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May 23, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean


Today the tinselman time machine takes us back to 1976. Apple Computer has just been started, The Ramones have released their first album, and you have just been given your 48 page Standard Operating Procedure for Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.

You open it to page 2...

Avast there, mateys, and welcome aboard the Pirates of the Caribbean!

Pirates is Disneyland's most complex audio-animatronic adventure, where guests journey back to the days of pirateering on the Spanish Main.

Read the following pages carefully... there is a lot to learn.

If you have any questions, please ask your working leader or supervisor.

(Warning... there are no pages 35 or 47)

Page 1: Table of Contents
Page 2: Introduction
Page 3: Fact Sheet
Page 4: Fact Sheet
Page 5: Fact Sheet
Page 6: Admittance Policy
Page 7: Guest Control
Page 8: Turnstile
Page 9: Loader
Page 10: Unloader
Page 11: Unloader
Page 12: Utilities
Page 13: Dispatching
Page 14: Dispatching
Page 15: Dispatching
Page 16: Breakdown Procedures
Page 17: Breakdown Procedures
Page 18: Breakdown Procedures
Page 19: Attraction Breakdowns
Page 20: Attraction Breakdowns
Page 21: Types of Breakdowns
Page 22: Types of Breakdowns
Page 23: Types of Breakdowns
Page 24: Types of Breakdowns
Page 25: Types of Breakdowns
Page 26: Machinery Operation Description
Page 27: Machinery Operation Description
Page 28: Machinery Operation Description
Page 29: Machinery Operation Description
Page 30: Control Panel
Page 31: Control Panel
Page 32: Control Panel
Page 33: Dispatch Panel
Page 34: Dispatch Panel
Page 36: Opening/Closing Procedure
Page 37: Control Tower, Opening/Closing Procedure
Page 38: Control Tower, Opening/Closing Procedure
Page 39: Tips for Hosts and Hostesses
Page 40: Emergency Procedure
Page 41: Emergency Procedure
Page 42: Working Leader Procedure
Page 43: Working Leader Procedure
Page 44: Working Leader Procedure
Page 45: Working Leader Procedure
Page 46: Door Identification
Page 48: Door Identification

See previous post, Your Cadaverous Pallor, the 1975 Operating Procedure for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

Update: Michael Still has been kind enough to compile this Operating Procedure into a downloadable PDF document... Thanks Michael!

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This is really cool, but I found the one page per URL hard to read. I've made a PDF version if you're interested: http://www.stillhq.com/diary/pirates.pdf

Posted by: Michael Still | May 24, 2006 2:50:51 PM

Best of the text i read about a problem.

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (June 7, 2006) — Ever wanted to experience the ways of a true buried treasure-seeking pirate? Volvo Car Corporation will support its official promotion of Disney's upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with a global, multi-media treasure hunt for a Volvo XC90 V8 that has been buried somewhere in the world.

Here’s how she blows, me hearties: beginning June 12 through July 11, individuals nationwide can visit their local Volvo retailer to pick up a free treasure map. Once online, they are asked to go to www.volvocars.us/thehunt to register for the world’s first hunt for a buried vehicle. Treasure hunters then will participate in a challenging, engaging and fun-filled online adventure to solve a series of online clues and puzzles.

The buried one-of-a-kind, pirate-themed Volvo XC90 features a variety of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest-inspired elements, including menacing graphics from the film, black leather seats, custom painted 20 inch wheels and more.

Once registered online, individuals will have puzzles emailed to them on a regular basis. Those who solve the puzzles correctly will continue to receive clues. Individuals can join at any time though July 11, and can catch up with other participants if they correctly answer the puzzles posted online as they are emailed to participants. As the contest progresses, the puzzles will become increasingly harder to solve, with the final online clue e-mailed July 12. Volvo Car Corporation will then select seven finalists from around the world who correctly guess the answer to the final online clue.

In August, those finalists will be flown with a guest to the secret car burial location. Each finalist will then set-off on a manic on-the-ground search for the buried vehicle. The first treasure hunter to unearth the SUV gets to keep it.

To participate, individuals must visit a Volvo retailer to pick up a treasure map. Winners will only be eligible if they can produce the original treasure map upon conclusion of the hunt.

In addition to the United States, other Volvo regions participating in the hunt include the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain and Austria.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest opens in U.S. theaters July 7.

Posted by: prrp | Jun 9, 2006 1:04:53 PM


Posted by: CAROLE LAUBACH | Jun 12, 2006 7:15:57 PM

have a good day

Posted by: earle bank | Jun 17, 2006 12:23:55 PM

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Posted by: Dave | Dec 7, 2006 6:02:26 AM


Have you been to Disney in Orlando since they revamped the PoC ride? They have updated it to fit with recent movie lore.

Speaking of movies, what's going on in that arena with you? Ever since the Wired Mag article years ago I haven't heard anything.


Posted by: Eric | Apr 18, 2007 12:09:11 PM

I can't wait; I love this stuff. Don't forget about the two women pirates who were Irish; one had flaming red hair.

Posted by: Jan Becker | May 5, 2007 9:07:56 PM

Is there any way to view this? For some reason i keep getting a "404 Error", and I can't view the pages. Any help?


Posted by: Luke Williams | Jun 26, 2008 11:49:33 PM

Would be fun to read, except I'm getting 404 errors too. :(

Posted by: Stefan | Jan 27, 2009 1:58:13 AM

Thx bro,,nice post..

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