Disney Set to Make Mechanical Changes to Pirates of the Caribbean


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As you might expect, construction projects are constant. From new projects like the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland to updates to old rides like Jungle Cruise, Disney Imagineers just keeps getting better.

Now, a new building permit has been filed for the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which can be found in the Adventureland area of ​​Magic Kingdom.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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The permit is, somewhat loosely, for mechanical work, which could mean anything from repairing animatronics to major upgrades to the operation of the water ride.

The contractor listed is Grunau, whose LinkedIn page reads:

Grunau Company is a mechanical systems and fire protection contractor headquartered in the greater Milwaukee area that specializes in commercial or industrial projects of any size in a variety of industries. The majority of our work is completed throughout southeast Wisconsin, west to Madison and north to Green Bay, WI. However, customer relationships have taken us all over the United States.

Our mechanical systems capabilities include HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing, process piping, electrical, refrigeration, fire protection and underground utilities. Our Grunau Metals brand focuses on the manufacture of specialty and structural metals.

Grunau also has fire protection offices in Indianapolis, IN; Youngstown, OH (councillor); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Moon Township) and Orlando, Florida.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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While it’s unclear exactly what the Grunau Company will be doing on POTC, chances are it has something to do with the HVAC system in the ride building. However, this has not been confirmed by Walt Disney World Resort officials.

It’s worth noting that Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t scheduled for an upcoming closure on Disney’s official schedule.

Learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean
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The official description of the guests’ favorite POTC ride reads:

A pirate’s life for you
Board a weathered barge for a perilous journey to the 17th century, when rowdy thieves and ruthless rapscallions ransacked the port cities of the Caribbean. Sing along as the pirates serenade you with their anthem “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate Life For Me)”.

Sail past Dead Man’s Cove. Cannon sail between a Caribbean fort and a 12-gun galleon. Here are rowdy buccaneers drunk on the spoils of looting as flames engulf a seaside town.

Be sure to keep a close eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Beware, my friends: dead men tell no tales!

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