Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean is a must-do attraction for most guests on a visit to the Disney parks. This ride is an original to the park and offers the opportunity to take a step back in time to the days when pirates ruled the Caribbean.
There’s even a catchy tune that goes, ” Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.” Surely you’ll be humming along by the end of the ride.
This review of Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom will cover the need-to-know details for experiencing the ride. I’ll also add in a few tips on attraction extras and best times to ride.
Here’s a quick reference chart for the pirates ride at Disney.
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Disney Height Requirements:
Magic Kingdom FastPass:
Yes, when available
Seats Per Vehicle:
Three to Four Per Row
Rider Switch at Disney:
Extra Magic Hours:
Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean
Mild, but it is a dark ride.
On Ride Photo Opportunity
Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean is located in the back of Adventureland. It’s around the corner after you pass Jungle Cruise.
The queue for the attraction is broken down into two parts. The first part is a covered outdoor area before you go into the full interior portion.
After that, you’ll wind your way down to the boarding area. The queue and overall ride are both fairly dark. The actual ride is portrayed during nighttime which makes all the special effects and animatronics really pop visually.
Each boat has five rows and holds about three to four guests per row. Parties will be seated together on their own row. Right now, cast members are seating guests in spaced out rows to help maintain proper distancing.
As you set sail on what is not “the happiest little cruise that ever sailed,” you’ll head into a deep, dark cavern. This brings us to the on-ride photo mention.
Pirates of the Caribbean On-Ride Photo Opportunity: For those with the Memory Maker purchase make sure to look up at the skull hanging overhead to the left immediately after you pass the initial scene. The eyes light up red and about the time you focus there will be a flash. This is one of the more difficult ones to get just right.
After the on-ride photo, you’ll float through a mist and here you’ll encounter a mild drop. Pirates of the Caribbean doesn’t have restraints, so there’s no need to worry about any major drops.
Will I get wet on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?
A lot of people want to know if you’ll get soaked on this attraction. In most cases, you’ll barely get splashed. Expect a small splash when you come down the only drop. The drop isn’t steep but comes as a bit of a surprise if you aren’t familiar with the ride.
The main splash comes from the cannonball blasts in the first scene immediately after the drop. If you’re on the right side of the boat you could receive a decent splash of water.
A couple of years back Pirates of the Caribbean received new boats. When they started operating the new boats there were a lot of problems with the splash effect.
From my experience, this issue seems to have been resolved. However, it is good to err on the side of caution and try to keep personal items out of the way.
As for the rest of the ride, you’ll encounter various pirate scenes. A majority of the scenes have Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) placed somewhat inconspicuously in the background. Make sure to look for him if you are a fan.
And a few years back, a new scene was added to the attraction featuring Redd, the pirate.
Pirates of the Caribbean is an extremely popular ride and can have a pretty decent wait time during the prime hours of 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The following tips for riding Pirates of the Caribbean might not be available due to the lack of FastPass and the afternoon parade. I plan to update these as things change or return.
Pirates of the Caribbean does offer FastPass (when available) but in most instances, you will want to select it as a fourth or more experience.
If you haven’t been able to secure a FastPass for the attraction, you can elect to ride it immediately after the Festival of Fantasy parade. In order to make it work, you’ll need to watch the parade from the step-off point in Frontierland and then head straight to Pirates.
I mention this alternative in several of the Adventureland attraction reviews. It works well, but you can really only use it for one attraction. That’s because, by the time you finish, waits will have risen for everything again.
The other time you might like to ride Pirates of the Caribbean is later in the evening or during evening extra magic hours if applicable.
Preview the Pirates of the Caribbean ride via YouTube here: Complete Ride
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