Twenty-five years after Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland Resort in California, a slightly varied version redefined the ride. An original attraction opening with Disneyland Resort Paris (DLRP) in 1992, the European experience presents an altered story line enhanced by more pertinent drop placements (one after the prison scene and the other after the burning town).
Pirates features 119 Audio-Animatronic characters, of which 55 are animals and 12 skeletons. The two dueling swordfighters, a scene unique to DLRP, were considered the most advanced robotic creations at the time of installation.
Despite recent updates at its American counterparts, DLRP’s Pirates of the Caribbean currently lacks one thing: Captain Jack Sparrow. The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has inspired three hit movies. Now the movies have inspired the attractions to make some changes. Three very realistic Audio-Animatronic representations of the popular pirate everyone hates to love were added to both Disneyland California and Walt Disney World Florida in 2006 and to Tokyo Disneyland in 2007. Rumors continue to circulate as to when/if Captain Jack will finally make a grand appearance at DLRP. We’ll keep our ears tuned for the announcement!
One quick hint: Author Juz Griffiths says in his Disneyland Paris, the Family Guide that because of Pirates’ out-of-the-way location, it is often overlooked. He suggests riding during the 12PM-2PM time slot during peak season or in the early evening or right before Park closing any time of year to have the shortest wait times.
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