Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean opened in 1973, two years after the rest of the Magic Kingdom.
Hop in a weathered barge to voyage to the 17th century into Dead Man’s Cove. Watch out for Captain Jack Sparrow and see a story of pirates and their troubles. Sing along as pirates serenade you with their anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”
In 2006, Disney added Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films to the ride. Keep your eyes peeled — he appears in several scenes throughout the ride.
Ye beware, mateys: Dead men tell no tales!
- The version in Disneyland was the last attraction that Walt Disney oversaw the construction on. He died 3 months before the opening.
- The song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” was written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio for this attraction.
- In the queue, the chest playing skeletons were designed specifically for the Magic Kingdom by Marc Davis.
- There are two queue lines: the “Soldier” side and the “Pirate”. The “Pirate” side is now the Fastpass queue
- Johnny Depp has been known to surprise guests as a Pirate on the ride when visiting parks.
- The talking skull before heading down the waterfall is where the ride photo is taken.