In 1967, just a few month’s after Walt’s passing. The Disney imagineer’s revealed to the world Pirates of the Caribbean, one of Walt’s final gifts to the world. It was an attraction far ahead of its time and on a scale nobody had ever seen before. 50 years later, Similar (but never 100% duplicate) Pirates attractions have opened in Orlando, Tokyo, Paris and most recently Shanghai leaving Hong Kong the only Magic Kingdom without one. In 2017 the original Disneyland attraction is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Disneyland has officially announced its plans.
Beginning Thursday, March 16, guests can feast upon special pirate-themed grub at French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah, Cafe Orleans and the one-of-a-kind Blue Bayou Restaurant.
Then the party really sets sail Friday, March 17, and on the attraction’s official anniversary, March 18. Guests will find pirate-themed entertainment throughout New Orleans Square by the likes of Bootstrappers and Lucky the Pirate. They can also plunder limited-edition anniversary merchandise, available in New Orleans Square while supplies last. And ye landlubbers who wish ter talk like a pirate – aye, ye’ll getcher chance … with pirate speak collectible cards. And stay sharp, because there will be even more to discover!
While it seems like a major event in Disney park history, they seem to be giving it a more intimate style anniversary which is fine with us, as the park can get crowded during those types of events. While no upgrades or enhancements to the attraction are planned, its rumored that Disneyland will once again host the premiere of the 5th and final Pirates movie. Are you looking forward to celebrating the attractions 50th Anniversary? Let us know in the comments below.