If you are a fan of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom, you might have noticed some waves of change recently. This iconic attraction, originally launched 51 years ago, has found itself at the center of controversy and operational disruptions. Just this past weekend, guests found themselves moments from the thrilling drop when the adventure came to a sudden halt. Cast members quickly intervened, the lights came on, and hundreds of intrigued visitors were escorted off the ride, thus experiencing their very first “evacuation.”

The sudden stop on the beloved ride adds yet another chapter to its storied history. Over the past year, Pirates of the Caribbean has faced sharp scrutiny, not because of its famous Johnny Depp character but due to claims of insensitivity. One guest’s allegation of feeling “ogled” by the pirate animatronics has sparked a broader conversation about the ride’s themes.

Disney’s renowned Imagineers certainly haven’t been idle. The past decades have seen meaningful updates to the ride. Captain Jack Sparrow, who many guests adore, was added to both the Magic Kingdom’s and Disneyland’s versions of the ride almost two decades ago. Most noteworthy was the revision of the bride auction scene, transforming submissive female characters into fierce, swashbuckling pirates, thereby addressing and uplifting the narrative.

In addition to these updates, the company is also making significant shifts in related attractions. Magic Kingdom’s Tortuga Tavern will soon morph into an adventure-themed bar, while Fantasmic! in Disneyland will see Jack Sparrow replaced by other characters. These changes, allied with the ride’s technical breakdowns, have fans buzzing about what’s next for the Pirates of the Caribbean experience.

Even so, not all disruptions are seen negatively by park-goers. One Reddit user shared their unexpected joy in being evacuated. They noted being grateful for the pause right under the air vents on a sweltering day—a small silver lining to their disrupted adventure.

What are your thoughts on these changes and recent events? Have you had to evacuate from a ride at Magic Kingdom or another Disney park? Share your experiences and join the conversation in the comments below! Your stories add magic to our shared Disney adventures.

For more on this unfolding story, check out the original discussion on [Inside the Magic](https://insidethemagic.net/2024/06/pirates-of-the-caribbean-ride-disney-world-evacuation-closed-jc1/).