I’ve covered a variety of forms of transportation here on Vacationearing—trains, boats, cars, Segways—but perhaps you prefer traveling by air rather than by land or sea. There are a number of flight-themed attractions in Walt Disney World, and that’s what I’ll focus on today.
Here are seven things to do in Walt Disney World if you love flying.
Soarin’ is one of my favorite attractions. It simulates serenely hang-gliding over California. It’s true you’re just watching a film, but since you’re raised 40 feet in the air, you do get a real sense of the height and even the wind blowing in your face. The views are fantastic, and the music is even better. Here’s a little clip from the end of the attraction, when you’re flying over Disneyland.
2. The Barnstormer
The Barnstormer has recently been rethemed to fit in Storybook Circus, part of the New Fantasyland expansion, but it still features little airplanes as the ride vehicles. The story is that The Great Goofini is taking you on a ride on a stunt plane. It’s a starter roller coaster for little kids, so don’t expect over-the-top thrills, but it’s a cute ride.
3. Star Tours
On Star Tours, you ride in a flight-motion-simulator vehicle, the Starspeeder 1000. Each ride features a different combination of destinations in the Star Wars universe, so you’ll rarely experience the same sequence twice. The queue is themed like an airport, except in space. You’ll even go through security!
4. Astro Orbiter
Another space-themed flying adventure can be had in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. Astro Orbiter may look like Dumbo, which I’ll talk about next, but it’s a lot faster and higher, since the attraction is above the loading area for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. You get some great views of Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
5. Dumbo The Flying Elephant
It’s true that Dumbo isn’t the most thrilling ride for adults, but it’s all about a flying elephant, so it’s pretty much required for a day themed around flying. Dumbo has recently been moved from its original location behind the carrousel and will soon feature two spinners—for double the number of elephants—and an interactive queue.
6. Peter Pan’s Flight
In addition to flying elephants, you can also find flying pirate ships in Fantasyland. My favorite part of this attraction is flying over the city of London. This attraction is popular with adults and children alike, so you may want to ride first thing in the morning or get a FASTPASS.
7. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The final unusual flying objects you can find in Magic Kingdom are Aladdin’s flying carpets. You may not be able to see a whole new world on your ride, but you can enjoy some pleasant views of Adventureland.
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Your high-flying day will take you to three parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Because Soarin’ tends to get long queues as the day goes on, I would suggest getting to Epcot 15-30 minutes before opening and heading straight to Soarin’. After your flight, take the boat to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ride Star Tours. Next, take a bus to Magic Kingdom. There you’ll want to visit Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland, and The Barnstormer, Dumbo, and Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland.
Now, if what you like about flying is the airplanes themselves, you can see airplane props in The Great Movie Ride, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Studio Backlot Tour, and Jungle Cruise. It’s up to you if you’d like to incorporate these attractions into your flight-themed day in Walt Disney World.
What’s your favorite flying attraction in Walt Disney World?