Hi-diddle-dee-dee, we’re off to Disneyland today to check out the latest addition to your pin collection — a Pinocchio’s Daring Journey 40th Anniversary limited edition pin!
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Pin – $19.99
The pin features the attraction’s iconic opening scene, which shows Pinocchio dancing on a stage flanked by two dancer puppets and singing “I’ve Got No Strings.” Along the top we see the face of Stromboli flanked by “Stromboli’s Theatre,” while two royal guard-like puppets sit in the left and right of center. Below is the attraction’s entrance marquee flanked by two red lanterns. Hanging off the bottom center is a sign with “40th” written at the center.
The entire card also works to show the atmosphere of Stromboli’s Theatre.
We found this pin at 20th Century Music Company on Main Street, U.S.A. , and you can let us know if you’ll be bringing this home in the comments below!
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is located at three of the six Disneyland castle parks worldwide. The original version opened with Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1983 in their Fantasyland, just across from “it’s a small world.” Slightly more than a month later, the ride opened on May 23, 1983 at Disneyland as part of their massive New Fantasyland overhaul which saw the land closed from 1982 to 1983, and replaced the Fantasyland Theater which showed classic cartoons. Over at Disneyland Paris, the ride also opened with the park on April 12, 1992 as Les Voyages de Pinocchio.
All three iterations of the attraction share a common story and layout, with only some stylistic and maintenance choices differentiating the three. Much like other Fantasyland dark rides, the attraction follows the journey of Pinocchio much as the film does. Skipping over the beginning part of the film, we see Pinocchio go straight to Stromboli’s Theatre before moving on to Pleasure Island. Tall flats show off the vices of pleasure island, such as incredibly tall Native Americans all smoking. Finally the ride takes us to Stromboli’s attempted sale of the newly-minted donkeys to the salt mine, before being swallowed by Monstro the whale. Finally we make it home, where the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish and turns Pinocchio into a real boy.
You can watch our video above of the Disneyland version.
This is the newest Fantasyland dark ride to be built, with others seen at multiple parks including Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Adventures, etc. all having originated in the 1950s.