Pirates of the Caribbean, one of Disneyland’s most iconic and popular attractions, turns 50 years old on March 18. To mark this milestone, the theme park kicks off a weekend-long celebration.
Starting March 16, Disneyland visitors can grab some “pirate-themed grub” at a variety of park restaurants. These include the French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah, Cafe Orleans and the Blue Bayou Restaurant.
However, one of the special snacks grabbing the public’s attention the most is a limited-edition golden churro. Now, churros are usually golden brown and delicious on any day. These sweet treats, though, will have a little something extra for the Pirates celebration. Hungry guests can snag a “gold-dusted churro” starting March 16 at the New Orleans Square Churro carts.
Bring on the delicious bling!
Theme park guests may also experience some “additional special surprises” on March 18, the day of Pirates of the Caribbean’s anniversary.
Birth Of A Disney Classic
Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction supervised by Walt Disney. Even though the attraction opened on March 18, 1967, Walt Disney began work on the ride years before its debut. Unfortunately, Disney died on Dec. 15, 1966 before he could see the attraction open to the public at his beloved Disneyland.
With nearly 120 auto-animatronics in the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean takes park guests on a swashbuckling adventure. These animated characters bring the pirates story to life, through battles, treasure hunts and celebrations. The 1,838-foot boat ride also has a few surprises in store for guests. Don’t worry, no spoilers here!
Pirates Of The Caribbean—50 years later
Nearly 50 years later, Pirates of the Caribbean has hosted more than 400 million Disneyland guests. Its popularity grew so much that Pirates of the Caribbean is now open in four other Disney theme parks around the world, in addition to the original at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort: Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disneyland Park at Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disneyland at Shanghai Disney Resort.
And, of course, the ride inspired filmmakers to create an entire movie series based on the attraction, starting in 2003 with “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” The fifth installment of the series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” opens on May 26, 2017.