Why is this ride such a success? Well, unlike attractions which have height requirements and are a little too thrilling, everyone in the family can ride Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a few scary moments and a short, dark drop; but these aren't overly intense. They're enough to satisfy thrill seekers; but not too scary to keep young or wary riders away. Secondly, Pirates is pleasant blend of adventure and humor. This attraction is like walking into a movie where danger and excitement is around every corner, but yet you're laughing at the pirates' crazy antics and humorous situations! Finally, Pirates is a quality attraction with lots of detail. You can probably find something new that you haven't seen each time you ride!
So if you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, or you're planning to hop aboard on your next visit to Walt Disney World, check out our Pirates of the Caribbean Tips!
Right or Left? When you reach the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean, you will have the choice to go right or left. While this may vary, the left line is typically shorter than the right because people naturally head to the right in a crowd!
To Wait, or not Wait? That is the question. Even though this attraction is one of Disney World's most popular, don't be concerned about long lines. While you may have to wait, the line actually moves rather quickly and most of the queue is indoors, housed in what it supposed to be a Spanish fort. It's usually dim and cool inside, a welcome relief from the central Florida heat; and you truly as if you stepped back in time!
Seating Arrangements: The ship you board for your pirate voyage can seat a surprisingly large number of guests. Therefore, your family or group will get to sit together, a good thing to know when you have little ones! If you are traveling with a large family, or with all adults, your host should seat you to several rows within the same ship.
Cannon Fire! Towards the beginning of your voyage, you will enter a scene where a pirate ship is firing at a nearby fort; and you're in the crossfire! Small, underwater cannons blow water around your ship to simulate cannon balls hitting the water; and while most of them are far from your ship, there are few that are close. It may be wise to keep younger children in the middle seats, as opposed to those on the end, just in case they get scared.
Look Out Below! At the beginning of your adventure, your pirate ship will float into a very dark area before descending this attraction's only drop. It's not a very big drop; but it can frighten some children and cause some guests to get a little wet. It may be wise to be prepared for both of these possibilities.
Marco Daviso: Pay attention to the final scene of this attraction, where Captain Jack is enjoying the treasure he finally found. Pay attention to the crest overhead that says Marco Daviso. This is a tribute or a signature from Disney Imagineer, Marc Davis, who had a big hand in many of Disney's best attractions and movies!
Check Mate: When walking through Pirates of the Caribbean's queue, look through the barred windows to find two skeletons playing chess below. The board is setup in a way that neither piece can move, so the joke is that the pirates died trying to finish the game!
Head to Higher Ground: Because Pirates of the Caribbean, and its queue is housed entirely indoors and can handle large numbers of guests, this is a great attraction to experience during a sudden, Florida shower or a rainy day. If it's still raining once you finished your ride, you can hunt for some pirate booty of your time in the giftshop located at the attraction's exit!
Is Pirates of the Caribbean one of your favorite attractions? Do you have any tips to share?