We visited Disneyland Paris in March and before we went we made sure we did plenty of research on the parks, places to eat and the rides so that we knew just what we wanted to do before we got there. One of the rides that featured on our "must do" list was Peter Pans flight and this is my review of it.
==Where is the ride?==
Peter Pans flight can be found in Fantasyland in the main park in Disneyland Paris. We actually found Fantasyland to be the best area in terms of rides that we wanted to go on and it does seem to be a good area for the family rides in particular.
==Queing for the ride==
Whilst we were visiting Disneyland Paris Peter Pan's flight was actually shut on both the Thursday and the Friday when we were visiting as they were having some problems with it but when it opened up again on the Saturday we made sure that we visited in on the morning during the extra magic park hours we had as staying guests at the Disneyland resort. Some rides are more popular than others and according to the websites that we had checked prior to visiting Disneyland Peter Pans flight had a very long wait time and so it made sense to take advantage of this ride in the morning when there were less people around than later in the day. There is also the option to use fast pass tickets on this ride where you print a ticket and return at an allocated time but this wasn't something that we did.
The actual ride looks quite cute from the outside and is all dark wood made to look like quite a quaint little house. Some of the queue for this ride is outside and that is something to be mindful of but really the weather doesn't spoil Disneyland Paris. There isn't all that much to look at when you queue for this ride though and you may find that children become bored. We found taking some snacks helped combat waiting line boredom for the most part at least.
==The actual ride==
The actual ride of Peter Pans flight is a suspended dark ride but I would say that it is suitable for all of the family because even small children can enjoy the delights of the ride. If you have a child who is a bit wary of the dark I would say sit them next to an adult where you can obviously. There are 16 flying boats which go around the ride and each one holds five people so they are traditionally "family" sized at least. My friend and I both travelled with just one child each so there were just four in our boat.
The boats are suspended so that you can take a flight around London at night in the air with you obviously travelling to Neverland. I have to say I found the ride really quite spectacular when you were flying over London in the dark and all of the sky was lit up with twinkling stars and it just looked gorgeous. The ride is simply done yet it actually looks really beautiful and it went so dark so it just added to the beauty of the ride. As you carry on in to Neverland we of course encounter Captain Hook and Peter Pan having one of their many duals which is cool to see!
The boats don't move too quickly through the scenery in the rides but it isn't a long ride by any means. It probably takes around three minutes from start to finish and considering you may have queued for forty five minutes or more it can seem frustrating but I think you learn to accept that in Disneyland and just get on with it to be honest. Sometimes the boats will seem to rush a little or even stop for a while presumably to allow one of the others time to be emptied and refilled so it can be a bit stop start but this actually allows you time to take photos or take in the ride in my opinion.
My son loved taking in all of the characters and the story despite the fact that he has never actually seen the Disney version of Peter Pan! My friends little girl also adored the ride and said it was one of her favourites even though it was dark!
==Would I recommend this ride?==
I think this is one of the rides that you really have to do when you visit Disneyland Paris. It is one of those classic family rides which is simple but is also really beautiful to go through. The ride does have long queues as a result of being such a nice family ride but if you can visit during the extra magic hours from 8-10am in the morning or use fast pass then it is worth a shot. We probably queued for around thirty minutes during the early morning hours because we had done the Dumbo ride first and everyone else seemed to have the same idea as us! It is certainly worth spending the time queing for this ride and think it would be one that is enjoyed by all of the family.
Thank you for reading my review!
Peter Pan's Flight is a ride at Disneyland Paris. There are almost identical versions at Disneyland California, Magic Kingdom Florida and Disneyland Tokyo too. The ride is based around the classic Disney film Peter Pan (originally written by J.M. Barrie).
It can be found in Fantasyland which is situated at the very back of the park - walk up Main Street and through Sleeping Beauty's Castle to reach it. Fantasyland is the 'youngest' land in the park and is largely based around childrens animated Disney favourites such as Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Snow White and Dumbo.
There is a big sign outside of Peter Pan's Flight so you can't miss it. There is usually a large queue for this ride as it tends to be one of the most popular rides in the park (certainly in Fantasyland). Fortunately there is a Fastpass service available for Peter Pan's Flight during busy times - the Fastpass ticket machines are situated next to the entrance and are usually open until early afternoon. If you pop your park ticket in to the Fastpass machine, you will be issued with a Fastpass ticket which will give you a time to return to the ride. When you return to the ride you will be able to enter the Fastpass queue and jump straight on the ride. The Fastpass service is really handy and totally free to use. If you are staying at one of the Disney hotels you will also be eligible for 'Extra Magic Hours' which allows you to enter the Disneyland park before the general public. Rides during Extra Magic Hours tend to have very short queue times.
Peter Pan's Flight is suitable for all ages and is probably most enjoyed by children and families. The ride lasts about 3 minutes. You are seated in small boats which are suspended from the ceiling. Each boat seats around 4 people. You start by being flown in through Wendy's bedroom window. You fly across her bedroom and see Nana the dog and Wendy telling stories to the John and Michael in bed. Then you head in to the night sky and over London where the buildings look so tiny and you can spot famous land marks such as Big Ben - this is actually probably my favourite part of the ride. Music from the film plays throughout and you are surrounded by stars. You then find yourself overlooking Neverland, before floating past Tiger Lily inside Skull Rock. Next you move on to Captain Hook's ship where John and Michael are tied up and Wendy is being forced to walk the plank whilst Peter Pan has a sword fight with Captain Hook (complete with sound effects). Soon after you see a happy looking Indian Chief (happy at Tiger Lily's safe return I assume) as Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael sail off on Captain Hook's ship (covered in gold pixie dust) whilst a terrified Captain Hook is seen balancing on the jaws of the hungry tick-tock crocodile! Meanwhile Smee is seen rowing away rather swiftly. There are some mermaids that you float past before the ride comes to an end.
My family and I absolutely adore this ride, even more so because my daughter loves Peter Pan. It's amazing to watch her little face light up whilst looking down on London and Neverland and seeing all of her favourite characters from the film (not to mention laughing at Captain Hook at the end!). It's not a fast or thrilling ride, it's just very lovely. A must do for anybody visiting Disneyland Paris in my opinion.
The best ride in fantasy land and one of the best in Disneyland Paris. Where else can you actually fly with Peter Pan!! It does not have the thrills of Big Thunder Mountain, or the gimmics of the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. What it DOES deliver is pure and magical escapism. My kids (4 and 7) loved it - and were desperate to go back on.
This ride is located to the rear of fantasy land next to Alice's Labyrinth. It is the only ride in fantasy land with fastpass facility. The queues can be over an hour so it is definitely worthwhile making use of the fastpass facility. Fastpasses can run out so it is best to grab one before midday. Alternatively, if you stay in one of the Disney hotels, and have access to the park for that extra hour before opening, this is one of the rides that is open. Queues at this time are 5-15 minutes.
The ride takes you through the story of Peter Pan. You enter a flying boat (4 people can easily fit on the one boat) and into the nursery of Wendy, John and Micheal. Exiting through the window you feel like you are flying with Peter over the streets of London (to the music 'You Can Fly!). The lights of London twinkle below, you can spot famous London landmarks such as big ben, tower bridge and you can even see tiny cars moving on the roads. At this point I was in heaven and looking over to my two kids (4 and 7) their faces were just entranced! Okay ... it brought a tear to my eye!
Then on to Never Never Land where we can see the indian village with Tiger Lily and Captain Hook's huge pirate ship complete with Peter and Captain Hook in sword combat. Everywhere you look there is something to see! With a tick tock appears Captain Cook balancing on the crocodile's teeth.
It is a wonderful adventure, lasting approximately 3 minutes ... appealing to all age groups.