Dumbo the Flying Elephant Storybook Circus Fantasyland

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant Highlights:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

INTRODUCTION

The classic Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in Magic Kingdom is a quintessential Disney attraction. Part of the Fantasyland Expansion project, Dumbo was relocated from the center of Fantasyland to Storybook Circus, where it was doubled in capactiy.

ATTRACTION

 

DUMBO THE FLYING ELEPHANT allows riders to soar with the star of the 1941 film, and this new version immerses them more deeply in the colorful world of the big-eared character and his Big Top home. The primary colors are vibrant and welcoming, but, more importantly, Disney Imagineers have added another carousel, doubling the ride’s capacity to help with the perpetually long lines.

The interactive queue at Dumbo is one of the best on property! If you’re not using FastPass+, your kids can play in a circus themed playground during the wait time. That’s right — your kids can play in an airconditioned play area while you sit down  and wait — NOT A LINE!

Here’s how it works:

When you enter the Circus Tent, you’ll be given a pager from a Cast Member (like a restaurant). Your kids can go wild in the play area, while you enjoy a much needed break. When it’s your turn to ride, your pager, designed to look like a circus ticket, lights up and Timothy Q. Mouse speaks! Simply return it to a cast member and get ready to fly with Dumbo! You’ll have just a short wait before you board.

NOTE: When the ride has a short wait time, they may not automatically offer you a pager or time to play in the Circus. If your kids would like to play anyway, simply talk to a Cast Member.

This is a gentle ride that allows guests of all ages to use a joystick to decide whether Dumbo goes up or down as he flies in a circle. Each car seats two guests, or maybe one adult and two small children. Smaller children should be seated to the inside of the elephant. At the end of the ride, all of the elephants will fly to the top in unison before landing.

CLICK HERE to read about the Disneyland Park version of this attraction.

Ride Logistics

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a FastPass+ attraction – however it often has a shorter line than other attractions, so you may not need to use a FastPass. 

Accessibility: Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the attraction vehicle.

Warnings:  This ride lifts up off the ground and spins.  Guests who are afraid of heights or don’t enjoy gentle spinning may not want to ride this attraction.

Seat Restrictions:  Some guests may find the seating restrictive and ask to ride alone; let a Cast Member know if the seat belt will not fasten.

There is a stationary Dumbo in between the two Dumbo Carousels for photographs! 

 SHOPPING 

Big Top Souvenirs is the place to shop while you are visiting Storybook Circus. The store offers a wide selection of merchandise for kids and adults, much like the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. The front displays are often reserved for Dumbo merchandise — various plush toys, mouse ears, T-shirts, plates, mugs and children’s clothes. There is limited merchandise specific to the other attractions, including a Storybook Circus T-shirt.

Big Top Souvenirs

INTERESTING FACTS 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant was one of the original attractions when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. It was modified from the Disneyland version, which had 10 elephants, to include 16 vehicles.

Timothy Q. Mouse, Dumbo’s pal, sat in the center of the ride above the cars in the original version at Magic Kingdom. Now, he perches above the sign leading to both carousels in Storybook Circus.

The ride was designed to represent the pink elephants that Dumbo and Timothy hallucinated after accidentally drinking champagne in the film. The vehicles at Disneyland were all painted pink — until Walt Disney himself objected and ordered them to be repainted gray.

The dual Dumbo carousels turn in opposite directions so that they meet in the middle plaza and travel out toward the park together. The carousel on the left travels clockwise and is the only circular Disney attraction in the world that does not move counter-clockwise.

Tell kids to look for a special rope as they climb up to the nets. Pulling this rope will allow them to start a light show overhead that mimics fireworks.

Don’t miss Dumbo the Flying Elephant at night. With its new location, Imagineers have been able to add the water feature below the cars that is part of the attraction at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. When the attraction was situated behind Cinderella Castle, water pipes could not be installed below the ride because of the Utilidors. In addition to the fountains, a gorgeous, multicolored light show has been added to the ride. It was modeled after the Disneyland Dumbo but showcases more colors, making it the most advanced Dumbo show found in Disney parks. Guests who don’t wish to ride will find benches in the center plaza that face each carousel for a clear view of the nighttime show.