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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

One of the most popular attractions for the preschool set, Dumbo is one of Fantasyland's original attractions. The attraction is modeled on the 1941 animated feature with the titular elephant as the ride vehicle and sidekick Timothy Mouse in the center of the hub directing the action with a “magic” feather in his hand. In imagineering circles, Dumbo is known as a “hub and spoke” attraction because the ride vehicles rotate in a circle around a central hub. You can control the vertical motion of your elephant with the lever inside the vehicle. The attraction underwent a complete refurbishment in 1993 to update the vertical-motion technology and add four new vehicles to increase guest capacity. Though the ride cycle is only 90 seconds long, lines can become extremely long during busy days.

As part of the New Fantasyland expansion, Dumbo's physical location is was moved and a second spinner was added. The original Dumbo spinner closed on January 8, 2012. The new spinner (the first Dumbo ever to spin clockwise) soft-opened on March 12, 2012. The original spinner was refurbished to match the new theming of the attraction and soft-opened on June 15, 2012.

The new attraction's two spinners rotate in opposite directions, so that those looking at the middle of the attraction will see elephants moving toward them on both sides of the walkway.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: At the entrance to Storybook Circus.
  • Date Opened: 10/1/1971
  • # of Ride Units: 32 (2 spinners with 16 elephants each)
  • Ride Capacity: 2 adults can fit into each Dumbo ride vehicle, though it isn't particularly comfortable. One adult and one child is more comfortable and adults without children generally prefer to ride alone.
  • Restraint Method: Seatbelt
  • Ticket Rating: C Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens with the park. This attraction is open during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
  • Wait Times: Thanks to the new double spinners, the ride has a rarely achieved maximum hourly capacity of 1200 riders per hour. Unless you ride first thing in the morning, waiting 30-45 minutes should be expected and even longer on crowded days.
  • Length of Ride: 90 seconds
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: The attraction's new, indoor, interactive queue also opened to the public on June 15, 2012. In the new queue, Guests receive a pager as they enter the tent-themed waiting area. Kids can burn off some energy on the circus-themed play area while adults can enjoy the cool air conditioning.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: None
  • Ride Access: The queue is wheelchair accessible though the ride itself is not.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: It is required that you transfer from a wheelchair or ECV to ride this attraction. The Dumbo ride vehicles are near ground level so it is not much of a climb to get into one.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: None
  • Weight and Size Issues: Very large or tall people may find it a bit too cramped to ride with a child, though when alone the ride units should accommodate anybody. If you have a waist well over 50", the seatbelt may feel tight. If you are unable to fasten the seatbelt, make sure you let a cast member know.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: None
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Pete's Body Shop and part of the Tomorrowland Speedway occupied this space before the construction of the New Fantasyland expansion. Dumbo the Flying Elephant opened here in 2012.
  • The Attraction's History: Though Dumbo the Flying Elephant has been part of the Magic Kingdom since 1971, the attraction has undergone two major changes. In 1993 the ride was closed and removed. An entirely new version of the attraction was installed, using modern equipment and controls, and upgrading capacity from 12 Dumbo ride vehicles to 16. The attraction was located behind Cinderella Castle from the park's opening in 1971 until early 2012, when it was moved to Storybook Circus and expanded to two spinners going in opposite directions with an interactive, air conditioned queue.


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