While deciding what to write about next, I realized that I had not done many posts about Walt Disney World. I have no clue why I have written more posts about Disneyland and Disney movies than about WDW. I have been to Walt Disney World more times than I can remember. When deciding what to write about next, I decided to write about a classic WDW ride: Pirates of the Caribbean.
Much like Jungle Book (the last movie Walt Disney was personally involved in), Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney had a part in designing. It opened in Disneyland just three months after his death. In WDW the ride was made similar to Disneyland with a few changes. It opened five years after its Disneyland counterpart, and two years after the WDW opening.
Though the inside is mostly the same as Disneyland, the outside is completely original (and in my opinion better.) As it is set in Adventureland, it is made to look like a spanish fort (instead of a New Orleans style building.)
This ride is themed so that you sail from a Spanish prison, into a cave, and from the cave into a town. The queue of this ride is one of the best themed; surpassed by Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and recently Peter Pan’s Flight. In the queue, you go though tunnels and pass jail cells, cannons, and barrels. If you look into one of the jail cells, you can see two skeletons at a chessboard. The Imagineer who designed this was a huge fan of chess. He made each one of the chess pieces in such positions, that no piece on either side can be moved in any direction.
Once the boat has taken off, you go into the cave scene. The song, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” plays in here, before you go under a mist sheet. Since the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Blackbeard is projected upon the mist and says things such as “Aye but they do tell tales” as you pass by. Once under this, you pass by another new addition to the ride, brought on by the latest film. Mermaids sing their song as you pass through, and if it is working, you can see a mermaid tail come out of the water. You pass a wrecked ship and several skeletons, and a skeleton steering the rest of the ship. You then enter into darkness and go down a fun drop.
Once out of the drop, you pass a ship attacking a fort before you pass into the city. The boat then passes a man being asked about Jack Sparrow’s whereabouts, while a woman yells at him from a window. You then pass an array of women being auctioned to a group of drunken men. If you look at the back of the line of women, you can see an ancient looking woman there. Once past here, you pass into a scene with women chasing men around with brooms, rolling pins, etc. A pirate holding a key and talking about Jack Sparrow sits close to you, while Jack Sparrow hides inside a nearby barrel. An interesting history of this pirate is that he used to be called the pooped pirate. Instead of the key he held a ripped part of a woman’s dress, and instead of Jack Sparrow the woman was hiding in the barrel. You then pass into the scene of the burning city, where the pirates sing the famous song “A Pirate’s Life For Me.” Finally, you pass a prison with some pirates in it being guarded by a dog. The last part of the ride, you see Jack Sparrow in a room of treasure.
I hope this has been an informative overview of this classic ride, and there will be more to come.
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