Peter Pan’s Flight Becomes a Water Ride Every Night – Here’s Why

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Walt Disney World Resort is known for its captivating fireworks shows and nighttime spectaculars, with the Magic Kingdom display being a timeless, fan-favorite experience for Guests of all ages.

Watching the beloved Disney fireworks show from behind Cinderella Castle may not feature the magical projections, but it does allow Guests to experience a new perspective on the nighttime spectacular.

But with fireworks being this close to Guests, Walt Disney World has had to take some extra precautions for the health and safety of Disney Parks Guests and Cast Members – turning Fantasyland attractions into “water rides.”

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Peter Pan’s Flight is a popular dark ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. Located in the Fantasyland area of each Park, the ride’s story, music, and characters are based on Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, the 1953 animated film version of the classic Peter Pan story by J. M. Barrie.

Suffering from a low capacity and small vehicle size, the Disney attraction often sees huge wait times and sold-out Lightning Lane reservations, even at night after the nighttime spectacular.

Come to Peter Pan’s Flight after the fireworks display, however, and you’ll be surprised by the scenes on top of the Fantasyland building.


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As you can see, Fantasyland’s buildings are topped with sprinklers that are timed to soak the structures after each fireworks performance.

As some of the fireworks are set off close to Cinderella Castle and Fantasyland, Disney prevents fires and incidents from breaking out with a simple water solution.

A fire once broke out on the famous Seven Dwarfs Mine Train due to fireworks debris, and so Disney has now started hosing down the roofs of the surrounding buildings as well as the floor at times to ensure that Guests remain safe from the pyrotechnics.

This ensures that Magic Kingdom Guests stay as safe as possible while enjoying their remaining hours exploring the Disney theme park.

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Disney Parks like Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as water parks like Disney’s Blizzard Beach, create magic for Guests every day, but it doesn’t mean they’re not prone to some incidents from time to time.

For example, the roof of the show building of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid at the Magic Kingdom caught aflame after the Magic Kingdom fireworks, as a result of embers being blown across in north winds.

This is a rare occurrence at Walt Disney World, but Disney’s preventative measures of hosing down Fantasyland before and after each show help stop this from happening. Next time you’re in Fantasyland after the fireworks, be sure to look up and spot the sprinklers!

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who has worked at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Adventures by Disney! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her husband, an Air Force pilot. Find her children's book at