Those who have a fear of heights or are prone to motion sickness should not ride.
Supervise children at all times.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney staple throughout the world that has also inspired a successful series of major motion pictures. These movies have re-inspired the attraction as elements of the movies have found their way back into the ride.
After traveling through a Spanish fortress, guests board their boats where they’ll travel through caves, down waterfalls, and along the river banks as the mischievous band of pirates guide them on their way. You’ll see animatronics that range from the classic auctioneer and mayor in the well to new favorites Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa.
The attraction was originally conceived as a walking tour through various pirate themed dioramas. The story isn’t as linear as other attractions, but this was loosely addressed after the 2006 refurbishment.
As the ride begins in the caves guests hear an ominous voice declaring, “Dead men tell no tales.” Following the 2006 refurbishment, a projection would appear seemingly on a waterfall in the middle of the caves featuring either Davy Jones or Blackbeard from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The waterfall effect has since been removed but the audio remains.
We continue to travel through the caves hearing the sounds of mermaids. Previously mermaids were projected in the water with a mermaid skeleton on the beach. Both have since been removed. Along the beach we see skeletons of former pirates as well as some crabs and a seagull.
Following the beach, a skeleton can be seen at the helm of a Pirate ship as another skull and crossbones offers words of warning. The skull and crossbones originally appeared in the attraction up until 2006 when it was removed during a refurbishment. It returned in June of 2017 as a means to add an on-ride photo to this location.
Immediately after passing the skull and crossbones, guests plummet down a 14 foot waterfall and effectively travel back to the time of pillaging and plundering and pirate mayhem.
The first scene features cannon fire being exchanged between a fortress and a pirate ship that features a shouting Captain Barbosa. Barbosa makes mention of Captain Jack Sparrow as well as shouting the classic line from the pre-2006 refurbishment of the attraction, “Fire at will!” Recent enhancements to this area also include a fog/mist over the water, the musical score from the movie, and powerful blasts of air coming from the cannons in the fortress.
As the boat turns the corner, guests witness they mayor of the town being dunked in a well in an effort to get him to talk. This is also the first sight of Captain Jack Sparrow as he’s seen hiding just beyond the center of town.
The ride continues with pirate mayhem that includes Jack Sparrow hiding in a barrel while trying to get a look at a treasure map. The previous version of the ride featured a frightened woman in the barrel instead.
Additional scenes include a chase scene that originally featured pirates chasing women, but the scene was changed due to political correctness complaints. The scene was modified so that some women chase the men.
An additional change came to the auction scene in 2018. Initially, the scene featured pirates bidding for their new bride, all calling for an unnamed redhead to be put up for auction.
Following the 2018 refurbishment, the scene was updated where the auctioneer is forcing the townspeople to give up their most precious goods. The redhead took on a new role as a female pirate named Redd that helps with the auction. Both versions of the scene feature the famed “auctioneer”.
The climax of the ride comes when guests enter the largest show scene, featuring pirates singing the attractions theme song, “Yo Ho”. The pirates have set the entire town ablaze and couldn’t be prouder. They’ve pillaged, they’ve plundered, they’ve rifled and looted.
The next scene features several pirates in a jail cell trying to lure a mangy dog that has the keys to their freedom dangling from his mouth.
The ride ends with a satisfied Jack Sparrow sitting back in his “throne” amidst the treasure.
The boats are propelled through the attraction by water pumps that create the flow of the “river”.
Join the swashbuckling adventures of pirates as they invade a Caribbean seaport. Your boat will drop down a short waterfall into dark, mysterious caverns where “dead men tell no tales”.
This attraction appeals to all ages, but has been known to frighten young children.
TIMES GUIDE - OPENING/CLOSING
This attraction opens with the park.
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the mid range demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. Same day availability typically exists, and guests can save time using Fastpass+ at this location.
Guests entire the attraction through a Spanish Fortress known as El Castillo – Torre del Sol. There are two sides to the queue each side offering different scenery.
Some of the queue elements include cannons and other weapons, while the most famous scene in the queue features two pirate skeletons playing chess in a perpetual stalemate.
The vehicles are flat bottomed boats that can accommodate 21-25 guests at once. They are 6 rows each with the front and back rows slightly shorter than the other rows. If you are tall, or have knee issues you may feel uncomfortable in these boats.
They have a boat equipped for wheelchairs that may accommodate guests with knee or leg issues as well.
The boats are similar to “it’s a small world” and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. There is a small drop in the attraction that’s comparable to some of the smaller drops on Splash Mountain.
From a fright factor, this attraction is comparable to Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
X Atencio – Writer of “Yo Ho!”
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