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Pirates of the Caribbean  

Pirates of the Caribbean


This attraction has recently reopened after a lengthy rehab.  This included restoration work and new paint inside, as well as enhanced special effects. Some of these changes are new cannons with "water-based smoke and strobes for weather effects."  New scents have been added to various points in the attraction.  The audio-animatronic figures have been rebuilt and given new costumes to appear even more life-like.

Opened: December 15, 1973

Ride length: 8 minutes, 30 seconds

If you haven't heard about 'Pirates of the Caribbean', you've probably just arrived from another planet.

Pirates is the attraction that the incredibly popular 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies are based on which has now become the attraction that is based on the movies. Sounds confusing? It really isn't and this ride has only gotten better with the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The imposing fortress at the end of Adventureland is home to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The queue twists and turns in a darkened, cool underground cavern that leads to the boat ride. After a close encounter with Blackbeard and Davy Jones, you'll float through a cave that heads to a quick, dark plunge.

As your boat enters the main area, you'll find yourself in the midst of a battle with cannon shots whizzing by. Captain Barbossa himself shouts orders from the pirate ship.

Be on the lookout for Captain Jack Sparrow. He'll pop up from a barrel, peek from behind a mannequin and at the conclusion of the ride, he's atop a mountain of booty.

This attraction is fun for all ages. While the original Audio-animatronics are a bit simplistic in comparison to the latest additions, the detail is amazing. There's realistic costuming, unique facial features and even hairy legs on the pirate swinging his leg from the bridge.



Listen and you'll hear a familiar song made even more popular by the movie- "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates' life for me."

Fortunately, while the ride purists initially objected to the planned changes, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have only made this attraction better. (Think of the movie version of The Country Bears and you see what a disaster it might have been.)

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction is quick loading and each boat holds about 30 people.

Fastpass: Yes

Handicapped Accessibility: Guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle.

Fun fact: There are two queue lines to choose from - Soldiers or Pirates.


Pirates of the Caribbean Reviews from DIS members:
  • lothropk - "I have been coming to WDW since I was 2 (I am 26 now) and, without fail, I will always make time for Pirates. As a purist, I was upset with the update to add the characters from the movie into the ride, but I have to admit they did a near-perfect job in weaving Jack Sparrow into the already existing storyline. I cannot wait to come back and ride again!!"

  • SamIAm21 - "I love Pirates of the Caribbean! It's a great story and you become immersed into the setting almost at once. The updates with Davy Jones and Capt. Jack bring another layer of the story to the attraction. It's a must-see for anyone visiting WDW."

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