Join us on a binaural adventure with the Pirates of the Caribbean!
During our annual trip to Walt Disney World, back in March, we had the opportunity to ride one of our favorite attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean, several times.
This memory thread is of one of those times.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The original version at Disneyland, which opened in 1967, was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney himself; he died three months before it opened.
The ride, which originally told the story of a band of pirates including their troubles and their exploits, was replicated at the Magic Kingdom in 1973, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and at Disneyland Paris in 1992.
Each version of the ride has a different façade, but has a similar ride experience.
It also became the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, which debuted in 2003.
Since 2006, Disney has incrementally incorporated characters from the film series into the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland versions of the rides.
The Walt Disney World version of the attraction, guarded by the Caribbean watchtower Torre del Sol, is housed in a golden Spanish fort called Castillo Del Morro, inspired by Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in the Old San Juan in San Juan.
Inside, visitors will ride through Pirate’s Cove and into a short grotto with Blackbeard, mermaids swimming in the water and singing their melody, skeletons of dead pirates and Mermaids, the hurricane lagoon, and an echoing “Dead men tell no tales”.
There is no treasure room sequence as found in other parks. Following the plunge down one waterfall, the remainder of the ride is similar to Tokyo and California.
Unlike in California, however, riders do not return to ground level in their boat; instead, they exit the boat immediately after the Jack Sparrow in the treasure room scene, then take a speed ramp up to the ground floor gift shop.
The Florida version also does not include the scene past the powder room with the intoxicated pirates firing cannons.
The exterior of the attraction was slightly altered during the 2006 modifications.
Included in the changes were the removal of the barker bird and original attraction sign.
A new sign was placed on the outside corner of the fort facing toward the entrance of Adventureland.
The design of the new sign is a ship’s mast with the attraction name written in its black sails, and a skeleton of a pirate up in its crow’s nest.
And now, be sure to put on your headphones to properly experience the binaural audio of our pirate adventure at Pirates of the Caribbean!
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Well, that will do it for memory thread number 9 in the WDW Pensieve. Once again, I appreciate you sharing our memories with us.
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