When we visited Disney's Magic Kingdom, Orlando, one of the rides that I was looking forward to the most was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I didn't know what to expect but I love pirates so figured that this would be the ride for me.
This version of the ride was not the earliest as the original was built in Disneyland, California and opened in 1967. The version in Orlando didn't open until 1973 and then Tokyo and Paris in the years afterwards. In Magic Kingdom, this ride can be found in Adventureland along with a pirate tutorial run by Captain Jack Sparrow. You won't be able to miss this ride as it is housed inside a fortress with a big pirate ship banner outside. The fortress also has the message 'Dead men tell no tales'.
The queuing isn't too bad for this ride in comparison to others such as Space or Thunder Mountain and I found us moving along quite quickly. There are actually two queues to choose from which are pirates and soldiers although I really can't remember which we went down at the time. As you walk through the fortress and through an underground cavern to get to the actual ride you will be hearing the theme song, 'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life)' the whole time and it does get quite annoying at times.
The reason the queue moves so quickly is because the boats you're in can hold about 25 people each as they have six rows and can comfortably fit 4 people in each. As this is a really slow moving ride, there are no safety harnesses or bars apart from there being quite high sides on each side of the boat. The beginning of the ride shows a waterfall with a projection of Davy Jones and then you carry on to a shipwreck and some pirate skeletons. There are a few ups and downs as you climb small hills in the boat so you really do get a feeling of being in a boat on the sea. After coming down the first hill, you'll have pirates firing cannons at the water and Captain Barbossa mumbling something or other about Jack Sparrow. The cannons were exciting and made the ride more than just seeing pirates on the sides.
Next up you slowly sail through a pirate town where they're all drinking rum and having a good time. If you keep an eye out you'll also see Jack Sparrow himself. The pirates are all singing Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life) which by this point I was so sick of hearing. The town is torched by flames and they're trying to escape from either their cells or their chosen drinking place. Towards the end of the ride you'll have the opportunity to see Jack Sparrow again as he's surrounded by a pirate's booty.
I hate to say it but I found this ride to be extremely boring. The ups and downs hidden in the water are very small and not all that exciting. As the boat moves so slowly, the ups and downs are also really slow and take quite some time to get over. But, this does mean that there is plenty of time to look around and take in all of the fantastic detail that this ride has to offer. The costume and explosions were great and there were so many pirates to look at, each of which was different looking and doing something different to the others. I think children will enjoy this much more than adults and both me and my husband were unimpressed.
I didn't even know that this ride is where the idea from the film Pirates of the Caribbean came from and since its release, certain characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow have been added and they weren't there before. As I didn't really like it with these additions, I think I would have disliked it even more before. It's a shame as this was one ride that I was really looking forward to.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride can be found at Disneyland California, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Tokyo. This review is based on the Magic Kingdom (Florida) version which was first opened way back in 1973. The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride is a rather iconic Disney attraction which inspired the hugely popular Pirates Of The Caribbean films.
The ride can be found in Adventureland inside the Magic Kingdom park. It has a large watch tower outside with a banner on it which reads 'Dead men tell no tales', along with a large ship mast with 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' written on the sail.
There is a fairly small queueing area outside, before you are taken indoors through the 'fortress'. Inside is very dim and it takes your eyes a while to adjust. There is quite a walk until you reach the ride and the 'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life)' theme song plays the whole time.
We didn't have to queue long for this ride during our visit, although we did ride it very early on in the day. I can imagine the queues might be very long for this ride during the daytimes and especially at peak times such as school holidays etc. There is no Fastpass available for this ride either (despite being a Magic Kingdom favourite) so I recommend visiting this attraction either very early in the day or very late in the day.
The ride takes place inside small boats. Each boat has 6 rows and each row seats 3 or 4 people. The boats move at a slow and steady pace throughout. You start by slowly floating along. All seems calm until you see a misty waterfall with Davy Jones projected on to it (the same squid-faced Davy Jones from the films). You then come across an eerie shipwreck and a number of pirate skeletons, before climbing a large hill in your boat. You then take a small plunge down the hill and come face to face with the pirates! The first pirate you see if Captain Barbossa on his ship, firing cannons in to the water and ranting about Jack Sparrow. You sail through a town where the pirates are drunk on rum, terrorising townspeople and looking for Jack Sparrow (who you see hiding). There's a big fat pirate that mumbles to himself that Jack Sparrow will never find the treasure without the map and key (which he's holding) as Jack Sparrow pops his head out of a barrel behind him! The town goes up in flames as the pirates sing 'Yo ho yo ho, a pirates life for me'. One of the most memorable scenes is where a bunch of pirates behind bars are trying to get a dog to bring them the cell key - this was actually put in to the first Pirates Of The Caribbean film. The ride end as you pass Jack Sparrow talking to himself (and you) whilst rocking back and forth on a throne, surrounded by treasure in the treasure room!
I have visited Disneyland Paris on quite a few occasions and they also have the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride. Both rides are very similar but have a few differences. Both versions of the ride have pros and cons for me, however I actually prefer the Disneyland Paris version. The Magic Kingdom has the inclusion of characters from the Pirates Of The Caribbean films (Paris doesn't) and the animatronics (particularly Jack Sparrow) are much more advanced than the Paris version. Paris also has mostly French speaking pirates which can be a bit off putting! However the Paris version seems longer, includes a fun skeleton/treasure scene towards the end and has a couple more big drops (more exciting than Magic Kingdom). I haven't yet visited the other Disney parks so I can't compare them.
Pirates Of The Caribbean is one of my all time favourite Disney rides, I love it, as does my whole family. It is a ride that can be enjoyed by everybody. There is something to see everywhere you look. The characters are animatronic, most of them move - they look like waxworks and are rather scarily realistic! The characters from the films look really good, they look just like the actors and you can clearly recognise who they all are. My particular favourite is Jack Sparrow, especially when he's in the treasure room towards the end of the ride. It looks just like him and has all of his mannerisms (as well as his actual voice) - probably the closest I'll ever legally get to Johnny Depp! The ride lasts about 8 minutes in total, which I think is pretty good going (you queue an hour for some rides and then they're over in 2 minutes!).
I totally recommend this ride to everybody visiting Magic Kingdom.
A pirate of the caribean is a brilliant gentle ride that is located at Magic Kingdom.
Unfortunately this ride does not have a fast pass system so we had to queue for around 30 minutes for this ride, in a dimly lit cave like environment, which all adds to the experience.
You board a boat that gently takes your round, through all the various scenes based on pirates , and you even have some statue Johnny depp look a likes, the ride itself takes around 7 - 8 minutes and is very dimly lit , not recommended for those who are not very keen on the dark. The ride itself is very tame as like most of the other rides at magic kingdom , but nonetheless is still an excellent experience and at quite few points in the ride you think you are going to get wet, but you don't really , you may get a little splashed. Especially at the start when you see a waterfall , which turns out to be special effects but everyone on the boat thinks they are about to get soaking wet, which I found rather amusing.
One of my favourite rides in the Magic Kingdom, although I do have a lot of favourites.
Basically it is an indoor boat ride through various different pirate themed scenes. The ride lasts around 7 minutes from start to end and is quite dark throughout.
The fun begins before you even get on the ride as the queuing area is so well themed, there's lots to look at while you're waiting. It is quite a long walk through various cave type rooms and really absorbs you in the theme, you easily forget you're in the middle of a theme park. As this is a headline attraction you may be waiting quite a while during peak visiting times. We have never had that problem as we visit during quieter times of year. Even if there's no queue though it is worth walking slowly through the queuing area and taking the time to look at all the details, including, as is usual in most of the rides, a few Hidden Mickey's!
When you reach the loading area you board pirate boats that hold around 15 people and set off on the water. You definitely get a better view from the front of the boats but if you're sat further back it won't spoil the fun. You sail towards a sheet of water with Davy Jones head projected onto it and hear the familiar "Dead Men Tell No Tales". We got stuck at this point once and had to hear it over and over again for about 10 minutes before the boat moved on!
After this you go down a very short flume style drop. Its not a long drop and you don't really get wet just a little splash. You then end up in the middle of cross fire from a boat in a Caribbean port. Its quite noisy and might be a bit scary for young children. You keep floating along for around 8 minutes through various different pirate scenes with Disney's audio animatronic people. After the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean films Disney recently added Jack Sparrow to some of the scenes and you have to look out for him popping up. He is hiding in a few places. The final scene with Jack shows him sat in a rocking chair surrounded by treasure and it looked so realistic we had to look twice to check it wasn't actually Johnny Depp!
I could go on for ages about this ride as there's so much detail but you really need to ride it yourself to appreciate it.
This is definately one of my favourite rides in Walt Disney World. I love Pirates of the Caribbean the movie, but have loved this ride long before it got the Johnny Depp update.
The ride is located in the Magic Kingdom, in Adventureland. The ride is approximately 8 minutes long, but feels much shorter and is over way too quickly. The queue area is inside and is made to look like a cave. As you get closer to the ride you can hear what sounds like cannons going off in the distance.
The ride vehicle is like a boat and can fit about 25-30 people in each boat. Try to get at the front if possible. Once in the boat you start to 'sail' your way into cave, then a short dark plunge. You are then taken through a battle with cannons being fired overhead.
Around a river bend you'll be taken to a town overun with Pirates, chasing women, drunk, in jail and a stray dog. This is where you'll see Johnny Depp hiding in a barrell, he is amazingly life like! Spooky!
The animatronics are great, richly detailed and fun for all. Watch out for Davy Jones projected on to a water fall, its Disney at its best!
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney World Floridas most loved and memorable rides for me and my family. Its a ride dedicated to the Pirates of the Caribbean and recently even Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp in the movie) has been added to the ride.
This is a boat ride that is suitable for anyone really though it can be a bit dark or scary for younger or more sensitive children. There are afew small drops in this ride where you are sometimes likely to get wet, though not really soaked like other rides in the Disney area (not as bad as the rapids at the animal kingdom, we were drenched coming off them).
This ride is not available for fast pass, though there normally isnt too bad of a wait for it normally less than 30minutes depending on when you are visiting the parks, as youll find in most attractions in Disney even the rides queue is decorated in such a way that you cant really be bored for looking around yourself and seeing all the detail.
The ride lasts around 5-7 minutes approx from memory and is a must do if you are visiting the Disney Park, this ride is also present in the Paris Disney Theme Park and I am sure many others.
You are taken back in time to see all the Pirates of the Caribbean and their fights, taking over villages and all other sorts of amusing and funny scenarios, its a really great ride for all the family and well reccomended.
This ride takes your picture which is available then to purchase just when you get off, the pictures come in really nice frames and cost around $15 from memory, they are a lovely soveiner to bring home.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark flume ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. There are 5 other Pirates of the Caribbean rides in the world at different Disney parks. The ride opened in 1973 at Walt Disney World. The original ride at Disneyland California was the last in which Walt Disney himself participated in designing
You enter the ride through an old fort and into a long and winding queue. The queue is normally short as they run 6 or so boats and have 2 lines and 2 different loading areas. I always get in the right hand side queue as it is quicker.
When you get in your boat and the ride starts you enter a cave where Davy Jones warns you of the troubles ahead. When you turn the first corned you come to the top of the first an only drop of the ride. It is only very small so you don't have to worry.
When you come out the other side you are greeted by Captain Barbossa who is attacking the fort. The boat he is on looks like a full sized shit but that is only because of trick they play with your eye. As you go on you come across Captain Jack hiding away trying not to get caught by the pirates that are after him but find the Key to the treasure. Does he make it? You will have to ride it to find out.
This is a fantastic ride that makes you want to ride it again an again. They have cleverly adapted some of the area so they reference to the films. The addition of the 3 captains makes this ride even better than it used to be and the Audio-Animatronics of them are so life like you would think they are real.
This is one of my favourite attractions at Walt Disney World. It was completely revamped after the second pirates of the caribbean film came out to include Davy Jones and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
The themeing of the ride starts at the entrance which looks a bit like a cave. The walkway is long and winding and has many things to enjoy along the way. If you look through the windows you will find a variety of pirate skeletons etc. Whilst you are queuing there is eerie music playing in the background. As you get closer to where you board the ride you will hear the sound of cannon fire which adds to the excitement. Although the queue area is long i ahve never queued very much for this ride - they get a lot of people on and off very quickly.
You board your boat - about 4 people to a row and set off. You will first of a go through a small cave where what looks like a waterfall is falling in front of you this has the effect of Davy Jones face on the water. You go a bit further into the cave where there is lightning and lots of wind. You then go down a small drop in the dark.
After the drop you find yourselves in the middle of a town being attacked by a pirate boat. You then go around a bend and through a bustling town full of pirates bidding on a new bride, drinking lots of run and looking for treasure! The final scene is Jack Sparrow surrounded by his treasure as you wait to disembark. You always seem to get a backlog of boats waiting to get off.
The ride lasts about 8 or 9 minutes i think and is incredibly well themed. Perfect for all ages aswell. One of my favouites and i go on it again and again!