DETAILS REVEALED: Peter Pan’s Flight Upgrade at Disneyland

On May 21, 2015, I spoke with Imagineer Larry Nikolai (Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment) about new upgrades to the classic “Peter Pan’s Flight” attraction at Disneyland, and he revealed tons of NEW details about the changes in store for this nostalgic ride.

Confirmed Changes:

  • New Nursery Scene – Formerly the kids have always just watched as you went by. Now they will actively participate in the adventure with you.
  • Tinker Bell will appear in more places throughout the ride.
  • London has been enhanced with more physical effects and animation effects.
  • Neverland has also been enhanced with more physical effects.
  • Stereophonic sound has been added to the entire attraction.
  • Ride vehicles are quieter.

With all these changes combined, Nikolai assured us that overall, “Peter Pan’s Flight” will be even more of an immersive experience.

Re-imagined Nursery Scene. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.

Re-imagined Nursery Scene. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.

One thing that WON’T be changed? The queue!

“Well, we painted it,” said Nikolai, when asked if Disneyland’s queue would get similar upgrades to “Peter Pan’s Flight” queue at The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. “Fantasyland is a little tight on space here, so the queue is not changing.”

Peter Pan's Flight queue at Disneyland.

Peter Pan’s Flight queue at Disneyland.

I have always loved “Peter Pan’s Flight” and still remember the first time I rode it at 7 years old. When you leave the nursery and fly over London, it is absolutely magical. I asked if that feeling would still be there. Nikolai assured me that it certainly would. In fact, it will be even more magical with the upgrades, as more details have been added to London and Neverland. Rest assured, Disney fans, “Peter Pan’s Flight”, when it reopens on July 1, 2015, “will be the same classic attraction you know and love.”

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Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod