Disneyland closing 3 classic Fantasyland rides this summer

Disneyland is shuttering one of its most popular Fantasyland attractions along with two of the oldest rides at the Anaheim theme park just after the unofficial start of summer for several weeks of seasonal refurbishment.

Disneyland will temporarily close Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Alice in Wonderland on June 5 for standard refurbishments, according to Disneyland officials.

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Alice in Wonderland will reopen about two weeks later on June 16. A reopening date has not yet been set for Peter Pan’s Flight, but the popular Fantasyland dark ride aboard an enchanted pirate ship soaring over London will be closed at least through June 21, according to the Disneyland website.

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The refurbishments of the three Fantasyland rides that share a common building next to Sleeping Beauty Castle are part of Disneyland’s standard operations for general maintenance and upkeep. Walt Disney Imagineering is not expected to make any notable show changes to the attractions.

Disneyland typically conducts seasonal refurbishments during the off-season between New Year’s Day and Spring Break. Weekslong refurbishments are less common between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the traditional summer vacation season.

Understanding the Disneyland calendar has become more complicated in recent years — with the off-season continually shrinking and slower periods shifting to unconventional times of year. The yearlong pandemic closure of the parks also disrupted maintenance and refurbishment schedules.

The Fantasyland ride closures starting on June 5 coincide with a string of days when Disneyland tickets will be at their lowest price of $104 — suggesting crowds will be light at that time.

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Regardless of crowds or seasons, Peter Pan’s Flight remains one of the most popular rides in the park with fans streaming to the Disneyland opening day attraction each morning at rope drop to be among the first in line.

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is another of Disneyland’s 1955 opening day attractions concentrated in Fantasyland — the heart of the park. The Alice in Wonderland attraction opened in 1958 and is among the classic Fantasyland dark rides beloved by Disneylanders.

Another popular Disney dark ride is briefly closing on June 5 across the esplanade. Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will be down for three days at Disney California Adventure, according to the Disneyland website.

Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds is scheduled to return on June 2 after a six-week refurbishment.

Splash Mountain will close on May 31 for an extensive conversion into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure based on the 2009 animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

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