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Disney World Tips - Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride in the Magic Kingdom

Updated on August 18, 2014

Rider Tips & Fun Facts about Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disney World

Here are some great trip and fun facts about the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This beloved ride is so iconic that there are Dumbo rides at five Disney parks throughout the world and all have been in place since the opening days of those parks. This attraction is such a fixture in American culture that there is even an elephant from the ride in the National Museum of American History's collection.

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Tips for Riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus at Disney World.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus at Disney World.

Before the big Fantasyland expansion, the Dumbo ride was located very close to the castle in the original Fantasyland section. You'll find the new Dumbo ride in the Storybook Circus area of the park. You may be surprised to find that there are now two Dumbo rides near the Dumbo tent.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant has a low rider capacity and is slow to load and unload so long lines and waits definitely can occur. When this picture was taken, the estimated wait time for the stand-by line was 70-minutes. For shortest lines, ride in the first hour - or during peak season, the first 15 minutes - that the park is open or after 9:00PM at night. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is now part of Disney's FASTPASS system so get a FASTPASS if the line is long!

Disney doesn't have any rides where parents have to stand on the sideline and watch - adults can enjoy this ride with their children.

A Circus-themed play area helps alleviate line-induced boredom for guests in the stand-by line. You'll be given a pager than holds your place in line while you enjoy the air-conditioned playground featuring slides, climbing nets and a special toddler area. If you have a FASTPASS, you will not have access to this area but will get to enjoy the benefit of the short wait at the FASTPASS entrance.

The lighting affects on this ride are very pretty after dark.

Accessibility information: Guests must be able to transfer from a Wheelchair or ECV to the ride vehicle to enjoy this attraction.

Inside the Dumbo Circus Tent Interactive Queue at Magic Kingdom

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These elephants work for peanuts!

These peanuts look like they were dropped and pressed into the ground by elephants.  Such a cute detail!
These peanuts look like they were dropped and pressed into the ground by elephants. Such a cute detail!

Dumbo - The Movie & the Ride

Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World
Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World

The Disney movie Dumbo has a song "Look Out for Mr. Stork" (featured in the video below). In that scene, you see storks carrying babies fly over a U.S. map and some of the storks coming head towards Florida to deliver babies, including Dumbo, to waiting mothers at the circus's winter quarters. You can see those elements in the new Dumbo ride in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. There are storks carrying bundles at the very top of the ride's central hub and Dumbo's mother, Mr. Jumbo, is featured on the near the top, and the Dumbo story is told in pictures in the scenes painted on the ride. The ride itself is in the Storybook Circus area of the Magic Kingdom and the Walt Disney World Resort is located in Florida.

Look Out for Mr. Stork

Here's the scene from the movie showing all the babies being delivered.

Characters in Flight - Special "Characters in Flight" required.

Dumbo on the "Characters in Flight" balloon that lets riders hover 400 above Downtown Disney in the world's largest tethered helium balloon.
Dumbo on the "Characters in Flight" balloon that lets riders hover 400 above Downtown Disney in the world's largest tethered helium balloon.

Dumbo & Disney World Trivia

Dumbo featured on the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney at Disney World
Dumbo featured on the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney at Disney World

Dumbo the Flying Elephant has been a part of the Magic Kingdom theme park since it opened in 1971. The elephant ride vehicles did not have hats when the park opened but those were added in just a couple months later. Timothy Mouse was added to the attraction about 2 years later. This ride closed permanently in January 2012 as part of the Magic Kingdom expansion project.

On March 12, 2012, a new Dumbo attraction with two carousels opened in the Storybook Circus section of the Magic Kingdom. One of the rides moves in a clock-wise direction while the other spins in a counter-clockwise direction.

The Disney World version of the Dumbo ride originally did not have any water features like most of the Dumbo rides at other parks because Disney World's Utilidors (Tunnels for workers to use to pass from one section of the park to the other) ran right underneath the ride, prohibiting the placement of the pipes necessary for a water feature. The new Dumbo ride features brightly colored LED lights and water features that are absolutely beautiful at night.

The artwork panels on the attraction feature select scenes from the 1941 Dumbo movie to "tell" the Dumbo story.

Other places you'll find Dumbo at Disney World:

---Dumbo is featured on one of the signs on the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

---Dumbo is also featured on the Characters in Flight Balloon at Downtown Disney.

Dumbo (70th Anniversary Edition)
Dumbo (70th Anniversary Edition)

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