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!

Rumor: Disneyland’s Fantasmic changes

A couple of days ago, there was yet another rumor floating around about Disneyland. This time it’s on Fantasmic and the changes that it will be undergoing. As announced a couple weeks ago, Fantasmic will be returning in Summer of 2017 and it’s been said that Pirates of the Caribbean will be replacing the Peter Pan segment of the show along with other changes and upgrades. According to WDW News Today:

Using projection mapping technology, the plan will be to turn the Sailing Ship Columbia into the Black Pearl. The ship will host a large fight between Jack Sparrow’s crew and that of Captain Barbossa. Of course, The Columbia will be re-rigged for all new stunt work featuring Captain Jack Sparrow and his pirate friends. The truly amazing part (if true) is that the projection mapping technology will follow the ship around the river, also projecting onto the performers on the boat. This effect would allow performers to change in appearance, jumping between a skeleton and human form just like the characters in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Again, it’s a rumor. To be honest, if it is true I would prefer the Peter Pan segment to stay the same. It’s been in the show since it’s opening in 1992. There’s nothing like hearing the loud cannon ball bomb, then seeing the lights shine on Sailing Ship Columbia with Peter, Captain Hook, and all the characters all on the ship, Seeing the pirates swing across the ship and Peter and Captain Hook battle it out at the top of the ship. It’s such an epic performance and will always be one of my favorites. Do you think this rumor is true?