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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My 25 Favorite Disney Things #1 !!!!

 The crème de la crème, the icing in the cake............the best of the now, is my #1 favorite thing at my beloved Walt Disney World.........

Pirates of the Caribbean®!!!

 Indeed, always has been, and always will be at the top of my list......(even though there are some attractions that are giving it a run for its money......and another to come that is not even done yet.)
There is a tradition with Pirates of the Caribbean.  A history of sorts for me and my family.  
It is the very first attraction I went on in 1976 at age 18, going to Walt Disney World for the very first time.  
It is this attraction that my sons called "our ride" after the first time they were able to go, and totally understand it.  It holds a special place in my heart, and always will.
Family fun, tradition, and feeling like a kid, no matter what age you are.  Isn't that the entire concept that our beloved Walt Disney wanted for his parks?  Indeed.  

Early birds reap the benefits.......nobody blocking the shots you want!

Even though there have been some changed in Pirates from way back at the beginning.  Due to popular demand, the attraction opened at Magic Kingdom park on December 15, 1973 and, most recently, has spawned a blockbuster film series starring Johnny Depp. Most recently added are swimming mermaids.

Here is what the Walt Disney World website tells of the pirates tale:
Set sail on a swashbuckling voyage to a long-forgotten time and place when pirates and privateers ruled the seas.

A Pirate’s Life for You

Wander a meanderin’ alleyway within a Spanish fortress and board a small barge for a spellbinding high-seas adventure. Escape through a shadowy grotto past the ghostly catacombs of fallen pirates and swoop down a small rushing waterfall—your passageway to the Golden Age of Piracy.
Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ during a 9-minute cruise amid the Old World. Sing along as windswept pirates serenade you with their classic anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” And even spy a sly Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean film series along the way!
If Ye Be Seekin’ Adventure…
Take off on a treacherous voyage to the 17th century, when rowdy rogues and rapscallions ruled seaport towns along the Spanish Main under the watchful eye of “Jolly Roger.”
Popular sites you will encounter include:
Pirates Grotto
Home to Dead Man’s Cove and Hurricane Lagoon, this haunted realm recalls the struggles pirates endured on the open seas.
The Fort
Navigate through a shadowy bay, where a foggy Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun galleon—helmed by Captain Barbossa—are locked in battle.
Town Square
Sail straight past a crowded marketplace of rambunctious scalawags, gleefully bidding in an auction for a bride.
Burning City
Looters and buccaneers sing a song of jubilation as flames engulf a seaside town.
The Dungeon
Trapped in a jail cell, freebooters attempt to lure a confused canine within reach to nab the prison keys he has in his mouth.
Dead men tell no tales, indeed!

A Treasure for the Ages

Pirates of the Caribbean is considered to be one of the most spectacular attractions ever created for a theme park.
The attraction was originally conceived as a wax museum and a walk-through adventure. But following the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Audio-Animatronics—Walt’s latest animation technology—was the most imaginative way to tell a rousing pirate story.
On April 19, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland park. Thanks to the many highly detailed environments, lavish special effects and memorable characters, the attraction earned rave reviews and has remained a beloved classic ever since.
Due to popular demand, the attraction opened at Magic Kingdom park on December 15, 1973 and, most recently, has spawned a blockbuster film series starring Johnny Depp.

Well,  me hearties,  we must weigh anchor.... and move on to other features for this blog!  We will pick up after the first of the year! 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!!


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