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    Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    I thought I would post this information as I am sure many of you may not be aware, but I am also sure many of you POTC fans would be interested to hear this. I am new to the forum, so apologies if this is in the wrong place, I don't think it is though.

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    In the late 1980's the owners of a relatively small UK park, called Drayton Manor, were inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean at DLC. They loved the ride so much it was decided that they wanted to build their own version, albeit on a smaller scale and much lower budget. This ride was to be built on a vacant plot of land next to their other Disney inspired ride The Jungle Cruise. Drayton's version which was also called The Jungle Cruise was removed at the start of the 2002 season. To be replaced by a highly themed tow boat ride, which closed at the end of last year.

    So, back to Pirate adventure...

    Pirate Adventure opened for the start of the 1990 season, costing 3.5 million UK pounds to design and construct. The two rides have lots of things in common, with POTC naturally, being far far superior. Some of the things they have in common or did have in common are the following:

    # A ride system that consists of boats moved along by flowing water. With both ride systems made by MACK rides.

    # Both rides housed in a warehouse or show building. (which ever you prefer)

    # Talking parrot at the entrance to the ride.

    # A full battle scene between a ship and a castle in which the boats pass between the two.

    # Jail scene, with animal holding keys. I believe Pirate Adventure the animal is a goat

    # The famous man chasing a woman going round and round. Last time I rode Drayton's version, staff had re positioned the man so that it looked like his hands were going into places they should not be!

    # Boats go down drops (Although just one on Pirates Adventure.

    # Cave scenes with skeletons and lots of booty!

    # Pirates plundering a burning town.

    # Lots of animatronics, although Drayton's have fell into a sorry state due to lack on maintenance.

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    That is all I can remember now, I am sure there are more, if they come to me I will post.

    Drayton's version is rumored to be getting removed in a few seasons, for the show building to become a dark ride as part of the neighboring Thomas the tank engine land. The ride has suffered from lack of maintenance over the years, and is now in quite a sorry state with lots of things broken and in a state of dis repair.

    Here are a few pictures.

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    Finally a smaller picture showing the rides show building at the top of the picture and the lake below that used to be home of The Jungle Cruise.

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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Yes, Disney does get ripped off a lot. There are many parks around the world who try and copy what Disney does, but they normally fall way short.

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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Awesome! Reminds me of my local amusement park here in Iowa, Adventureland, which steals quite a few elements from Disney. It opens with a Main Street. It has a New Orleans area. It has a western area. It has a crummy dark ride based on an old mine that is in a state of horrible disrepair (seen here (trust me, it looks worse in real life) The Underground Nightvision On-ride Front (Complete HD Experience) Adventureland - YouTube) It's still nice though. Sometimes.
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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Sounds much like the "copy" of Alice in Wonderland found at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. From my trip report:
    I wouldnít say the ride is exactly like the beloved Disneyland version, but itís really, really similar. Of course there are the same characters, and it even features the same sort of outside descent from its second story. In defense of the Pleasure Beach, Disney doesnít own the rights to this fairy tale per se, though the ride experience and even a couple character designs come right out of the movie.

    Most of it, however, is unique, and itís a bit different since it focuses more closely on the original Lewis Carol tale - including even Humpty Dumpty and the Jabberwocky. Again, the scenes are jam-packed with characters, and the whole thing is as elaborate as anything Disney does. This was another pleasant surprise.
    Then again, Alice in Wonderland isn't a Disney creation per se, but the ride at BPB copies a lot more than just the characters.

    Here's a photo of the exterior:
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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Guy View Post
    Awesome! Reminds me of my local amusement park here in Iowa, Adventureland, which steals quite a few elements from Disney. It opens with a Main Street. It has a New Orleans area. It has a western area. It has a crummy dark ride based on an old mine that is in a state of horrible disrepair (seen here (trust me, it looks worse in real life) The Underground Nightvision On-ride Front (Complete HD Experience) Adventureland - YouTube) It's still nice though. Sometimes.
    Been a while since I was last at Adventureland. Doesn't surprise me Underground's gotten worse.
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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Siam Park City ( or Suan Siam ), an amusement park in Thailand, there are many attractions inspired by Disney and Universal.
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    Sleeping Beauty Castle..The Entrance of the Park.

    Africa Adventure - Inspired by Jungle Cruise ( Not my video )
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    Inspired by the Universal Globe

    Dinosaur Jeep Ride inspired by Jurassic Park River Adventure ( Not my video )


    Grand Canyon Express inspired by Big Thunder Mountain. ( Not my video )

    There's much more of Disney and Universal inspired attractions and shows in Siam Park City and another amusement park called Dream World which has an entrance inspired by It's a Small World facade at Disneyland , I'll upload more pics and videos later.
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    Re: Pirate Adventure - POTC Iinspired / Ripped of ride.

    Sounds much like the "copy" of Alice in Wonderland found at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. From my trip report
    I have actually rode this, it is a very similar copy. Abliet, again done on a much lower budget.

    I will try and find some pictures of the Jungle Cruise that existed at Drayton Manor park also. I can remember that unlike it's Disney copy, the boats were real boats with no track. But again, sailing past animated scenes, which had a large tendency to break alot. Probably due to the fact the rides lake was a natural and very dirty lake. Something which troubled the new Animatronics of the rides replacement Excalibur, and ultimately helped lead to it's closure at the start of this season (March).

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