Peter Pan's Flight

3 Days: Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is our choice for #Day3 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Where does it rank in your list?

Peter Pan’s Flight is perhaps one of the best examples of forced perspective in all of Disney.  I know that Main Street, USA is a great example of the concept of forced perspective, which is where the buildings at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom are taller than the buildings at the end of Main Street, USA, over by Cinderella Castle.  By doing this, your mind gets the impression that Cinderella Castle is miles away, that it is so far away that your journey will take some time to get there.  Then, when you are getting ready to leave and are about to walk down Main Street, USA, the bigger buildings near Town Square suggest that it won’t take any time at all to get to the exit at the end of a long day of walking.

Peter Pan’s Flight, in my opinion, is another great example of forced perspective.  Where else can you get into your flying galleon, enter into the bedroom, and as you exit, you are instantly skyward, with incredible views of the London city below you?  Like many of the great Disney attractions, Peter Pan’s Flight does an incredible job of leaving Florida behind, of even leaving the Magic Kingdom behind, and all of a sudden, you are drawn right into the incredible story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John and their adventures.

Peter Pan's Flight

Our friendly Cast Member is putting the finishing Pixie Dust touches on this Galleon!

Peter Pan’s Flight is a must see attraction every visit to Walt Disney World for my family.  What about your family?  Also, if you had to rank your favorite Disney attractions, where would Peter Pan’s Flight sit and why?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Our Favorites: Peter Pans Flight!

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When it comes to the attractions at Walt Disney World, especially at the Magic Kingdom, there are few rides that compare with the excitement we get when we ride Peter Pans Flight, which is located in Fantasyland.  With Peter Pans Flight, you get it all — a great trip into the classic story of Peter Pan, your own flying galleon to sail off into the night sky with, and a swashbuckling adventure!

It always amazes me that the Imagineers were able to make such a realistic attraction.  From the moment you take off, the use of forced perspective makes it seem as if you are truly flying!  Of course, the Imagineers did create the ride so that your galleon is suspended from a track over your head, which certainly does make it easier to feel like you are flying!

Disney did a great job with this attraction because you are able to navigate through several different scenes in the story, including the one that includes the mermaids!

"My Dreams of Disney","Peter Pans Flight","Magic Kingdom"

Peter Pan is a crowd favorite at Walt Disney World, that’s for sure!  Fortunately, there are fast pass tickets available, but they do go fast, so make sure you grab yours or you’ll be waiting until 10PM to ride the attraction!  One thing I am hopeful will make a difference is that the folks at Disney are redoing the queue area for Peter Pans Flight.  They are turning it into an interactive queue is what I’ve heard, so hopefully that will help with some of the line issues they have experienced with the attraction.

Peter Pans Flight is a family favorite of ours, so much so that my wife Cindy indicated that it would be one of the things she would do if she had an extra three hours in the park by herself — she would ride Peter Pans Flight with Peter Pan himself!

What does your family think of Peter Pans Flight?  Why not let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

It is incredibly hard to believe that 42 years ago today, the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors for the first time to the general public, on October 1st, 1971. Walt Disney World was officially born.  Just two years ago, I was blessed, along with my wife, daughter and niece, to be there when the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom was celebrated!  That day was as picture perfect as you could have — with brilliantly blue skies, nary a cloud in the sky, wonderful temperatures, and, despite the crowds, it seemed like every attraction we wanted to ride or experience had very little wait times.

Our plan of attack that day was to tackle all of the classic, opening day attractions — and we did just that and then some!

It was a wonderful day, full of wonderful memories that I remember to this day, so let me share those memories with you in the form of pictures — enjoy!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

That wraps it up for us today!  I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at the Magic Kingdom on October 1st, 2011 — the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World!  If you are at the parks today, on it’s 42nd birthday, tell me, what is the day like for you?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Your Favorite Magic Kingdom Attraction

30 Things To Do At Disney World: Peter Pan's Flight

Coming in 1st Place, with 91 votes, Peter Pan’s Flight!

 

A few weeks back, I did a series of informal polls; one about your favorite Magic Kingdom Mountain, one about your favorite Magic Kingdom show, and lastly, one about your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction!

I’ve got to tell you, this one wasn’t even close!  Coming in with 91 likes, comments, and shares was Peter Pan’s Flight!  Some of the great comments about this attraction included the following:

Wrote my friend Donna Kay Disney, “It’s our favorite ride!! We always ride it multiple times.”

Added Stephanie, “Peter Pan’s Flight is always our first ride of the day…a family favorite!!”

Barbie wrote,“This ride has been a favorite for a long time but seeing my small grandchildren’s look of wonder on their little faces made it even more a favorite !!!!”

And the comments went on and on and on!  Thanks everyone for contributing to the post!

Pirates of the Caribbean

With 40 votes, Pirates came in a distant 2nd!

Coming in second place was Pirates of the Caribbean.  I thought the voting would be closer, but since this is a VERY unscientific poll, take the results with a grain of salt!  From a personal perspective, I like Pirates better because it is a great ride that almost never has a long wait, unlike Peter Pan; so I can ride it multiple times versus only once with Peter Pan.  Not that I dislike Peter Pan’s Flight — because I love it — but I really like the speed with which I can ride Pirates!

Coming in third, the Haunted Mansion, with just 28 votes.

Coming in third, the Haunted Mansion, with just 28 votes.

Of the three attractions I listed here, I guess I would put the Haunted Mansion in 3rd place.  I like the Haunted Mansion, and we ride it at least once every time we go to the Magic Kingdom, but it isn’t the top thing on my list of things to do.

Thank you for participating in our little informal poll!  What do you think about these attractions?  How do you rank them?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks everyone!

Our Favorites: Peter Pans Flight!

"My Dreams of Disney","Peter Pans Flight","Magic Kingdom"

When it comes to the attractions at Walt Disney World, especially at the Magic Kingdom, there are few rides that compare with the excitement we get when we ride Peter Pans Flight, which is located in Fantasyland.  With Peter Pans Flight, you get it all — a great trip into the classic story of Peter Pan, your own flying galleon to sail off into the night sky with, and a swashbuckling adventure!

It always amazes me that the Imagineers were able to make such a realistic attraction.  From the moment you take off, the use of forced perspective makes it seem as if you are truly flying!  Of course, the Imagineers did create the ride so that your galleon is suspended from a track over your head, which certainly does make it easier to feel like you are flying!

Disney did a great job with this attraction because you are able to navigate through several different scenes in the story, including the one that includes the mermaids!

"My Dreams of Disney","Peter Pans Flight","Magic Kingdom"

Peter Pan is a crowd favorite at Walt Disney World, that’s for sure!  Fortunately, there are fast pass tickets available, but they do go fast, so make sure you grab yours or you’ll be waiting until 10PM to ride the attraction!  One thing I am hopeful will make a difference is that the folks at Disney are redoing the queue area for Peter Pans Flight.  They are turning it into an interactive queue is what I’ve heard, so hopefully that will help with some of the line issues they have experienced with the attraction.

Peter Pans Flight is a family favorite of ours, so much so that my wife Cindy indicated that it would be one of the things she would do if she had an extra three hours in the park by herself — she would ride Peter Pans Flight with Peter Pan himself!

What does your family think of Peter Pans Flight?  Why not answer the poll below and let me know, and thanks for stopping by!