Disney Parks updating ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ attraction for modern sensibilities
It’s clear that we all wants the red head but in a move towards more modern sensibilities, Disney is shifting the focus on one of the most iconic scenes in the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney Parks around the globe.
The infamous Auction scene has been a focal point since the original attraction’s opening in 1967 but will finally be updated to swap out the “BUY A BRIDE” segment with a more generic Auction of plundered loot. Recognizing the popularity of the characters in the scene, Disney is keeping the scene mostly unchanged and the fiery redhead will now be a pirate in an the Auction.
Disney and former Imagineer Marty Sklar noted that “change is a ‘tradition’ at Disneyland that today’s Imagineers practice—they learned it from their mentors, many of them Walt’s original team of storytellers and designers.” He added the show scenes in their classic attractions are part of a “story you can continue to add fun to, with great characters in new ‘performances.’ That’s what the Imagineers have done with this new auction scene—it’s like a theatre show with a new act.”
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The changes can be expected at Disneyland Park and at the Magic Kingdom in 2018.
A similar change is happening next month in Disneyland Paris that includes new costumes, special effects, lighting, and sound. In addition to the updated Auction scene, Captain Barbossa will make his ever-attraction debut in that park as a new Audio Animatronic figure. Guests can also expect to hear from the ghosts of Davy Jones and Blackbeard.
Disneyland Paris guests will also discover some changes to the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, re-opening as Captain Jack’s. It seems that Captain Jack won the restaurant in a wager and is now welcoming pirates of all ages to relax over a drink and hot meal. The interior of the restaurant has been re-themed and the establishment has been staffed with a fun-loving band of pirates. All of these changes are expected to debut in Disneyland Paris on July 24, 2017.