Pinocchio's Daring Journey is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park (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. 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.
In 1976, it was decided to remove the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Disneyland and shoehorn a Pinocchio dark 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. Just as originally planned, the one in Disneyland is where the Mickey Mouse Club Theater originally stood, with a weathervane that looks like Monstro the Whale.
Guests board a wooden car and enter Stromboli's Marionette show. Pinocchio starts to dance and sing with the duo of puppets until the car goes into the backstage area. Stromboli has put Pinocchio in a cage and Jiminy Cricket yells, "Watch out!". Then, the car goes through Pleasure Island and past all the amusements. The guests then see Lampwick turning into a donkey, before the car passes the Coachman cracking his whip and caging the children who have become donkeys. The car follows the sign reading "To the Sea" and seagulls appear as Monstro pops up. The guests then see the star while an instrumental version of "When You Wish Upon a Star" is heard. Finally, Pinocchio turns into a real boy and the objects become alive in Geppetto's Workshop. Then guests exit the wooden car and leave.
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Poster for Anaheim version