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Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Dumbo the Flying Elephant Disneyland
Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Attraction type Aerial carousel
Theme Dumbo
Opening date August 16, 1955
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
New Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Land Fantasyland
Soft opening date March 12, 2012
June 22, 2012
Opening date October 1, 1971 (Original)
December 6, 2012 (reopening)
Closing date January 8, 2012 (Original)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
空飛ぶダンボ
TDL Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Tokyo Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Opening date April 15, 1983
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Dumbo the flying elephant DLPR
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Land Fantasyland
Opening date April 12, 1992
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
小飛象旋轉世界
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Hong Kong Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Opening date September 12, 2005
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
小飞象
Shanghai Dumbo
Shanghai Disneyland
Land Gardens of Imagination
Opening date June 16, 2016[1]
Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a carousel-style ride located in Fantasyland at five Disney parks around the world and located in Gardens of Imagination at Shanghai Disneyland. The original attraction opened at Disneyland in October of 1955, three months after the park opened. The four other versions of the attraction were opening day attractions at their respective parks.

One elephant from the ride is in the collection of the National Museum of American History, donated in 2005, on the occasion of Disneyland's 50th anniversary.

Premise

  • Hop atop Dumbo and take off into the air on a joyful journey amid the jubilant sounds of carnival music. Based on Disney’s 1941 animated classic Dumbo, Dumbo the Flying Elephant invites you to accompany everybody’s favorite circus elephant as he discovers his unique ability to fly.
  • Dumbo’s faithful friend Timothy Q. Mouse greets you from the arched entry, directing the action with help from his “magic” feather. As a jovial band organ melody begins, Dumbo gracefully lifts off from the ground and magically begins to fly around and around.
  • During your aerial adventure, you can direct Dumbo to soar skyward or fly low by moving the handle inside the Dumbo-themed gondola. Feel the wind in your face as you take in the sweeping views of Storybook Circus below.

Attraction

Based on the character from the 1941 animated feature, the sixteen ride vehicles are each shaped like Dumbo and are mounted on articulated armatures connected to a rotating hub. The passengers ride in the "Dumbos" and can maneuver them up and down with a joystick which operates a hydraulic ram. The ride itself rotates counterclockwise at a constant rate.

A figure of Timothy Q. Mouse rides atop the central hub. The figure originally held a training whip and stood on a mirrored disco ball. With the exception of Tokyo Disneyland, he currently stands on a hot air balloon and holds the "magic feather". Starting in 2012, Magic Kingdom's Timothy currently spins with his magic feather on top of the attraction's marquee.

Each of the parks, with the exception of Disneyland Paris, have an extra Dumbo vehicle located outside of the attraction to be used by guests for better photo opportunities. Tokyo Disneyland's photo spot differs from its three counterparts; the character is shown in his regular outfit from the original film, with a pink saddle blanket and Timothy Mouse in his hat.

History

Disneyland

The attraction was originally built with ten ride vehicles which were intended to represent not the "one and only" Dumbo, but the alcohol-induced "pink elephants" scene from the film. In fact, the working title of the attraction was "10 Pink Elephants On Parade" and the elephants were painted pink on installation. Walt Disney changed his mind, realizing he may look like he was encouraging kids to drink alcohol, and had the elephants painted grey to look like Dumbo.

A circa 1915 band organ occasionally provides background music. This powerful instrument is capable of being heard more than a mile away. Naturally, it is operated at only a fraction of its potential.

During his 1957 visit to Disneyland, Former United States President Harry S. Truman, a Democrat, refused to ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, due to the elephant being a Republican symbol.

During the 1970s, the attraction was planned to be expanded and renamed "Dumbo's Circusland" and was displayed in "Disneyland Presents a Preview of Coming Attractions", but was cancelled.

In 1983, as part of Fantasyland's major remodeling, the ride was moved to where Skull Rock used to be, allowing Dumbo's original location to be a shortcut to Frontierland. It was completely rebuilt with a kinetic toymaker-like design, although there were still ten elephants and Timothy still held the whip. In a featurette of the ride, as shown on the DVD release of the film's 70th anniversary, the head Disney Imagineer, Tony Baxter, even noted that the new ride looked like one of Geppetto's inventions.

In 1990, the attraction was updated with the sixteen vehicles originally intended for installation at Disneyland Paris after an incident during which a bracket support broke.

During the 1992 Disneyana convention, one of the original ride vehicles sold for US$16,000. Like other remaining 1955 attractions, one of Disneyland's Dumbos was painted gold in honor of the park's fiftieth anniversary in 2005. At the same time, Timothy's magic feather was replaced by the whip.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom's original 1971 version of this attraction was designed differently than its 1955 Disneyland counterpart. On opening day, it soft-opened without, not only Timothy and his disco ball, but the elephants' hats as well. The hats and disco ball were eventually added after a couple of months, but the Timothy Mouse figure wasn't added for about two years.

The ride was later updated with the sixteen vehicles and the new ride mechanism in 1993. However, it did not include a central water feature like its Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland counterparts; the utilidors running directly below the attraction prevented the installation of water pipes necessary for the water features to operate.[2] Also for this version, as well as its Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland counterparts, Timothy's hot air balloon had red and white stripes, rather than rainbow stripes for the Disneyland version. In 1997, the attraction's queue was covered to provide shade and decorated with topiaries.

For nostalgic visitors, a replica of Magic Kingdom's 1971 version currently exists at Tokyo Disneyland, being the only park to still feature ten flying elephants and Timothy spinning on a disco ball. It is also the only other park, aside from Disneyland, to have Timothy holding a whip.

Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland is currently undergoing a large expansion and renovation that began in 2011. "The New Fantasyland will be constructed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013."[3] Mickey's Toontown Fair closed permanently in February 2011 in order to make way for the expansion.[4] Some elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair were demolished and others were re-themed to a new Storybook Circus area. An expanded Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride was built in this new location with an interactive queue.

Storybook Circus began soft openings on March 12, 2012, including one of the new Dumbo carousels. The southern end of Storybook Circus had a delayed opening on March 21, 2012. During the soft openings, it was revealed that the new attraction received the water features that have been included with the attraction in many other Disney Parks around the world. However, unlike the other versions, an additional effect occurs at night when the fountain lights change colors, an effect that was picked up from the Disneyland version, but with more colors. The Dumbo vehicles, which are richly detailed and vibrantly colored, now spin clockwise from the original version, which was reconstructed next to the new one, that soft-opened on June 22. The two rides therefore counter-rotate from each other. The attraction also features a new soundtrack and artwork panels at the bottom of the carousels that tell the story of Dumbo, like the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel attraction. However, a new central hub was introduced that lacks the hot air balloon with Timothy Mouse and the magic feather. This figure has been moved to above the attraction's marquee. A signature feature of this version is an indoor queue themed to the big top from the film. Inside, guests receive ticket-themed pagers where they can wait until prompted, and small children can play in the play area themed to Dumbo's fire rescue stunt scene.

Disneyland Paris

At Disneyland Paris, Dumbo the Flying Elephant can be found in Fantasyland. The attraction is an identical double of the attractions of the same name at the other Disney Parks.

The sixteen ride vehicles are each shaped like Dumbo and are mounted on articulated armatures connected to a rotating hub. The passengers ride in the "Dumbos" and can maneuver them up and down with a joystick which operates a hydraulic ram. The ride itself rotates counterclockwise at a constant rate.

A figure of Timothy Q. Mouse rides atop the central hub. The figure originally held a training whip, but was later replaced with the "magic feather."

Disneyland Shanghai

Unlike any other Disney park the one at Shanghai will the be the only one not at Fantasyland. It will be at the Gardens Of Imagination and will feature a dome which will house the attraction.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. "Disneyland Shanghai to open 2016". 
  2. "Dumbo The Flying Elephant" Disney Reporter - Where the Magic Lives
  3. Smith, Thomas (18 January 2011). "Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park".. Retrieved on 20 January 2011.
  4. Smith, Thomas (10 December 2010). "New Fantasyland Expansion Update".. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.


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Tomorrowland Speedway | Space Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover | Carousel of Progress | Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin | Stitch's Great Escape! | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Push the Talking Trash Can

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Disney's Contemporary Resort | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Mickey Mouse Revue | Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Skyway | Snow White's Scary Adventures | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | If You Had Wings | Delta Dreamflight | The Timekeeper | Magic Journeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Mission to Mars | ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter | The Walt Disney Story | Mickey's Birthdayland | Mickey's Starland | Mickey's Toontown Fair | Flight to the Moon | Donald's Boat | Goofy's Barnstormer | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Pixie Hollow | Toon Park | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky | Plaza Swan Boats | Dream Along with Mickey | Penny Arcade | Tropical Serenade | Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats | Diamond Horseshoe Revue | Star Jets | America the Beautiful | American Journeys | Magic Carpet Round the World

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Mickey's House & Movie Barn | Minnie's House | Goofy's Bounce House | Donald's Boat | Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin | Gadget's Go Coaster | Toon Park

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Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Star Jets | Grand Circuit Raceway | Stitch Encounter | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Ambassador Hotel

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Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Dr. Facilier's Carnival-Loween | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Le Voeu de Noël de la Princesse Aurore | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Winter Wonderland | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night

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Disneyland Hotel | Hotel New York | Disney's Sequoia Lodge | Newport Bay Club Hotel | Disney's Hotel Cheyenne | Disney's Hotel Santa Fe


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Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | Hong Kong Disneyland Band | Main Street Vehicles | Animation Academy | Ragtime Piano | Art of Animation

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Cinderella Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fairy Tale Forest | Fantasy Gardens | Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Cups | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Pixie Hollow | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Snow White Grotto | Sword in the Stone

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Festival of the Lion King | Tarzan's Treehouse | Jungle River Cruise | Liki Tikis | Jungle Drumming

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Toy Soldier Parachute Drop | Slinky Dog Spin | RC Racer | Toy Soldier Boot Camp | Barrel of Fun | Cubot

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Mystic Manor | Garden of Wonders | Freight Depot

Anniversary Celebration:

5th Anniversary | 10th Anniversary

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Flights of Fantasy Parade | Disney in the Stars | Paint the Night Parade | Mickey's Rainy Day Express

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Festival of Family & Friends | “Frozen” Festival Show | “Frozen” Village | The Pavilion

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Dapper Dans | Disney on Parade | High School Musical: LIVE! | Jungle Puppet Carnival | Lucky the Dinosaur | Muppet Mobile Lab | The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong | The Golden Mickeys | Tinker Bell Castle Illumination

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Adventureland Oasis Party | Alien Invasion | Demon Jungle | Glow in the Park Halloween Parade | Graves Academy | Horrors of the Amazon | Inferno Dance Party | Inside Out Headquarters | It's a Small World Holiday | 'Let It Snow' Christmas Parade | Lightning McQueen "LIVE"! | Main Street Haunted Hotel | Mickey's House | Mickey's WaterWorks | Monsters University Administration Building | Nightmare in the Sky | Pirate Takeover | Royal Christmas Ball | Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Revenge of the Headless Horseman | Tomorrowland Party Zone | Turtle Talk with Crush

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Hyperspace Mountain | Iron Man Experience | Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple | Season of the Force

Resorts:

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Shanghai Disneyland Band

Gardens of Imagination:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fantasia Carousel | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Marvel Universe

Fantasyland:

Alice in Wonderland Maze | Enchanted Storybook Castle | Frozen: A Sing-Along Celebration | Hunny Pot Spin | Once Upon a Time Adventure | Peter Pan's Flight | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto

Adventure Isle:

Camp Discovery | Happy Circle | Roaring Rapids | Soarin' Over the Horizon | Tarzan: Call of the Jungle

Treasure Cove:

Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular | Explorer Canoes | Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure | Shipwreck Shore | Siren's Revenge

Tomorrowland:

Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue | Club Destin-E | Jet Packs | Star Wars Launch Bay | Stitch Encounter | TRON Lightcycle Power Run

Current Entertainment:

Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey’s Storybook Express | The Lion King (musical)

Resorts:

Shanghai Disneyland Hotel | Toy Story Hotel


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Media

Films and Television: Dumbo | Mickey Mouse Club | Dumbo's Circus | House of Mouse | Live-action film | Video
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Disney Read-Along | Golden Sound Story | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks

Animagique | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Celebrate the Magic | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fantasmic! | Games of the Boardwalk

Characters

Original: Dumbo | Timothy Mouse | Mrs. Jumbo | Elephant Matriarch | Prissy | Catty | Giddy | Ringmaster | Mr. Stork | Smitty | Casey Junior | Pink Elephants | The Crows | Circus Animals | Clowns
Dumbo's Circus: Lionel | Fair Dinkum | Q.T. | Barnaby | Lilli | Sebastian | Flip & Flap

Songs

Look Out for Mr. Stork | Casey, Jr. | Roustabouts | Baby Mine | Hit the Big Boss | Pink Elephants on Parade | When I See an Elephant Fly

Locations

Florida

Objects

The Magic Feather

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