Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom (Part 1)
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney’s most classic and beloved attractions. It is located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. Although Pirates of the Caribbean has undergone updates and changes over the years, including the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow from the films, at the heart of it, this attraction remains the same. Guests are taken back in time to a 17th century Spanish fortress right in the middle of the action as the pirates take over.
1. Not an Original
Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Disney felt that guests from Florida wouldn’t find a Caribbean attraction appealing because of Florida’s close proximity to it. But when the park opened without Pirates, guests wondered where the attraction was and kept making requests for the attraction. They wanted pirates! In December of 1973, the Disney World version of Pirates of the Caribbean opened!
There is a bit of fantasy in the Pirates of the Caribbean, you just have to know where to look. There are mermaids in the attraction. When you first set out on Pirates, and you’re moving through the section where a storm is brewing and there are creepy skeletons all around, take note of one of the skeletons that has washed up on the shore. You’ll notice it’s not a regular skeleton, but one of a mermaid! And, if you peer into the water at just the right time, you may see flashes of light below the surface, those are also meant to be mermaids!
3. The Face in the Waterfall
As guests begin their journey they come to a waterfall with a face amongst the water, warning them that danger lies ahead. This addition to the ride was inspired by the films, and the face has been both Davy Jones and Blackbeard. The face and the waterfall both disappear as the boat glides through, and this is because both the waterfall and the face are projected onto mist.
Francis Xavier Atencio, or X as he was better known, wrote the lyrics to the famous song ‘Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)’, and George Bruns wrote the music. X also wrote the original script for the Pirates ride, as well as the original script and theme song for the Haunted Mansion.
The battle between the fortress and the pirate ship is an exciting part of the attraction, with cannonballs being fired every which way. Obviously cannonballs cannot be used in the ride, so the effect is created with moving cannon barrels, flashes of light, and blasts from beneath the water to create a splash and give the impression that cannonballs are being fired into the water. More recently, Disney has added puffs of air to make it seem as if the cannons really are whizzing right by you.
(Taken from DisneyDining.com)