What’s in the Water on Pirates of the Caribbean in Disney World?

Just the mere mention of it and EVERYONE is instantly transported right back to the ride boat floating along no matter where in the world you are. Of course, we’re talking about the water from Pirates of the Caribbean, here!

Pirates of the Caribbean

It’s no secret around here that we’re big fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. We’ve spilled secrets from the ride and queue before and now it’s time to spill a few more secrets we’ve recently cracked about arguably the most iconic part of the ride itself.

Anyone who’s ever ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World or Disneyland can easily pick out one distinct memory from the ride — its water!

Board the boat or walk the plank

If you’ve ever found yourself fondly missing the pirate water smell and being instantly transported back on vacation in your mind, chances are you’ve probably wondered at some point, “What’s in the water?” Well, we actually got brave enough to ask Cast Members working the attraction, and their answers surprised us!


Alright, so obviously not all water smells like water from the classic attraction, so it wasn’t too far-fetched to assume that some kind of chemical was mixed in here.

Pirates of the Caribbean

While Disney can’t reveal the exact mix of scented goodness that’s crafted to create the perfect water smell (if you know you know), it’s probably safe to gather that a fair amount of it is circulated through the water to keep the nostalgic memory flowing throughout the ride.

You can’t escape the smell of burning in this scene

However, it’s certainly not the ONLY smell you’ll encounter through this ride and if we’re being reasonable there’s probably a fair amount of those scent particles floating around the water, too! If you’ve ever ridden the attraction before, you probably could tell which scent is coordinated to a certain scene of the ride by the smell alone — it’s a pretty powerful tool to make the ride that much more memorable!


When we posed this very question to a Cast Member they told us that the main chemical mixed into the water for this ride was Bromine.

We can SMELL this photo

Since riders in the boats are meant to be splashed, Disney needed to mix in something that would be safe for the folks enjoying the attraction in the boats — so, they settled on Bromine.

Money, err Treasure (In This Case)

That’s right — you’ll probably see some buried treasure in these waters, but, we wouldn’t recommend trying to fish it out!

“Not ‘less they be layin’ them.. golden eggs!”

In certain scenes of the ride, you’ll probably find gold coins, money, or a mix of treasures staged right down to the waterline (and maybe even below it as well) and that’s all done by design. But, visitors have been known from time to time to leave behind some collective coins in the water as they pass by.

Drink up me hearties, yo ho

Whatever the reason for leaving the coins behind, Disney certainly knows how to put them to good use! Every so often, the coins are collected and donated to a nearby non-profit organization that helps critically ill children and their families fulfill their biggest wishes! You can read more about those efforts at the link below!

Why You Should Keep Tossing Coins into Disney World’s Fountains!

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  1. What I smell on that ride is sulfur. Bromine smells like chlorine. Lots of sulfur in the water in central Florida.