Back in October, I did a post on things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Peter Pan and/or his mortal enemies (Captain Hook and Mr. Smee). I decided to leave Peter Pan’s closest friend, Tinker Bell, for her own post. I think she would like it that way. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but she does seem to have a bit of an ego.
Not that I blame her. Today, her popularity has far eclipsed her original nonspeaking role in Peter Pan. She has served as hostess of many Disney-related TV shows and mascot of the Disney Parks. She inspired the Disney Fairies franchise and its related movies and merchandise. She’s one busy fairy!
That’s why you can find her in so many places in Walt Disney World. So, here are seven things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Tinker Bell.
1. Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook
When Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed, so did the Pixie Hollow meet-and-greet location where the Disney Fairies used to meet guests. For a time, Tinker Bell was found over in Epcot, but now she’s back in Magic Kingdom in a permanent location in Adventureland called Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook. You can see photos of it on Inside the Magic. Tinker Bell is there every day, and usually she’s joined by one other fairy friend.
2. Peter Pan’s Flight
Although Tink’s fame spreads beyond Peter Pan, it’s true that Never Land is where she got her start. I have to say, though, she’s difficult to find in this attraction. I’m sure she’s there somewhere, but I can’t seem to spot her in any ridethrough videos. Can anyone remember where she is?
I know it’s hard to make out, but that’s a photo of Tinker Bell flying during Wishes, the fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. The best place to see her is on the Tomorrowland side of the hub; she’ll fly right over your heads.
4. Main Street Electrical Parade
While you’re in the hub for Wishes, you can spot Tinker Bell in the Main Street Electrical Parade. She is on the first float, which was added in 2010 when the parade moved back to Walt Disney World from Disney California Adventure.
5. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
I had forgotten about the Peter Pan scene in this movie until I was working on this post, and so I had to go back and update the Peter Pan post. The scene is brief, but Tinker Bell is there, taking a magical flight with Peter and Donald.
Tink also makes a brief appearance in Soarin’, at the end when you’re flying over Disneyland.
Tink shows up toward the end of Fantasmic!, after Mickey has defeated the villains and before the boat full of characters floats by. As I mentioned in my post on villains, this show is a little too scary for many toddlers, so I would only recommend it for older kids, teens, and adults.
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Finding Tinker Bell in Walt Disney World will take you into three of the four theme parks. You’ll have one big challenge (the same issue as with the dragon-themed day): seeing evening shows in two different parks. If Fantasmic! is having an early show, say 6:30 or 7 p.m., you could go to that first and then get back to Magic Kingdom for Wishes at 10 p.m. and the Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. You’ll have to consult the Times Guides to figure out which days it’s possible to pull this off. I’d start the day in Epcot (getting there 15-30 minutes before opening) and head straight to Soarin’. After that, go to Magic Kingdom and visit Tink in her magical nook. Then, check the queue for Peter Pan’s Flight. If it’s not too bad (say under 30 minutes), ride. If it’s too long, get a FASTPASS and head to Mickey’s PhilharMagic instead. In the afternoon, you’ll need to head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic! When that show is done, get back to Magic Kingdom as fast as you can for the evening parade and fireworks. I’m sure Tink would be flattered that you expended this much effort just to see her.
Who here is a Tinker Bell fan?