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Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Review | Disney World


Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic boat ride located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The attraction transports guests back to the era of swashbuckling pirates as they sail through a Caribbean town under siege. With immersive theming, memorable characters, and a catchy soundtrack, Pirates of the Caribbean is a must-do for many guests visiting the Magic Kingdom.


Ride Information

Location: Pirates of the Caribbean is located in Adventureland, near the entrance across from the Jungle Cruise.

Height Requirements: There are no height requirements to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ride Duration: The ride lasts approximately 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

Genie+ and Lightning Lane: Pirates of the Caribbean offers both a standby queue and Lightning Lane access with the purchase of Genie+.

Single Rider Line: There is no single-rider line available.

Rider Switch: Rider switch is not offered since there is no height requirement.

Disability Access Service (DAS): Guests using a wheelchair or ECV must transfer to the ride vehicle. Audio description and handheld captioning devices are available.

Early Theme Park Entry: Pirates of the Caribbean is not open during early theme park entry.

Best Times to Ride: Wait times are typically lowest during the first two hours of park opening and at the end of the night. Mid-day sees the longest waits.

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History and Design

Pirates of the Caribbean first opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney before his death. After seeing the immense popularity of the ride, Disney Imagineers decided to bring a version of it to Magic Kingdom, despite initial concerns that it would not appeal to East Coast audiences. Pirates of the Caribbean opened in Florida on December 15, 1973, two years after the park’s debut. The Magic Kingdom version is housed in a Spanish colonial fortress called Castillo Del Morro, inspired by forts in the Caribbean.

Guests enter a winding queue through the fort, passing cannons, barrels of rum, and skeleton pirates, setting the tone for the adventure ahead. Inside the ride, the experience is brought to life through the use of over 120 audio-animatronic figures, including pirates, villagers, and animals. Each animatronic is intricately detailed with unique costumes, facial features, and movements to make them feel like real characters. Many of the original animatronics from the 1973 opening are still in use today.


The Ride Experience

After winding through the queue, guests board a bateaux, a boat designed to look like the ones used by pirates in the Caribbean. Each boat holds around 20–30 passengers. The journey begins with a short drop in the dark down a waterfall, landing you in the midst of a battle between a pirate galleon and a Caribbean seaport. Musket fire and cannon blasts fill the air as you sail through the chaos. As you continue, you’ll pass through various scenes showing the pirates sacking the town, auctioning off loot, and eventually being chased by angry villagers.

Audio-animatronic characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, appear throughout. The (in)famous auction scene was altered in 2018 to change the role of the “redhead” character from a bride being auctioned off to a pirate, overseeing the surrender of the town’s rum supply. The ride’s soundtrack, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)” written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio, can be heard playing throughout, with many guests singing along. At the end, Jack Sparrow sits atop a mountain of treasure as you exit the ride.


Comparison to Other Pirates of the Caribbean Attractions

There are versions of Pirates of the Caribbean at several other Disney parks worldwide, each with their own unique details and features:

  • Disneyland: The original Pirates opened in 1967 and is nearly twice as long as the Magic Kingdom version at around 15 minutes. It is located in New Orleans Square and features two waterfalls.
  • Tokyo Disneyland: Very similar to the Magic Kingdom version, with a few additional scenes not seen in Florida. The dialogue is in Japanese.
  • Disneyland Paris: Housed in a different style fortress with a unique pre-show featuring Davy Jones. Some scenes are different from the US versions.
  • Shanghai Disneyland: The newest iteration opened in 2016 with a high-tech re-imagining of the ride inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean films. It blends digital projections with traditional animatronics and sets.


Tips for Riders

  • While the drops are short and the ride is slow-moving overall, some scenes may be scary for young children, including skeletons, darkness, and loud noises.
  • The queue is mostly indoors and air-conditioned, making it a good option on a hot day.
  • Boats can sometimes take on a small amount of water during the drops. Ponchos are available for purchase outside the ride, or you may get slightly wet.
  • The back row of the boat typically provides the best views of the scenes and animatronics.
  • Keep an eye out for hidden Mickeys in the ride and queue!



Is there a restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

No, there is no restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction itself. However, a new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed tavern was announced at the 2023 D23 Expo that will be located near the ride in Adventureland. This new lounge will extend the story of Pirates of the Caribbean.

How long is the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom lasts approximately 8 minutes and 30 seconds. This is shorter than the original Disneyland version which is about 15-16 minutes long.

Is Pirates of the Caribbean a scary ride?

While Pirates of the Caribbean is generally family-friendly, some scenes may be scary for young children, including skeletons, darkness, loud noises, and a short drop. The ride is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Do you get wet on the ride?

Usually if you’re on the edge of the boat you’ll get a little bit of water on you when you go down the drops. You definitely don’t get soaked.



For nearly 50 years, Pirates of the Caribbean has been pillaging and plundering its way into guests’ hearts at the Magic Kingdom. With incredible attention to detail, memorable characters, and that addictive theme song, it’s easy to see why this attraction has stood the test of time. While it may not have the thrills of some other rides, Pirates offers an immersive experience for guests of all ages to enjoy together. Dead men may tell no tales, but you’ll surely be telling tales of your adventures on this classic Disney ride.

Location Map

Location Map

Nearby Attractions

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  3. Swiss Family Treehouse
  4. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Review | Disney World
The Final Word
Set sail on a swashbuckling voyage through the Golden Age of Piracy! Board a bateaux and become immersed in a Caribbean town under siege by hilarious, audio-animatronic pirates. With thrilling drops, cannon blasts, and the iconic "Yo Ho" song, this classic Disney dark ride transports you into a world of pillaging and plundering fun for the whole family.