Famous Disney Attraction Derails with Guests Aboard

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Pirates of the Caribbean derail

Credit: Magical Disney Day (@Magical_Disney_Day)

When Guests visit Disneyland Resort, they often do not expect that their ride vehicle will derail off its tracks. Typically, there is no reason that any Guest should anticipate this happening, but never say never.

Pirate on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction
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At Disneyland Resort, Guests can enjoy both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure when they visit. With both Parks having so many attractions, it is easy for a mechanical issue to spark at any moment. Typically, when an attraction undergoes a need for maintenance, the ride in question will shut down for a short amount of time so that Disney can correct the issue. That being said, sometimes the ride breaks down whilst Guests are aboard, and the ride vehicle is unable to get to the exit landing, and an emergency evacuation must occur. 

Pirates of the Caribbean animatronics
Credit: Disney

That is exactly was happened on one Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride experience at Disneyland Park. Much like Walt Disney World Resort’s version at Magic Kingdom, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland runs on a track in the water. A recent TikTok Magical Disney Day (@Magical_Disney_Day) shared a video of the boat very clearly off of its tracks, as the boat sat on an angle above the track.

Boat came off the tracks on Pirates


Boat came off the tracks on Pirates #ohno

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

This seemed to have happened as the boat was turning a corner, and luckily, it seemed that although off track, the boat was stable with the Guests still aboard. We cannot see what happened next due to the length of the video provided; however, the Guests were likely evacuated from the attraction.

Disneyland describes Pirates of the Caribbean as: 

A Pirate’s Life for You
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!

Pirates animatronics
Credit: ITM

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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.

Play Disney Parks Achievement Available
Download the Play Disney Parks app to earn digital achievements for experiencing attractions and entertainment, including Pirates of the Caribbean! You can also earn achievements for playing games and other fun activities—both in the parks and at home.

Pirates treasure
Credit: Disney

Much like Disney World, Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean incorporates the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow animatronic being included in the story.

What do you think of this derailing adventure? 

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