There is one thing I do fault DLR for is that there is maybe too much empty cave in the beginning.
One thing I do love about WDW's is that at the end of the drop, bam! you're in the action of cannon fire. It's nice timing effect that Disneyland's doesn't have.
I am very proud of our version, but I'll say no more because last time I made a comment, everyone in here became a pirate. Urrrrh!
1. Nice queue2. More detailed scenes3. You get off underground and dont have to wait a while
The DL version has more waterfall drops
The DL version has the trip back up a waterfall (yeah, I know its a cheesy excuse to cover the need for a lift hill, but somehow the speedramp a the end of the WDW version really takes me out of the experience).
The city burning scene is much more elaborate in DL (those glowing embers in the rafters always amaze me).
DL still has the talking skull at the start of the ride with X Atencio's original voice work ("Thar be falls ahead!") I had no problem with them adding the Barbosa water screen effect, but why did they have to put it where the talking skull was in Florida?
When boats get backed up at the unloading dock in the DL version, they do so after you have climbed the waterfall. In the WDW version, they tend to back up into the last scene of the ride, leaving you doomed to hear that #%!@#! parrot sing "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A pirate's life for me" over and over and over. Its like being stuck on a Pirate version of Its a Small World.
The only advantage that the WDW Pirates has is its queue, and even that is canceled by the loss of the Blue Bayou. In all other aspects, the Disneyland version is superior
People point to the length of the experience as the big indicator that it's better, but much of the extended length at Disneyland is long empty bits of nothing, and the fact the boats go slower.
I honestly prefer WDW's, because it makes sense - Caribbean Plaza, Pirate Bunker, Cave, Pirate Ride. Disneyland's is the one that makes little sense - New Orleans, enter fancy pants mansion, a bayou...then, a Pirate Ride? The NO connection is light, at best, and unknown to most who weren't born in the 1800's.
It's a great ride at both parks - but the myth that somehow Disneyland's is a far better experience is just that, a myth. WDW's is faster, and more exciting - Disneyland's is like the "directors cut", but when you see a lot of "directors cuts" with "deleted scenes", you realize why they were cut in the first place. They bog down the ride. I'm all for slow attractions (SpaceShip Earth and Great Movie Ride are my favorites), but Disneyland's isn't superior, if anything, they are equal. They both have +'s and -'s, and end up being (pun intended) a wash.