Fastpass To History: No Pirates At Disney World?

Fastpass To History: No Pirates At Disney World?

 Pirates Of The Caribbean is a very popular attraction at Walt Disney World, especially since the release of the films based on the attraction. But did you know Disney originally had plans to not include this attraction in their Florida park?

Though the original Pirates Of The Caribbean was incredibly popular when it opened at Disneyland, the imagineers didn’t think another version of this attraction was appropriate for Florida. Due to Florida’s history with pirates, they assumed guests from the area would not be interested in more pirates. They knew about pirates from the local culture and probably wouldn’t find them interesting.

When Walt Disney World opened in 1971, Florida guests were thrilled to finally get to experience Pirates Of The Caribbean. However, they were surprised to find there was no pirates attraction in the new theme park. After hearing numerous guests ask where this attraction was, imagineers figured out that this west coast attraction could also be quite popular in Florida.

Walt Disney World’s Pirates Of The Caribbean opened in 1973, just two years after the park’s opening. Have you experienced the Florida version of this classic Disney attraction?


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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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  • So glad that they decided to add Pirates and also make it just a little bit different than the west coast.

    • Me too! It’s such a great attraction! I can’t wait to experience the Disneyland version someday!

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