The Secret Exit Most Guests Don’t Know About on Pirates of the Caribbean

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The Magic Kingdom contains some of the best hidden details at Walt Disney World. From classic attractions to immersive dining experiences, Disney World’s flagship Park has it all, if you know where to look.

One classic attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean, the iconic Adventureland attraction that brings Guests right into the setting of sunken ships, battles, and ransacked island town overrun by mischievous pirates, including one rather famous pirate with Captain Jack Sparrow.

When the ride comes to an end, and Guests are asked to “gather their treasures,” as they leave the boats to move toward the exit, there is actually a secret way out back to Adventureland that most Guests do not know about.


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The hidden exit at the end of the ride at Pirates of the Caribbean is actually the accessible exit. Many Guests do not tend to look for the accessible exit back up to Adventureland since the regular exit is a moving ramp rather than steps, but the accessible exit can still be helpful for those who need it.

To find the alternative exit, stay to the left and turn where you see the wheelchair symbol on the wall prior to getting on the moving walkway. There, you will find an elevator you can take if that is the best alternative for you or anyone in your party to the moving walkway, or a set of stairs, if you are looking to get away from the crowd.

The stairs can be useful for Guests who have service dogs with them or who feel claustrophobic or have difficulty moving along in crowds.

Still not sure where the other exit is? Take a look at this video by @magicbandsandtrashcans:


Another Pro Tip from Magic Kingdom! Also helpful if you have a service dog! #disneytips #magickingdom #piratesofthecaribbean #disneyworld

♬ original sound – Lemuel-MagicbandsandTrashcans

The second exit at Pirates of the Caribbean does not lead right into the gift shop. Rather it brings Guests back out into Adventureland. If you are looking for the gift shop, though, it is only a short walk away, and you will be able to shop without being caught in the crowded bottleneck of Guests leaving the ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most popular attractions for families visiting the Magic Kingdom as there is no height requirement, and with the exception of the one small drop the ride is free of movement-based thrills and appropriate for all types of riders. And, the alternative exit can make navigating this attraction based on your specific needs even easier.

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Disney’s official description of Pirates of the Caribbean reads:

A Pirate’s Life for You
Board a weathered barge for a treacherous voyage to the 17th century, when rowdy rogues and ruthless rapscallions ransacked Caribbean seaport towns. Sing along as pirates serenade you with their anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”

Sail past haunted Dead Man’s Cove. Navigate cannon fire between a Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun galleon. Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ as flames engulf a seaside town.

Be sure to keep a spry eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow, from The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Ye beware, mateys: Dead men tell no tales!

Will you use the secret exit the next time you ride Pirates of the Caribbean? If you need assistance navigating this ride or any other attraction at Walt Disney World, be sure to speak to a Cast Member as they will be happy to help!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."