Between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, there are a handful of rides deemed so beloved, so classic, that they’ve been replicated at each Disney Resort.
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Attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, (until recently) Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean can be found in both Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is so beloved, it hasn’t just been replicated on both sides of the country. In fact, it’s been replicated all over the world!
Aside from the original attraction in Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom version, there’s a Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disneyland.
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However, the Magic Kingdom version has been facing some difficulties lately. It reached a breaking point this week, and the classic ride suddenly closed for two days straight.
In the Walt Disney World mobile app (the My Disney Experience app), Pirates of the Caribbean was listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” from March 12-13.
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The good news is that the attraction is up and running again! The bad news is that nobody knows what could have caused such an extended, unprecedented closure.
It’s worth noting that the ride’s animatronics had previously been experiencing some technical difficulties. Perhaps Walt Disney Imagineering had to go in to fix these technical difficulties? Or maybe the closure was due to wear and tear built up over decades?
Whatever the situation, it’s definitely unusual for an attraction to go down out of nowhere, and to stay down for a few days afterward, to boot.
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That being said, Guests can continue singing along to the jaunty tune of “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me” as the attraction has resumed normal operation.