Peter Pan's Flight at Walt Disney World Now Closed For Updates

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Peter Pan's Flight Show Scenes - June 2024
Posted: Monday July 8, 2024 7:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Peter Pan's Flight at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is now closed for refurbishment.

The closure begins July 8 and continues through August 20. It is planned to reopen to guests on August 21, 2024.

The Walt Disney World website has been updated with a notice stating, "Beginning July 8, 2024, Peter Pan's Flight will temporarily close for refurbishment. The attraction is scheduled to reopen later this summer."

Walt Disney Imagineering recently filed a permit for Peter Pan's Flight, carrying the description of "Install set elements." The permit suggests that we will see some changes when the ride reopens in August, although Disney has not announced the details of any updates.

Peter Pan's Flight has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism for containing scenes that some consider culturally insensitive. The concern revolves around the portrayal of Native Americans in the attraction, which reflects outdated and stereotypical representations. In particular, the depiction of the "Indian Village" and the characterization of the Native American characters can be seen as perpetuating harmful stereotypes.

Disney has been gradually addressing such issues in its parks and media properties, revising attractions and content to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive. For instance, the Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree, and Splash Mountain were recently updated to remove racially insensitive portrayals.

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The Mom3 days ago

Please stay on topic. Thank you.

Brer Oswald4 days ago

Magic Kingdom is the Fantasy Park. I’m sure most guests would rather visit Wonderland than drive the ancient gas powered go karts that are stuck on a guided rail.

Animaniac93-984 days ago

Every land is Fantasyland at this point. (Though even Fantasyland rides like Small World wouldn't be built today)

Brer Oswald4 days ago

They need to tear it down, and rebuild it as an E-ticket around where the circus tents are now. Flying around London and Neverland is a timeless concept, but for the level of demand, it should be done in a larger scale.

Bocabear7 days ago

Not to defend the argument, but he is also exaggerated with a giant nose...a caricature of an upper middle class Englishman.... now, not as exaggerated as the Indians...but it seems that all the characters are much more exaggerated in Neverland...The Pirates are are the Indians... I had to look back. So, yeah...they are exaggerated stereotypes...but they are also characters in another world...So I don't even know if you would consider them Native Americans because they are basically living on a star...and the book was written by someone living in England....If it makes people feel better, remove the offensive Indian characters... but do it without removing the presence of the characters and plot...

Purduevian7 days ago

No replacements... just build more up more attractions around it so that they 50+ year old ride with rough capacity isn't a "tier 1" attraction in the world busiest theme park.

Bocabear7 days ago

It is a sweet, painfully short ride with a wonderful ride system...It could be a much better ride if they would move it and start from the ground up...Make it a truly worthy 21st Century version (see Shanghai)...keep all the practical effects that we currently had, lengthen the ride, and enhance it... Use the PPF building for our own Tangled attraction so we at least have one and not just Tangled Toilets....

bwr8277 days ago

I wonder what the typical guest thinks of this ride after waiting 45-60 minutes to get on. I found it quaint, like a museum piece. My kids were appalled that it was “so old and fake and boring.” And that was with a Lightning Lane, so we waited a fraction of the time. Not sure they can make enough ride updates to fix this.

GladToBeHear8 days ago

I miss context.

rcapolete8 days ago

UGH one of my favorite rides and will be closed when we are there August 11-16. Will hold out hope for an early return to service (i know slim chance lol)

TrainsOfDisney9 days ago

Everyone in the movie Peter Pan is an exaggerated stereotype - the angry / stuffy English father is just as exaggerated as the native Americans.

CampbellzSoup9 days ago

Cultures can be fun and lively too, not just serious and museum-like. As an Italian I find Tony's depiction in Lady and the Tramp entertaining and a playful caricature not offensive.

TrainsOfDisney9 days ago

so maybe they just replace them with the teepees? Hopefully other parts of the attraction are shown some attention as well.

MisterPenguin9 days ago

If it were just the color of the skin, yes. But PP's Indians also contain bodily stereotypes like big noses. Caricatures of big noses has been used for over a century to mock certain peoples or individuals. The big noses are a shorthand caricature for the person or people being different, or weird, or stupid, or up to no good.