Pirates 4-D

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Pirates 4-D
The former entrance to Pirates 4-D at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Area Timbuktu
Status Closed
Opening date 1. Spring 2006
2. August 5, 2010
Closing date 1. March 2010
2. July 7, 2013[1]
Replaced R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Area England
Status Closed
Opening date Spring 2006
December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14) (Reopen)
Closing date June 2013
Replaced R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
Replaced by London Rocks[2]
Luxor Hotel
Status Under construction
Opening date 2015
SeaWorld San Antonio
Area Sea Star Theater
Status Closed
Opening date 2006
Closing date 2011
Replaced unknown
Replaced by Sesame Street Lights Camera Imagination 4-D
Thorpe Park
Status Closed
Opening date 1999
Closing date 2007
Replaced by Time Voyagers
Sea World
Area Sea World Theatre
Status Closed
Opening date 1999
Closing date 2004
Replaced by Planet SOS in 4D
Noah's Ark Water Park
Area Noah's 4-D Dive-In Theater
Status Operating
Opening date 2011
Replaced SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D
Six Flags New Orleans
Area Cajun Country
Status Closed
Opening date 2000
Closing date 2003
Replaced by SpongeBob SquarePants: The Ride
General statistics
Attraction type 4-D Film
Manufacturer Iwerks Entertainment
Theme Pirates
Duration 15
Closed captioning available

Pirates 4-D is a 3-D short film produced exclusively for theme park usage. The attraction is located at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Phantasialand in Brühl, Germany, Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and formerly Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany, Mirabilandia in Italy, Magix 4d ride on Sentosa Island, Singapore, SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, England and Six Flags New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Luxor venue was built from the ground up, while the same theater houses different shows titled Fantasy and Carrot Top during after hours.

The show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was closed in March 2010 to make way for Sesame Street Film Festival 4-D, but due to guest demand, the attraction returned on August 5, 2010 and will feature three showings a day after three showings of the "Sesame Street" film.[3][4] On July 7, 2013, Busch Gardens Tampa announced that Pirates 4-D has closed again in Timbuktu (now Pantopia) along with Timbuktu Theater to make way for a new show and Pantopia Theater.


Davie (Adam Wylie), a cabin boy who was betrayed by the nasty Captain Lucky (Leslie Nielsen) on Pirate Island, escapes the captain's trap in order to set up booby traps with the help of a monkey named Chester to catch Lucky and his crew when he returns to the island to rediscover a treasure he buried there. The captain, with a French pirate named Pierre (Eric Idle) as his first mate, comes to the island soon after with two of the pirates being caught in a trap involving crabs. The next pirate has a bee hive dropped on his head while the next is hit in the back by a cactus. Pierre is also involved in a trap involving pigeons, which defecates on him. After the booby traps leave all the pirates left behind except for the Captain and Pierre, Lucky leads Pierre into a dark cave on the island where his treasure is hidden. Upon entering the cave, Pierre encounters a giant spider and various bats, before running into the skeletons of Lucky's former crew hung by shackles to the cave's walls. Lucky approaches Pierre, telling him "to me...or not to me". The captain then discovers his treasure chest, which now holds a booby trap. After the captain begins mesmerizing the chest's treasures, the chest locks him with shackles and drags him out of the cave and into a lake, and past pigeons. Meanwhile, the pirates discover Davie, and prepare to attack him, before Pierre shows up with the skeletons of Lucky's last crew. Lucky then is finally set free from the trap and begins to have a sword fight with Davie, to which he wins. However, Lucky's crew leads him back to the ship, where they make him walk the plank, and Davie is named as the crew's new captain. As the screen begins to close to black, Lucky appears in front of it and spits out water, telling the audience "I'll be back" before the closing screen bonks him and knocks him out.


Viewers of the film wear polarized 3-D glasses in order to experience the film's 3-D effects, while the 4-D effects involve water, bursts of air, vibrations and wires which push against the viewers feet. The end of the film involves water cannons which shoot water all the way to the back of the theater, and soak guests in the front row.


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