i am a first time Annual Passholder, and before i bit the bullet to get one at the beginning of this month, i have only gone to Disneyland twice in the last 10 years. and within those rare trips, i never went on Peter Pan's Flight, even though it was a childhood favorite.
after reading on this forum that Peter Pan got a boat overhaul and a new paint job, i knew i had to go on it during my next visit.. which unexpectedly turned out to be tonight (just got back home).
i was not surprised to see that Peter Pan's Flight had the longest line out of the dark rides in Fantasyland. as one of the most innovative ideas for a dark ride, especially in comparison to the others surrounding it, it was a given.
so after over a decade of not setting foot on this ride, i rode it. i was delighted to see that everything i loved about the ride was still there (i mean, where would it go?). the feeling of flying, the AA, the characters, etc. it is pure magic. but there were some things that, for some reason, may it be that i'm bigger and older or the fact that some modifications were made, felt different. for instance, when flying high above London, i felt like the city below had less detail. it's most likely because i was only 10-12 years old the last time i rode it, and i had a much more vivid imagination so i saw houses, moving cars, and people walking around. having admittedly lost some of that 'magical' imagination, i just saw the street lights and the larger buildings.
the stars. have they always been that awesome? i don't remember the stars looking so engulfing and multi-dimensional in the way they were placed. at most times it felt more realistic than the projected stars in Space Mountain. i tried leaning over the side of the boat to see exactly how they did it but i failed at seeing what it was.
i can't say much about the boat overhaul since comparing it to memory of when i was 10 years old wouldn't be very accurate, but they do have that 'like-new' look to them. and i must say, some parts of the ride, when you would fly downward i.e. the boat would tip forward, felt a lot steeper and more intense than i remember. i actually took hold of the lap bar.
but like i said, everything i loved about this ride remained. and it was great, after over 10 years, to relive a childhood memory on what is still one of my favorite disneyland rides.
does anyone appreciate and hold this ride close to them like i do?