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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.
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.
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.