Pirates Of The Caribbean 101
One of the most beloved attractions at both Disneyland and Disney World is Pirates of the Caribbean. I decided it was worthy of it’s on blog post so I started to research into it’s history. POTC (as it’s known to true Disney fans) opened at Disneyland in 1967, 3 months following Walt Disney’s death. It was the last attraction he presided over. It was first designed to be a walk-through wax museum but Walt decided to make it a boat ride since It’s A Small World was so popular at the 1964 World’s Fair. It was not an opening day attraction at Walt Disney World, but opened a couple of years later. To draw even more to the ride, they've added Pirates League. For a fee you can dress your kids up like pirates and they get to learn how to be a proper pirate and some get to perform with a show in front of the ride. A welcome addition for boys (and girls) who weren't into all the princess stuff or perhaps if you are like my little pirate princess. Who says a girl can't do it all!
As I was researching and looking up information about Pirates of the Caribbean, I gathered some interesting facts about the ride that I thought might surprise even some hard core Disney enthusiasts:
- There are over 100 audio-animatronic humans and animals.
- The ride has 600,000 gallons of water.
- Each boat holds up to 30 people and is wheelchair accessible.
- Each costume is unique and authentic.
- First theme park ride to inspire a movie (usually the opposite).
- The movies have been so popular that there are now 5 and more to come.
- Johnny Depp is the only character from all five movies that has visited the ride in costume to surprise park guests. He also visits local hospitals in costume to entertain sick children.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest received an Oscar for Special
- Effects and ended up being the number film of 2006. It also won Best Movie at the MTV Awards.
- The first three films in the series received a total of 11 Oscar nominations.
- Johnny Depp was the only actor from the films that received an Oscar nomination, 2 Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor, and won 2 MTV Awards for Best Male Performance.
Needless to say, we are all in love with pirates and their swashbuckling lifestyle and that’s why we return time after time to ride the ride and see the movies. I’ve enjoyed both for decades and intend on doing so in the future. Somehow when we step into those boats on the ride, we feel like we are stepping into the movies. Typical Disney Imagineering success once again.