Fifty years ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean set sail at Disneyland. Of course, over the years it's become a fan favorite and a classic. It's so popular that there are currently pirate attractions in five Disney parks: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and the newest ride at Shanghai Disney Resort.
The iconic attraction inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movies staring Johnny Depp. There are four movies with the 5th being released this May. (I can't wait!)
Then, the movies inspired the ride. Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa were both added to the attraction after the popularity of the movie franchise. Other changes have included adding images of Davy Jones, Captain Blackbeard and mermaids.
Meeting the pirates characters is a rare experience, but one that I've fortunately been able to do a few times now! Eliot and I first met Captain Jack Sparrow at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015. He commented on our outfits from the "spooky house." Then, we met him again this past year at the Halloween party.
During the Princess Half marathon a few weeks ago, I also stopped to take a picture with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa! I figure that you don't see them together often, my foot was killing me and needed a break, so I went for it! (Then, Captain Barbosa gave me a hard time about not liking his beard.)
Of course, there are many more pirate experiences at Disney: from the Halloween parade floats, to dressing up like one at the Pirates League, to themed resort rooms, and to Disney Cruise Line's Pirate Night adventures on the high seas.
I have many memories of Pirates of the Caribbean: riding the attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, of going to see the movies and now from Pirates in the Caribbean during our first Disney Cruise last fall. It's safe to say this attraction will always hold a special place in my heart. It was also the last ride Walt Disney oversaw the construction of- which makes it even more special to me.
Happy 50th Anniversary Pirates of the Caribbean! May you sail on voyages and delight park guests for many more years. Drink up me hearties, yo ho! °o°