Pirates Arcade Museum was a vintage-style arcade area located at the New Orleans Square area at Disneyland. It originally opened with the rest of New Orleans Square, less than a year before the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened ion March 18, 1967, prior to its closure in 1980.
A similar facility, Caribbean Arcade, opened in the Adventureland section at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World and was later renamed Caverna de los Piratas (Spanish for Pirates' Cavern) and also closed in 1980, the same year as its Disneyland counterpart. However, the Florida version of the facility opened a year after its version of Pirates of the Caribbean opened on December 15, 1973.
Pirates Arcade Museum featured authentic pirate themes as its name suggested and opened with the rest of New Orleans Square at the Disneyland area in 1966. Despite its name, the facility itself was not a museum but rather an arcade area featuring vintage-style shooting galleries with pirate themes in order to match the facility's theme. The facility consisted of the following games, most of them which are shooting gallery games prior to its closure: Freebooter Shooter, Cap'n Black, Captain Hook, and Pirate Shoot. Additionally, the facility also consisted of Fortune Red, a fortune teller machine featuring an animatronic pirate on it, named Fortune Red himself. When interacted with, a card would be dispensed from Fortune Red's machine featuring pirate-themed cards from the machine to match the facility's theme.
Since the opening of the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean, the facility itself received another route where visitors could exit directly in front of the facility itself, giving the facility another entrance to the Pirates Arcade Museum itself.
Since the 1970s, the arcade industry changed with rising technology consisting of digital video games, leaving old school-style video games in the Pirates Arcade Museum outdated and obsolete. The facility was later renamed to "Pieces of Eight" in early 1980, entirely removing all the shooting gallery games from the facility itself, making Fortune Red the only one of what was left from the original facility as of today as well as converting the facility into a pirate-themed shop selling pirate-related merchandise named "Pieces of Eight".
- Info about Pirates Arcade Museum on Yesterland.
- Info about Caribbean Arcade found here.
- Pirates Arcade Museum on Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki.