On the morning of March 18, 1967, a boat full of unsuspecting travelers drifted down the bayou in search of adventure. As fireflies lit the sky, they soon sailed into uncharted waters and witnessed pirates seizing a town.
No, this isn't a folk tale; it's the story of opening day of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park. And this month, the attraction celebrates its 45th anniversary.
In the early stages of design, the attraction's original conept was a walk - through which Guests would meander. After "it's a small world" became an efficiency marvel at the 1964-65 New York's World's Fair, a new idea was sparked to create a similar flume - style attraction. Technology advancements in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room allowed Imagineers to bring the pirates to life in new ways.
Beyond the unforgettable pirate and animal Audio - Animatronics figures, one of the most memorable elements of the attraction is the theme song, "Yo Ho, Yo Ho; a Pirate's Life for Me." The lyrics, written by Imagineer Xavier Atencio and music by George Bruns, was loosely based on the sailor's song, "Dead Man's Chest" from the 1883 novel "Treasure Island."
Today, countless Cast Members passionately maintain the last attraction Walt worked on before his passing; recent additions have included characters from the four movies that were based on the original attraction.
Club 33 is located above Pirates of the Caribbean, and if you listen from the Club, you can hear the music..."Yo Ho, Yo Ho; a Pirate's Life for Me." Dr Lee