George, the Ghost of Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Posted by on April 28, 2014
George, the Ghost of Pirates of the Caribbean

I’ve only been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom maybe one or three hundred times, but I don’t remember seeing any ghosts.

Pirate skeletons, sure, but ghosts? Not so much.

But just because I’ve never seen him, doesn’t mean George isn’t there.

The story goes like this: In the early 1970s, when Pirates of the Caribbean was first under construction, a welder named George tragically died.

Some say he was crushed by a falling beam, others that he fell to his death from atop the ride’s “burning city.” Ever since, the ride has been haunted by ghostly apparitions and strange occurrences.

Mysterious footsteps when no one else is around. Phone calls from the control room. The occasional ghostly manifestation.

George isn’t “officially” recognized by Disney, and perhaps it’s just an urban legend, but every morning, and at the end of every day, Disney World cast members are sure to tell George good morning or good night. Otherwise, the ride has been known to malfunction for unexplained reasons.

On Stranger Tides

In a thread over at DISboards.com, many posters have shared their own experiences with George, as well as some photos.

On April 1, 2013, poster marlyng shared her story. She’d been on the ride with her family, and as their boat passed through a veil of mist (which nowadays has faces from the movies projected onto it), she took a photograph of herself and her brother. A vague figure appears to sit behind them.

Another poster, jque, believes he or she may have also captured a spirit orb on camera.

Are these pictures evidence of real ghosts, or are these ghostly figures  just our imaginations?

I happen to have my own horror story regarding Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride broke down, and we were stuck for about a half hour listening to A Pirate’s Life For Me endlessly loop. Yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho…that sort of thing seems to happen to me quite often.

Was it George? I don’t know, but you never forget something like that.

// This legend also appears over at TheShadowlands.net. You’ll have to scroll down a ways, but there are tons of other interesting Florida anomalies listed here that are worth a look. Check it out.

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Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.