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    Difference in Pirates experience

    Hi, I have a question that I'm curious about. I have read in different places that DL's Pirates of the Caribbean is a stronger ride than the one at WDW. I haven't been to WDW in 20 years and don't even remember the ride from there, but I'm sure I would have ridden it. Conversely, when I went on the ride at DL for the first time about seven years ago, it made a HUGE impression, and I will never forget it. So, is it true that DL's Pirates is more elaborate? And if so, how exactly do they differ. Thanks

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Never rode WDW's but from what I've heard about 7 minutes shorter than DL's.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    DL's POTC is almost twice as long a ride time (8+ minutes as opposed to 14 minutes), and has a different configuration regarding the "drops".
    WDW's queue is much more extensive, and more lavishly themed than its DL counterpart. WDW's POTC also has an extra vingette that DL's doesn't: a "Treasure Room" scene where the Pirates are actually depicted finding the "cursed" treasure and are, as always, getting roaringly drunk. In addition, the "swordfighters" scene (two AA's duelling with blades) is an addition that DL does not have.
    All in all, I believe DL's POTC to be superior, regardless of the WDW additions--just personal taste, though (plus I like the longer, more leisurely-paced storytelling that is allowed to unfold given a full 14 minutes). I have not seen Tokyo or Paris' versions.

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    WDW's PotC ride is about 7 minutes shorter as HW1939 said and because they couldn't dig down like they did in DL, the WDW ride goes up into the show area rather than dropping down from what I have heard. Perhaps that is the reason it is shorter. I have not been on the WDW one yet so I don't know exactly what details didn't make it into that ride...I have no doubt that several folks on MC will be able to tell you (us).

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    PoTC ad disneyland is much more layed back, time taking ride. Rather than PoTC at WDW its ver quick and alot of the scenes are shorter.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    The Florida Pirates does not have any bayou scene. You begin in a fortress and immediately turn the corner and see the Davy Jones projection. You then pass through an abbreviated version of the caverns before going down the drop into the battle scene. The main cuts to the ride occur before this point. The rest continues as at Disneyland until after the jail scene. Here, the boats go around a corner and there was once a small arsenal scene that has since been replaced by the third Jack Sparrow, as at Disneyland on the lift. Just ahead is the unload area. The boats do not go back up a lift while you are in them, and the ride ends immediately after the arsenal. Guests ride an escalator back to ground level. As a Disneyland regular, visiting Florida and seeing how people react to some of the subpar experiences just shows me that the guests who only go to Walt Disney World really just don't know any better.

    The ride is shorter because it lacks a bayou, most of the caverns, and the return to the loading area. It's special effects are also much more dated than in Anaheim.

    Now the strangest Pirates, in my opinion, is the one in Paris which is a weird mix of Disneyland and Disney World's while still managing to be unique in its own right.

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Thanks everyone, that was just the information I was looking for.

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    WDW's queue is much more extensive, and more lavishly themed than its DL counterpart. WDW's POTC also has an extra vingette that DL's doesn't: a "Treasure Room" scene where the Pirates are actually depicted finding the "cursed" treasure and are, as always, getting roaringly drunk. In addition, the "swordfighters" scene (two AA's duelling with blades) is an addition that DL does not have.
    WDW does not have the swordfighting scene... that's at Disneyland Paris.

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    WDW does not have the swordfighting scene... that's at Disneyland Paris.
    Absolutely true--was watching video of the Paris one this morning and just added it right on in there! Apologies to the OP for the brain cramp, and subsequent misinformation.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    DL's POTC is almost twice as long a ride time (8+ minutes as opposed to 14 minutes), and has a different configuration regarding the "drops".
    WDW's queue is much more extensive, and more lavishly themed than its DL counterpart. WDW's POTC also has an extra vingette that DL's doesn't: a "Treasure Room" scene where the Pirates are actually depicted finding the "cursed" treasure and are, as always, getting roaringly drunk. In addition, the "swordfighters" scene (two AA's duelling with blades) is an addition that DL does not have.
    All in all, I believe DL's POTC to be superior, regardless of the WDW additions--just personal taste, though (plus I like the longer, more leisurely-paced storytelling that is allowed to unfold given a full 14 minutes). I have not seen Tokyo or Paris' versions.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyDude2006 View Post
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    Apparently not as smart as I would believe! (see preceding posts)

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    Apparently not as smart as I would believe! (see preceding posts)

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    I've been to WDW, but oddly enough, I don't recall going on POTC.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    I have a quick question regarding pirates...

    Was the music changed in the Locker sequence in California?

    What did it use to be? Now it's just a slow lulabyish yo ho.
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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbadunne View Post
    I have a quick question regarding pirates...

    Was the music changed in the Locker sequence in California?

    What did it use to be? Now it's just a slow lulabyish yo ho.
    Locker sequence?

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    Re: Difference in Pirates experience

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbadunne View Post
    I have a quick question regarding pirates...

    Was the music changed in the Locker sequence in California?

    What did it use to be? Now it's just a slow lulabyish yo ho.
    The new moodier instrumentals are more fitting to the somber mood of Dead Man's Grotto--a definite improvement in my opinion. It replaces the regular "Yo Ho Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)" sea chantey heard throughout the attraction.
    This was one of the "enhancements" I really liked, and continue to enjoy. I do sometimes miss "Yo Ho"ing down that last drop, though...

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