before going on a gentle cruise over the London skyline. 

peter pan's flight

Then magically you’ve made it to Neverland! Glide above glowing volcanoes and sparkling waterfalls, see beautiful mermaids relaxing on the rocks, then swoop into Pirate’s Cove where danger awaits.

Can Peter Pan defeat the dastardly Captain Hook and return his young companions safely to London before Wendy and the boys are forced to walk the plank?

You’ll have to ride it yourself to find out what exactly happens on Peter Pan’s Flight!

Is Peter Pan’s Flight Kid-Friendly?

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the best rides for kids. It’s super popular with families and those traveling with little ones.

There’s a reason this attraction always has a long wait. It’s not too long for kids (they’re attention span will be held the entire time), the theming is perfect, and it’s just all-around fun.

Although much of the ride takes place in the dark, it doesn’t typically scare little ones.

Strollers

Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Walt Disney World, including Peter Pan’s Flight. They can be left at the designated stroller parking areas in the surrounding areas (near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel or by the Tangled restrooms).

History

Peter Pan’s Flight is modeled after the classic ride at Disneyland in California — one of the remaining opening-day attractions when Disneyland debuted in 1955. That ride was inspired by Walt Disney’s 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan.

Disneyland’s original version didn’t include Peter Pan in the ride itself as guests were supposed to act as Peter Pan flying over London and Neverland; but few picked up on this concept.

This is why Peter Pan was included in the Walt Disney World version when it opened and why Peter Pan was added to Disneyland’s version in 1983.

Peter Pan’s Flight is not considered an opening-day attraction at Disney World since the ride actually opened two days later on October 3, 1971.

The ride has gone through refurbishments through the years, however, much of it has remained the same. In 2015 the ride’s queue went through a substantial overhaul to add interactive elements to keep guests entertained during the long wait.

Other Fun Details

  • Peter Pan’s Flight is inspired by Walt Disney’s 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan, which in turn was based on J.M. Barrie’s play and book of the same name.
  • Play Disney Parks is available at Peter Pan’s Flight. This free mobile app is only available for select attractions and allows guests to pass the time as they play games, trivia, and earn achievements along the way.
  • The ride uses forced perspective, so you feel higher up. The ride vehicles only take you around 17 feet in the air, but forced perspective is used in the way the buildings and scenery are constructed so that you look higher than you actually are. This is the same technique that was used on Cinderella’s Castle so that it looks much taller than it actually is.
  • Pay special attention during the nursery scene at the blocks. They actually spell “DISNEY”.