Innoventions in Tomorrowland is pretty useless. It is probably the most universally disliked attraction in the history of Disneyland. But even in this black hole of imagination and creativity, there exists a beacon of joy. A symbol of pure Disney magic that only the bravest and most dedicated of Disney fans can find. And what they find is our next Disneyland secret, Peter Pan Story time.
First thing you have to do is find it. It used to be that it was included in the “tour” of the Dream Home on the lower level of the building. But that was a long time ago. Now the building doesn’t even rotate. Today, you have to find it yourself. Innoventions makes you start your visit on the second floor, where you can see Asimo, Disney Infinity, and the Iron Man tech exhibit. When you get to Iron Man, you’ll see stairs leading you downstairs in to the Dream Home. In this home, there is a kitchen, a den, a living room, and rooms for the kids. It’s in the boys room that you’ll find Peter Pan story time.
When the lights are on, it’s just a well themed room for boys, complete with pirate bed and cannon. I wouldn’t mind having this room right now in fact, even without the story that comes with it. But it turns out the room is also interactive. The windows are actually monitors of some kind, and the lights respond to voice commands. Guests who wait, at most 10 or 15 minutes, will soon find out what else this room can do. A cast member will join the room with a storybook in his hand and ask if anyone wants to hear a story. And for those who do, magic will soon happen. He’ll bring the lights down, ask everyone to get their pixie dust ready, and Peter Pan story time begins!
Experiences vary at this point as the story told is basically in the hands of the cast member telling it. It’s always about the same, but the manner in which it’s told can vary. Some are very enthusiastic, some mix in their own pop culture references (kind of like the Genie in the Aladdin show), and some simply read the story.
As the story is being told, the cast member will sometimes ask guests to participate. In one part of the story, the cast member will ask a guest to help find Peter Pans shadow. In the movie, it’s locked in a bedside drawer. There is a similar drawer in this bedroom, and a guest is asked to open the drawer. When the drawer is opened, it physically shakes and an image of Peter Pan is seen in a lamp shade that also spins around in circles. It’s quite adorable.
These lights here also animate by shaking and flashing on to simulate Tinkerbell flying through the room.
As the story goes on, the cast member will also incorporate the windows and two large screens in to the story. There is the screen behind the cannon over the bed, and another on the opposite wall. The windows will show stars, or perhaps Captain Hook trying to swim away from the clock croc.
It’s ridiculous how much fun guests have with this part of the show.
The story wraps with a lucky guest or two getting to fire the cannon into the opposite wall. When the cannon is fired, you hear a loud explosion, the cannon flashes bright red, and smoke comes out. There are also cannon ball type holes projected on to the wall.
Disneyland Secret #8 | Peter Pan Story time
The lights come on and the story is sadly over after this. But you can see it again! New stories with a new storyteller are done every 15 minutes! Finally, you can see the whole show right here, complete with rambunctious kids going a little crazy on the cannon.
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