Pirates of the Caribbean originally opened at Disneyland, Anaheim in 1967, and it was the last attraction to be overseen directly by Walt Disney. Unfortunately, Walt didn’t live to see it completed, but it is considered to be one of his most beloved projects nonetheless. In 1973, a duplicate POTC opened at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. Popularity has never wavered from POTC, and the addition of the movie series only bolstered the appeal of the franchise.
Most of the queue and the attraction itself are housed within the Spanish-styled fort, Castillo del Morro. The queue winds throughout the dark, cool cavernous fort, with a wealth of interesting scenes to admire as you pass. They really did a fantastic job in theming and atmosphere, well before you are even on the ride itself.
You have the unique opportunity to get closer, more detailed looks at Disney’s famed audio-animatronic figures here at POTC. It really helps you to appreciate these modern marvels, and what must have gone into making them. Take special notice of the pirate hanging his very hairy, bare leg over the bridge he’s sitting on as your boat passes underneath. The detail is mind-blowing!
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