Pirates of the Caribbean reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean, a dark ride in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.
Written by Robert Niles
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.
Great ride, lots of fun. Still a classic. Much better than the one in Florida. - Jorge Perez
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! - Manny Barron
With or without the iconic Cap'n Sparrow et al, the perfect ride. - Mark Kausch
I liked Pirates at Magic Kingdom, so I was eager to check out this version. This ride is like going on a great pirates ride and then topping it off with the Magic Kingdom version...only an enhanced version at that. It was even better than I expected. I give this perfection. - Carl Stovall
"Honey, we saw this at Disney World, we don't need to go on it again" HUGE MISTAKE. This version is far greater. 10/10 - Alex Taphorn
you cant mention the word classic without mentioning Pirates of the Caribbean, this is the perfect ride, fast moving lines, great theme i just love this classic ride - daniel reyes
I cannot put my finger on it, but something about this ride just grabs you. I like both this one AND the one in Orlando (which I went on 8 times in 4 days once). No matter how old you are, just ride is really fun. I am not even a big Pirate's of the Caribbean (movie) fan and liked this ride! - Alicia Pearce
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