Disneyland Ride Reportedly Barely Functioning, Executives Focusing on “Safety Over Show”

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Last week, we reported a two-hour-long Pirates of the Caribbean evacuation at Disneyland Resort that required Cast Members to wade through waist-deep water and drag boats filled with Guests to safe exit points on the classic Disney Park attraction.

Though ride breakdowns are common, evacuations are rarer. Especially those that take hours! Pirates of the Caribbean is back up and running at the time of publication, but Guests report that the attraction is barely functional. From @hastin on Twitter:

Disneyland Pirates is in really rough shape. Like at no time is Pirates perfect, but most of the “talking” AAs aren’t moving there lips, and so many little gags (shooting guns, torch “flames”, the octopus, the cats) aren’t working. Reminds me of Indy right now too.

According to the Guest, a Magic Key holder who regularly visits Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, many audio-animatronic pirates aren’t moving their mouths to speak, and special effects aren’t working. Another Disneyland Resort fan accurately pointed out that the New Orleans Square attraction just reopened in September after a months-long refurbishment.

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In his reply, the Guest said that while he wasn’t sure if the lack of maintenance was due to budget cuts or staffing shortages, it seems Disneyland Resort is prioritizing “safety over show:”

It’s clear that Disney is focused on safety over show (no more T. Irby mistakes from 15 years ago), but it’s sad to see it in this state. Could be staffing issues, budgets, who knows. But it doesn’t feel like they are skimping on safety ever again.

Disneyland Resort hasn’t commented publicly on any issues with Pirates of the Caribbean.

More on Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park inspired the now-famous Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) film series starring Johnny Depp. Later, other versions of the ride opened at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disneyland. From Disneyland Resort:

Steer a course for the Golden Age of Piracy on a swashbuckling cruise through seas plagued by scoundrels.

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. 

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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!

Have you noticed issues with Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Parks operations.

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