Published: July 5th 2011May 30th 2011
My favorite ride at Disneyland is Pirates of the Caribbean and has been since I was a child. So when Disney started to make the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I was in heaven. I have seen all of them in the theaters multiple times and always within the first week of opening night.
For the fourth installment "On Stranger Tides" I had to wait......and wait....and wait....to finally see it.
Okay so this is a bit of an exaggeration, I got to see it within 2 weeks of it being released, but it felt like forever. Who was terrible person that made me wait? Sigh.....me.
But, I am happy to report that the wait was worth it. I made myself and my family wait to go and see it because Disney did something different with this release that I don't remember them ever doing in the past. They created a whole Pirate show at Disneyland around the preview of the movie. So because we were going to Disneyland soon after the release we were able to catch the very last night that they did this show and I wanted to enjoy the preview before seeing the movie.
I can only say that I hope that Disney does this again!
The whole show starts while you are waiting in line (like so many of the rides) with pirate and a talking parrot entertaining us. The pre-show show was interactive with the parrot and the pirate enlisting the help of fans to sing songs and all of us to join in and be pirates.
When we entered the arena area where they were showing the preview we were greeting by pirates in full costume and character directing us to where to sit and interacting with all of us. I agreed to let a pirate kidnap me after the show, but I am not sure what my husband thought of that .
Once we all had our seats we were briefly entertained by the pirates before they started the preview telling us the pirate rules. The preview that we were treated to was not a normal preview like you see in the movie theater before you see the feature; it was actually the full clip from the mutiny on the Queen Anne's Revenge. Having not seen the movie yet, this was a treat and fun because you
didn't know what to expect.
For those that still have not seen the movie, Blackbeard literaly has the ship capture the mutineers and tie them up in the rigging (most upside down) to stop the mutiny. When the preview was over and the lights came up all of the pirates in the arena were all tied up in the riggings and ropes in the different parts of the arena asking for our help as we were escorted out so that the next group could come in for the next show.
Would we do this again if offered? Absolutely! Pirates, movie sneak peeks, interactive entertainment...oh...did I mention the flame throwers....what's not to like?
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