As Audiences Lose Interest In a Classic Attraction, Fans Wonder If Disney Is Planning to Shut It Down

When it comes to classic, quintessential Disney attractions, they can be found in two Parks: Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park.

Magic Kingdom contains each classic Disney attraction, such as the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

However, there is one more classic Disney attraction that many Guests forget nowadays: Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

dumbo ride

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant puts Guests in control of the ride vehicle, and they can control whether Dumbo flies up or down. For the most part, it’s a calming ride loved by families.

But with the addition of newer, shinier rides in Walt Disney World, many Guests forget all about the classic Dumbo ride.

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For decades, this attraction was at the center of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, but in 2012, it was entirely relocated to a new subsection of Fantasyland.

Storybook Circus replaced Mickey’s Toontown Fair and added many circus-themed attractions and experiences. Because Dumbo the Flying Elephant was so famous and beloved, Storybook Circus added a second side.

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Now, twice as many elephants take flight in Magic Kingdom. As a result of this relocation, however, the Dumbo ride has become a bit of a hidden gem in Walt Disney World.

Less Guests ride it than before, and unfortunately, many visitors simply pass it up in order to experience more complex attractions.

One car on Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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This has led some fans to ask: will Disney tear down Dumbo the Flying Elephant?

As far as we can tell, the answer is ‘no.’ Not only is this area still popular enough with younger children to maintain, but there has been little evidence to add to the claim.

For now, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is safe for lift-off in Magic Kingdom.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.