Pirates of the Caribbean was envisioned in the late 1950s as a walk-through wax museum at Disneyland that would have featured depictions of real pirates in static scenes.
Instead, Disney Imagineers utilized the technological breakthroughs achieved in the company's four pavilions at the 1964–65 World's Fair to transform the attraction into a boat ride through vivid environments filled with fictional Audio-Animatronic pirates sacking a Caribbean seaport. Its theme song, "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)", sets a light-hearted tone for characters who were violent criminals in reality. The last Disney theme park attraction designed with input from Walt Disney, it opened in its original form in New Orleans Square at Disneyland on March 18, 1967. Since then, it has been replicated in different forms at three subsequent Disney theme parks—Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort (December 15, 1973), Tokyo Disneyland (April 15, 1983) and Disneyland Paris (April 12, 1992).
Original Introduction and Behind the Scenes History...
This has always been a favorite among all Disneyland rides since I was a kid of like 6 or 7. I can remember even back then watching these robot pirates and thinking "wow, how does that work with the electronics and stuff." I think it was one of the many early inspirations for me to become a computer programmer as my lifes profession which has led to bringing you this usociable.com site for your enjoyment!
The ride has gone through several renovations while maintaining the spirit of animation that has made it one of the most popular and timeless additions to the park. Although I thought it was totally silly making the "Politically Corrected" changes to it. LOL. They're PIRATES! LOL! They are not PC! LMAO!
Ride Footage From what looks like 8mm from the 60s!
Pirates of the Caribbean updated modern ride-thru Walt Disney World
DISNEY PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SPIRIT OF THE RIDE TRIBUTE
Although the Pirates of the Caribbean isn't a thriller it is a fun and entertaining ride for all ages. The characterization of the pirate theme is so complete throughout the ride that it makes you want to look for buried treasure.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a boat ride through the dark caves where "Dead Men Tell No Tales" Pirates of the Caribbean is my absolute favorite ride in Disneyland. Pirates mixes a boat ride, story, and autoanimatronics in an entertaining and humorous story of the Pirates invading and pillaging a town... and the eventual consequences. This ride is a must see. The line moves quickly and really hangs at the 15 minute level all day.
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Cool page! This ride & the Haunted House have always been my two favorites. No matter how many times I ride them - it never gets old. I guess thats because it brings back so many memories (and they haven't changed at all since I was a kid).
Actually...there is one exception I can think of - the head in a crystal ball NOW floats in midair (still trying to figure out how the hell they do that!)