Theme park wayback machine: Original promotional cards from Pirates of the Caribbean
I want to thank Theme Park Insider reader Richard Croft, who submitted photos of these 1966 promotional cards for Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
, which were released before the ride opened. What a fun look back at one of my favorite attractions!
Pirates was the first ride I ever kept my mother from riding. When the ride opened in early 1967, my parents visited Disneyland to go on it. But back in those days, pregnant women were not allowed to ride, and since I was due in October of that year, well, I kept my mom from going on Pirates until my first Disneyland visit, a couple years later.
Any other old timers care to share an early memory of Pirates?
If you have some fun and interesting items of theme park memorabilia (old maps, tickets, photos, etc.), let me know and we'll feature them on Theme Park Insider's home page.
Don't you have to be a fan of Pirates to get an account here? ;P
Thanks for reminding me of those postcards; I have a set around here somewhere, but haven't seen them in years.
Cool postcards! I have a suggestion for next week: The Orange Bird that was created for MK (he just returned last week).
The only funny "memory" I have of Pirates isn't really mine - although it was confirmed by Blue Bayou staff when my wife and I asked (not that I would disbelieve Mr Koenig). That was of bored waiters late at night throwing rockhard rolls trying to make them skip across the flume, when they weren't trying to hit other CM's taking the cruise.
As a kid I remember looking through the glass windows set in the front doors of the Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride was not due to open until the next year, but the building was in place. Inside was an artist's easel with a print of several pirates huddled around a treasure map. To my pre-teen mind there was absolutely nothing cooler than pirates, so I was a wreck until I actually got to ride it the following year. The fact that I remember that event more than forty years later shows just how effective the ride and its build-up were.
WOW! I love this! They don't make beautiful cards like this that often anymore. Everything seems to be edgy these days. =(
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