Those voyaging on the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland this evening got a major surprise in the form of Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp. According to tweets from the park, the attraction was temporarily closed and, once reopened, Depp appeared in one of the scenes, interacting with passing boats. Naturally, many of those fortunate enough to spot the star shared videos of their encounter:

It's not everyday that you come to Disneyland and see Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the pirates attraction surprising fans and having their reactions recorded lol. 😂 Due to the popularity of this video and comments, we can't respond but We give our consent to repost with credit to those of you asking. 📸 To everyone else asking, this wasn't a known event. It was a surprise and yes Johnny Depp really did dress up as Captain Jack Sparrow and was talking to guests. They were filming boats interacting with him and we are thinking it's new promo for the new Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales film which is coming out May 26, 2017. This video was filmed Wednesday 4/26/17 °o° Thank you @evil_queen ❤️🙏🏻😘 #PiratesOfTheCaribbean #POTC #DeadmanTellNoTales #JohnnyDepp #JackSparrow #CaptainJackSparrow #Pirates #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyGram #Disneyland #DisneylandResort #DL #DLR #HappiestPlaceOnEarth #DisneySide #GetHappier #DisneylandAnnualPass #AnnualPass #AP #DisneylandCastMember #CastMember #CM #TheDisneylandTwins

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It seems very likely that this is part of a stunt to promote the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesWe wouldn't be surprised if a behind the scenes video surfaces in the coming days or weeks.

UPDATE (5/1/17): As expected, Disney has released a look at this epic stunt:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theatres May 26th.