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Disneyland Reopens Peter Pan's Flight After Major Renovations

Entertainment | Donald Wood | July 01, 2015

Disneyland Reopens Peter Pan's Flight After Major Renovations

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The countless tourists who visited Disneyland over the years and have come to love the Peter Pan’s Flight attraction received good news Tuesday when the ride officially reopened.

For the last seven months, Peter Pan’s Flight has been closed to the public as Disney officials, designers and workers worked hard to update and refurbish one of the few original rides left standing since the park was first built in 1955.

According to Joseph Pimentel and Mark Eades of, Disney officials had been planning the upgrade for two years before work actually started in January. The ride was originally supposed to reopen in May, but the age of the attraction made the process difficult and it took longer than expect to be completed.

Walt Disney Imagineering creative director Larry Nikolai told the, “The building has been there since 1955, and when you start digging into it you find all kinds of interesting things. So sometimes what you had planned has to be tweaked a little bit to make it fit in there.”

For riders, the experience is greatly improved. Guests climb aboard a ship and are virtually flown through the sights and sounds of the Peter Pan storybook adventure. The characters from the movie are more lifelike than ever now and the scenes above London and Neverland are even more visually appealing to both children and adults.

Add in a plethora of new details that will help put this attraction over the top, including new waterfall and volcano effects and even a crocodile circling Captain Hook’s ship, and the major renovations have given the old-school ride a much-needed facelift.

Designers and builders did their best to keep the feel of the attraction the same way it has since it was constructed, but major technological upgrades will help bring Peter Pan’s Flight to a whole new audience in 2015.

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