Pinocchio

Pinocchio

[pi-noh-kee-oh]
Pinocchio: see Collodi, Carlo.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Locations and Opening Dates
Tokyo Disneyland April 15, 1983
Disneyland May 23, 1983
Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992

Pinocchio's Daring Journey is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks. Located in Fantasyland, this ride is based on Disney's animated film version of the classic story, which was the studio's second animated feature film. This is the first attraction created by Disney to use holographic technology, which appears twice in the ride: first, in the scene where the boys turn into donkeys on Pleasure Island, and second, when the Blue Fairy disappears, leaving a pile of fiber-optic fairy dust on the floor.

History

This ride's history actually begins in 1976, when it was decided to remove the old Fantasyland Theater and shoehorn the ride into it. It was originally intended for the guests to ride in cars designed to resemble Geppetto's wood-carved toys. However, it was all put in storage for a while before being revived for the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. It then came to Disneyland a month and a half later as part of the complete overhaul of Fantasyland. Sure enough, this ride is now the tenant of the building once occupied by the old Fantasyland Theater.

Attraction facts

Tokyo Disneyland

Disneyland

  • Grand opening: May 23, 1983
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Maximum seating capacity: 4 per mine car
  • Show length: 2:47 minutes
  • Ride system: Dark ride

Disneyland Paris

  • Grand opening: April 12, 1992 (Opened with Disneyland Paris)
  • Alternate name: Les Voyages de Pinocchio (literally "The Journeys of Pinocchio")
  • Unofficial name: Pinocchio's Fantastic Journey
  • Designers: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Maximum seating capacity: 6 per mine car
  • Show length: Approx. 2:00
  • Ride system: Dark ride

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