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Pirates of the Caribbean

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

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Robert Niles
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Published: February 14, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean debuted in the then-new New Orleans Square section of Disneyland in March 1967 and since then has spawned a multi-billion-dollar entertainment empire. The simply story of a pirate raid on a Spanish port has grown into three (soon to be four) movies, video games and theme park rides around the world.

Pirates takes riders on a 15-minute trip from New Orleans Square's Blue Bayou down two waterfalls into a misty realm where Davy Jones challenges you with a pirate's curse and "dead men tell no tales." Disney's Imagineers have tweaked the ride several times since its 1967 debut, most recently in 2007, with the addition of characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, including Davy Jones and Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow.

The show's burning city finale features the rousing theme "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me" by X. Atencio and George Bruns, followed by a coda in the city's crumbling prison, where the pirates face their comeuppance. (Except for Jack Sparrow, of course.)

Pirates offers the highest capacity of any ride in the park, meaning its line moves swiftly even during the busiest times of the day.

Daniel Galvan
Why this is not a 10 blows my mine. The original and best version of the ride, and best theme park ride for over 40 years imo.
David Matecki
I just love the atmosphere and even with a long line it loads fast.
James Rao
Writer
For those who have only experienced the Orlando version of Pirates of the Caribbean, you really are doing yourself a disservice. The Disneyland version is longer, a bit more thrilling, and bigger (in both physical sets and story) than the hacked version at the Magic Kingdom. The difference is like night and day. A ride on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, for those who have not had the pleasure, is quite simply worth the price of admission to the park. It is a masterpiece of animatronics, story, and song, an attraction that transcends age, gender, nationality, theme park bias, and time. It is one of the few attractions that I believe will still be standing in 2067 (its 100th anniversary). It is the definition of a "classic".
Bryce McGibeny
I simply cannot ride the MK version the same, ever again. This attraction blew me away. From beginning to end it was perfect. My favorite part was the beginning and floating by the Blue Bayou. 10/10
Jorge Perez
Great ride, lots of fun. Still a classic. Much better than the one in Florida.
Manny Barron
Disney was on an imagineering roll with this and the Haunted Mansion opening up in the late 60's. This classic ride through the bayou and to the world of pirates is great fun and full of visual splendor. The serene bayou scene is a great start and a contrast of whats to come with all the pirate madness. I've been on this ride too many times to count, and it gets better after each ride-through. Legendary stuff!

Mark Kausch
With or without the iconic Cap'n Sparrow et al, the perfect ride.


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