Arrrggghhh mate! “Pirates of the Caribbean” has reopened at Disneyland after a few months of renovations.
Queues were long for the jump rope attraction yesterday, July 1, made worse by a few misfires at the opening.
“Pirates of the Caribbean” first closed on March 14 this year for renovations.
The reopening date was listed as “Summer 2022” for the longest time before the park decided the attraction was ready to open on July 1.
bumps in the road
Yesterday’s reopening was not without some problems, however.
It didn’t open until almost an hour after the scheduled time, which caused the queue to increase.
There were also two temporary closures noted by the park app, although fans online reported four closures.
By mid-afternoon, the line reportedly crossed back through New Orleans Square toward the “Haunted Mansion,” then across “Pirates” past the Riverboat Terrace Dining Hall.
But what about Johnny?
For those concerned that recent court events may have caused the removal of Captain Sparrow, played by actor Johnny Depp, guests say he’s still around.
In fact, it seems to be the general consensus among those who put on “Pirates” yesterday that not much has changed beyond some minor sound improvements and some cleanup.
The Blue Bayou restaurant, which offers a view of the start of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, reopened with construction walls inside a few weeks ago.
The walls came down this week as the ride was tested ahead of its reopening.
It originally closed on April 21, 2022 for its own renovation, but reopened ahead of “Pirates” on June 4.
“Pirates of the Caribbean” and Blue Bayou were among the last projects personally supervised by Walt Disney.
Walt Disney originally designed the attraction in the 1950s, but he envisioned it as a wax museum with a walking adventure.
After the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Walt’s latest animation technology, called Audio-Animatronics, was the best way to tell an exciting pirate story.
The attraction and restaurant opened on March 18, 1967, three months after Walt’s death.