When I visited Disneyland for the first time, one of my questions was how the parks and rides were different from each other. I wrote up a blog post about the general differences between the two parks, but now I want to take a closer look at the attractions that are on both coasts. I started this Disney World vs. Disneyland series, and today I’ll be taking on Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark boat ride that takes you through various scenes featuring pirates. You’ll pass through a pirate ship at war, several town scenes, a jail, and more. The ride existed before the movie, but after the popularity of the films Disney went back and added a Captain Jack Sparrow figure into some of the scenes.
- Where you’ll find Pirates of the Caribbean varies from Disney World to Disneyland – in World it’s in Adventureland. In Disneyland it’s in New Orleans Square, and it’s also attached to the Blue Bayou restaurant, so when you begin your ride you’ll pass by diners enjoying some New Orleans style food.
- Disneyland’s ride has more scenes in it overall, and as a result lasts a good bit longer than the one in Disney World.
- There is an end scene in Disneyland with in the treasure room with pirates firing their cannons.
- The burning city scene in Disneyland is much longer.
- In Disneyland the boats travel down two waterfalls, while in Disney World there is only one.
Disneyland takes this one for me. The additional scenes and longer ride time make more cohesive story that is more interesting and flows better. I loved the opening and closing scenes that Disney World is lacking. Especially traveling through the Bayou in the beginning is a neat experience. I’m hopeful that next time I’m at Disneyland I can dine at the Blue Bayou to watch the boats go by!
Have you been on Pirates of the Caribbean? What do you think of it?