Pinocchio's Daring Journey

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    Pinocchio's Daring Journey Ride at Disneyland California

    Entrance to Pinocchio's Daring Journey
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    You probably know the story of Pinocchio, the puppet who wanted to become a boy. This ride follows his adventures as he tries to make his dream come true.

    You start by boarding a woodcarver's cart at the Stromboli Puppet Theatre. After you see the puppet Pinocchio dancing, you're in trouble. The evil puppet master Stromboli is after you. The Blue Fairy adds the escape, and you follow Pinocchio to Pleasure Island. Pinocchio ignores warnings from Jiminy Cricket, and you'll experience a creepy carnival full of noise barkers, a scary clown and an ominously looming Jack in the Box.

    Finally, he (and you) get back to Pinocchio's maker Gepetto. He turns into a real boy, and the objects become alive in Geppetto's Workshop. As usual - all ends well.

    What You Need to Know About Pinocchio's Daring Journey

    We polled 173 of our readers to find out what they think about Pinocchio's Daring Journey. 80% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time.

    • Location: Pinocchio is in Fantasyland.
    • Rating: ★★★
    • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
    • Ride Time: 3 minutes
    • Recommended for: Small Children
    • Fun Factor: Medium
    • Wait Factor: Medium to high
    • Fear Factor: Medium, but some scenes might be scary for the little ones
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
    • Nausea Factor: Low
    • Seating:  Ride vehicles have two rows of bench seats. Each row holds two people. You step straight into them.
    • Accessibility: You'll have to transfer into the ride vehicle, or request an accessible vehicle. Wheelchairs and ECVs should enter through the exit, but you may have to park your ECV outside. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun on Pinocchio's Daring Journey

    Scene from Pinocchio's Daring Journey
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    • You won't need your Heads Up app or anything else to keep you entertained in line. Tha's because Pinocchio seldom has a long line, making it perfect when you just need to ride something - now.
    • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey - like all the other rides in Fantasyland - may close early to accommodate fireworks performances.
    • Some scenes might be scary for the little ones. Things to watch out for include an evil laugh at the beginning, a trip through a scary cage and a chaotic, dark carnival. You may also hear the word “ass,” but is referring to a donkey. To prepare the kids, let them know that it’s all make-believe and remind them that Pinocchio's story ends happily.

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    Fun Facts About Pinocchio's Daring Journey

    Pinocchio's Daring Journey
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    It looks like it's as old as the other rides nearby, but it's actually much newer. It was is the last dark ride built in Fantasyland, added in 1983. It appeared first at Tokyo Disneyland and was so successful there that Disney decided to bring it to the U.S. Disney removed the Mickey Mouse Club Theater to make room for it.

    It is based on Disney's animated film Pinocchio, which was the studio's second animated feature length film. Ride designer Art Rowe and set designer Cliff Welch created the California ride, including the black-light painting that gives depth to flat surfaces.

    Designer Bruce Bushman created a concept for a Pinocchio boat ride that was never built but looks like fun. It sent riders plummeting down the tongue of Monstro the whale into a lagoon. Kind of like Splash Mountain.

    Pinocchio was the first Disneyland ride that used holographic material. It's on the mirror in the scene where the boys turn into donkeys on Pleasure Island.

    Lots of people say the Blue Fairy is a hologram, but it actually uses a nineteenth-century illusion called Pepper's Ghost Illusion, which uses reflections. The same effect appears in Winnie the Pooh and the Haunted Mansion.

    Don't try to pull the yellow bow tie off the donkey. Years ago, you could do that, but now it's glued on.

    Monstro the whale also shows up at the beginning of the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride.

    Next Disneyland Ride: Jungle Cruise