Pirates of the Caribbean riders rescued from sinking boat by Disneyland Fire Department

Disneyland riders literally had to walk the plank to escape a sinking Pirates of the Caribbean boat that left them stranded for an hour before the Disneyland Fire Department came to the rescue.

A Pirates of the Caribbean boat took on enough water near the entrance to the attraction that riders needed to be evacuated with the assistance of Disneyland’s on-site fire fighters, according to a recently-posted TikTok video.


It was a hot mess. Honestly thought we were gonna swim our way out of this #disneyland #brokenride #piratesofthecaribbean #dca #anaheim #fyp

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TikTok user Justin James, a professional photographer from Los Angeles, posted a video on Feb. 4 of fellow riders trying to keep their feet dry as water filled the bottom of their boat.

“It was a hot mess,” James wrote on TikTok. “Honestly thought we were gonna swim our way out of this.”

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The viral TikTok video with 1.4 million views shows the Disneyland Fire Department using a portable staircase attached to a gang plank to help riders from the boat that sank near the load/unload area of the attraction.

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Riders were stuck on the Pirates of the Caribbean boat for an hour before they were rescued, according to James.

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Disneyland provided the stranded riders with $30 vouchers for new socks and Lightning Lane passes for other attractions, James wrote in the comments section.

The classic 1967 New Orleans Square attraction takes riders on a weathered barge through a shadowy bayou, down waterfalls, past plundered treasure, under cannon fire and through a buccaneer’s grotto where “dead men tell no tales.”

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