5 Facts You Need To Know About Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland
Carribbean. March 17. UITV. With a 1,838-foot flume and a ride time over 12 minutes, Pirates of the Caribbean offers an attraction length more like a show than a ride, which tends to be over in just a couple of minutes. But the use of Audio Animatronics and automated stage effects allows Disney to run this show continuously, allowing Pirates to serve tens of thousands of visitors daily. Disneyland reports that the ride has hosted approximately 400 million guests since its 1967 debut. That's more than the current populations of the United States and Canada, combined
When Disneyland opened in 1955, Walt Disney and his designers used relatively basic fun house carnival rides to bring Disney's animated movies to life in Fantasyland. Disney raised its game for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, creating a water-filled flume to carry riders in boats through It's a Small World. Disney's Imagineers also created the first human Audio Animatronic characters for the fair, with its Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction for the State of Illinois pavilion and the Carousel of Progress for General Electric.
And three years later, Pirates of the Caribbean brought everything Disney had done with theme park attractions together into one blockbuster dark ride: Lifelike human Audio Animatronics, an advanced ride system, a thrilling double drop, impressive theatrical effects, with everything tied together by a catchy theme song.
The pirates of the Carribbean at Disney Land
But even those select few attractions that some fans might insist are better than Pirates haven't yet established a legacy of influence within not just the theme park industry but the entire entertainment business that Pirates of the Caribbean has. Tired of theme park rides based on movies? Pirates today is a multi-billion dollar film franchise based on a theme park ride. Just drop the mic, Pirates. You've won.
Of course, Pirates isn't a single theme park ride anymore, either. Walt Disney World scuttled plans to build a Western River Expedition attraction in favor of building a Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in order to satisfy non-stop guest demands after the resort opened in 1971. But it's not the same experience in Florida. Disney cut some scenes from the Disneyland version and built a separate unload platform, saving guests from having to ride the lift back up to the load level.
When Pirates opened at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, Disney restored the cut scenes, but kept the separate unload. But for Disneyland Paris in 1992, Disney reordered the entire Pirates experience, with guests riding up a lift hill near the beginning of the ride, with the drops moved toward the end.
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And last year, Disney reinvented its Pirates ride with Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Shanghai Disneyland. A completely new experience, with a unique ride system, projection mapping, a mix of screens and practical sets, along with Disney's Audio Animatronics, Shanghai's Pirates won our Theme Park Insider Award for the Best New Attraction in 2016.
This article was written by Srikanth Prabhu, who is a featured coloumnist at uitvconnect.com