The character of Peter Pan first appeared in 1902 in J.M. Barrie's novel The Little White Bird, "about a wealthy bachelor's attachment to a boy [named] David," says Glinert. The narrator would walk the boy through Kensington Gardens at night, when Peter could be found.
Peter Pan was first produced as a play in 1904 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.
The original stage production was called Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. The part of The Little White Bird featuring Peter Pan was republished under the name Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in 1906, while Peter Pan and Wendy, a book adaptation of the play, came out in 1911.
Disney's animated Peter Pan was released in 1953. It was originally intended to be the second animated Disney movie, after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.
Prior to Peter Pan, "Wendy" was not a real name. In fact, it was Barrie's nickname; it later became popular for girls.
The new platinum edition of Disney's Peter Pan ($30) features enhanced picture and sound quality and a plethora of bonus material, from documentaries on the making of the movie, the version that could have been, and why Walt Disney made the movie to deleted songs, games for kids, and a virtual flight through London and Neverland. Grab it while it's available during an inevitably limited run.