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Let the excitement begin! First up in today’s adventures is an exclusive and rare look at the Disney Archives! After that we are headed to Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure to check out the park, the pirates and the pretties.
The Disney Archives
It’s a rare opportunity to find out the history behind much of what we love about our favorite Disney characters, rides, activities and Walt Disney himself so it was with great excitement that we entered the Disney Archives.
A very special tour with all things Disney history as we find out about the amazing anniversary of Epcot, the history of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the history behind Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
A look at an animators desk. Can you imagine working there?
Walt Disney won so many awards! For just a moment I got to see how that feels as I hold an Oscar. It is surprisingly heavy!
A rare look at the original Disneyland map and it’s time to take all the fun facts I learned about Disneyland and the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride to the park!
Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at Disneyland
Get ready to get your song on as you may find it hard to resist the opportunity to sing “Yo Ho.” The music for this widely recognized tune was composed by George Bruns, who co-wrote ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett’ and scored numerous Disney films. The lyrics are by Francis Xavier Atencio who also wrote the original script for the ride as well as the script and theme song lyrics for the Haunted Mansion.
The Disneyland Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride version was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself participated in designing. The ride opened on March 18, 1967, just three months after Walt Disney’s death.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride original concept was as a wax museum. It was thought to be a walk through where people could visit villains throughout history. However, this concept changed first to Pirates (HOORAY) and then due to the the success of Disney’s It’s a Small World and Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln animatronics at the 1964 World’s Fair, the museum idea was scrapped and our adventuresome ride was born!
It was neither confirmed nor denied but believed to be very possible that real human bones were used for display and if so they were obtained through local medical facilities.
This may be one of the most well know images depicting a favorite scene from the movie. My children laugh so hard at this in the movie as yes, our dog would be standing there tempting them with the keys just like this one.
It’s a ride of a lifetime and I was so excited to have the opportunity to enjoy it! Be warned, you may get a little wet but what else would you expect when you set sail with these pirates.
Want to see what the ride is like through the eyes of night vision?
While we enjoyed many more rides like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Astro Blaster (I had the high score!) and many other activities at both Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure Park we had to do the unique experience of the Pirates of the Caribbean 4D experience. Not only did we get a look at the costumes and prop from the movie but enjoy a 14 minute sneak peek (or revisit in our case). There is just SOMETHING about 4D! Even if you have seen the movie it’s worth a little trip to Hollywood Land. But there’s even more than this there with the whole adventures from the Summer of Heroes throughout the Adventure Park.
After an evening spent riding rides and enjoying dinner it was time to get settled in to enjoy the beautiful, magical and musical World of Color. Get comfortable as you enjoy many of your favorite Disney music along with a unique and unusual light display ending in THIS!
GET ON BOARD AND SET SAIL WITH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters May 26th, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES on Facebook and follow Walt Disney Studios on Instagram and Twitter .