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Pirates of the Caribbean - Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean is an indoor boat ride and although it is not a Fastpass attraction you rarely have to wait in line for long, due to the high number of guests the boats will accommodate and the quick loading time. It is situated in Adventureland between Splash Mountain and the Jungle Cruise.

Your adventure begins as you walk through the caves, which are quite dark, and if it is a very hot day are a welcome relief due to the cool temperatures inside. The Pirates of the Caribbean boats take you back to when buccaneers plundered the West Indies and actually tell a story which is carried throughout the ride.

This ten-minute cruise is filled with audi-animatronic cats, dogs, pigs and of course lots of pirates. You will find yourself in the middle of a cannon battle, at the beginning of the ride, between an enormous pirate ship and a fort. Beware of the cannonballs exploding around your boat; you might get a bit wet!

Check for the incredible details on the audio-animatronics, they are very life-like. As you pass under a bridge one of the pirates is swinging his leg, his feet are filthy and I have never seen such hairy legs!

Look out for the three prisoners in cells near the end of the ride. They are trying to coax a dog into handing over the cell keys which he has in his mouth. As you round the corner from this scene into the Treasure Room there are four “Hidden Mickeys” on your left. Although I have been told where they are, and have been on the ride many times, I have never been able to spot them. One time the ride broke down at the very place for at least three minutes and as hard as I tried I still could not find them! We were told to look at the iron work on the bottom of the four lamps on the left side. Apparently one is on each of the two columns and two more are on either side of the archway walls. I will have to try harder next time!

Pirates of the Caribbean is a ride you need to keep visiting, every time you will see some detail that you missed the time before.

When you disembark from your boat and are taken back to ground level via a moving walkway, I defy you not to be singing “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates' life for me”.

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