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May 25

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May 25, 1983 – The Pinocchio’s Daring Journey Attraction Opens in Disneyland

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“Board a woodcarver’s cart and take off on a fantastic journey that revisits the beloved tale of Pinocchio and his conscience, Jiminy Cricket.”

On May 25, 1983, the Disneyland attraction Pinocchio’s Daring Journey opened in Disneyland. A Pinocchio-themed attraction had long been in the works at WED Enterprises, but it wasn’t until the opening of the new Fantasyland on this very day that the attraction became a reality. Surprisingly, this attraction opened in Tokyo Disneyland a month before the Disneyland version, as the timeline for Tokyo Disneyland’s grand opening resulted in the attraction opening before Fantasyland’s revamp was finished. The attraction takes guests through the events of the classic film, beginning at Stromboli’s Puppet Theater. Known as a “dark ride,” the attraction involves show lighting with the figures painted in black light paint, illuminated with ultraviolet light, along with several other special effects.

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May 28

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May 28, 1966 – The Fantasyland Attraction it’s a small world Opens in Disneyland

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“There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.”

On May 28, 1966, the Fantasyland Attraction it’s a small world opened in Disneyland. It was originally designed for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York, and was moved to Disneyland once the fair had closed. The attraction’s design was a group effort, with Disney Legends Mary Blair creating the quirky design and color scheme, Marc Davis creating the character designs, Alice Davis designing the costumes for the dolls, Rolly Crump designing the exterior façade with a 30-foot clock, and Blaine Gibson designing and sculpting the dolls. The songwriting team of the Sherman brothers wrote the song for the attraction, which was a simple tune that could be easily sung in different languages, and has become one of the most recognizable Disney songs. There are 297 Audio-Animatronic dolls and 256 Audio-Animatronic toys in the attraction. The exterior has been redesigned over the years; it was first designed as an all-white attraction with a gold and silver trim, but was then repainted pink and white with pastel accents, matching the façade from the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction.