MARCH 18, 2017
March 18, 2017 was the 50th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Every true Disney fan knows two facts about the ride:
1. It was the last ride overseen by Walt Disney before his death.
2. It was originally conceived as an attraction you could walk-through.
But thankfully, it came to fruition as the boat ride we all know and love today. And boy, do I love this ride. I used to be scared of it as a kid. Makes sense. It's called a "dark ride" which has a double meaning. It's actually DARK in there and it has a...sort of "dark" theme. Pirates are known for pillaging and plunging. These pirates are more jovial and sing their songs, but it still freaked me out as a kid. I don't remember when I turned the corner and started to love it. But it had always been a familiar ride to me. The smell. Oh, the smell. Disney is really great at marketing and selling their products so why they haven't managed to bottle the smell of Pirates? I have no idea. They should work on that.
When I heard it was time for the 50th anniversary, it was go time. I had an event to go to that same afternoon, but I was determined not to miss it!