June 1, 2013

Dark Ride Loading: Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Pinocchio's Daring Journey dark ride Disneyland Fantasyland
The five Fantasyland dark rides each have a unique style to their loading area, but all aim to provide a smooth transition from the (relatively) real world to the glowing black-light realms inside the building.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey dark ride Disneyland Fantasyland
At Pinocchio's Daring Journey, we feel as if we're entering a picture book that's springing to life, with three-dimensional set pieces emerging from background paintings.

Pinocchio's Daring Journey dark ride Disneyland Fantasyland
Here the ride operator sits at a panel designed to resemble a ticket stand for Stromboli's Puppet Theater. In the background, a three-dimensional arch leads to a tavern that exists only as a backdrop.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey dark ride Disneyland Fantasyland
It's almost like stepping into a gigantic pop-up book.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey dark ride Disneyland Fantasyland
The vehicles look like something Geppetto might have carved...if he was into building theme park rides...

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