Sunday 11 February 2018

Disney Dream Girls 196 - The Twinkification of the Magic Kingdom

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Coming up on todays show, Michelle and Jayne chat through some historical and recent news items then move on to a feature focussing on Pinocchio in the parks.  

Pinocchio's Daring Journey  
Let’s go back to 1976, when it was decided to remove the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Disneyland. The plan was to put in a Pinocchio dark ride and this saw guests riding in cars designed to resemble Geppetto's wood-carved toys. However, it was shelved only to be revived to be added into Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. Gone was the toy shaped carts, as guests ride in a non descript ‘wood style’ cart. It then opened in Disneyland a month and a half later as part of a complete overhaul of Fantasyland. Just as originally planned, it is where the Mickey Mouse Club Theater originally stood.

Character Meet and Greets
Pinocchio and Gepetto meet nearly every day in Disneyland Paris, usually in Fantasyland near Bella Notte. However, in the US parks, Pinocchio and Gepetto are tricky to find but they may be found separately in Epcot at the International Gateway or American Adventure.  You can usually find Pinocchio in Fantasyland or World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland. 
August 1978 WDW,  Pinocchio and Geppetto along with Stromboli, Lampwick, Gideon, J. Worthington Foulfellow and the marionettes posed together in Fantasyland - photo credit Disney Parks Blog

Sadly the blue fairy has no meets anywhere but sometimes pops up in parades. It is a big no for Stromboli, with no meets anywhere for him. Gideon may meet at EPCOT otherwise it’s over to Paris or Tokyo. If you wan to meet John Worthington "Honest John" Foulfellow , he  can only be met regularly in Fantasyland or the Med Harbor in Tokyo. In previous years he has featured as one of the Villains for Halloween Time at Disneyland CA. 

Pinocchio Themed Eateries
You can eat in a Pinocchio themed restaurant in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. They have varied menus and whilst its not the most exciting of food choices, it is solid theme park fare that will suit the fussiest of appetites.

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