We got a bit of flack in the comments yesterday for saying that Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride is superior to the WDW version. Look, we’re not trying to stir up FL vs CA static here, but this is pretty much common knowledge:
This is considerably different from MK. It is an 18 minute ride at DL. It is like watching a mini-show. It has two ” drops” during the ride, which adds a little tummy tickle pizzaz. There is also a themed restaurant inside called ” The Blue Bayou” from which you can watch the boats go by.
The queue is better at WDW, but this ride is themed so much better at DL, Haunted Mansion â this is also different at DL, although personally, I can’t say I like one better than the other â they are just âdifferent.â?
Although the “pre-ride” in WDW is a bit better, and longer with more theming, it cannot compare to the moment on the actual ride at Disneyland, when you glide by the diners at the Blue Bayou before passing the old “Deliverance” guy who is remembering the pirate attack long ago. For years we couldn’t figure out if the people eating were real or not, as the magic slips over you so gradually that you completely immerse yourself in the fantasy.
Speaking of PIRATES, CHUD has a brief interview with screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, whose excellent writing made PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, the movie such a huge hit. Parts 2 and 3 sound a little more…problematic, but we will forgive Ted and Terry anything, even GODZILLA ’98.