Sunday morning Dusty and I decided to take it easy. We had no plans to go to the park that day. Instead we sat sipping our morning coffee and reading the news on the computer when suddenly our phones began to ring non stop. PIRATES was soft opening!!!!!
The escalators were not working... AGAIN!
Dustysage makes his way down the jagged, stationary, escalator steps.
We quickly jumped into the car and headed to the park. We got to the park at about 12:30. The trams were backed up and, for a second, none were around. Our trams finally showed up and we got on in the second load.
Along the tram route we were stopped to allow an ambulence to enter the backstage area.
We bolted through the front gates and headed straight for the ride.
The line was backed up all the way to the exit of the Mark Twain/Columbia.
Although long, the line moved briskly. Many signs warned us that the ride could go down at any minute, but we ignored them. I mean what could possibly go wrong.
The line stopped and the humid heat began to set in. We stood on the ramp on the left side of the courtyard in front of Pirates at a total stand still. “This doesn’t look too good. The line has stopped.” Dusty said. Shortly after a cast member informed all waiting in line that the ride broke down and we were welcome to wait with no promise that it would re-open, or we could leave. Dusty and I decided to wait.
Five minutes later another cast member evacuated the line and forced all to leave. Uhhh okay. Chaos set in as Cast members had only one objective; Clear the line and surrounding areas. This was a difficult task as a huge chunk of the riverfront was occupied by the terrible bleachers set up from the premier the night before.
We ran into Bill at the blocked off entrance to Riverbelle Terrace.
After asking where the entrance to the line would open up CM’s told us we were not permitted even to wait near the entrance to the queue near the Golden Horseshoe/Mark Twain/Columbia area. We found what we figured would be the entrance to the line and waited. Soon other MC’ers showed up.
DLRP_Bopazot joined us in our wait.
Aerinpegadrak and Sadako decided to hang out too.
Sadako and Fishbulb
Where'sBarbie? and Chernabog
After about an hour and a half of waiting, a CM informed the crowd that the ride would NOT reopen for the rest of the day. Crestfallen, hot and tired, we left the park.
On our way back to the structure ANOTHER ambulence had to cross into the backstage area.
Again, the escalators were not working. Is it so hard to keep these things going? How do the Malls do it?
-later in the evening, at 7pm, BILL called...
”They just re-opened Pirates!”
Dusty and I hopped back in the car and raced to the resort AGAIN! This time the escalators were all working! There was no line for the Tram!
We made it through the lines at the gate and raced up Main Street.
A group of MC’ers passed us and stopped for a picture. “Pirates is great! You’ll Love it!” They said.
E-Ticket, Dustysage, FastPassMountain (sporting a new fetching goatee), A_Hyperbole, DontbeCheekin, and Cuzcotopia
We rushed past the entrance to Frontierland where we saw CaptPheobus. “Hey you guys need to hurry! They are about to close off the line!” Panic set in as the prospect of a second trip to the resort and no ride on Pirates began to materialize. Leaving Dusty behind I darted through the crowd to find the line and secure a place before it was closed off.
A familiar face was there in the line to greet us. YoCharles! Welcomed us with his trademark Cheshire grin. The line moved at a rapid pace. Sadako was about 100 feet ahead of us in line and regressed in order to join us for her SECOND ride.
We made it into the show building and onto the ride!!!
The ride was magnificent. Let me explain where I come from on this. Pirates of the Caribbean was my favorite ride in the park for many reasons. It was an original idea with groundbreaking technology that had a high capacity. The perfect theme park attraction. My heart sank when I had initially heard of the changes. I was hopeful but not optimistic.
The imaginers have done it again! They seem to have understood what made the original work and kept it while at the same time improving on the rides shortcomings. Pirates is a more cinematic ride now than episodic. The original had scenes where as this incarnation has a more cohesive story. Disney did not destroy the sacred ground I called my favorite ride so much as they dusted it off, spruced it up, and made it a more exciting voyage.
After our one ride on POTC our group, now joined by Where’sBarbie? headed over to the French Market Restaurant for dinner.
After dinner we had a quick ride on Mansion, my second favorite ride in the park, and then headed home.
The Dole Whip stand was open late and there was STILL a line.
It was a long day, and a strange one at that. We made two trips to the resort, were stopped by two ambulances on the tram route, waited twice for Pirates and nearly didn’t get on the second time around for our one ride. It was fun though.