Pinocchio's Daring Journey is a dark ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. Located in the Fantasyland section of each park, this ride is based on Disney's animated film version of the classic story, which was the studio's second animated feature film. Stromboli's marionette show is also featured in the attraction, in which guests are inside a giant cage. The version in Disneyland was the first attraction created by Disney to use holographic material, which appears on hand held mirror, in the scene where the boys turn into donkeys on Pleasure Island. The Pepper's Ghost illusion (used extensively in the Haunted Mansion) is used when the Blue Fairy disappears, leaving a pile of fiber-optic fairy dust on the floor.
Originally, this ride was conceived for a proposed Disneyland area adjacent to Fantasyland called Dumbo's Circus Land. Although it was roughly the same ride as what would finally open, it also would have featured a small puppet theater in the queue. However, Dumbo's Circus Land never came to be. Nevertheless, Pinocchio's Daring Journey did come into being independently of that land, first at the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and then finally debuting at Disneyland a month and a half later as part of the complete overhaul of Fantasyland. At Disneyland, this ride is located where the Mickey Mouse Club Theater originally stood, with a weathervane that looks like Monstro the Whale.
Guests board the ride vehicle, designed to look like a wooden cart, in a station themed to a street in Pinocchio Village. The ride travels through Stromboli's Puppet Theater, featuring Pinocchio dancing and singing with a pair of marionettes, and travels back stage where Pinocchio is being kept a birdcage along with two other caged dolls. Stromboli tries to catch the ride vehicle in a cage, but Jiminy Cricket warns riders of the trap and leads the car down an alley to safety. The ride goes to a junction where Jiminy Cricket tells the riders to wait for him and that they're going the wrong way, the ride then goes to Pleasure Island, which is filled with boys enjoying carnival rides, while Honest John Foulfellow watches Gideon playing a hammer donkey game, go through tobacco road, the rough house and inside a pool hall, where Lampwick is turning into a donkey while Pinocchio laughs at his transformation. Back outside behind Pleasure Island, the Coachman is caging the other boys who have become donkeys. The Coachman tries to trap riders in a crate, but Jiminy Cricket leads them past the docks, where Monstro appears, while Geppetto calls for Pinocchio. The ride then goes back to Pinocchio Village and inside of Geppetto's workshop, the Blue Fairy appears and disappears beside Geppetto and Pinocchio, and the ride vehicle travels through Geppetto's workshop, filled with animated clocks, toys and automatons, back to the station.
Stromboli in Pinnochio's Daring Journey
Lampwick as he appears in Pinocchio's Daring Journey