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Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary at Disneyland

Published March 17, 2017 4:40 pm
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This bit of news might make baby boomers who started visiting Disneyland as teenagers feel old.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the park's iconic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, with special activities set for the day and beyond.

Nearly 400 million guests have taken the boat ride at the park, listening to the catchy song "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me), according to Disneyland officials.

The ride spawned a popular movie series with actor Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow. It set the bar for other theme park attractions by telling a story and using technology that brought to life about 120 audio-animatronics characters.

The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," is set to open in theaters May 26.

Disneyland is planning a limited-time celebration of the ride this year, with pirate-themed entertainment, merchandise, and special food and beverage offerings.

Pirate-themed food will be offered at the French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Gallery, Royal Street Veranda, Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant. Food will include pulled pork sandwiches, beignets, spiced tropical juices, Caribbean chicken stew and gold-dusted churros.






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