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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘Pinocchio’ Characters Visit Magic Kingdom Park

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Seventy-two years ago today, Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pinocchio” was released nationwide, causing kids and adults everywhere to watch their nose whenever telling a lie.

Characters from Walt Disney Picture's 'Pinocchio' Visit Magic Kingdom Park

The story of a wooden puppet who becomes a real boy captured the hearts of moviegoers, and introduced Pinocchio, Geppetto, the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket who are now often seen in our theme parks. (Can you even imagine Wishes without Jiminy as the narrator?)

Characters from Walt Disney Picture's 'Pinocchio' Visit Magic Kingdom Park

In August 1978 at Magic Kingdom Park, Pinocchio and Geppetto along with Stromboli, Lampwick, Gideon, J. Worthington Foulfellow and the marionettes posed together in Fantasyland.

While Stromboli and Lampwick are not often seen around the Disney Parks, if you do ever run into them just remember Jiminy’s advice and “always let your conscience be your guide.”


  • When we went to Walt Disney World last Nov and to our greatest delight we got to meet Jiminy Cricket. It was a great surprise when we saw him even though he was in, what we feltwas an out of the way place in Animal Kingdom. So it was a great surprise to see him and made our trip even more magical.

  • Its so fun to see how much energy the cast had then in the 70’s just like how the cast is now! 🙂 Its all part of the Disney Magic.

  • Think Stromboli still shows up at one or two of the rare all-Villain appearances (eg. Halloween, Studios), but not as often as the Fox, who’s still a regular.
    Lampwick, however, is gone, although various Donkey boys show up as parade extras. The French and Dutch marionette girls also came back as favorites (but not as suit characters) in the old Parade of Dreams float.

  • Love the idea of vintage characters in the theme parks! Brings back nostalgia and memories of MY history in the park. How about the little orange bird next? Thank you for this post.

  • Does this mean they’ll be at One More Disney Day on the 29th!??? Hope So!

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