Pirates of the Caribbean Adventureland Magic Kingdom
MARCH 19, 2018: As announced last year, Disney Imagineers have updated a famous scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean during its latest refurbishment. The well-known “Redhead,” who was on auction as part of the attraction’s Mercado scene, has now switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who has just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it. Below is a preview of the new scene.
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 from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series of films. You’ll find boisterious pirates drinking and looting and even chasing a “redhead”. 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 and villagers and 60 animals and birds.
Read about Disneyland’s version of this classic attraction HERE.
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 queue is indoors.
There is a small drop (14 feet) in the beginning of the ride.
Disney PhotoPass Service is now taking photos of guests at Pirates of the Caribbean. As you prepare to exit a haunted grotto, a Disney PhotoPass camera will capture your image, which will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account if you are wearing an active MagicBand. Your photo can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and in the My Disney Experience mobile app, where you can download or purchase it.
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.
Jack Sparrow himself can be found in these parts recruiting young’uns for pirate training in Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial. Children participating in the show will be photographed by a PhotoPass photographer.
Near the entrance of this attraction, you’ll also spot the entrance to The Pirates’ League, a shop that allows you and your kids to get a pirate “makeover.” Once you have fully transformed, you will enter the Secret Room where your Pirate Portrait is taken for posterity and the Pirate Masters reveal their hidden treasure.
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!
Counter service (mostly snacks) is offered seasonally at Tortuga Tavern directly across from the attraction.
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 collectibles.
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 voices the warning prior to the waterfall drop in the attraction.
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