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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Flying Fun for Everyone

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Actress and comedienne Cheryl Hines takes a spin with daughter Catherine, age 3, aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant in November, 2007 at the Magic Kingdom.

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Hop aboard your favorite pachyderm and soar as high as you'd like in this sweet and gentle Fantasyland attraction. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is at the very heart of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, and is a must-do ride for the Kindergarten crowd.

Ride overview:

Riders select one of 16 charming baby elephants, and soar around a central post, merry-go-round style. There are control sticks in each Dumbo, which allow riders to select the height and pitch of their elephant, allowing some customization of the ride.

Best for:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is best for the preschool set, though riders of all ages are allowed, and there is no height restriction. This attraction is absolutely adored by toddlers and preschoolers, and is a don't miss for any group traveling with a little one.

Cautions and Warnings:

Since Dumbo the Flying Elephant must come to a complete stop for riders to climb on and off, the line moves slowly, so be sure to arrive early if you want to fly with minimal waiting. Experience Dumbo first thing in the morning or during Extra Magic Hour times.

Portions of the line area for this attraction are in direct sunlight, so avoid this ride on busy, hot days to avoid overexposure.

Tips:

  • Love the gentle motion of Dumbo, but not the wait time? Head on over to Adventureland, and ride The Magic Carpets of Aladdin instead. This attraction usually has minimal waiting and mimics Dumbo in just about every way — guests ride self controlled "magic carpets" instead of elephants.

  • Dumbo-lovers will be thrilled to note that in September 2009, Disney World announced a plan to overhaul the Fantasyland area, and expand this attraction to accommodate more guests with less waiting.

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