Happy Birthday, Pirates of the Caribbean!

As of today, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland is 47 years old. 47 years of firing cannons over patrons heads, 47 years of lying in a drunken stupor with pigs, 47 years of yelling, “we want the redhead,” and 47 years of nonstop singing of, “yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me!”

Raise a glass, mates, for this was the ride that for many of us started it all. Without it, there would be no Jack Sparrow, no Monkey Island, and probably no Pirate-Core bands. Without it, I would have probably dedicated my life to something useful and financially rewarding, like brain surgery, or time-travel. I’d be rich by now, with large homes across the nation, all staffed by robot maids.

Crap.

Comments (4)

  1. Jamaica Rose

    Pssst …. Bilgemunky, re-check yer cipherin’ … the ride opened on March 18, 1967 … (making it 43 years old today). But the important thing is celebrating the birthday and drinking lots of rum to boot. HUZZAH!

  2. Bilge (Post author)

    Hrm… so I guess brain surgeon would have been out of the running in either case 😛

  3. Nick Hoffman

    Love that ride. Raising a glass indeed!

  4. Red Beard

    Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite ride. The one in Disneyland is the best! (The one in Disney World is a a real half-assed version of the ride — it’s half as long, and they really cut out a lot of cool parts.) I wouldn’t mind experiencing the ride in other countries, where you’d have a bunch of pirates shouting in French or Japanese…

    Tokyo Disney – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yrY9uL12q4

    Euro Disney – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtEYg1C65X4

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