This is one of the few rides in the world that inspired a film (Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy was another) rather than the other way around.
The gracious arched entrance soon gives way to a dusty dungeon, redolent of dampness and of a spooky, scary past. Lanterns flicker as you board the boats and a ghostly voice intones, "Dead men tell no tales." Next, a deserted beach, strewn with shovels, a skeleton, and a disintegrating map indicating buried treasure
prefaces this story of greed, lust, and destruction. You'll pass right through a water-mist screen featuring the maniacal mug of Davy Jones, complete with squirming tentacle beard and barnacle-encrusted hat. Emerging from a pitch-black tunnel after a mild, tummy-tickling drop, you're caught between a pirate ship cannon-blasting a stone fortress. Look for Captain Barbossa, evil nemesis of Captain Jack Sparrow. Audio-Animatronics pirates hoist the Jolly Roger while brave soldiers scurry to defend the fort—to no avail.
Politically correct nerves may twinge as the women of the town are rounded up and auctioned, but the wenches rule in another scene, where they chase roguish rapscallions with glee. The wild antics of the pirates—Captain Jack Sparrow pops up in several situations—result in a conflagration; the town goes up in flames, and all go to their just reward amid a catchy chorus of "A Pirate's Life For Me." For people with disabilities: Boarding requires transferring from a standard wheelchair to the ride vehicle; the very small flume drop may make the attraction inappropriate for those with limited upper-body strength or those wearing neck or back braces. Equipped for audio-description and handheld-captioning devices. This is a great destination in the heat of the afternoon, and lines move steadily.
Adventureland, Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA
Sep 17, 2006
This one's been updated to include Jack Sparrow. Movie success doesn't always mean success at the attraction. The ride simply wasn't improved any with the addition of Sparrow. The attraction is caught in the middle of what it was and what it could be. Too bad! You still have to ride it though.
Jan 23, 2006
Yes, the music will definitely stay in your head for a while, but totally worth it. I've probably been on this a dozen times and still enjoy it every time. I think initially it takes a couple of rides to really see everything because there is so much to look at. It's also not as 'roller-coastery scary' as I had anticipated the first time, so it that holds you back, get over it! There's really only one big drop, and it's probably only about 10 feet
and is over in about a second, so don't let any 'ride' concerns keep you from enjoying a fabulous ride. I think Pirates is a 'must see.'