By Melissa L.
Even though Walt said it all started with a mouse, all Disney fans can tell you that it started with a man. Walt designed the Pirates ride in Disneyland with Imagineers… It was actually the last ride he directly supervised before his untimely death.
For multiple reasons, I feel the original Pirates is superior to the one found at Walt Disney World. This comes from the mouth of someone who adores the Walt Disney World version so read on. The Disneyland version starts on the bayou where you ride past a man out on his front port (you also ride through great restaurant called Blue Bayou). Both the attraction and restaurant are located in New Orleans Square. The Disneyland ride is approx 7 minutes longer than the one at WDW and has multiple additional scenes besides the different beginning and end (where you ride through past the queue line at DLR). Also, there is a drop while you sail the seas at Disneyland which I love!
Without giving too much away for those bound to ride both, you do get to see Jack Sparrow equally and Davy Jones will appear in ye midst. (Get it, midst, but his actually in the mist? Haha!) What I miss when riding in Disneyland and the place where Walt Disney World blows Disneyland out of the water is the sky in the ship battle scene. At Walt Disney World you get that pseudo night sky which you can see in places like Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion and Hollywood Studios’ Sci Fi Dine In, while the grandfather ride at Disneyland features a low tech sky where lighting gives the illusion of some clouds rolling by. Overall this is a favorite ride for me, whether I take the 9 minute ride in Adventureland and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or the 16 minute ride in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park.
There are some really fun Easter Eggs that pay homage to the rides and to Disney in the four Pirates of the Caribbean movies. While it is fun in and of itself to search for these and I don’t want to give them all away I thought I would share my favorites. (By the way, if you haven’t yet watch through the credits at the end of each movie. There is a fun extra scene at the end of each one.)
First of all there is a Hidden Mickey in each film. I’ve only found 1 and its in the 4th film in Jack Sparrow’s hair. I know there are a bunch of websites that can give you tips but I think it would be more fun to have a marathon and search for them yourselves!
From the trailer everyone got to see the dog bearing the jail keys from the ride in the films. My favorite references all pretty much take place in Tortuga. Specifically I love when Gibbs is found sleeping with pigs in the first film and in the second film when a man chases a women around in circles during a bar scene just like animatronics would rotate around and around. By far, my very favorite comes in the third film. Just as the crew looking for Jack head into World’s End the scene blacks out to them bring us to Jack at his mirage-ish area. During the prolonged blackout you can hear the ride track playing.
I recently purchased the Dead Man’s Chest box set that came with blu rays, dvds, digital copies, and special features for each film plus 3D for Pirates 4. I decided to have a marathon and watched the Scoundrels at Sea edition of the first movie on blu ray. It was like a pop-up video of fun facts about real pirates and making pirates! Love!
I thought these were the two most interesting facts:
–Pirates never really had people “walk the plank”. There was no pomp and circumstance in throwing a man overboard, they would simple throw him overboard.
–Shivers were splinters of wood which would sometimes get infected from working on the ships and could be fatal. Shiver me timbers!
I hope you have enjoyed a little guide to all things Pirate here on the Mouze. Want to check out more ride pics? Head on over to my photoblog Picturing Disney for a fun and fabulous ride! And remember, Captain Jack Sparrow said it best when he said, “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”
By profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)
When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.