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Walt and the pirates

Walt and the pirates

In this February 3, 1966 photo, Walt Disney checks out some of the heads for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride that was to open at Disneyland

In 1966 and 1967, Disneyland added It’s a Small World, The Primeval World, New Orleans Square and The Pirates of the Caribbean. The four attractions cost $20 million, or $3 million more than the cost of the original park.

In a Los Angeles Times story on the new attractions, staff writer Dave Felton reported:

When Walt Disney opened his animated, bigger than real life amusement park in Anaheim 11 years ago, he remarked, “Disneyland will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”…

“New Orleans Square” will feature mainly shops, coffeehouses and sidewalk cafes of the famous French Quarter, all suitably historic and selling contemporary wares.

From the square, boats will leave for “Pirates of the Caribbean,” by far Disneyland’s longest and rowdiest ride. The cruise will begin and end with a waterfall ride.

In between, scores of bloodthirsty electronic pirates will engage in gunfights with ammunition flying overhead. Stores will be looted and a jail burned.

“Not very attractive ladies of the town will be willingly auctioned off,” said one guide. The children should love it.

Walt Disney passed away on Dec. 15, 1966. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened on March 18, 1967.

Times movie review “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”


  1. May 22, 2011, 10:57 am

    There’s been only one Walt Disney. His life is a study in creativity and entrepreneurship. Thanks Walt!

    By: kkrimmer
  2. December 6, 2013, 7:49 am

    My first visit to Disneyland was in 1959 as a teenager I like everyone I was amazed and thrilled. Walt Disney was amazing to think of all this ad more

  3. December 6, 2013, 9:01 pm

    My first visit to Disneyland was in 1955 and I was only 5 years old at the time. I will never forget how scared I was of the witch in the Snow White ride. I was just in Disneyland yesterday with my grandchildren.Of course growing up in Southern California,I have many fond memories of everything Walt Disney produced,The Mickey Mouse Club,Sunday nights with the World of Disney,the Movies and the Park.Many wonderful family memories have been created for me and my family because of Waly Disney.

    By: fxtrot

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