Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland Resort)

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Avast! Sail the Spanish Main with the scurviest scum to plough the seas. Pillage, plunder, ravage and loot with Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and countless other rogues. But beware the curse of Davey Jones: "Dead men tell no tales."

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Location: New Orleans Square.
Ride Type: Slow-moving boat ride.
Height Req.: None.
Fastpass: No.
Single Rider: No.
Child Swap: No.
Avg. Wait*: 15-45 minutes.
Ride Length: 16 minutes.
Ride Capacity: About 20 people per boat, 3 to 4 people per row.
Operating Hours: Park opening to park closing.
 
*Wait times my vary widely on a number of factors including crowd levels, showtimes, and hour of the day.
  • Young children may be frightened by the special effects. Service animals are not recommended on this attraction.
  • At one point, when you pass under the bridge, the queue forks into two separate queues. Unless one of the pathways is chained off, head for the shorter side even if you don’t see anybody nearby. Often times, people hesitate and simply stay behind the person in front of them making for a shorter queue on the other side. You might end up passing more than a full boat-load of people in line! One final tip, the right fork is A LOT shorter than the left so even if there are a few more people on the right fork than the left, take the right!
  • Ride during or after the final Fantasmic! for a shorter wait.

Fun Facts

  • This attraction opened on March 18, 1967. Pirates of the Caribbean is also at the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.
  • This was the last attraction Walt Disney supervised before he passed away. Pirates of the Caribbean was originally designed as a walk-through attraction where Guests would take a guided tour through a pirate-themed wax museum.
  • Legendary voice actor Paul Frees voiced many of the pirate vocals, including the fateful warning, "Dead men tell no tales."
  • "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" was the first song ever written by Disney Imagineer X Atencio, who also wrote the script for the attraction.
  • The blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise was inspired by the classic Disney attraction and then later inspired the attraction when characters from the film were added to the voyage.
  • The city your boat wanders through is “Puerto Dorado” which is on Isla Tesoro. That translates into “Golden Port” and “Treasure Island” respectively. When you first enter the indoor portion of the queue, look for a talking parrot, nearby will be a map of Tesoro.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction weaves through two buildings totaling 112,826 square feet and a channel that contains 750,000 gallons of water.
  • Upon first entering the attraction, there are paintings on the walls of a few buccaneers of pirate fame. They are Anne Bonny & Mary Read, Captain Barbossa, Captain Charles Gibb, Captain Hengry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Ned Low, Sir Francis Verney, and Sir Henry Mainwaring. Sparrow and Barbossa were added in after the movie was created but Charles Gibb was a character created in the film from the attraction.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Safety Considerations: None.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: No. Guests must be able to transfer from wheelchair or ECV to experience this attraction.
  • Hearing Disability Services: No.
  • Visual Disability Services: No.
  • Service Animals: Allowed.

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Every Role a Starring Role - Maintaining Pirates of the Caribbean

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Attraction Details

Originally, Pirates of the Caribbean was designed to be a Pirate Wax Museum. In the museum, people would be taken through various scenes depicting real life pirates.

As New Orleans Square was being constructed, Walt Disney invested in the 1964-65 World's Fair, and construction on the land and it's attractions came to a hault. This hiatus would prove to be beneficial, as new advancements were made, most notably Audio-Animatronics. Using this technology, Pirates of the Caribbean was changed into a boat ride through a ransacked sea port.

This is one of six attractions in Disneyland that travel outside of the train track perimeter of the park. In order to do this, Imagineers needed to figure out a way to get guests over or under the train track that circles the park. The other five attractions are the Disneyland Monorail, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, it’s a small world, and Splash Mountain.

In Pirates of the Caribbean, the flume drops were not originally intended and were added as a way to take the boats underneath the train tracks to the main show area outside the park’s perimeter! After the drops, you are in the "basement" of the attraction's building. You officially exit the park and go under the berm in the tunnel where Davy Jones appears. You return to the "basement" after going through the building that is falling down.

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction shares space with not just the Blue Bayou restaurant that can be seen from the ride, but also the Disneyland Dream Suite and the exclusive private club, Club 33; both of which are on the second level of the attraction! The Disneyland Dream Suite sits directly above the main entrance to the attraction and Club 33 sits above various spaces in New Orleans Square including the Blue Bayou! Both offer beautiful, unique views over the park.

The infamous pirate captain in the auction scene is one of the most advanced Audio-Animatronic figures to date. Many new techniques are tested on him and as a result, he has the most life-like expressions and movements in any Disney Theme Park. He also has the most individual movements of all Audio-Animatronics.

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