Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean logo.svg
Created by
Original workPirates of the Caribbean (1967)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Print publications
Films and television
Video game(s)List of video games
Theme park attraction(s)
a Crossover work where characters and settings from this franchise appear.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney media franchise encompassing numerous theme park rides, a series of films, and spin-off novels, as well as a number of related video games and other media publications. The franchise originated with the theme park ride of the same name, which opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was one of the last Disneyland rides overseen by Walt Disney. Disney based the ride on pirate legends, folklore and novels, such as those by Italian writer Emilio Salgari.

Pirates of the Caribbean became a media franchise in the 2000s with the release of The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003; it was followed by four sequels. The films created by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide by 2019,[1] putting the film franchise 14th in the list of all-time highest-grossing franchises and film series. The rides can be found at five Disney theme park resorts.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Pirates of the Caribbean[edit]

Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris. Opening on March 18, 1967, the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, debuting three months after his death.[2] The ride gave rise to the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio, and performed on the ride's recording by The Mellomen.[3]

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island[edit]

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is a rebranding of Tom Sawyer Island, an artificial island surrounded by the Rivers of America at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. It contains structures and caves with references to Mark Twain characters from the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and provides interactive, climbing, and scenic opportunities. At Disneyland in 2007, Disney added references to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure[edit]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure is a magnetic powered dark ride at Shanghai Disneyland. It uses a storyline based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. It blends digital large-screen projection technology with traditional set pieces and audio animatronics. Walt Disney Imagineering designed the ride and Industrial Light & Magic created the computer-generated visual effects.[4]

Film series[edit]

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
  6. Untitled Pirates of the Caribbean sixth film (TBA)[5][6]
  7. Untitled Pirates of the Caribbean spin-off (TBA)[7]

Video games[edit]


Two series of young reader books have been released as prequels to the first film:

In addition there is a novel written for adults:

One young reader book was made as a prequel to the fifth film:

  • The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth by Meredith Rusu


Several additional works have been derived from the franchise:

  • In 2000, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold, opened at DisneyQuest at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort. The ride allows up to five players to board a virtual pirate ship and attempt to sink other ships with water cannons.[10]
  • Ron Gilbert has said that the Secret of Monkey Island video game series took inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean (especially upon seeing the second film),[11] although he has said that he mainly got his inspiration from Tim Powers' book On Stranger Tides (which later inspired the fourth film in the franchise). Within both the film and the Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure game is a key-carrying dog named Walt, whose name is a nod to Walt Disney and whose appearance is based on the jail scene from the rides.[12]
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean board game Monopoly is manufactured by USAopoly.[13]
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game The Game of Life was developed.[citation needed]
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game Battleship is produced by Hasbro under the title of Battleship Command.[citation needed]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was the name of a team participating in the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race. Their boat was named the Black Pearl.[14]
  • The British melodic hard rock band Ten released an album entitled Isla de Muerta, the title of which is about the legendary island of the series.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Johnny Depp Movies List by Box Office Sales". JohnnyDeppMoviesList.org. Archived from the original on May 24, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Disney history: Pirates of the Caribbean opens". The Orange County Register. March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Drummond, Ben (March 18, 2017). "Celebrating 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean with 50 Fun Facts". wdwnt.com. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  4. ^ Liebenson, Donald (June 21, 2016). "From Ahoy to a Joy! How Did They Design Shanghai Disney's Pirates Attraction?". millionairecorner.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Jain, Ayushi (October 18, 2020). "Pirates of the Caribbean 6: Release Date and All Details". Finance Rewind. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Entertainment News Roundup: Virtual at Emmys with pandemic; UK's Meghan did not cooperate with biography and more | Entertainment". Devdiscourse. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Margot Robbie, Christina Hodson Reteam for New 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Movie for Disney (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. June 26, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online". Disney. October 31, 2007. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas Review, iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News. 148Apps (October 31, 2011). Retrieved on December 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park". Orlando Tickets, Hotels, Packages. January 20, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  11. ^ Ron Gilbert (June 24, 2006). "The Monkey Island Movie". Grumpy Gamer. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  12. ^ "The Making of Monkey Island (30th Anniversary Documentary)". YouTube. October 12, 2020. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  13. ^ "Piratas do Caribe: USAopoly anuncia edição especial de tabuleiro". Geek Publicitário (in Brazilian Portuguese). April 26, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "Team News: Pirates of the Caribbean". Volvo Ocean Race. Retrieved August 3, 2006.

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