The smell of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean water is enough to make any Guest know they’ve returned to the magic.
Disney’s classic Pirates attraction is beloved for its amazing theming, iconic music, and distinctive “water smell”, a smell that has become synonymous with Disney Park magic. But what happens when this water becomes the basis for an attraction evacuation?
It’s many Walt Disney World Guests’ dream experience – to get evacuated from a Disney attraction and see a backstage area. From the happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion to the open savanna of Kilimanjaro Safaris, there are multiple attractions we’d love to get stuck on at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks.
And Guests this week got an unlikely evacuation experience onboard the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom Park.
The iconic Disney water smell actually comes from the way the water is cleaned. Instead of chlorine, Walt Disney World uses a chemical called bromine in the water, and that unique, damp scent permeates the air in and around the ride.
Now that face masks do not have to be worn indoors, Guests can take long intakes of breath to smell that glorious Disney Park scent as they sail past Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, and the plethora of pirates in the attraction.
Some Disney World Guests this week, however, were able to truly take in the sights and sounds of Pirates of the Caribbean when their boats broke down for a lengthy period.
Instagram user raisingwinsomely (@raisingwinsomely) shared a video of their experience getting evacuated off the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, with Cast Members going above and beyond to help the group.
The Guest revealed in the post: “broke down on Pirates of the Caribbean, but they gave us a free lightning lane pass to thunder mountain and we saw backstage where the magic happens, so who is the real winner here.”
Achieving most Disney World Guests’ dreams, the Guests were lucky enough to get escorted backstage of Pirates of the Caribbean, seeing “where the magic happens” with regards to Cast Member operations.
The video shows the Guests being pushed through the water as Cast Members physically hoist the boats forward in waist-high waders. The boats were moved close to the old “Redhead” scene, so Guests were able to get to the correct evacuation area for easy transfer from boat to “land”. The attraction’s full lights are on and Guests are treated to a rare experience in the Magic Kingdom Park.
We know we’d love to get to see the backstage area of our favorite Disney attraction. Though a breakdown can be disappointing – especially after you’ve waited in line for over 3 hours for a ride like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – getting to walk backstage and see things more Guests never get to see is always a treat.
Pirates of the Caribbean is currently closed in Disneyland Park in California for refurbishment and is expected to reopen this summer. The dark ride attraction can be found at Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disneyland, and inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean film series starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley.