Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Opened: October 1, 1971.  Opened in its new location in the Storybook Circus section on March 12, 2012.

Location: In the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland behind Mad Tea Party and to the right of Barnstormer.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening.

Ride Length: 90 seconds.

Type:

Spinner.

Similar To: TriceraTop Spin, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: Low. It does spin and go up in the air, but only the most frightened of heights will be bothered.

If heights are a problem, you can keep your elephant low to the ground.

What to Expect: Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a hub and spoke midway style ride with a central hub and 16 Dumbo-themed vehicles that spin slowly counter-clockwise. Each Dumbo holds two people (or potentially three very squished people) that can control whether the vehicle travels up or down with a control stick.

Standby riders have the option to enter a Dumbo themed playground while they wait or bypass the playground and continue in line if the wait is short enough. For those opting to enter the playground, a cast member will give you a pager. The kids, ages two through nine, play in the playground while the rest of the group waits for the buzzer to go off. Once the buzzer goes off, the group exits the playground and re-enters the regular queue.

The playground holds 175 people.

FastPass+ riders proceed immediately through the line and don’t usually have the option to enter the playground, though if it’s full it’s likely that cast will direct FP+ users straight into the line for the ride.

Where to Sit:

Each elephant holds up to three people side by side, though most elephants will have just two people. Smaller kids sit toward the center so as to be less likely to fall out.

FastPass+: Yes, low priority. Availability is high enough that most people will want to select other attractions as their initial three.

What You Miss Using FastPass+:

If waits are 25+ minutes, FastPass+ users will likely bypass the air-conditioned playground area. When waits are lower, FP+ users should have an opportunity to let their kids play if they wish, but then using FastPass+ doesn’t make much sense anyway. So if you’d like the kids to play for 10 to 20 minutes, you may want to ride in standby around 10:30am, in the evening, or whenever the posted wait is around 20 minutes.

Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 15 minutes assuming you bypass the playground.

4th FastPass+ Availability:

Expect to Wait:

When To Go: For many years, Dumbo was a “must do” immediately after Magic Kingdom opened because of its low capacity and healthy popularity. Now that Dumbo has added a second spinner, effectively doubling capacity, and moved to a new location further back in Fantasyland, it’s no longer necessary to head to Dumbo first. If you’re interested in spending time in the playground, visit sometime between 10:30am – 12pm or after 7pm to find short waits. For those wishing to bypass the playground, any time before 11am or after 8pm should result in short waits. Use FastPass+ in the afternoon.

Rating: 5/10 for most adults, 10/10 for preschool age children

Commentary: Dumbo’s new location in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland is much more pleasant than its previous location near the Carousel, though the views are somewhat obstructed by trees. Reduced waits and the addition of FastPass+ make it much easier to experience.

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