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Earlier in this forum, it's speculated that the Pirates of the Caribbean films are derived from Captain Blood. For sure -- but there was an intermediary, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the New Orleans Quarter at Disneyland.

PoC was envisioned as a wax museum when Disneyland was being designed in the 1950s, but the amazing "dark ride" opened in 1967. It tells a story in linear fashion of a pirate raid on a tropical city. The story is definitely this movie's, except that Disney, ever the law-and-order freak, changed the ending to have the pirates imprisoned and hung (humorously, of course), not feted as heroes. The films with Johnny Depp followed four decades later.

PoC, now also a videogame, remains one of Disneyland's coolest attractions, literally as well as figuratively. I never pass up a chance to dine at the Blue Bayou restaurant, faux fireflies buzzing around, watching the small boats set off for a trip to Far Tortuga and adventure!

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Does Club 33 have Monte Cristo sandwiches?

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I think Disney's Treasure Island (1950) was the main inspiration for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

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I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say derived, but I would say "Captain Blood" was probably something that influenced the ride. I think the influence is stronger in the movie than the ride, even though the ride came first.

"Forget reality, give me a picture"-Remington Steele

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Sarah,

What ride came before what movie? Captain Blood was released in 1935, Treasure Island in 1950. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride evidently opened in 1967. I'm confused.

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I completely agree! My favorite ride since it opened and the coolest place to rest your feet on a hot summer day--or night--although I had no idea where they got the theme. A great ride to go on over and over again--although sometimes that's only possible on nights when employers and associations rent the park and the lines disappear.

But don't look too closely at those pirates--they are gross! Hairy bellies and they are chasing the women to force them into untoward acts! ;) Sometimes I felt I was sitting a bit too close... And yes, the restaurant is great as well. I can still sing the song of the pirates...

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