Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris. The original version at Disneyland, which opened in 1967, was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney, he died three months before it opened. The ride, which tells the story of a band of pirates and their troubles and exploits, was replicated at the Magic Kingdom in 1973, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and at Disneyland Paris in 1992. Each of the four versions of the ride has a different façade. A reimagined version of the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, the ride gave rise to the song Yo Ho written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio. It also became the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, since 2006, Disney has incorporated characters from the film series into the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland versions of the rides. The Disneyland version was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, it opened on March 18,1967 and it is located within the New Orleans Square portion of Disneyland, its facade evoking antebellum era New Orleans, topped by a 31-star United States flag. The ornate initials of Walt Disney and Roy Disney can be seen entwined in the iron railings above the attractions entrance at Disneyland. An overhead sign at the boat dock names it for the famous pirate Jean Lafitte, the second floor of the facade was originally designed to be a private Disney family apartment. Instead it later opened in spring 1987 as an art-related retail/museum space called the Disney Gallery until late 2007 when it was replaced by the Disneyland Dream Suite. The opening of The Disney Gallery in 1987 also coincided with the attractions outside queue area being completely redone to improve traffic flows. A bridge walkway was built in front of the entrance to allow crowds to pass through New Orleans Square without causing traffic jams with the guests waiting in line for the attraction. The original installation at Disneyland was manufactured by Arrow Development, the attractions passenger carrying boats are very similar to those in a patent assigned to Walt Disney Productions, but filed by Edgar A. Morgan, one of the founders of Arrow Development. Arrow participated in the design and development of many attractions at Disneyland from 1953, the Blue Bayou Restaurant within the ride opened the same day as the attraction, and is considered one of the original theme restaurants. There are 630,000 gallons of water,53 audio-animatronic animals and birds and it takes three days to empty and refill the bayou for renovations. Across from the area is the Blue Bayou restaurant, made to look like the backyard dinner party of a southern plantation. The ride begins amid glimmering fireflies during an evening in a Louisiana bayou, riders board their boats at Laffites Landing and are at once afloat in the heart of bayou country, after the safety spiel given by Blackbeard. Above an archway, a skull and crossbones provides this taunting warning
Image: Pirates of the Caribbean Entrance
Magic Kingdom's Pirates of the Caribbean
Disneyland Paris version
The "auction" scene in the Magic Kingdom ride in which women are offered for sale by the invading pirates.