Pirates of the Caribbean 50th Anniversary

“Dead men tell no tales”

What comes to mind when you first here this? Yes, Pirates of the Caribbean! There’s nothing like making your way into New Orleans and entering Pirates of the Caribbean hearing the parrot speak, feeling that cool air breeze, watching the boats sail on by and smelling that smell in the air.. you know what smell I’m talking about.

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Entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! It debuted on March 18, 1967 and since then has had over 400 million guests from all over the world! Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction at Disneyland that Walt Disney was personally involved with. It was worked on by Walt Disney Imagineers (originally called WED Enterprises). The attraction also inspired the highly popular Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.

Besides its original home at Disneyland in Anaheim, this beloved attraction can be experienced at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disneyland.

Now let’s get started on some fun facts:

On an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” called “Disneyland 10th Anniversary”, Walt Disney shows models, drawings, and plans of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean attraction with Disneyland ambassador Julie Reihm.

Walt Disney working on Pirates of the Caribbean.

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As you board the boat and set sail, you’ll see on the right the Blue Bayou Restaurant which is a popular restaurant in New Orleans Square. The diners are able to see the passing boats go by. This is the only restaurant connected to a dark ride attraction at Disneyland.


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There are approximately 120 animated audio-animatronics (humans plus 9 animals) that appear in Pirates of the Caribbean.


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The ride is nearly 15 minutes long, one of the longest rides at the Disneyland resort. Guests ride through the attraction in a 1,838ft canal. The ride can take about 2,300-2,400 guests in an hour.

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Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty old pirates, eh?

Disney Imagineer, X. Atencio, wrote the memorable tune, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me,” which is the theme to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. He also provides the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones, which is the talking skull you see just before you head down the waterfall. Check out what other projects he worked on another one of my posts here.

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On June 28, 2003, Disneyland held a premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. On June 24, 2006 Disneyland held a premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. It re-opened after being under refurbishment for some time. The characters from the films were added to the attraction. Disney 365 aired an episode of the premiere in 2006, with stars including tons of Disney Channel stars, walking down “the world’s longest red carpet”. The episode featured footage of Johnny Depp on the attraction and checking out his own animatronic. On May 25, 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” opens in theaters. Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island re-opened as Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island the same year. On May 11, 2011 Disneyland held a premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.


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Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barobossa can be seen in the attraction. Davy Jones can be seen on a waterfall mist. Captain Jack Sparrow can be seen three times.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick little blog post about the Pirates of the Caribbean at the Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary! Be sure to check out all of the special merch Disneyland will have in honor of the 50th Anniversary such as shirts, pins and more. Also, you’ll be able to try some “special pirate-themed grub” at restaurants across the park such as French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah, Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant. Let me know what you love about the Pirates of the Caribbean!


The Little Man of Disneyland

Did any of you used to read or own those Disney Little Golden Books? I need to dig mine up somewhere. I had quite a few.. they are classic treasures! One I’d like to share with you is the story “Little Man of Disneyland” which was published in 1955. The story tells of a little leprechaun named Patrick Begorra who lived in a small house at the bottom of a tree. The tree was located in an orange grove in Anaheim. He becomes disturbed as he meets Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Mickey Mouse coming barging onto his property. They plan on building Disneyland on the property he lives on. They take him back to the studio in Burbank to show him all of the drawings, concept art and plans for Disneyland. After careful consideration, Patrick agrees that they can have the land as long as he can have a little house of his own at Disneyland.

When you visit Disneyland, be sure to stop by Adventureland and head near the entrance of the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction and you may spot a little house tucked away at the bottom of a tree. I wonder who may live there..


Comment below if you’ve seen Patrick’s little house! Let me know what other Disney trivia I can write on!

Disney Parks Castles

The Walt Disney Company has six parks around the world. Each park has a special themed castle that are similar but at the same time very unique.  In this post, I’ll be explaining about each of the Disney parks castles:


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  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland – Anaheim): Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the original Disney park, Disneyland in Anaheim is special because it’s the only one Walt Disney got to fully work on and experience. This castle stands at 77 ft tall. It has a drawbridge in the front that has only been used twice: when Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and when the new Fantasyland opened in 1983. Another thing that people may not know if that there’s a Sleeping Beauty walk through in which you get to experience the story in a unique way. You get to read through the story as you watch different animated scenes in the walk through. And the music is just absolutely beautiful. The location of Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a popular location to watch Disneyland firework shows. Because this castle is the original, just like the park itself, I find it the most special.cinderellacastle2(Photo: more-sky.com)
  2. Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom – Orlando): At the end of Main Street at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom stands Cinderella’s Castle which stands 183 ft tall. The construction of the castle finished in July of 1971, the park opened on October 1, 1971. Some of the castle’s look was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. You can dine at Cinderella’s Royal table, with so many choices of delicious food and dessert.. you might want to try the Chocolate Slipper dessert, either with white or dark chocolate with icing inside.. amazing! And you never know when your favorite Disney princess might stop by. There is also a dream suite located in Cinderella’s Castle. which was built in 2006. A couple more facts; the castle has 3 elevators, the drawbridge does not raise, and the stage in front of the castle is used for shows and holiday events.tdl002155large(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)
  3. Cinderella Castle (Tokyo Disneyland): The Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland is not as tall as the one in Walt Disney World, it still stands at an impressive 168 ft tall. The castle has Cinderella’s Fairy Tale hall, where you can walk the castle and see beautiful paintings and artwork that follow her story.hongkong(Photo: thedlandinsider.blogspot.com)
  4. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Hong Kong Disneyland): This castle is Disneyland castle’s twin. It pretty much is spot on. This castle stands at 77 ft as well with less trees surrounding it’s view. However, beginning in 2018 Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting an all new castle. From the looks on the artwork on the Disney Parks Blog, the castle will still have familiar features from the original Disneyland castle but will be expanded into a much larger castle. Besides the expansion of the castle, Hong Kong Disneyland plan on bringing in two new themed areas based on Frozen and Marvel.n024777_2023oct25_le-chateau-de-la-belle-au-bois-dormant_16-9(Photo: disneylandparis.co.uk)
  5. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Paris): Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris measures at 160 ft tall. It also has a gorgeous walk through that takes you into the story of Sleeping Beauty. What makes this castle unique is Dragon Lair which is located underneath the castle. Inside you’ll find a life size animatronic dragon!shdr-att-enchanted-storybook-castle-hero-new(Photo: shanghaidisneyresort.com)
  6. Enchanted Storybook Castle (Shanghai Disneyland): Last but not least, the latest Disney Parks castle is Enchanted Storybook Castle. It’s the tallest out of all of the Disney Parks castles measuring almost at 197 ft tall. The castle is not themed after one princess but represents all of them. You’ll find the restaurant Royal Banquet Hall inside. Also, there are 2 attractions: ‘Once Upon a Time’  Adventure which is a unique Snow White walk through with interactive scenes with impressive technology. The other attraction in the castle is Voyage to the Crystal Grotto. It’s a boat ride that starts outside of the castle then moves beneath the castle and takes you through different Disney movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and so much more. This ride is similar to Storybook Land Canal at Disneyland but much more upgraded.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the Disney Parks castles around the world! Which castle is your favorite or which ones have you visited?

The Main Street Electrical Parade Commercial

As many of you have seen already, Disney released a brand new commercial in honor of the Main Street Electrical Parade coming back home to Disneyland on January 20th! This commercial is probably one of the best commercials Disney has ever released. You will appreciate it especially if you’re an older Disney fan who grew up in the parks.. this commercial brings back some serious nostalgia! It takes you on a quick look through old attractions which is amazing. Well done Disney! If you haven’t seen the commercial, watch it below and then I will go through a quick analysis:

Now let’s take a closer look at the commercial:1At the start, the woman, who I assume is either an imagineer or a castmember, enter this warehouse looking building. You’ll see the numbers 64658, which is the zip code to Marceline, Missouri (Walt Disney’s hometown).2aAs the doors begin to open, you’ll see Skull Rock from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. Skull Rock was a restaurant that used to be in Fantasyland in the 60’s. 3aThe first thing that caught my eye in this scene is the original Disneyland sign! That one was around from 1958 to 1989. I wrote about it here if you’re interested. In the middle at the top, you’ll see a Skyway bucket which is from the Skyway attraction that ran from 1956-1994. When riding the Skyway, guests could travel up across the park and even through the Matterhorn. I wrote about that attraction here. To the left of the bucket, you’ll see the Rocket Jets from Tomorrowland. The attraction lasted for about 30 years (1967-1997). A similar attraction we have now is Astro Orbitor, which is at the entrance of Tomorowland. Next, you’ll see old lamp posts from Main Street I’m assuming. Shift your eyes diagonal right, you’ll see a sea creature from Submarine Voyage (now Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage). You’ll see to the right the microscope you enter in the Adventures Thru Inner Space attraction from Tomorrowland (Star Tours is now located there). And to the bottom right, you’ll see Dumbo. I believe this is from the 50th Anniversary. Back in 2005, one Dumbo was painted gold in honor of the 50th Anniversary. 4bTo the right, you’ll see an old Popcorn cart from Main Street and to the left you’ll see old costume heads from the America On Parade.4aNotice that little guy on the right? That’s Captain Rex from Star Tours.  You’ll even hear an old Star Tours sound during this scene. To the left is an old Autopia car.5aAt the top where the arrow is pointing, I’m assuming that is an old tea cup from the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland. Below it is an old Peoplemover Vehicle from Tomorrowland. To the right, the BTR symbol is something from Big Thunder Ranch. Below that is an eagle from America Sings6aThis one is an easy one.. that’s the Yetti from Matterhorn Bobsleds. His name is “Harold” as cast members would call him. 7aIn this scene, you’ll see to the left another look at a Peoplemover vehicle, familiar Princess dresses and a Flying saucer that flies across the screen from the Flying Saucers attraction in the 60’s from Tomorrowland (that attraction only existed for less than 6 years). 7bIn the same scene, you’ll notice a bunch of old attraction posters in the back. Starting from the left, it’s not that clear but it’s the Country Bear Jamboree. To the right of that, you’ll see the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Next to that is the Jungle Cruise, right next to that one is Astro-Jets (very hard to tell but I’m pretty sure). Down below, is the Dumbo attraction. 8aHere you’ll see the attraction poster for the original Tom Sawyer Island. Next to that is the poster for the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Fantasyland. It opened in 1955, then changed to the Fantasyland Theater in 1964. It closed in 1981 and became Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction in 1983. To poster on the right is the original Submarine Voyage.9The last scene, the point of this commercial, shows the woman putting a light bulb on which happens to be Elliot from Pete’s Dragon. The shot zooms out and we see all of the original floats from the Main Street Electrical Parade! It is absolutely breathtaking and just brings back so many memories. That was all of the things I could point out, let me know if I missed anything!Although I’m sad Paint the Night ended it’s run last night, I’m excited that this parade is coming back home. Wish there was a way both parades can stay but this will be great! I feel like this commercial made me feel better and more excited that it’s coming back! Hope you enjoyed this post! What are your thoughts on the parade?

The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration!

Be sure to tune in to The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration on Christmas morning Sunday, December 25 at 10:00am – 12:00pm EST on ABC! Hosting this special event is Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. Performances include Kelly Clarkson “Underneath the Tree” , Jordan Fisher “The Christmas Song”, Alessia Cara “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and more. You don’t want to miss this wonderful celebration! Check out this video below:

“Remember… Dreams Come True” returning to Disneyland!


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This is probably the best news this week! Disneyland’s “Remember… Dreams Come True” Fireworks will be returning to Disneyland on February 3, 2017! This firework spectacular originally began during Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary in 2005 and continued on for more years. The show takes you on a journey through Disneyland since it’s opening day, celebrating that special dream that Walt Disney once had. Narrated by Julie Andrews, the show focuses on attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Pirates Of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, and more. You’ll even hear some familiar sounds around the park such as the Disneyland Railroad announcement, the Main Street Electrical Parade and the Enchanted Tiki Room. The effects, castle projections are phenomenal.. especially when you see Tinker Bell soar above Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The music will give you chills and leave you speechless. It truly is a beautiful show.

Fun fact: Parts of “Remember… Dreams Come True” comes from the “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular from the Magic Kingdom is Florida. However, the show is narrated by Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. “Wishes” debuted at the Magic Kingdom in 2003.

Here’s a clip from the show from my personal collection in 2008. The video does not do the show justice! If you’ve seen it, what’s your favorite part?

Main Street USA: Windows


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There is nothing like walking under the tunnel when you first enter Disneyland and finding yourself right in Main Street USA. Before entering either one of the tunnels, you’ll see a plaque above that reads, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” And that’s what exactly happens when you enter Main Street. Main Street is the entrance to all of Disneyland and welcomes guests to another place and time. When I take in all of the sights, sounds, smells, and hear that classic Main Street music, it makes me feel like I’m home.

Have you ever paid attention to the details on Main Street? There’s so much history that lies within Main Street. The focus on this post is the windows. If you’ve ever looked up at some of the windows on Main Street, you may have recognized a few names. This was a way that Walt Disney could honor his Imagineers, as well as his friends and family. I’ll list a few.

If you’re standing at the Fire Department and Walt’s apartment, you’ll see Carriage Place Clothing Company to the right. Looking up, you’ll see a window with the name of an important lady in Disney history, Harriet Burns. Harriet Burns was the first female WED Imagineer. Disney Imagineering was first known as WED Enterprises in 1952. WED stood for Walt Elias Disney. On February 20, 1986, the name changed to Disney Imagineering. Imagineer is imagination and engineering combined. Harriet Burns designed and feathered the birds of the Enchanted Tiki Room and sculpted models for Storybook Land. She also contributed to many of the classic Disney attractions we all know and adore, such as the Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, and the Haunted Mansion.


Walt Disney, Julie Reems (Disneyland Ambassador) and Harriet Burns)

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Renie Bardeau‘s window is located right above the Main Street Photo Supply. He was a Disneyland photographer from 1958 to 1998. He has taken many photos for Disneyland and of Walt Disney. At first, Bardeau was just looking for a summer time job. Bardeau was sent to see Charlie Nichols, who was then Disneyland’s Chief photographer. He was hired shortly after a quick interview, not realizing this summer job would become a life long career. Nichols retired in 1968 and Bardeau took his place as the Chief photographer of Disneyland.

He took this photo below in 1964, one of the most iconic photos of Walt Disney at his Magic Kingdom. It’s a candid shot of Walt walking through Sleeping Beauty’s castle one early Saturday morning before the park opened. It’s known as the “Footsteps” photo.



This picture is one of my favorite pictures taken of Walt Disney, in 1966, by Bardeau. But at the same time, it’s a sad one because it was the last picture taken of Walt Disney at Disneyland.


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If you look above the Emporium shop, you’ll see a window dedicated to Elias Disney. Elias was the father of Walt Disney. He and his wife, Flora Call, had 5 children: Herbert Arthur Disney, Raymond Arnold Disney, Roy Oliver Disney, Walter Elias Disney & Ruth Flora Disney. Elias’ name was featured on the window on the opening day of the park, July 17, 1955. His window reads: “Elias Disney, Contractor, Est. 1895.” 1895 represents the year he began working as a contractor.


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Ken Anderson‘s window can be spotted above the Market House. Anderson was a part of the WED Enterprises and was one of the first to work on Disneyland. He was the primary designer for Fantasyland and worked on the attractions such as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Prior to Disneyland, he worked on the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He built little models of the Dwarfs’ cottages and even created the idea of Dopey wiggling his ears (because he was able to do it himself). He also worked on the Sleeping Beauty film then in 1957 worked on the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through. He also created the characters Shere Khan from The Jungle Book and Elliot from Pete’s Dragon.


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Blaine Gibson was a sculptor and animator. His window is located above the Mad Hatter. He is the creator of the “Partners” statue that is located at the hub at Disneyland. It was revealed on November 18, 1993. Here’s a photo I took of the statue below in 2009.



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X. Atencio was another Disney Imagineer. The X in his name stands for Xavier. Some of his work include the dialogue and music for Adventures Thru Inner Space and he helped animate Fantasia. He co-wrote “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from the Haunted Mansion and wrote “Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me” from the Pirates of the Caribbean.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Next time you’re at Disneyland visiting Main Street, please take the time to check out these names on the windows. I only wrote on just a handful of them. There are many more people involved in Disney history that have windows dedicated to them. I may do another post on more of them and most likely in the future, I’ll be doing a post on more of the history on beautiful Main Street USA!