First full video of Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean might be Disney's most famous theme park franchise, thanks not just to iconic rides in parks around the world, but also to the billion-dollar-plus movie series, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Ditching the cliche, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Disney chose to develop an almost entirely new Pirates of the Caribbean ride for Shanghai Disneyland, creating an experience that does more to evoke the Pirates film series than the original 1967 Disneyland ride.
Here is the first decent-quality fan-recorded full ride video that we've seen for Shanghai's Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure.
The makes strong use of projection mapping and screens in addition to animatronics most associated with Disney's Pirates rides. To me, that skeleton-to-Captain-Jack effect promises to become one of the most talked-about moments in any theme park ride, anywhere
This is far and away the best version of Pirates of the Carribean.. Everything here just works perfectly.
That was impressive. The ride was completely immersive. I just wish I knew the script! Perfect blend of graphics, audio animatronics and effects.
People need to cut it out with the flash photography.
Wait- is this a water ride that's also a simulator?
Is it really the norm to take not only photos but flash photos in a dark ride?
It looks like Disney is finally standing up to, and even beating, Universal at itsown game (screen-based dark rides)... Fingers crossed for them following immersiveness such as Diagon Alley now.
Looks fantastic. That Skeleton to Sparrow effect is the best effect I've ever seen in a ride. I can only imagine how amazing it must be to see in person. Though I like the projection, I feel like it may be a bit overkill. Some more physical sets would have been nice to see. I'm guessing that the end has a backwards drop? can anyone shed light on this?
It's a loose simulator. The ride vehicle is timed to move along the water track, but not on a gimbal.
Please, please, please rework the FL version to resemble that and leave the CA version untouched. That way, the States can have 2 awesome Pirates rides.
I was the most excited to watch a video of this ride at Shanghai and I was quite pleased. Amazing how different it is from our Pirates of the Caribbean, though with some classic elements. This is a truly remarkable ride and that skeleton morphing into Jack Sparrow animatronic is incredible. I love that Davy Jones animatronic too. I wonder if Johnny Depp will be at the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, he would be so pleased to see this ride! They've done such a good job at Shanghai from what I can tell :)
Amazing. Takes a calm and mild ride and turns it up x10. I don't mind the screens. Definitely beats Universal's best effort. Only dislike is the nasal voice actors in Beijing Chinese. It got better in the second half.
I've never been one to be envious of other Disney parks, since I'm a Disney World baby, but dang, Shanghai.
While the Tron Lightcycle coaster was really cool, this is undoubtedly the most impressive ride at Shanghai Disneyland. In fact, this is the most impressive ride Disney has built in at least 15 years (in other words, since Journey to the Center of the Earth). The Jack Sparrow animatronic alone would be worth an hour wait, and this ride by itself is worth the admission price to the park. While China has never really been under consideration as a vacation destination, Shanghai Disneyland just earned a place on my theme park bucket list. Obviously it won't happen anytime soon, but I sense a Shanghai/Beijing/Hong Kong trip in 5-10 years. In the meantime, I hear the First Order Battle ride is going to essentially be an interactive waterless version of this attraction, so I'll have that to look forward to in a few years.
Tron Lightcycle was cool but not impressive enough to me but this Pirates ride is amazing and awesome.
The constant flash photography and phones held aloft would ruin this for me.
Thank you Theme Park Insider for using my video!!! It's very much appreciated!!!
Fantastic! As impressive as the experience seems to be in a POV movie I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in person. Just amazing. Without actually experiencing the ride I can only speculate, but it sure looks like Disney has indeed set a new dark ride standard.
No 3D. Beautiful.
Holy $@&&!@ @#!$**!!!
What a great looking attraction! I agree with 80.193 that the constant holding up of phones, and flash photography is a little distracting/annoying. I guess I'll make it a point to wait an extra minute or two and get a front-row seat to minimize that.
I am not a fan of the Jack Sparrow films, and I will always love, love, love my "Yo Ho, Yo Ho" version in Orlando (corny and pale in comparison to DL's original though it may be....), but I gotta say.....WOW!!!!
I haven't ridden Spiderman or the two Harry Potter rides, but it sounds like from the comments that this Pirate ride is the best ride ever, is that the consensus? I don't see Disney replacing any of the existing Pirate rides, why should they when the crowds still come?
After watching this and the Lightcycle video yesterday, I feel like we here in the states are getting gypped.
OM Freakin' G! Does anyone ever watch anything with their own eyes anymore? Though I appreciate the Insider who provided this POV video, I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that every other person in the boat was watching this immersive attraction through the screens on their cellphones. It was hilarious.
Shanghai gets a restaurant too. That's a nice bonus. No more "Yo Ho Ho" and no slave women and chasing women. It's women free.
And now we get to see all the Disney fans who have been lamenting the use of screens at Universal start to clamor for more screen based rides at Disney Parks...
Hmmm....wonder if Disney will update that cool book about the history of "Pirates" with a focus on this.
For those asking "why can't they update WDW/Anaheim like this," keep in mind, they were able to build this up from scratch with a totally new theater mixing boat ride with massive screens and such. In order to do this for Disney World/Land, you'd basically have to take the entire building apart and then rebuild it and rework the entire ride, which basically would be more expensive than building it from scratch. So, while awesome, not really feasible to expect this to be ported to the States. Besides, awesome as the screens are, I'm a sucker for the classic ride, hate to lose that.
Makes the Orlando version look rubbish.
Blimey ... i do wonder whether they will use the same style for the Avatar attraction.
Wow! Now that's a Disney ride that Universal would be proud of.
Now this is how you do screen-rides, Universal take notes. Did you see the implementation of water meeting with the projection?!! Amazing! Talking to somebody who has rode it, the projections are so good, you can't tell what's real and what's projection, it's that convincing! Definitely overtaken Forbidden Journey! Can't wait to see Avatar and Star Wars Land! As a side note, a think Disney's new ownership of ILM (the best visual effects studio in the world) will help them massively in terms of creating amazing screen rides.
Wow this ride looks insane! Though I am disappointed with the low count of audio-animotronics.
While it looks visually impressive, two things stand out that worry me:
I still prefer DL Pirate's more...Why?
I'm all for a reworking of the WDW version of Pirates to be on par with the new Shanghai version. THIS would be a refurbishment worth waiting for. Unfortunately I think the Disney purists (mouse mafia) would take issue with it. Although the current updates Disney did with Pirates at WDW was good, I think a total re-imagining like the Shanghai one would help keep the ride fresh. ocassional updates to the animation sequences would allow for revised scenes and adventures and make those changes financially reasonable (ala the new Star Tours)
I see no problem with this version being put in Orlando. Disneyland has the far superior version and it's better if the two coasts offer different experiences. Let Disneyland keep the classics since that's where they were originally made. Disney world should always have the newest and best stuff. Since Walt didn't build the park they shouldn't be constrained by nostalgia and history.
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