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No, it went book, ride then movie. The ride was re-vamped to suit the movie. Featureing characters from the movie, not from the book. The animatronics were re-vamped to create the prominate characters like Jack Sparrow the way Johnny Depp played him in the movie.

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This is the first I've heard of a Pirates of the Caribbean book. I was under the impression the Disneyland attraction was an original concept developed by Disney.
Actually, thats correct Richard. It was an oringinal concept. But the ride was deffinatly around before the movie.
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The ride was definitely around well before the movie, which was based on the ride. Anyone who has the DVD of the first Pirates' movie (2 disc version) may like to know that there are some special features on the ride. It mentions how it was used as inspiration for the movie and includes footage of the ride when it originally opened (in the 60's?) as well as material regarding Walt's inspiration for the ride and it's breakthrough technological features.

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At this stage Hong Kong Disneyland is the only "Magic Kingdom" theme park without Pirates. Allegedly it's on the drawing boards at the moment, and will feature a ride system that's a hybrid between Splash Mountain and POTC; I'd imagine the introduction of thrill elements such as drops. The genesis of the original ride - as with many Disney classics from that era, arguably Disney's "golden era" in terms of attraction development - is fascinating if you ever get the chance to read some of the books out there that deal with Imagineering at Disney's history.

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