Dumbo, The Flying Elephant at Walt Disney World

Dumbo, The Flying Elephant, is a spinner-style attraction at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. Specifically, you’ll find Dumbo, the Flying Elephant ride located in the Storybook Circus portion of Fantasyland.

This review will cover specific details about the ride and helpful tips for parents with smaller children.

Here are the quick reference details:

Dumbo, The Flying ElephantMagic Kingdom


Storybook Circus

Disney Height Requirement:


Eligible for Disney Genie+


Ride Type:


Seats Per Vehicle:

Two, possibly one adult with
two small children

Disney Rider Switch:


Good For:


Scary Factor:


Must-Do List:


Perfect For:

All Ages

Special Mention:

There is a play while you wait area in the circus tent. It makes a great break spot for small children.

Dumbo, The Flying Elephant

Most all children are going to want to take a spin on Dumbo, the Flying elephant when they visit Magic Kingdom Park. The latest version of Dumbo opened a few years back with the addition of Storybook Circus.

The attraction offers two spinners. When you enter Dumbo’s standby line you’ll follow the below path toward the right and enter the large circus tent.

There, a cast member will ask if you want to play or just ride. This is what’s known as the “play while you wait” area.

Many parents bring their children back here just to play. Therefore, if you need to take a break while the kids can run free, this is the place.

The area is set up like an indoor playground surrounded by bleacher-style seating. When you are there on a busy day, the cast member will give someone in your group a pager. When the pager goes off it’s time to return for your ride on Dumbo.

If you don’t want to play, inform the cast member and you can continue on through the normal line. Keep this play area in the back of your mind in the event of a rain shower or storm. It might be the perfect place to kill a little extra time while staying dry.

When Dumbo initially re-opened in this newer location, it was extremely busy at certain points during the day. So the idea of the play area was to allow guests to have a little fun time instead of standing in line.

These days the line for Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, is rarely over 20 minutes. Of course, there might be a few exceptions, but thankfully, the attraction has a decent capacity with two spinners.

When you sit down in the actual spinner, parents are required to sit on the outside. There is a single lap restraint that goes over everyone in your vehicle.

Additionally, you’ll find a lever that makes each elephant go either up or down during the ride. This is similar to the Magic Carpets ride in Adventureland.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that there is a fun photo opportunity that guests can walk up to at anytime. It sits between the two spinners, but is not part of the line.

This is great for children to walk up the little stairs and climb in the elephant. It also gives you plenty of time to take a few photos instead of trying to do it when you are boarding the ride.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant is a lot of fun. I always like to remind parents that this is the kind of attraction that children dream about riding. And who can blame them? I love it also.

Make sure to take Dumbo out for a spin during the daytime and then again after dark. The spinner is a little extra pretty in the evening.

Here is a video of Dumbo the Flying Elephant via YouTube: Complete Ride

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