Pirates of the Caribbean, a guest-favorite attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, will mark its 40th anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday, December 15.
The first Pirates of the Caribbean, which transports guests back to a Caribbean filled with pirate treasure, blasting cannons, swordfights and songs, opened at Disneyland park in 1967. The attraction debuted at Magic Kingdom Park in 1973, serving as one of the park’s first major additions after its 1971 opening.
Over the years, only a few changes have been made to the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort, notably the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise in 2006. Villains Davy Jones and Black Beard were also added later on in the form of ghostly apparitions.
Did you know that Pirates of the Caribbean was one of the last attractions Walt Disney personally oversaw the creation of back in the 1960s? During planning, Walt constructed a team Walt Disney Imagineers that included (now Disney Legends) Claude Coats, Blaine Gibson, X. Atencio and Marc Davis. In honor of the attraction’s anniversary, check out the video clip above, in which Walt himself shares his excitement on plans for Pirates of the Caribbean.
On January 6, 2014, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will close for an extended refurbishment, to reopen in late 2014. During this time, the 5 million gallons of water in the lagoon will be drained, allowing our teams to perform the refurbishment. The 5 million gallons of water from the lagoon will be treated by the Orange County Sanitation District before going into the local groundwater aquifer.
Draining and refilling a body of water this size is quite an undertaking. It took approximately 50 hours to fill the lagoon in January 2007, at a rate of approximately 12,000 gallons per hour.
When the attraction reopens in late 2014, guests will notice the colorful, more vibrant underwater rockwork and coral. When the attraction was being prepared for its 2007 opening, the rockwork and coral were “painted” with recycled glass, a new technique developed by Imagineers to enhance the undersea environment. More than 30 tons of recycled glass were used in the creation of the lagoon. Imagineers also created more than 40 unique colors for the lagoon area including, Yamber (a cross between yam and amber), Mango Mud, Aqua Jazz, Swamp (dark green and amber), Burning Coal, Phantom and Peritwinkle.
Beginning Monday, we’re celebrating “Mary Poppins” with some special “Limited Time Magic” surprises at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.
For a limited time, while supplies last, you will be able to get a poster celebrating the new Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters December 20, and the Disney’s “Mary Poppins” 50th anniversary edition, which is now available for the first time in Blu-ray combo pack & digital HD. Posters will be available at Disney California Adventure park near Disney Animation in Hollywood Land and the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.
Also next week, you can take a step back in time for a “practically perfect” photo with Mary Poppins and Bert at the same location at Disney California Adventure park. And when the wind is in the East, the pair will be dropping in at the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot next week for photos.
Enjoy next week’s “Limited Time Magic” celebration of Mary Poppins from December 16-22 at Disney Parks – it’ll be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Yes, restaurants book up quickly for New Year’s Eve, but we discovered when we dined at Monsieur Paul this week that there still are a few reservations available for noon, 12:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve – the perfect time to leisurely dine, then stroll the World Showcase Promenade all evening.
We’ve got exciting news to share! We’ve just unveiled Memory Maker – an incredible new way to capture your memories at the Walt Disney World Resort. Now everyone can be in the picture at hundreds of Disney PhotoPass™ locations, including select attractions, character and show dining experiences. Strike a royal pose in front of Cinderella Castle, get caught screaming down the Splash Mountain plunge or just enjoy a hug with your favorite Disney character…all those great shots are magically yours. And there’s no need to worry about buying each image because with Memory Maker you’ll receive unlimited digital photos to view, share and download.
It’s Friday the 13th – and to mark the day, we’ve created a special Lucky 13 infographic that features some of the ways the number relates to Disney Parks. I bet a majority of our readers know that the grandfather clock in The Haunted Mansion features only one number on its face – 13. But do you know the others without looking back at our earlier story?
Sure, we’ve featured Beast’s Castle before in our Disney Parks After Dark series but this week’s photo is a favorite. It’s an amazing shot of the bridge to the castle as the sun sets on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park.
For those of you who love our delicious and oh-so-sweet Gourmet apples, here is a new one to add to your list during your visit to Disneyland Resort!
Nassau, Bahamas is a port Disney Cruise Line has called on every year since our inaugural sailing in 1998. Just one visit here, a city of Old World colonial charm mixed with unique Caribbean style, makes it easy to see why this tropical destination is a guest favorite.
Everyone knows the song “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” The smell of Christmas cookies coming out of a warm oven, the family tree trimmed with tinsel and hundreds of lights, and of course the company of our loved ones.