Pirates of the Caribbean Overview | Disney’s Magic Kingdom Attractions

At Magic Kingdom, guests can discover if the pirate’s life is for them when they ride the swashbuckling attraction: Pirates of the Carribean. Guests can board their own pirate ships and join a band of 17th century pirates on their mischievous adventures through the Carribean. Pirates of the Carribean was an opening day attraction at Disneyland and was the last attraction to be personally overseen by Walt Disney. 

Pirates of the Caribbean Details

Walt Disney World Park Magic Kingdom
Location in Park Adventureland
Height Restrictions Suitable for all heights
Age Interests All ages
Thrill Type Slow, dark ride
Hours Normal park hours
Wait Times Moderate to high 
Lightning Lane Yes
Accessibility Information Must transfer to wheelchair and then to ride vehicle, Audio description, Handheld captioning

Ride Overview

Pirates of the Carribean takes guests back in history to the days when pirates sailed the seas and occupied the islands of the West Indies. This voyage to the 17th century is a slow, dark 8 minute boat ride with audio animatronics and many creative set pieces. Weathered watercraft ride vehicles hold 22 guests and travel through the 750,000 gallons of water in this attraction’s ride path. 

Guests embark on rickety boats that take them through an ominous cave filled with skeletons and the wreckage of a ship. At the end of the cave, a talking skull takes a ride photo as he warns guests of the Flying Dutchman captain, Davy Jones. This photo is linked to the My Disney Experience app through guests’ magic bands. Next, the boats head down a pitch black path that leads guests down a waterfall. 

This trip down a waterfall leads guests right into the middle of a canon fight. From a nearby ship, Captain Barbossa eggs on the confrontation and calls for his crew to “Fire at will”. Guests then travel into a village that has been clearly been invaded by scalawags. The village is riddled with kidnappings, ravagings, auctions, and arson.

Jack Sparrow sits in a room full of gold and other treasures as the ride reaches its conclusion.

As the village is set aflame, the pirates sing the classic tune, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”. Throughout these village scenes, Captain Jack Sparrow can be seen on the run for one of his many infamous misadventures. The ride concludes with a cell full of pirates trying to coerce a dog for its keys and Jack Sparrow sitting in a room full of treasure as he sings to himself. 

The adventures portrayed on this attraction inspired the Pirates of the Carribean movies franchise which began 2003 and has spawned five films so far. The success of these films lead to the addition of the movie character to the attraction such as Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, and Davy Jones. 


Location & Wait Times

Pirates of the Caribbean is located in Adventureland and is also close to the entrance of Frontierland. The daring pirate attraction sits just past The Jungle Cruise and across from the Tortuga Tavern. 

Wait times for a voyage into the pirate world tend to be moderate but on busy days can reach higher levels. The wait times are usually the lowest first thing in the morning and late afternoon into the evening. 

Queue Experience

The building that holds Pirates of the Caribbean has similar architecture to Spanish forts. It is specifically inspired by the Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in Puerto Rico. The exterior also features a watchtower and a pirate ship mast.

To enter the queue, guests enter the fort which is full of canons and other battle supplies. The queue actually has two separate routes that lead to the ride. One side is designed to represent the “soldier” side while the other is intended to display the “Pirate” side. The two sides meet in the spot known as “Pirate’s cove” which is where guests load their own ships. 

One of the mantras of the Pirates on the ride is “Dead men tell no tales”.

One of the most well known aspects of the Disney World queue is the two skeletons who are playing chess. The lore of this chess game is that the board is arranged in a “stalemate” situation. This means that neither player is able to make a move which renders the game unwinnable. The myth is that the two players had to stay at the board until their deaths because of the stalemate. Disney World guests may never know the truth of that chess game because as the pirates say, “Dead men tell no tales”. 

Written by

Emily Murray

Contributing Writer

For as long as Emily can remember, Disney has played a huge role in her life. Her infatuation with Disney resulted in many hours spent rewatching Toy Story and creating multiple powerpoints to convince her parents to book yet another vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”. In 2015, Emily followed one of her dreams and moved to Orlando, Florida where she spent just over five years working for the mouse in three separate roles. Emily is passionate about writing and using words creatively and concisely. She loves to make others laugh and hopes to sprinkle a little bit of magic into everything she does.

One comment on “Pirates of the Caribbean Overview | Disney’s Magic Kingdom Attractions

  1. This is one of my favorite and must do rides! It’s so awesome when you come out and see the big ship firing canons and you’re under the starry sky, it just transports you somewhere else entirely. Love Pirates!

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