Dumbo The Flying Elephant may appear to be the simplest of the roughly 16 opening-year attractions that remain in the Magic Kingdom. After all, constructing a carnival spinning coaster does not appear to be a brilliant accomplishment of Imagineering, but there is more to Dumbo than meets the eye. The explanation may be traced back to the early plans for Walt Disney’s first Magic Kingdom in Disneyland.

Originally conceived by Imagineer Bruce Bushman as an attraction based on Dumbo’s vision of “Pink Elephants on Parade,” it was sensibly determined that younger guests may prefer flying with

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