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Pirates of the Caribbean
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.
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 Davy Jones, you'll float through a cave that heads to a quick, dark plunge.
Blackbeard has replaced Davy Jones at the beginning of the ride temporarily.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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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