We’re Willing to Bet You Haven’t Noticed How Rough This Classic Disney Ride Is Looking Lately

Pirates of the Caribbean
Credit: Disney

When was the last time you rode the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at a Disney Park? We guarantee the attraction looks worse than you remember it.


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Whether visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Resort’s New Orleans Square, the Pirates of the Caribbean is a beloved ride. It’s so beloved, in fact, that there are five different versions of this swashbuckling adventure. After all, who can resist the jaunty tune: “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!”

There’s the original in Disneyland Park, the Magic Kingdom version, a Tokyo Disneyland version, a Disneyland Paris version, and a Shanghai Disneyland version.

Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland

Credit: Disney

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However, amidst so many Pirates of the Caribbean attractions, the original is beginning to look rusty.

Walt Disney Imagineering’s work on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was excellent when new pirate animatronics were added, one of which resembling Johnny Depp’s likeness as Captain Jack Sparrow.


Jack Sparrow Animatronic at Disneyland 2022 vs. when it was first introduced in 2006. #disneyland #disney #audioanimatronics #jacksparrow #piratesofthecaribbean #piratesofthecarribean #themepark #themeparkrides #themeparkenthusiast

♬ Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me) – From “Pirates of the Caribbean” – Xavier Atencio & Paul Frees & Thurl Ravenscroft & J. Pat O’Malley & The Mellomen

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However, this TikTok shows a comparison of the attraction’s motion when it first arrived at the theme park versus what it looked like as recently as 2022.


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♬ original sound – Terra Caffee

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This TikTok shows another comparison to another pirate animatronic, highlighting how years of wear and tear have created a less realistic puppet.

Nowadays, these high-tech Walt Disney Imagineering animatronics look less like people and give Guests an uncanny valley feeling instead. It doesn’t take much more than that to ruin the illusion of the Disney magic for Guests!

Needless to say, the animatronics of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction need a little refurbishment!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.