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Disney Wraps Up Pirates of the Caribbean Expansion, Unveils New Upcharge Feature

Shiver me timbers, there is another Pirates of the Caribbean change in the Disney parks that can change your entire ride experience.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic rides at the Disney parks, with every location holding their very own rendition of the swashbuckling adventure. Walt Disney knew he had a winner on his hands when he created the original Disneyland version of the attraction, and now there are six different versions of the attraction. While some are similar, and some are incredibly different, all of the attractions follow the life of a pirate, and highlight the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow.

At Disneyland Paris, Pirates of the Caribbean can be found in Disneyland Paris Park, in Adventureland. The attraction recently joined Premier Access One, making it a pay-to-ride attraction if you are looking to skip the line. The new entrance comes in the form of a new hut that was added, linking to the new entrance for Premier Access guests. 

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For now, Pirates of the Caribbean appears to be on the lower side of Premier Access in terms of pricing, typically costing around €5 per person to ride. The most popular rides such as Peter Pan’s Flights, Crush’s Coaster, Big Thunder Mountain, Twilight Zone of Terror and Ratatouille run at around €12 and €13.

With a new entrance and line, also comes a new walk-through for the attraction. Disneyland Paris reporter DLP Report (@DLPReport) shared their recorded walkthrough of one of the more immersive queues in the park. As we can see by the timing of the video, it took DLP Report only one minute to make it to the loading area of the ride, leaving them with no wait after paying for Premier Access. This is certainly not always the case, but it does show that time slots for Pirates of the Caribbean are certainly not selling as they do for other attractions.

Video: Full walkthrough of the new Pirates of the Caribbean Disney Premier Access queue, by night. Note the signature “moonlight” effect at the end:

The queue for any Disney attraction does affect the overall effect and theme of the ride, and sometimes, when guests go through the shorter line option, some details are left out. While this is certainly the case for Pirates of the Caribbean, the ambience remains and the change is not too dramatic to disrupt any storyline or interfere with the guest experience.

While the Premier Access option has been added to the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean remains, overall, the same attraction. Guests will still begin in the Caribbean while they travel through caves to end up in a pirate ship battle, a burning town, and spotting Johnny Depp’s rendition of Jack Sparrow popping out among the chaos.

pirates of the caribbean disneyland paris
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Disneyland Paris’ version of the ride is the second Pirates of the Caribbean attraction to add a “fast” lane in 2024. Disneyland Park also added a temporary Lightning Lane option on the Disney Genie+ as Haunted Mansion and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, two major rides that are located nearby by are currently closed as construction moves forward.

Across from Pirates of the Caribbean, guests can find Pirates Galleon, the mega pirate ship walk-on attraction that sets guests right into the world of Pirates of the Caribbean. At the moment, the ship is being refurbished, however, and there is no timeline as to when it will be operational again. 

At Disneyland Paris, the construction has ended at The Disneyland Hotel, which is now officially open after years of closure during its extensive refurbishment, but at Walt Disney Studios Park, it progresses with the new Frozen-themed land, Tangled ride, and Alice in Wonderland stage.

Will you be using Premier Access for Pirates of the Caribbean on your next visit to Disneyland Paris?

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Alessia Dunn

Orlando theme park lover who loves thrills and theming, with a side of entertainment. You can often catch me at Disney or Universal sipping a cocktail, or crying during Happily Ever After or Fantasmic.

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