Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yo ho yo ho, Pt. 1

Come join me for my gajillionth ride upon the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland! It was a beautiful sunny day, as can be seen from the crow's nest of Tarzan's Treehouse, facing the exterior of the attraction building.

Here's a completely different viewpoint of the fa├žade, looking up from the depths of the line queue:

Commemorating the attraction's 30th anniversary back in 1997, this plaque/fountain has always been a favorite of mine:

Everyone now and then I attempt to update shots from my collection; it had been about 2 years since I'd taken any of the portraits in the line queue. Sir Francis Verney got his refresh on this particular visit.

A group shot before we boarded our boats:

Hard to believe I had never shot this orange curtained window in the queue before:

The blue lighting of the bayou gets me every time:

The Jolly Roger is the perfect warning before the boat dips down into the audio animatronic magic of the attraction:

More of my favorite blue lighting, this time illuminating the caverns and waterfalls of the grotto:

Turning the corner I did my best for a closeup of the Marc Davis painting:

I have always wanted to crawl out of the boat to get a look at what the Captain is reading through his magnifying glass. Fortunately, good sense (what little I have) has prevented me from doing so.

I love the way the cool lighting of the grotto frames the warm gold tones of the Captain's Treasure:

Anyone care to tally up the riches on view here?

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Major Pepperidge said...

Beautiful photos, as always. Really, some of the best (if not THE best) I've ever seen.

That "Dream Suite" sign is yet another example of the use of pure "straight out of the tube" colors; it's like a label for a cheap toy. Had this sign existed 30 years ago (when John Hench might have been in charge), I guarantee it wouldn't have looked like that.

K. Martinez said...

"Come join me for my gajillionth ride upon the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland!"

Even at that tally, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland is still amazing. I love the bayou section too. From the push off release at Lafitte's Landing up to the Jolly Roger plunge is pure magic!

And yeah, who hasn't wanted to crawl out of the boat and explore the illuminated caves where dead men tell no tales. Beautiful interior shots in today's post. Thanks, Dave.

Mark Taft said...

Thanks, Dave! I was just on it in December- and I still love it. Since my first ride back in 1968 or so.


Matt Gerhard said...

When I was there in January there were quite a few things missing from POTC. I assume they were out for refurbishment.