A revamping of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris, is causing quiet the stir back here in Southern California.
According to the official Disney Parks Blog. When the Pirates of the Caribbean ride reopens on July 24th, at Disneyland Paris. Riders will see familiar faces from the beloved film franchise, now joining them along for the ride. The films inspired the Disney Imagineering team, to come up with new concepts and designs, enchantments to Audio-Animatronics figures, costumes, lighting and sound, special effects, and musical themes from the films. And for the first time, Captain Barbosa along with his skeleton crew from the first pirates film, will be appearing in the ride for a scene unique only to Disneyland Paris.
Just like the Disneyland Resort, the ride in Paris is also attached to a Blue Lagoon Restaurant. Which will re-model it into a more welcoming and relaxed pirate eating established, staffed with a fun-loving band of pirates and even re-named Captain Jackâ€™s.
While much of the ride renovations are for Disneyland Paris. Eventually by the next year, a similar but smaller scheduled renovation, is set to take place at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Resort.
Pirates of the Caribbean first opened at the Disneyland Resort back in March of 1967. Since then the attraction has gone through several scene changes, to address modern sensibilities. A balcony scene that showed a woman being chased by a pirate was rearranged to be the other way around. As well as another chase scene, that was rearranged to include a tray of food as the reason why the pirate was chasing the woman.
When the park closes for its yearly routine maintenance, next year. Riders will notice that the long standing â€œwench auctionâ€ scene, will no longer be around. Instead of featuring woman lined-up and bound and getting ready to be auctioned off to the highest bidding pirate. The scene will now show town folk lining up and to surrender their valuables. The tall redheaded woman from the bride auction will remain in the new scene but instead of being a prize of the auction, she will become a rifle-toting pirate, donning a feathered hat.
While revamping older rides, to make sure they can run smoothly is no cause for concern. For many loyal patriots of the ride that Walt Disney himself had a hand in designing. Changing longstanding scenes is causing many to be upset. While the scene has been depicted by some as sexiest and disrespectful towards woman in a family friendly ride. Others believe that it is being true to the misogyny and debauchery that is a pirateâ€™s life.
Kathy Mangum, senior vice president of the Walt Disney Imagineering team. Released a statement saying: â€œOur team thought long and hard about how to best update this scene. Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate! We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio and the other Disney legends who first brought this classic to life.â€
No official date has been given, to when the scene renovation will take place at the Disneyland Resort. However, the revamped Pirates of the Caribbean ride, is set to open at the Disneyland Paris Resort on July 24th.
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