February 15, 2012

Daily Photo Tour - Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disneyland staple. It's difficult to imagine one without the other. Like so many Disney attractions, Pirates has myriad treasures waiting 'round every cove. The adventure is finding them. This fountain in the queue is one of my favorite treasures, in particular the plaque, and if I could own a piece of Disneyland, this may very well be it.

Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Photo by Matthew Hansen

Comments (4)

On February 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous said...

Now I will need to pay attention to the plaque next time I am in the queue!
Thanks for the great work Matthew!!!!

On February 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM , Elaine Schallock said...

I have to say this may be my new favorite. The interplay of light and shadow is great on this one. What gives Disneyland so much charm over other amusement parks is the way certain natural elements are allowed to become part of the atmosphere. The limescale on the tile of the fountain is a perfect example. The fact that it doesn't look to "clean" or "sanitary" gives the waiting queue so much character - it belongs. Disney was a master of this, creating an environment, not merely entertainment. This is where California Adventure went horribly wrong in its initial concept. Walt wanted things to look aged and antiqued when it was necessary, or in the case of Tomorrowland, sleek and ultra-modern. You just can't neglect those details. Thank you for so elegantly capturing them here.

On February 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM , Matthew Hansen said...

@ Anonymous - :) Thanks!

@Elaine - Thank you so much for your input and kind words. I totally agree, it's these details that create an immersive experience for us to get lost in. :)

On July 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM , S Broggie said...

Love this spot too. It's one of the few places in Disneyland where my grandfather, Roger Broggie's name is displayed. As an avid photographer (me too) he would have been absolutely been enamored with your collection of photos. Disneyland in HDR is as good as good as it gets.