Pirates of the Caribbean

Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Set sail on a spirited moonlight voyage through the balmy lagoons and seaside forts of the Caribbean, as a band of villainous pirates stage a full-scale attack on an overwhelmed fort.

The last attraction to be personally supervised by Walt Disney before his death, Pirates of the Caribbean opened in 1967 at the original Disneyland in California. Twenty-five years later, this version at Disneyland Paris refined and redefined the entire experience, reorganising the story and bringing every Audio-Animatronic and every special effect bang up to date.

However, whilst this version has the advanced technology of the 1990s, it steered clear of the Jack Sparrow-orientated film tie-ins added in California and Florida in 2006. Therefore, what you see here is the attraction just as Walt originally intended it.

From the jolly theme song to the crashing flume drops, to the disorientating and wonderfully atmospheric queue line, this attraction is not only one of the very best at the park - nor the resort - but one of the greatest themed attractions in the world. Drink up the atmosphere — it only gets better each time.

  • May frighten some
  • Don't miss this!

Indoor boat ride through a spectacularly immersive Audio-Animatronic pirate story with 2 small flume drops.

  • Opening Date

    12th April 1992

  • Attraction Type

    Water flume dark ride

  • Duration

    10 minutes

  • Capacity

    22 Guests per boat,
    40 boats

  • Suitablility
    • Children 3-7
    • Children 8-12
    • Young Adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors

Trivia

  • Features a cast of 119 state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics characters, including 55 animals and 12 skeletons!
  • The two duelling swordfighters are unique to the Parisian version of the attraction and were the most advanced figures of their kind ever created when the attraction opened.
  • In the other international versions of the attraction, guests take a drop first to send them "back in time" to when pirates roamed the Caribbean. This was originally a necessary step to get the boats beneath the railroad tracks to the huge showbuilding beyond the berm. In Paris, the Imagineers took the chance to reorganise the story from the start to use the drops as more logical plot points.

Imagineers affixed over 30,000 individual pieces of treasure by hand, one-by-one, to create the final Dead Man's Caves scene

Tips

  • Large boats with a capacity for up to 20 people mean Pirates in Paris rarely has a queue of over 15 minutes. Its position right at the back of the park also means you can often acheive the dream of a Disneyland "walk-on" most mornings and evenings.
  • If you take can advtantage of Extra Magic Hours, wait by the Fantasyland-Adventureland gate (near Peter Pan's Flight) at 10am and when the rope drops you'll be first in line for the attraction, well ahead of everyone coming from Central Plaza!

Advice

  • Not recommended for children under 1 year old.
  • Features two short indoor flumes, one after the prison scene, another after the burning town.
  • Transfer required. Enter via the exit, to the left of the entrance near Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Le Coffre du Capitaine. Must be accompanied in order to assist in transfer to the boats.