10 Secrets About Pirates Of The Caribbean Attraction In Walt Disney World

Pirates 1Ahoy, Me Hearties…anyone else love to set sail on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as much as I do? Most people head off to one of the popular Magic Kingdom mountains as soon as they arrive, but for me, I’m on my way to Adventureland to take a swashbuckling voyage with everyone’s favorite pirates. I love being serenaded by the catchy “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me” tune while enjoying the hilarious sight gags filled with Disney-style pillaging and plundering. So for all of you buccaneers out there that love this attraction too, here are ten secrets about Pirates of the Caribbean in Walt Disney World:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean was one of last attractions overseen by Walt, although he did not live to see its completion. Originally imagined as a walk through wax museum, Walt changed it to a boat ride after construction had already begun.
  2. Although the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was a huge hit with guests, it was not an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Due to Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean, the company didn’t think guests would be interested in the attraction. After an overwhelming amount of guests’ requests, Disney listened and built a similar version of Pirates of the Caribbean in Walt Disney World that debuted on December 15, 1973.
  3. Pirates 1If the voice of the auctioneer in the attraction sounds familiar, that’s because it belongs to incredibly talented voice actor Paul Frees. Over his career that spanned decades, he voiced characters such as Mr. Granite from “The Flintstones,” Boris of “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show,” Burgermeister Meisterburger of “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” and of course, the spooky Ghost Host at The Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom.
  4. That drop in Pirates of the Caribbean is not for thrills, it actually moves the boats out below the Walt Disney World Railroad’s train tracks and into the large show building that houses the attraction. And if you were wondering why the drop isn’t longer, it’s because it cannot go that deep due to the high water table in the area.
  5. The Magic Kingdom version of Pirates of the Caribbean is the shortest in duration in the world. With a running time of approximately 8 minutes and 30 seconds, it is a full 7 minutes shorter than the Disneyland version.
  6. Pirates 2Have you ever noticed the two scallywag skeletons playing chess in the queue? Look carefully at the board and you’ll notice they are locked in eternal check. Once during a rehab of the attraction, the pieces were inadvertently moved. Imagineers didn’t know how to set the game back up, so a search began through old drawings. Luckily, they found a detailed sketch on the back of one them that showed the arrangement of the pieces.
  7. The fire in the attraction looks so real, ever wonder how they do that? It’s a combination of cloth, fans, and lights together that make the effect look so realistic.
  8. Do you love to search for hidden Mickeys during your Walt Disney World vacations? Pirates of the Caribbean has many. Hint: Look for the classic Mickey Mouse shape in locks placed in several locations in the queue and the ride itself.
  9. PiratesApproximately 155 thousand gallons of water are used for Pirates of the Caribbean as well as 125 audio animatronics.
  10. While you would expect to hear about ghosts in the nearby Haunted Mansion, there are stories of apparitions in Pirates of the Caribbean as well. If you don’t want to get stuck on the attraction, be sure to say a kind word to resident haunt George. To read more about George and other Walt Disney World phantoms, please click here.

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The Reimagining Of Jungle Cruise

One of my favorite iconic Walt Disney World attractions is Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom. Like so many Jungle Cruise fans, I grew up riding this family friendly boat ride, enjoying it for its corny puns, sight gags, and ridiculous jokes delivered flawlessly by clever Jungle Cruise Skippers. So when Disney announced earlier this year that they would be reimagining the classic attraction, my first thought was “NOOOOO, not Jungle Cruise,” but then the more I heard about why they felt this was the time for updates, I was excited to hear what they had in mind. Disney Imagineering has rarely let me down (that’s right, Journey Into Imagination, I’m looking at you) when they work their magic on attractions I love, so I’m excited to embrace these changes to Jungle Cruise.

The good news is that guests will be able to continue to enjoy Jungle Cruise as the changes take place throughout the next few months. Guests familiar with Jungle Cruise have already been posting pictures on Instagram as they notice the reimagining in progress. The most notable changes will include “new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love – more humor, wildlife and skipper heart – and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us” according to Disney.

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Recently Disney released a more extensive backstory focused around Alberta Falls, granddaughter of world-renowned Dr. Albert Falls, as the proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd.

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And check out this concept art of what we can look forward to once the reimaging of Jungle Cruise is complete!

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Same Day Dining Reservations At Jungle Skipper Canteen In Magic Kingdom

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Exciting news, hungry Jungle Cruise fans! For a limited time, same day dining reservations will be accepted at the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom. From February 12 through February 27, guests will be able to make lunch or dinner reservations the very same day. All you will need to do is visit JungleSkipperCanteen.com or call 407-993-1933. This is a great opportunity to check out the newest restaurant in Magic Kingdom without having to plan six months in advance!

If you aren’t familiar with the place, this brand new table service restaurant located in Adventureland features tropical décor, exotic cuisine, and is hosted by your favorite Jungle Cruise skippers.

There are three dining rooms in this 222 seat restaurant:

  • The crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall
  • The Jungle Room – former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself
  • S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers

The menu is an adventurous one:

  • Skipper Canteen 16Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak, a strip loin marinated in sofrito and served with yuca planks, avocado and house-made chimichurri
  • Rice Noodle Bowl with an Asian pho broth with choice of chicken, duck breast or tofu served with jalapeños and mix of fresh herbs
  • Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp, with sustainable, local, farm-raised shrimp tossed in a chili-garlic sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and choice of five-grain or white rice
  • Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream – a vanilla chiffon cake with coconut and lime topped with white chocolate ganache
  • Kungaloosh! – African-inspired chocolate cake is served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust

Skipper Canteen 11And for the little skippers in your party:

  • Junior Skip’s Special Mac and Cheese is inspired by an Egyptian dish with ground beef, pasta, Béchamel Sauce and house-made cheese gratin, served with broccoli
  • Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans and queso fresco served with yuca planks
  • Sizzling Savanna Grilled Flank Steak with steamed broccoli and fingerling potatoes
  • Smiley’s Little Croc of Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Kids Volcano! – gooey chocolate cake with caramel lava and exploding chocolate rocks

Two non-alcoholic specialties will be served:

  • The Punch Line Punch – tropical fruit juice and mango puree (also available with a spiced rim for an extra zinger)
  • The Schweitzer Slush – frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with bursting green apple boba balls

Skipper’s Canteen is open daily at 11:00am – closing time varies depending on park hours. Hope you enjoy it!

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Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen In Magic Kingdom

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Looking for a fun, new place to eat while touring Magic Kingdom? Well, you are in luck. The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now open! This brand new table service restaurant located in Adventureland features tropical décor, exotic cuisine, and is hosted by your favorite Jungle Cruise skippers.

There are three dining rooms in this 222 seat restaurant:

  • The crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall
  • The Jungle Room – former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself
  • S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers

The menu is an adventurous one:

  • House-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco
  • Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak, a strip loin marinated in sofrito and served with yuca planks, avocado and house-made chimichurri
  • Rice Noodle Bowl with an Asian pho broth with choice of chicken, duck breast or tofu served with jalapeños and mix of fresh herbs
  • Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp, with sustainable, local, farm-raised shrimp tossed in a chili-garlic sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and choice of five-grain or white rice
  • Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream – a vanilla chiffon cake with coconut and lime topped with white chocolate ganache
  • Kungaloosh! – African-inspired chocolate cake is served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust

And for the little skippers in your party:

  • Junior Skip’s Special Mac and Cheese is inspired by an Egyptian dish with ground beef, pasta, Béchamel Sauce and house-made cheese gratin, served with broccoli
  • Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans and queso fresco served with yuca planks
  • Sizzling Savanna Grilled Flank Steak with steamed broccoli and fingerling potatoes
  • Smiley’s Little Croc of Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Kids Volcano! – gooey chocolate cake with caramel lava and exploding chocolate rocks

Two non-alcoholic specialties will be served:

  • The Punch Line Punch – tropical fruit juice and mango puree (also available with a spiced rim for an extra zinger)
  • The Schweitzer Slush – frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with bursting green apple boba balls

Skipper’s Canteen is open daily at 11:00am – closing time varies depending on park hours. Currently Disney is not offering reservations for this location. Rumors are that will change in the near future with reservations possibly being available for as early as February 2016. For more information, please click here.

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Skipper Canteen Coming To Magic Kingdom

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Looking for a fun, new place to eat while touring Magic Kingdom? Well, it looks like we’ll soon be in luck! Here’s the scoop on the newest restaurant currently under construction at Magic Kingdom courtesy of Disney:


Jungle CruiseThe Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. Fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.

At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015.


Stay tuned and I’ll share more information about this dining location as soon as it is released!

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