Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland have been serving up thrills to passengers for decades, but one of the most iconic rides—the Pirates of the Caribbean—will close at both parks. Ride closures happen often. But by closing the famous ride simultaneously at both parks, Disney might have tipped its hand that ride upgrades may rest in the offing.
Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World operates some of the most famous rides since opening in 1971. Splash Mountain (also under construction), Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean all make the list.
According to Disney's website, the park plans to close Pirates of the Caribbean for "a lengthy refurbishment period" with no posted opening date.
Disney uses Buena Vista Construction, a private building company, to keep theme park secrets. The builder filed for a permit to make mechanical changes. They filed a second permit for labor, material, and electrical.
Still, Disney maintains that relatively recent changes will remain; Johnny Depp's character will continue to make appearances along the ride, even under the heat of some groups' petition to remove his likeness.