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      10.03.2012 11:07
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      One of my all time favourite Disney rides.

      The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride can be found at Disneyland California, Magic Kingdom Florida and Disneyland Tokyo. This review is based on the Disneyland Paris version which was the last to open (in 1992). The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride is a rather iconic Disney attraction which inspired the hugely popular Pirates Of The Caribbean films.

      It can be found in Adventureland in the Disneyland park. It is situated nearby Skull Rock (which is hard to miss) and has a large sign outside made of a ship sail.

      There is a fairly small queueing area outside, before you are taken indoors through the 'fortress'. Inside is very dim (too dim perhaps) 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. You pass such delights as skeletons in dungeons before reaching the 'Blue Lagoon' area which looks as though you are outdoors at night time - strangely beautiful! My young daughter was quite nervous the first time (to be expected) but was fine after that. The queue then splits in two and you soon board your boat.

      Every one of our visits to Disneyland Paris has NOT been in school holidays and the longest we have had to queue for this ride is about 10 minutes. However I can imagine that it gets very packed during peak times and unfortunately there isn't a Fastpass service available for this ride.

      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. You start by floating through a tropical jungle. It seems quiet, calm and relaxing. You also sail past the Blue Lagoon restaurant where visitors dine among trees and lanterns! I have never dined here as they specialise in seafood and I don't eat seafood. It seems like a nice atmosphere though.

      You then see a shipwreck and start to climb a hill. The ride starts to get more exciting as you glide down a small slope and get your first glimpse of the pirates. You are surrounded by sails and rigging as the pirates fight with the soldiers. 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. You then hit a bigger slope and find yourself in the midst of the battle between pirates and soldiers. Cannon balls explode in the water around the boat. After the conflict you sail through the pirates town where the pirates are drunk on rum, chasing women and having sword fights - general pirate shenanigans. The town goes up in flames as you plunge down another drop (the ride takes your photo at this point - say cheese!). You are then brought out in a dark grotto where there is a shipwreck and the pirates have turned in to skeletons. The mood is lightened as 'Yo Ho' begins to play and you pass the captain (as a skeleton) in bed and a skeleton surrounded by treasure and another one guzzling rum!

      This is where you exit the ride and can visit the gift shop. Photos can also be viewed/purchased here.

      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. Most of the talking is in French but there is some English too. The characters are animatronic, most of them move - they look like waxworks and are rather scarily realistic! The ride lasts about 10 minutes in total, which I think is pretty good going. There are no characters from the films in the ride. The other versions of this ride have been updated to include characters from the films, but the Disneyland Paris version hasn't - I actually think this is a good thing because the ride originally inspired the films, not the other way round. If you catch the Disneyland Railroad past Adventureland you are taken through the last part of the ride and can have a peek inside the grotto.

      I totally recommend this ride to everybody visiting Disneyland Paris.

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        06.05.2011 14:05
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        Must do this ride.

        Disneyland...you know, that wholesome, happy place where princesses dance in the big pink castle, and jolly marionettes twirl and sing of love and friendship on "Its a small world. The home of Mickey Mouse and his pals...who would think that the same theme park would be home to a ride that manages to depict scenes of violence, horror, drunkeness, vandalism, and of course a fair bit of raping and pillaging too; of course, all done in the best possible taste, making it one of the most popular rides in the whole theme park! I am, of course, talking about the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which is an attraction at all of the Disney theme parks, except for the Hong Kong park. This review is specifically about the Disneyland Paris version, as the rides do differ slightly from park to park.

        *A brief history*


        Many people associate the name of the ride with the recent film series, starring Johnny Depp, but in fact, the film was based on the ride, rather than the other way round. The ride itself was actually designed in part, by Walt Disney himself, although sadly, it did not open to the public until after he had died in 1967. The music that plays throughout the ride, "A pirate's life for me", was written by George Bruns, who fans of the Disney movies will know as the composer of the music for Jungle Book and Robin Hood, as well as the Herbie theme tune.

        In the mid 1960's there were various advances in animatronic technology that made the original vision for this ride literally "come alive", as previously, they had only intended to have models of pirates rather than moving characters. The result was an indoor boat ride that really captured the atmosphere of the Caribbean when pirates sailed the seas, taking passengers on a boat ride through various scenes, such as a ship battle, a burning town and even the afterlife! I can imagine that back in the 1960's this ride would have been really impressive, as people would not have seen anything like it before, and with current advances in animatronic technology making the models even more lifelike, the ride still manages to impress and draw in the crowds.

        *Our experience*


        We have actually been to Disneyland Paris twice, and the ride had changed slightly on our latest visit, as they had incorporated characters from the movie, which they hadn't done before. The movie character models were actually the most lifelike ones on the ride, as they had obviously been put in quite recently. In fact, it was hard to tell whether they were models or real actors!

        The nice thing about this ride is that it is one of the very few rides at DLP where you don't have to queue. We have never had to queue for this ride, even at peak times. The ride is set in a pirate themed area of the park, which really sets the scene for what you are about to see. It is right next to a fantastic pirate themed play area called discovery cove, so the designers of the park have really set it out well, incorporating the pirate theme into the whole of the surrounding area. When you go to the main entrance of the ride, you are usually greeted by a member of staff in costume. The staff are really friendly and chatty, and again, set the scene nicely for the ride. To get to the ride you have to walk though lots of corridors that are reminiscent of smugglers caves and hideouts. As you walk though, the air seems very humid. and it gets very warm. The kids think it smells like a swimming pool, and yes, with the heat and the smell of the water, it is very mich like a swimming pool, but of course, they are trying to recreate the hot humid atmosphere of the Caribbean!

        When you get the the loading area, you are split off into several lines, so that the staff, again in pirate costume, can filter people off into the boats efficienly. The boats have the capacity to hold about 12 people, so it is easy to see whyb the queues are so low. The boats do not have any restraints or seatbelts, so obviously it is a good idea to keep very small children seated on the inside of a row if they are likely to put their hand in the water (or jump in!). The ride is dark, with a lot of loud noises and also a couple of log flume style drops, so very young kids may not like it.

        A really fun innovation at the beginning of the ride is the fact that a restaurant has been incorporated into the area. When you ride past on your boats you can see all of the people eating their meals and wave to them. I never got a chance to eat in that restaurant, but I would have liked to, because it was themed in a similar way to the ride, dark and atmospheric.

        Soon after this, the riders find themselves being winched up a long climb, and the familiar ride music starts to play. Even on this part of the ride, the devil is in the detail, and if you look carefully, you can see little orange glowing eyes peeking down at you from the rafters. In fact, I can honestly say, that every time I have been on this ride I have noticed something new, as there are so many small details and things to see in each scene portrayed.

        Anyone who has seen the films will be familiar with the image of the dog holding the keys just out of the prisoner's reach. This is a scene taken directly from the ride, and one of the very few references to the ride in the movie. We pass the prisoners and the dog. They have no chance of escape!

        We are then thrust into a full on ship battle scene, complete with cannons and special effects. Barbossa is the captain of one of the ships, and his face seems to be holograhic, as it is moving in a really realistic way. I also really liked the way that they have incorporated shadows of real actors in some of the scenes to make them more lifelike.

        After the chaos of the ship battle,we are winding through the town, which is home to many familiar and iconic scenes from all versions of the ride. One of the most familiar is the scene of the women tied up in a line, waiting to be auctioned off as brides to the drunk leering men watching. One of the men in the town is getting dunked in the well by the evil pirates, and the poor women of the town are having a really hard time as they fend off the advances of these villains.Luckily the scenes are all portrayed in a humorous way, usually with the women getting the upper hand by bashing the pirates with brooms or even chasing them! There is a drunken pirate sleeping in the pig pen with his new friends. There really is lots to see. I liked the singing donkey the best!

        As we carry on though the town, things go from bad to worse for the poor residents. Those nasty pirates have set the town on fire, and we are headed straight for the worst of it. As the boat passes through a building containing the towns gunpowder and weapons supply, a loud BOOM is heard, indicating that sadly, we have all died (a moment of silence, please).

        *Davy Jones Locker*


        It's OK though. Yes, we are dead, but the ride hasn't finished and there are more things to see. And where do pirates go when they have died? Davy Jones locker of course. As we pass through the eerie, skull shaped rocks, we catch a glipse of some spooky sights ahead. A skeleton sits, propped up in his four poster bed. Nearby, another skeleton sits atop a huge pile of treasure and coins. I guess it was cursed gold then...Meanwhile, a couple of skeletons try their hand at drinking, but with no skin to hold it in, the liquid passes right through them! Again, this section, although "spooky" is humerous, and my kids absolutely loved it.

        Unfortunately, after that, we are nearing the end of the ride. On our way to the exit, we see Jack Sparrow, quite drunk, enjoying a big pile of treasure. As we pass out of the ride, as skull above the exit says a few words, and it seems that we are back in the land of the living again.

        "Can we go on again, Mom?" cry the kids, as we go back round to the entrance to do the whole thing again!

        *Summary*


        Pirates of the Caribbean is one of those "must do" rides when you visit the Disney parks. It will appeal to most people, as it is not too fast, so can be enjoyed by old and young alike. As I have said, the very young may be a bit scaed, but one thing that I used with my five year old son that worked, was to buy him one of the toy laser guns from the shop and get him to pretend he had to hit all of the pirates and baddies on the ride. he actually loved doing this, and it took away any fear he might have had about the ride.

        It is also a great ride to do when the park is wet and rainy, as it is indoors, and most importantly, very warm! we went in February, and it was an ideal ride to go on in the evenings when it was dark and cold, as it is quite a long ride, and gives you chance to warm up.Another advantage of going when it is dark, is that the whole Pirate area of the park looks really atmospheric compared to the daytime, as it is all lit up with torches, and you can see the sillhouette of the big pirate ship docked in the cove. When it is quiet, the staff just let you stay on the boat and go round agin if you want. It is hard to get bored of this ride, as there are so many details and things to see as you look around you. The movie character models are all voiced by the original actors from the films.

        The location, atmosphere and style of the ride, as well as the friendly staff, make this a fabulous ride, and one of the best. I have always thought it didn't quite fit in with the wholesome Disney theme of the rest of the park, but somehow, it does work! Just have your cash ready for the inevitable Pirate themed gift shop that you are forced to pass through after the ride is over.

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          06.05.2010 18:09
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          Beware, you may get wet!!!

          Pirates of the Caribbean is probably the most famous dark ride in the world due to the popular movies. As soon as you step into the cavernous queuing area, you are transported into a world of adventure.

          The queues can get fairly long but it moves quickly. There is no Fastpass available for this ride. However, it is worth the wait.

          When the ride begins, you are on a quiet lagoon, surrounded by lush vegetation. You also pass the Blue Lagoon restaurant here. However, the peace is soon shattered and suddenly chaos ensues. Suddenly, there are guns being fired and sword fights as the story is told of a group of pirates taking over a Caribbean island. I don't want to spoil it for you but it there are a few surprises at various points after this....

          The ride could be scary for small children, some of the animatronic characters are very lifelike and it can be quite dark.

          The Paris version is the only one that doesn't feature characters from the movies.

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          14.11.2009 17:20

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          fun ride for all the family

          The Pirates of The Caribbean ride is one of the most famous Disney rides. The film was inspired by the same ride that is in California. You're on a boat on a little river that goes thru lots of pirate scenes. You go down into a dark cave like queuing area and it is atmospheric. It usually has a big queue as you cannot use the fastpass ticketing system.
          There is a resturant that you can eat in that overlooks the ride which is lit by candles and looks lovely, altho didn't manage to eat there. My boyfriend was dissapointed by the ride, i think he was expecting it to be like something from the film. The children on the ride seemed to really enjoy it so would reccomend it for families. You will end up comming off the ride with the Pirate song in your head for the rest of your day - 'yo ho yo ho a pirate's life for me' !

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          16.09.2009 17:09
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          Pirate's of the Caribbean Ride

          Yo ho yo ho a Pirate's Life for me.

          The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris is probably one of my favourite rides. I have also been to the park in California and been on the ride there too and enjoy it in both places.

          I think the main reason why it's such a great ride is because it really has a theme running the whole way through the ride, from queuing up, to the ride itself to the gift shop at the end of the ride. The decorations, the costumes, the music, all of these aspects add to a great pirate experience.

          According to an article I read, this was the last attraction in which Walt Disney himself participated in designing. The Paris ride was opened on April 12th 1992, when the park itself opened.

          As with any Disneyland ride or attraction the ride itself is quite tame, you will not really find any scary death-defying rollercoasters in the park but in my opinion this just adds to the charm and the magical experience of Disney.

          The Pirates ride is a water based ride and you go through the scenes on a boat, very befitting of a pirate theme. The boat is quite a wide long boat and fits I would say about 20 plus people in it. You sit on benches inside the boat and there are no safety restraints as you do not go fast enough for that. The boat moves quite slowly to allow you to see all the attractions around you. It is also an inside ride and is quite dark, adding to the mystery and suspense of being a pirate. It is inside a kind of fortress and you pass shipwrecks, pirates shooting each other, wild animals, flames and pirates locked in battle.
          The staff inside the ride you help you onto the boats are brilliant as they really get into the characters. All their costumes are perfect pirate costumes and I think if I worked at Disneyland I would want to work on this ride just so I could wear the pirate costumes.

          The song you hear constantly as you go around the ride and that will get into your head is called Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me). It was written in 1967 by George Bruns. Apparently according to an article I read, its origins are loosely derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's sea-shanty "Dead Man's Chest" found in his 1881 novel Treasure Island. It's definitely very fitting to call it a sea-shanty as it has a very catchy tune and lyrics that you will repeat over and over again in your head.
          A few statistics about the ride:

          * Grand opening: April 12, 1992
          * Audio-Animatronics: 119
          o 64 humans
          o 55 animals
          * Drops: 2
          * Number of levels: 3
          o Blue Lagoon
          o Main show on second floor
          o caverns (ground level)
          * Show length: 10 minutes
          * Ride system: Flume

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            20.05.2009 21:27
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            Excellant ride

            I have been to disney land resort paris every december for the past 5 years and i never miss going on Pirates of the caribbean. Fortunately at this time of year the queue's are relatively small and are approx. 10 minutes long at most, usually a queue time of one minute is normal dependant on time of day. But in the cold of December the warmth this ride provides in the queueing area is very welcome.

            after you have queued you come to the stageing area where you are allocated into small rows of upto 3/4 and place behind a number on the floor, this will be your seat row on the boat when it comes round. when the boat arrives you step onto the boat and take your seat.

            When the boat sets of you first of all go past the blue lagoon restaurant which is a fish restaurant and looks lovely after this you go through several staged areas consisting of pirate scenes (i.e. the original idea for pirates of the caribbean) and a few drops, one of which includes a camera shot which you can purchase at the end, I would say if you intend to purchase the photo try to sit at the front of the boat as this is where the shot comes out the best, your barely seen if your at the back.

            The music playing while your on this ride is very relaxing it's yo ho yo ho a pirates life for me, combine this with the dark environment and it's a very welcome relax in a very fun but hectic holiday.

            I would definately recommend this ride to everyone going to disneyland resort paris as it's very different to the other rides on offer. A must see!

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            a must see for all the family.

            Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney Paris. This is basically a log flume ride, through the scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean. But it is also SO much more than that.

            The queuing area, is basically underground and pretty dark, so may be intimadating for small children. Everytime ive been the queue hasnt been too bad, but think i may just have been lucky. Once you get to the front of the queue, you are put into a long boat, approximately seating 4/5 on each seat and with 6 rows of seats per boat. The front row is the best seats, especially for the drops.

            Then you are off, past the Blue Lagoon restaraunt and into the main ride, you pass some brilliantly done, if slightly in need of an update, animatronic pirate scenes, some of which do appear in some respects in the films, (although there is no Jack Sparrow, Will Turner etc.) the special effects are fantastic and the sky is really clever.

            There is 2 smallish log flume type drops, one of which is in the dark and did surprise me the 1st time i rode, but they are relatively gentle drops. Your picture is also taken on one of the drops (if i remember correctly the 2nd one.) If your wearing mouse ears or hats id recommend taking them off for the drop.

            At the end of the ride, you depart from the opposite side of the boat and into a gift shop, where you can buy pirate hats etc.

            I love this ride and always go on it at least once on any trip to Disney, but it is beginning to look like it needs some attention.

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            Worth waiting for

            Each time we have been it has been a wait of around an hour, although it doesnt usually feel that long as for most of it you are constantally walking. It is well worth the hour wait though. The kids although both girls loved it and they recognised parts of the pirate films from little scenes along the way around. Think it is a boat sitting 4 people to a row of about 4 or 5 rows per boat. They do take your picture at the end of the ride as it goes down a small drop. It does warn you may get wet but went on it around 4 times over the different visits to Disneyland and havent ever once got more than a little sprayed. You go out into a Pirates shop with lots of pirates goodies to buy whilst you are in the mood! Well worth going and although a long wait it does seem to go quite fast

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            29.05.2007 20:50
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            Disneyland Paris attraction.

            Whether you've visited Eurodisney or not, you're sure to have heard of Pirates of the Caribbean after the release of a trilogy of successful films based on the ride. However, if you're a big fan of the movies, don't expect to see any of the characters on the attraction. The ride existed before the movies and therefore there is no Jack Sparrow, Will Turner or Elizabeth Swan in sight, more's the pity, unless models of these characters have been added since my last visit about a year and a half ago. Nevertheless, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favourite rides at Disney and still has much to offer!

            As anyone who has ever visited a popular theme park will know, your first experience of the ride will most likely be the queue. Queues for popular attractions can often be massive and waiting over an hour to get on an attraction is pretty standard and Pirates is no exception to this rule. However, Pirates is one of the better designed queues. When you enter the queue you will wind your way through rope barriers into a smuggler's cove. The lights are dimmed and flickering torches light your way towards the boats. Towering rocks surround you and the ground is fairly uneven, making it all seem quite realistic. Its quite easy to get lost in your surroundings and time passes relatively quickly.

            As you draw nearer to the boats you'll notice the staff are all dressed as pirates and they'll help you climb aboard a small boat and head off on your journey.

            If you're familiar with the Its A Small World attraction at Disney or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Alton Towers and other such rides, you wont be surprised by how Pirates functions. You move leisurely through the water surrounded by scenery, sounds and smells. Moving animatronic characters capture your attention and the attention to detail in the characters and the scenery is stunning.

            A nice touch is The Blue Lagoon restaurant which is situated underground in the middle of the ride, so feel free to wave to the people there enjoying a drink or a meal as you float past! Or if you're feeling flush, return there for something to eat yourself later on, although be prepared for steep prices.

            There is nothing in the way of big thrills, however. The most exciting parts of the ride are a couple of small, quick declines (but nothing that will get you wet) and some 'cannonballs' hitting the water behind you as your boat gets fired at.

            The fact that the ride is far from 'white-knuckle' means that most kids will be able to ride it and enjoy it, although it might frighten very young children or children of a nervous disposition. Most adults can enjoy the atmosphere of it, too and unless you were a dedicated thrill-seeker, I doubt you'd regret riding it.

            The exit to the ride is through a shop selling plenty of pirate themed merchandise so if you've got kids with you, you might have to prepare yourself to endure some begging off them!

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