Although Cast Members love to spend their days making magic, sometimes they are tasked with handling difficult situations, like evacuating Guests from broken-down rides and breaking up fights in the Parks.
“While riding Pirates of the Caribbean a few years ago, a lady pulled out a bag and dumped the contents into the water. She was crying and sort of laughing at the same time. It soon became clear that she had dumped her husbands ashes in the water as his final resting place. She was caught on camera and got in trouble, but it couldn’t be undone. Both creepy and cool at the same time.”
Pirates of the Caribbean can be found at both of those properties, plus Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Shanghai Disneyland. Shanghai’s ride is the only one based of off Disney’s popular Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise starring Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) and Geoffrey Rush (Captain Hector Barbossa).
This is certainly not the first time death has tinged Disney theme parks — there have been suicides and Guest deaths on property in the past. But, of course, Disney Cast Members do everything in their power to keep Disney Parks the most magical places on earth.
More on Pirates of the Caribbean
The official description of Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride reads:
A Pirate’s Life for You
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!
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