Peek inside The Legend of Jack Sparrow before it officially opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is undergoing a soft opening ahead of its grand opening on Dec. 6. My family and I were able to cast off and experience the new attraction this past weekend and get a glimpse of Disney's beloved and rum-loving pirate.
Our wait for the show was about 30 minutes in a queue outside the soundstage that formerly was home to the Journey into Narnia attraction. This is not an interactive queue, like so many recent additions at Walt Disney World, so be prepared with something for the young kids to do to pass the time -- electronic games, coloring books or small toys usually will do the trick.
Because guests are admitted to the attraction in large groups, you'll want to keep your party together. There really is no reason to rush inside because you can see well enough from most spots. You first will enter a small room where a talking skull mounted high on the wall invites guests to join a pirate adventure.
Then, you'll walk into the main room, which is dominated by the centerpiece that is Captain Jack Sparrow's ship, the Black Pearl. The backdrop contains large screens that will feature most of the action in this theatrical production. The scene also is fully developed with three-dimensional pirate vignettes along the walls.
I wondered if we would be able to view actual props from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, but so far there is no sign of that. The attraction does take guests through the four films of the popular franchise while they watch battles and key actions play out in front of them. And one lucky child is invited to participate in the show.
Perhaps the most surprising element in the eight-minute show is when Sparrow appears -- the high-definition projections make it hard to believe it's not an actor interacting with the audience. It really is that good.
Parents with young children should be aware that the theater does get quite dark and the action can be loud and scary, so it may not be appropriate for all ages. If your child does like Disney's pirate franchise, The Legend of Jack Sparrow offers a taste of the swashbuckling life at a theme park that previously did not have one.
To see a video of the attraction and more photos, click here.