Happy Birthday, Pirates of the Caribbean!

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March 18, 1967:
The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, California. The debut kicks off with great excitement, as a group of silly swashbucklers, led by Wally Boag, shanghai the sailing ship, Columbia, before bursting through the new attractions’ doors with a battering ram! All the figures in the attraction are designed by Imagineer Marc Davis and the realistically detailed sets are by artist & color stylist Claude Coats. (It is the largest audio-animatronic project to date and the last attraction Walt Disney himself worked on extensively before his death.)

Also opening at Disneyland is the Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square. The restaurant is built within the same show building that houses part of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, with parts of the ride even taking place beneath the restaurant.

Today, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction is still one of the most valued places to visit at both Disneyland and Disney World. Due to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, the Pirates ride was updated by adding Captain Jack Sparrow to some of the scenes. I wonder what Walt would think of all the buzz and excitement that his last project would grow to have. Even with the updates, the Pirates ride still has that old fashioned Disney feel to it. We love Pirates here at The Main Street Mouse, and wish we could go take a “birthday” ride at Disney! “Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!”

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**Info from This Day in Disney History**

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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