When I was a kid, I usually liked playing a Pirate. It will be such a sight jumping up and down in the bed, with a plastic thing that I personally would thought it was the best sword in the world. Loved the movies that featured Errol Flynn as a pirate like “Captain Blood” (Man! I am getting old!).
So, when my dad brought me with my sister to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, it is without saying that I was jumping literally in jubilation with the thought of riding a pirates ride!
Fast forward to 2011, and the kid has turned into a man. Everything that before had a certain innocence has change to unveiled the reality. However, some things still lingers there as a token of the geekiness that lies within me. Like the love for the pirate life.
You can bet all the doubloons in the world that I was first in line when the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opened in theaters across the land. Who is my favorite pirate? Of course, Errol Flynn holds the honors but a very close “photographic picture” second I would have to say that Johnny Deep has more than met the expectations!
It is without saying that I was enthusiastically surprised to find out that the original ride that is in Disneyland California was having its 44th anniversary. Wow, 44 years of making every single kid live if for just mere 9 minutes their dreams of becoming pirates.
In every visit to Magic Kingdom, it is one of those attractions that are “must” for me. Definitely one of my favorite rides! From the instant that you walk inside the facade of the Spanish Fort to the point where you sit down in your boat. Once you are riding thru the different scenes, you are transported to another world where pirates rule the land. You cannot get tire of hearing the “Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me” song, practically at the end you’ll be humming the song even after you are totally out of the ride. The first scene where you are riding in the boat in between the Fort and Barbossa’s pirate ship is hands down one of the best openings of any Disney attractions (perhaps you have your own personal favorite but for me this is the benchmark).
As for Johnny’s “Captain” Jack Sparrow showing up in different junctions in the ride (I am deliriously laughing cause the Imagineers not only recreated Johnny to perfection but also added the quirks and ticks of the character, major kudos for them!) is totally priceless. And then the end with him sitting in the throne, adds to the awesomeness of the whole ride.
Gosh! 44 years of incredible ways in which it has touched every kids imagination. And the imagination continues cause I cant wait for the fourth pirate movie in the franchise to open. It will be a double encore, like in my past times, I will be going afternoon to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and then at midnight going to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
See you there scallywags, “Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirates Life for me….”