Locked in a huge cage, we escape with the help of the Blue Fairy. In a neat bit of storytelling detail, we see another poster for Stromboli's show -- this one faded almost to nothingness -- on a moonlit village wall. I'm certain that we've learned our lesson, and we'll listen to Jiminy Cricket and go hang out with nice characters from now on...
Jiminy finally guides us home to Geppetto's workshop, where we watch the Blue Fairy bring Pinocchio back to life...but he's still a puppet. He's still a puppet, yet Jiminy still gets a gold badge at the end of the ride?!?
Pinocchio's Daring Journey has not changed much at all since its first summer; it's just as dark, unsettling and wonderful as it's always been. The mellow ending full of ticking cuckoo clocks and a warm, crackling fireplace (and an undeservedly rewarded cricket) stands apart from the louder, crazier endings of the other Fantasyland dark rides (which bid you goodbye with falling rocks, exploding cakes, screaming pirates and a trip to hell).
More Disneyland 1983 coming soon!