Disney has updated or announced the update of multiple attractions at Walt Disney World due to culturally insensitive depictions within the attraction. Peter Pan’s Flight features exaggerated negative depictions of Native Americans and would seem a likely candidate for an update.
Disney has not stated that they are making changes to Peter Pan’s Flight, however announcements on other attractions as well as a variety of other factors point to Peter Pan’s Flight being a candidate for changes.
We are considering this Blue Sky as most of the information is purely speculative
February 24, 2021: The YouTube Channel Loopings posted an official ride through video of Disneyland Paris’ version of Peter Pan’s Flight. In the officially edited video, Disney has removed the depictions of Native Americans.
January 26, 2021: A new disclaimer has appeared on Disney+ ahead of the original Peter Pan movie discussing the negative depictions of Native Americans.
January 25, 2021: The Disney Parks Blog announced changes coming to the Jungle Cruise at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. As part of these changes, an additional comment from Carmen Smith (Executive, Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies at Walt Disney Imagineering) cited the cultural changes in the world.
July 6, 2020: On the most recent episode of the Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill goes into detail on some of the proposed changes coming to potentially controversial areas of the theme parks. One area mentioned was the Native American scene along the Rivers of America. The expectation is that the scene would remain but be modified following extensive research on what a typical Native American camp would look like in the time frame represented.
June 25, 2020: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Splash Mountain would be updated to a Princess and the Frog attraction. As part of this announcement, Imagineer Carmen Smith acknowledged the need to understand cultural changes in our society and how those changes affect the parks.
June 11, 2020: WDWMagic.com user WDW Pro is reporting that Disney has launched an internal attractions diversity and values team with an eye towards modifying several attractions over the next five years. The attractions include:
- Splash Mountain
- American Adventure
- The Hall of Presidents
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review
- Carousel of Progress
- “it’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight