Pros: A fun ride for all with cool new updates
Cons: Darkness of ride could be a little scary for little ones
While some younger children may associate Pirates of the Caribbean with the latest Disney movies, I always think of one of my favorite rides in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. A fun adventure for all, this boat ride will take you through an exciting display of pirates, battles and of course, treasure. Recently updated to reflect the movies storylines, Pirates of the Caribbean is truly one of Disneys greatest attractions.
Located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom park, you will find Pirates of the Caribbean easily. With a large crows nest and pirate ship sail marking the entrance, a slew up stroller parking is in front of the attractions entrance. The queue begins outside and enters into a large building themed as a Caribbean Castillo, which is more like a fortress, where youll find a dark (and cool) line. Here, the queue will set up the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean. In keeping up with the times, music from the movie can be heard playing while waiting in line.
As for the actual wait time of the line, Ive never waited much more than 5 to 10 minutes, but this last time we went, which was only a week after Pirates reopened from its updating, the estimated wait time was 30 minutes. I was dying to go on it, so I forced my family to wait! In all, we did not wait more than 15 minutes before boarding our boat! I did read that they day they reopened Pirates of the Caribbean, people were waiting for over 3 and a half hours!!! I feel compelled to mention that we went on this ride about a half hour before the parade was set to begin, which may have accounted for the shorter line.
The boats used for this ride are similar to those used on Its a Small World and other boat themed rides throughout Walt Disney World. With several rows of seats that easily seat 3-4 adults each, Disney can really keep their lines moving quickly on this ride. Unlike Small World, these boats are not equipped to handle wheelchairs, so anyone wheelchair bound would have to get out of their chair and into the boat. The boats move along in the water at a slow to medium pace, which makes this ride one that anyone can go on.
Should small children go on this ride, be sure to hold them tightly as the lights go down and a scary voice tells you that Dead men tell no tales, for there will be a slight drop off and you may get a slight splash of water on you if you are near the front of the boat. We took 2 year old Little Girl and she was a bit nervous as it got dark, but we were able to quickly divert her attention to the animals that appear, such as a donkey (she called it a cow), doggies and kitties are also present. But dont go thinking this is some Old McDonald ride, its Pirates through and through, beginning with old pirate skeletons and skulls. Youll see many a pirate in the form of animatronics that may seem slightly outdated, but always fun as they sing the favorite Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me.
A battle for a Caribbean port ensues and soon all debauchery breaks loose with guns, and rum and women. Fire breaks out and eventually ends with a certain now well-known pirate basking in the glory of a true pirates treasure.
~*~Spoiler Alert for the updated Pirates of the Caribbean~*~
Pirates of the Caribbean was recently updated to add some new characters, ones that will be familiar to you if youve seen either of the Pirates movies. I was a little apprehensive about these updates because as far as I am concerned, there is nothing they could do to make Pirates a better ride. I hoped that Disney did not commercialize the attraction too much to reflect the storylines of the films. Luckily, Disney held out and if you havent seen the movie, then you wont notice much. Johnny Depps character Captain Jack Sparrow appears several times and falls into line with the rest of the animatronic characters of the ride (although he does look a bit more modern compared to the original animatronics. Captain Barbossa, Sparrows enemy appears on the ship battling the Spanish fort, but I didnt even recognize him, I read about it afterwards.
The only new, big flashy change/update to Pirates of the Caribbean is at the beginning, where the boats you are riding in appear to go under a waterfall with an image of the second movies new character, Davy Jones. Little Girl covered her head as we went under what appeared to be an inevitable soaking. Leave it to Disney to come up with some really cool special effects that will make sure you leave this ride relatively dry.
~*~End of Spoiler~*~
Now that the movie franchise of Pirates of the Caribbean, I have no doubt that this ride will be seen in a whole new light by a younger generation. When millions upon millions of dollars can be made from what was originally a fun theme park attraction, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary ride. A park favorite for many, I am sure this ride will continue to delight all who have the pleasure of setting sail on such a marvelous adventure.
For those of you familiar with the Disneyland attraction of the same name, except for the entrance and very beginning and end of the ride, they are pretty much the same. You can find a review of it here