During the long history of Disneyland, many rides have made it to other Disney theme parks around the world such as Star Tours, and It’s a Small World to name only a couple of rides that have found a permanent home in the other Disney parks around the world. However there are still many rides that have only been at Disneyland and have not been transplanted to any of the other Disney theme parks worldwide. Some of these rides have not made it to other Disney parks because they were too old or it was discovered that they were not good rides for some reason. Some examples include the Stagecoach, Mules, Natures Wonderland, and the Monsanto House of the Future. Yet even newer rides can sometimes fail to make it into other Disney theme parks even when they are popular fastpass attractions. Toontown offers two different rides that are popular that did not get sent to any other Disney park, the rides are Roger’s Rabbit Cartoon Spin, and Gadget’s Go Coaster. However we are going to be looking at one ride that is quiet odd and unique to Disneyland the ride we will be looking at is the Daring Adventures of Pinocchio, which we will just refer to as Pinocchio for short from now on.
What makes Pinocchio such an odd attractions? Well most of Fantasyland was the same as when the parked opened. The park opened with Snow White, Dumbo, Peter Pan, etc. However what is unique is that in 1983 Fantasyland got a makeover thanks to the change of corporate ownership of the Disney Company by Michael Eisner and others. Not only were the ride facades changed in Fantasyland from a Circus like atmosphere some rides like the Tea Cups and Alice were moved and the others were changed on the inside some changes were minor and some changes were more noticeable. The ride facades were changed to a small European village and along with this new façade came a new ride Pinocchio.
The area that now houses Pinocchio had been a troublesome spot for Disney and often changed. Often the same area housed shows including an early 3-D film with the Musketeers. Most of the times films were shown, sometimes the area had nothing at all. It was decided that Pinocchio was a classic that deserved a ride and could be a permanent fixture to Fantasyland. Unfortunately or for fans that enjoy the short wait the spot was still unpopular and Pinocchio is often the ride with the shortest ride in Fantasyland. Pinocchio is also on the slowest side of the castle with Snow White and Pinocchio being smaller draws then Mr. Toad and Peter Pan that are on the opposite side.
Pinocchio is still an enjoyable ride though. It is a nice addition of another classic dark ride. You may be interested to know that Pinocchio was the first Disney attraction to use holograms when Pinocchio’s friend turns into a donkey, though many incorrectly think the Haunted Mansion uses them. Eventually Pinocchio’s neighbor Snow White gained a hologram apple as guests often would reach out and grab the real one the witch was holding.
Some other fun parts are Treasure Island though it can be loud and therefore scary for younger children and a nuisance for those who are riding in front of behind such riders. One interesting thing is that the Blue Fairy that appears and disappears at the end of the ride does in fact use the same effect as the Haunted Mansion. For those that are curious it is an old stage trick called Pepper’s Ghost so you can look that up and see how it works but those that want to keep the secret don’t have to have it spoiled. Those who do want to verify how the trick works can look back real quick while on the ride and see how the trick works.
Pinocchio is on of the few Fantasyland rides still open that never made it into any other park the other’s being Alice in Wonderland, and the other being the Matterhorn though plans have been made to make a similar ride to the Matterhorn at Epcot either as the Matterhorn or as a Mt. Fuji for Japan. Pinocchio is a fun ride that should not be missed as it always has the shortest ride there is no reason to miss it.