Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirates Life for Me! Travel back in time to the West Indies of the 1700s, when Spain brought gold from the New World back home and Pirates ruled the waters! Pirates of the Caribbean is located in Adventureland, in the Caribbean Plaza. The architecture resembles the 18th Century West Indies. Pirates of the Caribbean opened in Walt Disney World on December 15, 1973.


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN -- As you enter the attraction, the walkway to the boats is long and winding with LOW lighting. Be sure and take a look at the theming inside the queuing area.

Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic Disney theme park adventure, is a slow, dark boat ride (with one medium drop) that features Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa. You'll find boisterious pirates drinking and looting and even chasing a "red head". Travel through the pirates grotto, the galleon with Captain Barbossa, the town square, burning city and the dungeon. Remember "Dead Men Tell No Tales!"

The eight and a half minute ride is over way too quickly! There's lots to see with 125 Audio-Animatronics figures including 65 pirates & villagers and 60 animals and birds.

Read about Disneyland's version of this classic attraction HERE.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean


This is a classic Walt Disney attraction and should not be missed!

This is a great attraction when it's hot outside since most of the waiting queue is indoors.

There is a small drop (14 feet) in the beginning of the ride.

Hidden Mickey Alert: Treasure Room—iron work on the bottom of four lamps on the left side, one located on each of two columns and two more located on either side of the archway walls.


Captain Hook and Mr. Smee from Peter Pan are often sighted in these parts. Check your daily Times Guide for the schedule.

Donna S. writes: My kids have visited PotC yearly from ages 6 months to 5 years, and have never been frightened. Maybe it's because of their mother's inordinate fondness for this ride, but I would suggest the following to other parents --

-- Early in the ride is an area with a skeleton on the right, and a beach scene on the left. Stress the beach scene! They can look for the crab and the seagull. If they do notice the skeleton, I tell my children it's "just pretend" like Halloween.

-- The gentle drop of the waterfall is a great time to say "Wheeeeeeeeee!" and see if you get a little bit wet

-- Stress that the pirates are funny, and encourage the kids to look for the silly things the pirates are doing (sleeping with a pig, sitting on a bridge etc). There are lots of other animals to look for: a cat, a dog, a donkey, maybe even some chickens.

-- Sing along with the soundtrack. It's a great song!

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Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean


Counter Service is offered seasonally at Tortuga Tavern where you'll find BBQ.

Also nearby is Sunshine Tree Terrace, home of the Citrus Swirl. It's a good spot to stock up on water bottles, fruit juices and coffee drinks for the adults.

You can also head back towards Aloha Isle for a cool pineapple Dole Whip!

A little further away in Frontierland, is the Pecos Bill Cafe which offers a large area of indoor seating. Food items include burgers, wraps, salads and more.


The Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar, which you must pass through after the ride in order to get back outside, is where you'll find Pirates of the Caribbean logo merchandise. Also nearby is La Princesa de Cristal with art and collectables.


In the late 1950s, Walt Disney introduced the concept of a pirate adventure to his staff at Walt Disney Imagineering. Like so many other of his ideas, it was far ahead of the current technology needed to achieve the desired effects. It was not until the mid 1960s that the show moved closer to reality. Pirates of the Caribbean opened at DISNEYLAND® Park in New Orleans Square in February, 1967 and in Walt Disney World on December 15, 1973.

The flat-bottomed boats are propelled by jets of water. Lift pumps in the staging area create a current that carries the boats through the channel.

There are 4 cannons on the roof of the attraction and 15 inside. They were all manufactured by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI).

The drawbridge at the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean is non-operational.

The waterfall may be 52 feet long, but the actual drop is only 14 feet.

"Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)," music by George Bruns, lyrics by X. (Xavier) Atencio.

The black pirate flag, which flies just outside the entrance to the attraction, features a white skull and crossing swords. This type of flag is representative of ones flown by Caribbean pirates from the 1500s to the early 1800s and holds no additional special significance.

As of the 1700s, pirates began using flags sporting a variety of symbols to include the skeleton, flaming swords, and the hourglass. The most popular design was that of a white skull and crossbones on a black background. This symbol is known as the Jolly Roger.

Paul Frees voices many of the rogues in the attraction. Guests can also hear him as the Ghost Host in The Haunted Mansion. X. (Xavier) Atencio also lends his voice to the talking skull and crossbones (JollyRoger) that issues a warning prior to the waterfall drop in the attraction.