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Les Voyages de Pinocchio at Disneyland ParisLast updated by Nick on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 09:33
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:54
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Apr 12, 1992
Les Voyages de Pinocchio is Disneyland Paris’ version of Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, a classic Disney dark ride based on the story of the puppet that wants to be a “real” boy. The original version of the attraction opened at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and although the Paris version uses a slightly different ride system and is slightly shorter it is otherwise very similar.
The 6-seater vehicles move through the ride building at a fairly rapid pace, taking in scenes such as Stromboli’s Marionette Show, the Pleasure Island funfair and an appearance by Monstro the whale. Finally, guests emerge into a triumphant scene (accompanied by “When You Wish Upon a Star”) in Gepetto’s Workshop, where Pinocchio has at last achieved his life’s ambition.Review:
The Pinocchio attraction is located right next door to Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains, and the two rides are very similar. If you’ve already experienced the Snow White ride, it’s likely that you’ll be slightly underwhelmed by Les Voyages de Pinocchio as a result. Both attractions frequently suffer from large queues, and kids are likely to be demand to ride both.
For older groups of guests that are visiting Disneyland Paris on a busy day, Snow White offers a slightly edgier and more entertaining experience. However, if your kids are a little sensitive, the scenes in the Pinocchio ride are much less threatening than those in the Snow White attraction (Monstro the whale is enormous, but he’s nowhere near as menacing as the Evil Queen). It’s also slightly easier to follow the plot of Les Voyages de Pinocchio, although if you haven’t seen the movie you’ll be at a loss to explain what is going on.Top Tip:
Look out for two clever tricks employed by Disney’s Imagineers when creating this attraction. Firstly, watch for the scene where holographic technology is used to show boys’ faces in hand-held mirrors, before they turn around and show themselves to be donkeys. In the last scene, check out the Blue Fairy, who leaves a trail of fairy dust behind her. She was created using the same Pepper’s Ghost illusion that is employed in Phantom Manor’s ballroom.
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