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 the best times to ride.
Here’s a quick reference chart for the pirate’s ride at Disney.
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Disney Height Requirements:
Disney Genie+ Eligible
Seats Per Vehicle:
Three to Four Per Row
Rider Switch at Disney:
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.
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. However, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride does not 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 while riding this attraction. In most cases, you’ll barely get splashed. However, 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. Or it might completely miss you.
A couple of years back, Pirates of the Caribbean received new boats. Unfortunately, when they started operating the new boats, there were many 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.
Pirates of the Caribbean formerly offered FastPass+. However, that service is not returning to Disney World. Instead, the new Disney Genie will be available beginning in the Fall of 2021. What we know about this new service now is that it will indicate the best time for guests to ride during the day as part of the base service. Additional upgrades will be offered, and we’ll update when we know more.
The other time you might like to ride Pirates of the Caribbean is later in the evening during fireworks. At this time, most of the crowds will be drawn to the center of the park around Cinderella Castle.
Preview the Pirates of the Caribbean ride via YouTube here: Complete Ride
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So, are you a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean? Is this an attraction you always experience when you visit Walt Disney World. Share your thoughts in the comments below.