10 Facts About Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean Facade Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic Disney rides of all time, launching a full film franchise based on the attraction. The Disneyland version is one of the best attractions of all time.

Today we are sharing 10 fun facts about this New Orleans Square classic boat ride.

1. Wax Museum

Pirates of the Caribbean Entrance New Orleans Square Disneyland

The attraction was originally planned as a wax museum like walkthrough until the It's a Small World proved how successful a boat ride could be.

2. We Wants The Redhead

Recently the longstanding bride auction scene was changed to add the first ever female pirate to the ride, Captain Redd.

3. Last Walt Attraction 

Pirates of the Caribbean Skull and Crossbones Disneyland

The attraction had been the last project Walt Disney himself had worked on far into development. It opened after Walt past away but he had been a part of the creation process well into construction.  

4. 5 Versions

Pirates of the Caribbean Exterior Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

There are 5 different versions of this ride in the world. Versions exist in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disneyland. The only Disney Park without a version is Hong Kong Disneyland.

5. Opening Date

Pirates of the Caribbean Ending Disneyland

This ride originally opened on March 18, 1967.

6. Yo Ho 

The famous theme song of this ride Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me) was written by the Imagineers, X. Atencio and George Bruns.

7. Captain Jack

Captain Jack Sparrow Character Disneyland

You can spot Captain Jack Sparrow 3 times in this ride. He can be spotted in a barrel, behind a dress display, and in a treasure trove. 

8. Animatronics 

Captain Redd Auction Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland

The ride has a lot of animatronics featuring over 100 different animatronics of various human characters and several species of animals.

9. Paul Frees

Laffite's Landing Sign Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Disneyland

The voice actor Paul Frees has done many voice acting gigs for Disney. In this ride he voiced the Auctioneer and the voice of the classic disembodied "Dead men tell no tales" voice.

10. Real Skeletons 

Skeleton Bedroom Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland

In the beginning of the ride's production, Walt Disney told Imagineers to use real skeletons in the ride and there were real skeletons in the attraction for many years. Disney now says that there are no more remains in  the ride.

Bayou Scene Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland