Tuesday, March 15, 2011

From the Movies to the Parks: Pinocchio

Let's say you're trying to decide between a vacation at California's Disneyland or Walt Disney World in Florida. If, in this hypothetical scenario you're a big fan of Pinocchio, the choice is easy. There's a lot more of the little wooden puppet at...

Pinocchio's Daring Journey opened along with a drastically refurbished Fantasyland in 1983 and fits right in with the classic movie-based dark rides that had long populated this area of the park. It condenses the film's story into a delightful three-minute ride.

Adjacent to the attraction is an eatery that's based on the same movie. Stop in to The Village Haus for a counter service meal in a building based on Gepetto's cozy home. Enjoy your (ITALIAN!) pizza among lovely woodcarvings.

The least frightening ride... with the most frightening entrance.

To enter the land of miniature houses that is Storybook Land Canal Boats, Disneyland guests ride a boat into the gaping maw of Pinocchio's Monstro the whale. Once there, they can see Pinocchio's village among the tiny settings. Pinocchio (looking kind of plump) also shows up in the Pleasure Island Italian section of it's a small world.

Pinocchio in Fantasmic!

There's even a Pinocchio segment in Fantasmic, the nighttime spectacular seen on the Rivers of America.

Does not have the Pinocchio attraction nor a Storybook Canal Boats. Pinocchio doesn't appear in it's a small world there, and its version of Fantasmic does not include the Pinocchio segment.

It does still have a Village Haus restaurant in Fantasyland, though. So there's that.

Disneyland Paris has it's own version of Pinocchio's Daring Journey (called Les Voyages de Pinocchio and the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Tokyo also has Pinocchio's Daring Journey, and the little guy also shows up in Hong Kong's version of it's a small world.

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