Fortune Red features a wooden cabinet with an iron bound glass box. Inside is a red-bearded pirate gesturing at a treasure map. When a guest put a coin in the machine, Red nods, turns his head, and waves his finger around the map. As he does this, the machine plays a 30-second snippet of Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me). After the music finishes, a card is dispensed.
Fortune Red dispenses twenty-four different fortunes. Each fortune contained a bit of advice as well as a reference to a Disneyland attraction. The back of each card had an illustrated history of Jolly Rogers.