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!

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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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  • I had to laugh at the animatronic fact. I always comment on the number of chickens. Now I know that I am not making it us since there is close to a 1 to 1 ratio.

  • Deb @ Focused on the Magic

    I always love it when the boat dip. It adds to the adventure. Thanks for sharing!

    • It sounds like that would be fun! I’ve actually never been to Disneyland, but I’ve heard its version of Pirates is better than WDW’s.

  • I don’t think I’m ever going to get to see this for myself. So curious about this Disneyland attraction.

  • DIStherapy

    These are great tidbits Kimberly- at a D23 event I attended, they showed Walt Disney attending a media event in Pirates of the Caribbean before it opened. It was one of the last public appearances he would ever make, and he never got to see the attraction open. It made me cry!

  • Great trivia! I had no idea! I loved that attraction! So much better than the WDW version!

  • This really makes me want to go to Disneyland someday! I wonder how many of these facts apply to the attraction at WDW too.
    Thank you so much for sharing at this week’s Super Saturday Afternoon Tea!

    • Me too! I’ve heard the Disneyland version is so much better than the WDW version. And I love the WDW version of this attraction!

  • DisneyDonnaKay

    Great post Kimberly!! I love Disney trivia!!

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