Today is a very momentous day in the history of Disney. Of course, on a sad note, today marks the 47th anniversary since the loss of Walt Disney to cancer. However, today also marks a happier occasion as well! Today is the 40th birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of Pirates of the Caribbean!
This classic ride, which I have featured many times on our blog, was one of the first major changes to the Magic Kingdom after it opened in 1971. I do not know if they marked today on purpose to open POTC because of the anniversary of Walt’s death, but I’m willing to bet they did since this was one of the last major attractions that Walt had a hand in when it was created for Disneyland in 1967. What I do know, though, is that a day of sadness for so many may also be a day when we can put a smile on our face because of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
You can read more about this anniversary over at the Disney Parks Blog, including watching a video that features Walt himself talking about the attraction!
Now, tell me, please — what is your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean memory or movie? Please let us know in the comments, and thanks!