Pirates of the Caribbean Is, Hands Down, the Best Ride in All of Disney


When it comes to the absolute best Disney parks ride, everyone
probably has a different answer. While some might be loyal to
Splash Mountain or Tower of Terror, I know in my heart that the
best is (and always will be) Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride is
a classic, appeals to all age groups, and
has tons of that famous Disney detail (not to mention that very distinct and iconic smell).
For me, though, it’s got some personal memories, too.

The attraction itself is exactly what you think of when you
think of a Disney parks ride. It’s not a
thrill ride or a roller coaster, but more of a “story” ride that
rewards paying close attention to details. Plus, it’s got a
catchy-as-hell theme song that you won’t be able to get out of your
head for months. The level of detail in the scenes is
extraordinary, and there’s always something new to notice. It’s got
a few “thrill” moments with minor drops, but unless you’re
supersensitive to motion, you can hop on the ride after lunch
without fear. It’s a true Disney classic that’s
been around for generations, and the dark, cool, relatively
slow-moving interior can be a welcome respite from the sun on the
hottest and sunniest of days.

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Regardless of your feelings on Disney’s domination of the
entertainment landscape
, you’ve gotta admire their clever
corporate synergy, which is never more evident than in the Pirates
of the Caribbean ride. The ride, of course, inspired a successful
movie franchise, which then in
turn inspired new edits and added details in the original ride. For
me, it was actually the Pirates movies that helped me fall in love
with the ride as a tween. Forget Jack Sparrow: sitting in that boat
(in the front, of course), riding through the pirate-filled waters,
I might as well have been Elizabeth Swann, the ultimate
butt-kicking, quick-thinking, army-leading heroine of the early
2000s. Even though she doesn’t appear in the actual ride itself
(although her wedding dress does appear in the back
of one room), that came to be what I associated the ride with most:
a brave heroine I could look up to.

For me personally, the Pirates ride holds a special place simply
because of the nostalgia it brings up for me. So when I hop into a
front-row seat on one of those boats, I’m suddenly 13 again, and
that amazing feeling is something no shiny new ride can ever hope
to match.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Is, Hands Down, the Best Ride in All of Disney