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Pirates of the Caribbean

The sign for Pirates of the Caribbean that looks like the mast and sails of a pirate ship.

On this classic attraction, guests sail through elaborate pirate dioramas while humming “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”  Pirates of the Caribbean is the attraction that inspired an epic film series which in turn inspired a classic attraction.

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Ride Information

Opening Day: December 15, 1973

Type of Ride: Boat adventure

Age Recommendation: 7 and up

Duration of Ride: 8 minutes 30 seconds

Typical Queue Time: Moderate; usually peaks at around one hour

Single Rider Line: No

Chicken Exit Available: No

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: Boat

Type of Restraint: None

Attraction Open During Extended Evening Hours: Yes. See our Extended Evening Hours page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No

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Ride Restrictions

Height Requirements: None

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No

Safety, Accessibility, and Guest Policies


  • Must Transfer to Wheelchair (if using an electronic scooter), Then to Ride Vehicle
  • Audio Description
  • Handheld Captioning

Guest Policies: Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.


Park Map of Magic Kingdom:


Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:

This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Shopping: Guests exit Pirates of the Caribbean through the “Pirates Bazaar” gift shop, where a variety of related merchandise can be purchased.

Dining/Refreshment: The cult-favorite Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace locations specialize in ice cream, the former serving the divine “Dole Whip” and the latter the “Citrus Swirl.” Additionally, Mexican cuisine, including burritos and rice bowls, are served seasonally at Tortuga Tavern.

Restroom: Nearby restrooms are located circa “Pirates League” and on the walkway from Adventureland to Frontierland, respectively.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.

An auction scene of Animatronic pirates selling pillaged goods and townspeople from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Walt Disney originally intended Pirates of the Caribbean to be a walk-through wax museum. The eventual immersive boat ride that originated at Disneyland on March 18, 1967 arose from the success of Disney’s animatronic exhibits at the 1964 New York World’s Fair: It’s a Small World, “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress,” and “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was not originally planned for the Magic Kingdom. Imagineers began developing, “Western River Expedition,” for the location Pirates currently resides in, but complaints from guests aware of the brilliance of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean forced Disney to build a version for Florida. The Florida version, though still a great attraction, is abridged, omitting several scenes from the original.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean is housed in a Spanish fort.
  •  Pirates of the Caribbean was the basis for Disney’s ongoing movie series of the same name. Elements from the movies in turn provided new show elements incorporated into the attraction beginning in 2006.
  • Versions of Pirates of the Caribbean reside overseas at the Disneyland parks in Paris and Tokyo.
  • The Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean stands alone among its counterparts in not having an adjacent sit down restaurant with views of the floating riders. Blue Bayou Restaurant complements the attraction in California and Tokyo, and Paris includes the “Blue Lagoon Restaurant.” A similar experience resides at Walt Disney World, however, at Epcot‘s San Angel Inn, where diners can view boaters on “Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean incorporates a short, sudden drop down a flume. The versions in California and Paris have two flume drops; Tokyo’s Pirates, like that at the Magic Kingdom, has only one drop.

Hidden Mickeys:

Find a Hidden Mickey amid a pile of coins as you exit the attraction into the gift shop.
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Pirate animatronics reaching through jail bars with a bone to try and entice an animatronic dog with a key in it's mouth to them. This scene comes from the end of the Pirates at the Caribbean ride.

Top Tips for Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Enjoy the sets and the music. They are among Disney’s best efforts.
  • Though there is no height requirement for Pirates of the Caribbean, the dark setting and realistic-looking pirate animatronics may frighten children.
  • Wear a poncho if possible. Pirates of the Caribbean underwent a refurbishment in the summer of 2015 to replace the boats, which had been drenching riders on the flume drop. The new boats may solve this problem, but keep this risk in mind, especially on cooler days.
  • Watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies before your vacation. They may enhance your experience on the attraction.
  • Spot your favorite characters from the movies among the historic animotronics.
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