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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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Closer Look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant - Magic Kingdom 

The Story: The circus is in town and luckily, the brought along the eighth wonder of the world with them, Dumbo! After entering into the circus tent, where you can see part of Dumbo's clown act going on, you are invited to board Dumbo and take a flight around the circus grounds!

Height Restriction: None
Attraction Length: About two minutes
Fastpass? Yes

The History: Shortly after Disneyland opened back in 1955 one of the signature attractions in Fantasyland was Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Due to the popularity of the attraction, Dumbo was made an opening day attraction for the Magic Kingdom in 1971. While the attraction opened up on a smaller scale (only 12 Dumbos at the time), the attraction was updated as the years went by and would eventually add hats to each elephant, a Timothy Mouse at the center of the attraction, and an additional 6 Dumbos.

When the attraction first opened up, however, it was located in the center of Fantasyland (located behind Cinderella's Golden Carousel). Unlike other Dumbos around the world, there was no water features present due to the tunnels beneath the Magic Kingdom. There was fear that the extra weight of the water may cause a cave in so caution was put in place.

When the Fantasyland Expansion was announced in 2009, one of the biggest announcements dealt with Dumbo doubling in size. The attraction was moved from its almost 40 year old home to the section where Grandma Ducks Farm and Pete's Paint Shop once sat. The attraction, nicknamed Dueling Dumbos, gained brand new water features, murals, and an interactive queue to help the wait time seem more exciting.

Dumbo the Flying elephant originally opened on October 1, 1971 and reopened in its current location on March 2, 2012!

Fun Facts: Guests can now get a flying license featuring Dumbo while boarding their elephants. If the cast members aren't handing them out, simply ask. They usually have a supply nearby!

Originally, the elephants guests would board were all going to be pink in honor of the Pink Elephants on Parade section of the film!

On the lower portion of Dumbo you can find painted scenes from the film. If you watch the attraction while it runs you can see the storyline unfold before your eyes!

Location: Fantasyland - Storybook Circus

Touring Tips: The attraction usually has shorter lines late at night. If you want to ride the attraction earlier in the day however, consider a Fastpass or passing time in the interactive queue area.

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