“Think of a wonderful thought, any merry little thought. Think of Christmas. Think of snow. Think of sleigh bells. Off you go like reindeer in the sky, you can fly! You can fly! You can fly!”
If you want to fly, all you have to do is think a happy thought. I wish it were that easy to get to Walt Disney World but we sure think happy thoughts about my next stop in the Fabulous Five journey to my favorite attractions. This week we will stop over at Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland.
We all know I’m super nostalgic, and while many people would say Peter Pan’s Flight is a silly kid’s ride, I would have to disagree so very strongly. This attraction is so much more. Growing up, Peter Pan was another one of my favorite Disney movies. I was raised with a lot of boys, so the Lost Boys part was familiar to me. Whilst I was certainly no Wendy (more like Peter Pan), I loved all aspects of the story including Nana, the Darlings, Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, and Captain Hook — you name it. I even loved the 1990’s rendition of Hook (in which I just learned recently about Glenn Close’s cameo, I totally missed that, Y’all). I will quote this movie until the day I die. Naturally, having a Disney attraction that encompasses all the things I loved about the animated film was a no brainer, and still is.
While all of this is true, another reason I love Peter Pan’s Flight so much is that it’s a Disney staple. It’s one of the original rides from WDW and, therefore, has always been there for all of my Disney vacations growing up. This would include the good, the bad, and the ugly of Disney travels with family and friends. It’s another one of those attractions I can say I have done probably every single time I set foot in the Magic Kingdom. In fact, the actual attraction itself hasn’t changed too much and I hope it never does. That is Disney gold to me. The only downside I have to say about it is the line.
Originally, the line queue for PPF was another one of those Space Mountain type situations where you thought you would die where you stand. Not only was this line long (it almost always is, still to this day) but it was mainly outside, in the Florida heat (insert lethargic panting here). If there was another ‘rite of passage’ attraction line at WDW, it’s this one. Yes, it’s in a mostly shaded area, but you’re still outside cooking in the sweltering heat most of the year. Thankfully, they fixed this problem.
You see, there used to be bathrooms for Fantasyland next to the attraction that served as the main reason the entire line for PPF was outside. Disney finally took the plunge (no pun intended), and changed the line queue a few years back in 2014. This line queue only added 1,000 times more nostalgia for me. If you happen to be in the stand-by line for PPF you get to, not “have to,” you GET to walk through the children’s bedroom from the film. I don’t want to give away too much, but there are so many cool and interactive things to keep you company as you await your flight. My advice is to pay attention. There is a TON of detail in this line queue and it’s worth the wait to go stand-by.
After you ride, and it’s the right time, you can also go right around the corner and meet Peter Pan and Wendy live and in living color (In Living Color, like the show). Putting aside what I mentioned before about character meet and greets not being my thing, these two characters are two I actually wouldn’t mind meeting. In fact, my husband and I will sometimes even stop just to hear the conversations going on between Peter, Wendy, and guests. They do a wonderful job connecting with all types of guests and encompassing the true characters of Peter Pan and Wendy. I highly recommend anyone meet them!
This ride is one of our ‘rope drop’ attractions unless we can find it at a random wait time of 15-20 minutes or less now-a-days. If you have no idea what I mean by ‘rope drop,’ check out my article on FastPasses. We also like to FastPass this attraction if we have a spot left in our day for it. I will say, FastPassing takes some of the fun out of it, though, for reasons I mentioned above.
While this ride is probably one of the shortest rides I’ve ever been on (you can blink or sneeze and it’s over), it’s one of those rides I will always make time for. It’s been there for me and I will be there for it until death do us part. If you are planning your next trip to WDW, please make time for this amazing attraction that is fun and entertaining for the whole family!
Thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of her awesome photos!