Well I disagree and I have rode the Disneyland version. In fact, I grew up riding WDW's before I rode Disneyland's...and I still love both versions very much. Yes, WDW's is shorter but like I said earlier in the thread, there are things unique to it that you can't find in Disneyland's version (a different storyline, a larger queue with many details, and the superior treasure room finale. Oh and Old Bill was originally made for the WDW version to distract guests from a boat storage area behind the chase scene. He was so popular that Disneyland got him a few years later) and it was never meant to be a fully carbon copy of Disneyland's. I have always found each version of the ride to be fascinating and unique. We may have a shorter ride experience in Florida, but it does still have its fans and I'm one of them. Also if everything was the same I wouldn't want to travel and visit the other Disney parks and there are several attractions where some people claim that one version is better than another. Some people love the WDW Haunted Mansion more because it has a longer ride but other people prefer Disneyland's because it has the Hatbox Ghost and the original hitchhiking ghost effect, and some people simply prefer Disneyland's just because it's the original. Some people prefer Phantom Manor over both WDW's and Disneyland's versions! So does that mean we should demolish the American mansions and make them both Phantom Manor? Should we demolish DINOSAUR and replace it with Indiana Jones because some people like Indiana Jones better? I'm sure you understand my point. We don't need to destroy and rebuild classics to be more like another park's version just because some people like one version better.I am not sorry for my comment because I feel like any normal person would be like me. I rode the Orlando version all my life, heard about how much better Disneyland's was but i took it with a grain of salt. Waited in a huge queue which wasn't as nice as Orlando, and my expectations were set event lower. Not only did it blow my mind once the ride started, but I could never ride the WDW version again and be perfectly happy.. But then again, most people who consider themselves Disney fans, never actually bother to go to the west coast and experience the other park.
Besides, the WDI crew faced some limitations when it came to MK's Pirates. For example, they couldn't put in two drops because the humid and fragile landscape of Florida didn't allow it and guests were angry that MK didn't have Pirates right away so WDI did what they could to give guests Pirates ASAP and they did try to make it unique and different from Disneyland's.