A Look Inside the World Premiere of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

A Look Inside the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Saturday was quite a day at Disneyland park. For the fourth time in eight years, “Pirates” took over the park for a world premiere event that only Disney could do. The premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was the first-ever outdoor film premiere in 3D.

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of America at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Thousands of park guests (many of whom arrived before sunrise) were able to see all the pre-screening excitement unfold as they watched the celebrity arrivals down Main Street, U.S.A., where hundreds of media from all over the world lined the black carpet to speak to the film’s stars and other special guests.

A Look Inside the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Here are just a few of the familiar faces who were in attendance.

Johnny Depp at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Cast and Producers at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Geoffrey Rush and Mickey Mouse Eva Longoria and Mickey Mouse Disneyland Resort President, George Kalogridis and Mickey Mouse David Cook and Mickey Mouse
Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Martin Short Steven Tyler and Mickey Mouse
Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs Walt Disney Company President and CEO, Bob Iger Vanessa Hudgens
Teri Hatcher and Daughter Emerson Penelope Cruz and Mickey Mouse Ashley Tisdale Adam Irigoyen and Caroline Sunshine

Guests attending the premiere then made their way to New Orleans Square, where they picked up their 3D glasses and took their seats only a few steps away from Walt Disney’s original attraction that started it all.

In something of a tradition, and in true Disneyland style, the movie’s stars, including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush were introduced before the film started on a specially created stage built on The Rivers of America.

A Look Inside the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

A Look Inside the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

So, once the film is over and the applause has begun, how do you end an incredible evening like this? With fireworks, of course!

A Look Inside the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park

Remember, ye too can experience the excitement of Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” when it opens in theaters May 20, 2011, in Disney Digital 3D™. Until then, “Properly warned ye be, says I. These be the last ‘friendly’ words ye’ll hear. Ye may not survive to pass this way again…”


  • I was able to sit and wait from morning till the Premiere began..and it was well worth it! I had sooo much fun!

    I was able to take some great pix and video and I was one of the few that was able to grab Johnny Depp’s hand and did not want to let go!!! so if you watch my video I’m screaming like crazy!

    Penelope Cruz totally right in front of me as well..shes so pretty! I have video also of a woman with a tatto of Johnny Depps face on her leg but it was so funny when she grabbed Steven Tyler..i couldnt stop laughing!

    This was a great event for us fans!

  • This is hilarious! I came out in the crowd shot. I’m one of the people sitting on the bleachers. How funny.

    I’ve never attended a red carpet (black carpet) event. It was great fun. While we waited for the celebrities, we were entertained by pirates on stilts, pirates with accordions, pirates with knives, and pirates balancing on balls.

    I feel like I was most excited when I saw Jeffrey the Disney Geek and Tony Baxter. What can I say? I’m a Disney geek too!

  • Hey your fireworks for Pirates interupted our 11:15 World of Color Show. Oh well there are still another show tomorrow

  • This is my 3rd time attending the premiere on the carpet. We camped out Friday, 9 pm and it was chaotic at first with unofficial lines forming here and there but in the end Disney took care of us. Johnny Depp kindly signed, took pictures and even hugged and got a little kiss from a girl who traveled all by herself from Brazil. We received over 45 autographs. Thank you Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and all involved who made the night EPIC!

  • I was one of those crazy people that got there at 3am to camp out on the black carpet! I was with me mates and let me tell you it was beyond worth it! I was able to aquire all the stars from pirates except for Keith, Geofry, and Astrid! I have a beautiful limited edition OST Mickey ears hat box signed by everyone from Johnny, Penelope, Ian, all the way to , Brukheimer and Marshall! It was quite a day I will never forget! Thanks Disney

  • Just curious … To any of the people who waited in line since 3am were you just lined up at turnstalls? And for the people who were able to line up on Main Street during the celebrity arrivals is it available for any park guest who is in the park that day? On a first come first serve basis? I have had an annual pass for the past 15 years and have never thought about trying to be at any of these events and I live down the street. Sounds like fun! With a lot of patience needed lol.

  • …And you know, I’m almost positive that even in Walt’s time there were private events in Disneyland.

  • We were one of the ones lined up since 3am to get a spot on main st to watch the red carpet. It is definetly going down as an all time greatest Disney moment and getting to see Johnny Depp and get his autograph was amazing! This is a once in a lifetime moment for some people and shutting down a few rides is well worth it. Thank you Disney for an amazing time I will never forget! And thank you Johnny Depp for being an amazing person who takes such great care of his fans!

  • Well said Laura. 🙂

  • Hi Gregory (posting #1) – I am sorry that the Pirates Premiere interfered with your visit to DISNEYLAND. If you ever feel that you do not receive full value for your admission, you should always go to City Hall on Main Street and file a report – the “folks at TDA” do want to know about it.
    However, being a theme park, DISNEYLAND has to keep the safety of their guests (and Cast) as the number one priority, and since they just ended a very busy Spring season, some of the rides were due for important annual maintenance work before the Summer Peak. (And Star Tours has been down for quite a long time for its upgrade)
    I sincerely hope your next visit will be a more pleasant one 8:)

  • Yes. My Mom and I were lucky enough to attend the “At Worlds End” premiere and this last one. We have annual passes so the rides closing early or crowds did not affect us. It is truly and amazing experience to be able to attend such an event. Most importantly though lets not forget why Disney does what they do….. THEY RAISED MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE!!!!!!!! Last time they raised over a million dollars for Make a Wish Foundation and this time they raised money for the Boys and Girls Club! Kudos to all the wonderful people at Disney for putting together an AWESOME event while raising funds for such great causes!

  • Awesome!! Next time…I’ll Be There!!!

  • Gregory, this wasn’t the first time this was done. Disneyland also hosted the world premieres in 2003, 2006 and 2007. And these premieres have been the most covered premieres in all of Hollywood! Sorry if it inconvenienced you, but lots of people had a great time!

    This was the first time I have ever attended the Pirates premiere and it was a lot of fun!! I worked the premiere in 2003, but didn’t in 2006 and 2007 because I was out of town. I didn’t get any autographs because I was too far away, but I have several pictures and the memories from this fun filled night!! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

  • Where the common folk invited? It’s sad that the park was shut down for us. Thanks Disney!

  • Thank you so much for posting the awesome photos and the inside story of how it all went down. Its been almost 20 years since I left SoCal where I spent most of my childhood to come back to my birthplace in Ohio. I love it here but oh so miss my Disneyland! Been to Disneyworld one time since treating my daughters to their first taste of Magic and have plans to go again in the next year but really need to show them Disneyland and Cal Adventures too. Man, I was so spoiled living 20 minutes away and going on a whim whenever we felt like it……..even for just a few hours. Thank God for smartphones and technology I can have a little Magic each day, like checking to see how long the wait is for the haunted mansion! Hope all enjoyed the event and the movie! It looked like a memory maker indeed!

  • I just found out today that Kermit the Frog was there interviewing the celebrities!

  • I just found out that Kermit the Frog was reporting on the “black” carpet! The video can be found on The Muppets Studio channel on Youtube.

  • I had the pleasure of attending this premiere and it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. The evening was full of Disney Magic and I’m so glad I was there to witness it! Aside from seeing Mr. Johnny Depp in person, I have to say my favorite thing was the fireworks at the end. Kudos to all of your wonderful cast members! It was clear that they dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to put this event together &they carried it off seamlessly! It was a night that I’ll remember for a lifetime! :0)

  • Thanks for the great photos!

  • I wish the folks at TDA would remember that Disneyland is (supposed to be) a theme park. Shutting down RoA for a couple of weeks, when ST, SM and even GGC were also down – with NO benefit to park guests – was absurd.

    There are buildings especially designed for showing movies. They are called theaters.

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