Happy 44th birthday to Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Today is the 44th anniversary of the opening of one of my favorite theme park rides anywhere - and the ride that I'd argue has had the single greatest impact on the theme park industry.
Happy birthday to
Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.
In honor of the day, Disney released this highlight video of the ride's planning, construction and media opening:
I will now go and put on a pair of red-and-orange-striped socks for the rest of the day. :^) Arrrgh!
In my mind, Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean is the quintessential Disney attraction. I still remember fondly when my brother and I were leaving Disneyland after a day of fun, way back in 1991, when our parents asked: "What was your favorite ride?" We both responded simultaneously, "Pirates!"
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Happy Birthday to Awesome! Thank you Uncle Walt!
Disneyland's POTC was the first truly large scale example of immersive theming. And it still stands today as a masterpiece, and one of the greatest rides in the world.
I hate to be ignorant, but who is the girl with Walt in the first clip that I have seen in several videos where Walt is showing of his Disneyland plans?
I also love PotC.
That was a really cool opening ceremony. The recent ones seem to favor a few pyrotechnics to prop up the show.
I have always loved this ride. I wish they could reinstate some of the features from when they first opened. I hate the PC changes and, just like the Haunted Mansion, the toned down aspect of the ride. I seem to remember more of an "Oh my God it is going to crumble down on top of my head" end to the ride. This might have changed when they crammed boat after boat through the ride.
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