The rumors are true – there are honest-to-goodness dead people in The Happiest Place On Earth. However, what every rumor gets wrong is where they are. After years of wondering this ourselves, we decided to get the details on each location within The Pirates of the Caribbean ride housing a real human skeleton and put the rumors of real skeletons in Disneyland to rest. We covered this on a show recently, so if you want to have a listen while you look at the photos, you can grab that show here.
Update: We recently got confirmation that the skull above the headboard in the bedchamber is also real!
This handsome fellow used to be a real person. He walked and talked and had parents who loved him. Probably. But one thing he never did was visit Disneyland. Now he lives there, positioned for all of us to smile at as we drift by on our pirate boats. You can find this skull on the little island, right after you take that second drop down the falls. Just look for the crab, you’ll find him. Or her. The skull and some of the bones are 100% real – the rest of the remains have long since rotted away or have been donated to other “people” and were replaced with plastic.
Our next friend is a two-parter. He lives on the same island as his friend above us, but only two parts are real – his skull and his rib-cage. The rest? Plastic parts that have been swapped out years ago, or moved to our third friend below. This ex-person is forever stuck against a rock, his skull that once housed his brains now is home to a seagull.
Being trapped by a fallen beam is a fear most folks have, and it’s something that came true for the last body on our tour. The third and final real skeleton is tucked away near the jail scene, towards the end of Pirates. You can see this mangled mound of bones just as you enter, stuck under one of the burned-out beams, just near the first jail cell. See him in there? He still looks confused …
That is the entirety of ghostly dead things within Pirates of the Caribbean – at least things that are in there in purpose. So next time you cross over into pirate territory, be sure to wave hello at the only three dead bodies in Disneyland.