VIDEO: Watch Walt Disney Preview The Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day on the Disney Parks Blog by hearing the tale of how Pirates of the Caribbean came to be from none other than Walt Disney himself.

In this video clip, taken from an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” that aired in 1965, Walt and Disneyland Ambassador Julie Reihm tour WED Enterprises for a look at Audio-Animatronics figures, sculptures, models and sketches that would launch the first Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland park. The success of this adventurous attraction, which debuted at the park in 1967, would become an essential experience at Disney theme parks around the world.

(While watching the video, be sure to keep an eye out for cameos by Disney Legends Blaine Gibson and Claude Coats, who combined also lent their talents to creating the Haunted Mansion, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Carousel of Progress, “it’s a small world” and more).


  • Thanks for posting the video! It is fun to see Walt’s excitement! Shame that Disney feels the need to change one of the last rides Walt created.

  • That was wonderful. Thank you!

  • Why not keep the ride the way Walt intended?

  • we wants the redhead

  • “That’s right, anything’s possible at Disneyland” made my heart swell ❤

    • 🙂

  • Thank you for that walk through history! Yo ho!

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