Avast Ye Hearties — If you are a fan of the Disney film franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, then you are probably also a fan of the famous Captain Jack Sparrow.
If you are looking for more information on the fictional pirate, we have a complete guide — a Jack Sparrow Handbook if you will. Let’s get started!
Who is Captain Jack Sparrow and Who Plays Him?
Jack Sparrow is a fictional character who stars in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. He is portrayed by actor Johnny Depp. Disney officially describes the fictional pirate as:
Captain of the Black Pearl and legendary pirate of the Seven Seas, Captain Jack Sparrow is the irreverent trickster of the Caribbean. A captain of equally dubious morality and sobriety, a master of self-promotion and self interest, he ﬁghts a constant and losing battle with his own best tendencies.
Jack Sparrow appearances in film, books, and TV shows
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
He has also appeared in video games, including the following:
- Disney Infinity (voiced by Jared Butler)
- Kingdom Hearts II (voiced by James Arnold Taylor)
- Kingdom Hearts III (voiced by Jared Butler)
In regards to books that feature Captain Jack Sparrow, fans can check out:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, which gives a backstory on Jack Sparrow including the fact that he was born on a pirate ship during a typhoon in the Indian Ocean.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, which is an 11 book series.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court, which is a 5 book series.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, which is a novel that follows Sparrow and his adventures as a merchant captain for the East India Trading Company. The book is written by Ann C. Crispin.
Where to see Jack Sparrow in Disney parks
Guests visiting the Disney Parks around the world may spot this devious pirate on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, located in various theme parks.
What parks have a Pirates of the Caribbean ride?
There are four different theme parks that currently feature Jack Sparrow on their versions of Pirates of the Caribbean. Those are Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Shanghai Disney, and Disneyland Paris.
Walt Disney World
The official Disney World website describes the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as:
Set sail on a swashbuckling voyage to a long-forgotten time and place when pirates and privateers ruled the seas.
Board a weathered barge for a treacherous voyage to the 17th century, when rowdy rogues and ruthless rapscallions ransacked Caribbean seaport towns. Sing along as pirates serenade you with their anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”
Sail past haunted Dead Man’s Cove. Navigate cannon fire between a Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun galleon. Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ as flames engulf a seaside town.
Be sure to keep a spry eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow, from The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Ye beware, mateys: Dead men tell no tales!
The official Disneyland website describes the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as:
Strike yer colors! Your adventure begins in a shadowy bayou, where you’ll board a weathered barge. Plunge down a waterfall in the dark and float through the spectral world of Pirates Grotto. Dead men tell no tales—but they guard their treasure for all eternity.
Navigate cannon fire between a fort and a 12-gun galleon. Glide into port and behold brazen buccaneers drunk on pillaged plunder. Skulk past the well-armed lass who commands a colorful auction of villagers’ goods.
Sing along as sea roving scalawags serenade you with their classic shanty, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” Witness flames engulf the town and pass prisoners trapped in their jail cell, doggedly trying to escape.
Keep a spry eye out for sly Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, as he schemes to get his hands on the spoils.
If ye be seekin’ adventure, ay—you’ve come to the proper place!
Over 50 Years of Pirates at Disneyland Park
Pirates of the Caribbean is considered one of the most immersive attractions ever created for a theme park.
When Walt Disney originally designed the attraction in the 1950s, he imagined it as a wax museum and a walk-through adventure. However, after the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Audio-Animatronics—Walt’s latest animation technology—was the most imaginative way to tell a rousing pirate story.
On March 18, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland Park. Thanks to the highly detailed scenes, lavish special effects and memorable characters, the attraction earned rave reviews and has remained a beloved classic ever since.
The official Shanghai Disney website describes the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as:
Cruise Treasure Cove with the most charismatic rogue ever to rock the Jolly Roger—the devilishly dashing Captain Jack!
Set sail for seafaring fun that takes you on, over and under the deep blue in search of Davy Jones’ sunken plunder—all while crossing paths with pirates, mermaids and even the savage Kraken.
Landlubbers leave from the Royal Navy’s former fortress and embark on a course that passes through the mysterious Voodoo Alley and Jack’s own secret sanctuary—the Caves of Misfortune—before hitting the briny depths. From a face-to-face with some of the world’s saltiest sea dogs to dreaming of those coveted doubloons, you’ll surely “shiver ye timbers” during this rollicking romp!
The official Disneyland Paris website describes the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as:
Man the decks and hoist the rigging, because from 24th July 2017 Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, a new female hero and and a crew of notorious buccaneers are breathing new life into one of our most famous attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Round up your little rapscallions, escape to a moonlit lagoon, board your vessel and set sail on a refreshed voyage through a fabled age. Musket fire and explosions fill the air as you join Captain Jack Sparrow on his clumsy quest to unearth his hidden treasure. A toast with a skeletal fallen foe awaits. But watch out, as a vengeful Captain Barbossa confronts those who betrayed him, the moonlight transforming him into a terrifying zombie before your very eyes.
Behold boisterous buccaneers merry on Nelson’s Folly and the spoils of plunderin’ during a frantic cruise through the Old World. And sing along as windswept pirates serenade you with the legendary, ‘Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)’.
Welcome to a new Golden Age of Piracy, me hearties. Arrr!
What is the ride experience like for Pirates of the Caribbean?
Pirates of the Caribbean is considered one of the most immersive attractions ever created for a theme park — Each attraction has different elements to the ride, but overall, the fully immersed experience is there on all versions of Pirates of the Caribbean.
When and where can you purchase theme park tickets?
Looking to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and see Jack Sparrow for yourself? Then make sure you snag your park tickets for the Resort prior to arriving! Here’s how you can purchase tickets to each of the Resorts that currently feature Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction of their associated park:
- You can purchase tickets to Disney World’s theme parks here.
- You can purchase tickets to Disneyland’s theme parks here.
- You can purchase tickets to Shanghai Disney’s theme parks here.
- You can purchase tickets to the Disneyland Paris theme parks here.
Best Jack Sparrow merchandise
There are several different merchandise items featuring Captain Jack Sparrow — So if you are looking for the perfect piece, it could be a bit tricky. Well, here is a list of some of our favorite Jack Sparrow merchandise items in which you can purchase by clicking the link in the header.
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