Perhaps one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland is Peter Pan’s Flight, which opened in 1955 and is operational to this day. On it, fans of the Peter Pan (1953) movie can travel to Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John, Michael, The Lost Boys, Captain Hook, and Mr. Smee.
However, those aren’t the only beloved characters Guests can find during their flight to Neverland. There is a hidden Mickey on the clock tower at the London scene of the ride, which we were able to see on our last trip, and one lucky Guest was able to find yet another beloved Disney character on a recent visit.
Redditor u/oiliereuler commented that, on their last visit to Disneyland, Peter Pan’s Flight stopped for about ten minutes, and the lights of the ride were turned on. During that time, they could see a lot from the ride, including a tiny hidden Ariel at the Mermaid Lagoon during the first Neverland scene of the ride, as Guests fly over the entire island. They posted a photo you can see below or click here to watch.
Look at that Easter egg, isn’t it neat?
Viewers made hilarious comments after seeing the Little Mermaid, unironically, saying they “Didn’t know she was… part of that world” and that seeing her there was “Impressive. You wouldn’t think that by flippin’ her fins she’d get very far.”
One Redditor commented that they worked at Peter Pan’s Flight for a while and that the little Ariel toy was placed there for no particular reason other than “why not?”
The hilarious comments and the silly explanation added to the picture will make us look for Ariel on our next visit to Disneyland.
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Peter Pan’s Flight is a popular Disney attraction located at several different Disney Parks worldwide — including Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris in France, Shanghai Disneyland in China, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.
The official Disneyland website describes the attraction as follows:
Return to Never Land
It’s bedtime in the Darling children’s nursery, but Wendy, Michael, and John have some unexpected visitors! Join them on a high-flying adventure—with the help of a little pixie dust—through scenes and songs made famous in Disney’s animated film, Peter Pan.
Sail past Big Ben and Tower Bridge as London glitters below. Make your descent into the magical world of Never Land, home to volcanic peaks, sparkling waterfalls, Lost Boys and mermaids.
Swoop into Pirate’s Cove and cheer as Peter braves a swashbuckling duel with Captain Hook—while Wendy is forced to walk the plank.
Can Peter Pan return his young companions safely to London? Or will someone meet an untimely end… in the jaws of a ticking crocodile?
A Novel Attraction
This opening day attraction is based on Walt Disney’s 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan, which in turn was based on J.M. Barrie’s play and book of the same name about a 12-year-old boy who refuses to grow up.
Disneyland Park is currently making significant improvements to several attractions, with Pirates of the Caribbean closed for refurbishment and Tarzan’s Treehouse waiting for a complete reimagining. Toontown is also gearing up for a massive change that will be revealed in 2023 with the reopening of the land and the debut of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. However, there is still so much for Guests to enjoy! Now that the Main Street Electrical Parade and other nighttime spectaculars have made their way back into the Parks, Guests have so much more to look forward to on their next visit. Walking up to Sleeping Beauty Castle is always a dream, especially when you get to go inside and relive the story of Aurora and Maleficent. Riding classics like “it’s a small world,” Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, and more will have you feeling the magic and craving a churro!
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