What You Don’t Know About Disneyland’s Pirates Of The Caribbean

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most beloved attractions at Disneyland park. Most guests are familiar with the characters, scenes, and famous quotes from this attraction. But do you know the back-story and trivia surrounding Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction personally supervised by Walt Disney. It opened in the spring of 1967, just three months after Walt’s death.
  • The original plan for the attraction featured a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart. This would have included a pirate wax museum housed in a 70-foot deep basement. The basement is now the grotto part of Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The attraction’s waterfalls are neccessary to allow the boats to pass under the railroad tracks which go around the park.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely inspired by films such as Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson, Kidnapped, as well as, Captain Blood, and The Sea Hawk and The Buccaneer.
  • Disneyland’s New Orleans Square cost $15 million to built. Of that amount, $8 million was spent on Pirates of the Caribbean. So, Disneyland’s New Orleans Square cost the same amount as was spent on the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
  • Due to the realistic fire effects in the town burning scene, the Anaheim Fire Chief asked that the fire effects automatically turned off in the event of a real fire.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean uses 750,000 gallons of water.
  • There are 122 audio-animatronics (68 humans and 54 animals) featured in the attraction.
  • X Atencio, who wrote the attraction’s theme song, can be heard as the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones before you plunge down the waterfalls.

Do you know any other interesting trivia about Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: Justin in SD / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.




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