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Ahoy! Changes Are Afoot at Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I’m excited to have a bit of news to share on one of my all-time favorite attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean here at Magic Kingdom Park.
Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park

This classic Disney attraction, which inspired a four-part film franchise, has undergone a few changes in recent years due to the success of these movies. First, Captain Jack Sparrow made his debut at the attraction, then Captain Barbossa (pictured above) appeared aboard a pirate ship. More recently, the ghostly apparitions of knaves Davy Jones and Blackbeard have materialized.

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering dropped us a line today to let us know that something from the most recent film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” is about to be added to the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort. Can you guess what it is?

Updates to the attraction will be made overnight, so Pirates of the Caribbean will remain open to guests during park hours.

Keep a weather eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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1

Brian on September 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am

There’ll be mermaids upon us within the hour, you mark my words. And we’re the bait.

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Michael from CA on September 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am

There’s Mermaids in those waters!

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Sarah from OH on September 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Mermaids??? Please let it be mermaids! Lol

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Jeff on September 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Is it mermaids?

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Michael on September 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Mermaids?

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Justin from NJ on September 19th, 2012 at 10:38 am

I have heard that it is the mermaids?!?!

Also on the park hours site it lists: Pirates of the Caribbean – Closed For Refurbishment [ Tuesday, October 09 - Tuesday, October 09 ]

Does this have anything to do with it?

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Jerusha on September 19th, 2012 at 10:39 am

Will it be up and done by Oct 6th?

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Darren from TX on September 19th, 2012 at 10:39 am

Aye…perhaps Cap’n Blackbeard be comin’ aboard?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 19th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

He’s already a part of the attraction. :)

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Ed from NH on September 19th, 2012 at 10:40 am

Arggh I be going with the rest ov the Scurvey Crew, I be saying Mermaids!

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Lindsay on September 19th, 2012 at 10:45 am

I hope it is mermaids!

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Myrrh-Anna on September 19th, 2012 at 10:54 am

arggh mates, I be seeing those mermaids coming! hopefully!!!

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Craig on September 19th, 2012 at 11:03 am

Fun Imagineering mixup – Ariel to POTC, evil mermaids to Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Oops!

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Dawn from NY on September 19th, 2012 at 11:07 am

Mermaids would be so fun!!! Hopefully by October 25th!!! :)

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Lacey on September 19th, 2012 at 11:09 am

Yar, mark me words, Memaids be a dangerous breed! i, fer one, be leaving Ariel under the sea! ;)

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Jason from NC on September 19th, 2012 at 11:21 am

The picture makes me think Barbossa is getting his Royal Navy uniform, but I too have heard it may be mermaids.

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Kathleen on September 19th, 2012 at 11:22 am

Can’t wait to see the change! My favourite ride!!!

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Diane on September 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Maybe Angelica ?? That would be cool

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Reid on September 19th, 2012 at 11:31 am

How soon will the changes be seen?

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Ron on September 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am

They’re putting Ariel in Pirates?

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Douglas from MS on September 19th, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hoping the mermaids arrive in the caves before my next Not So Scary Halloween Party visit!

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Michelle from NY on September 19th, 2012 at 11:50 am

I too am going with the crew and guessin’ mermaids. I did get a chuckle out of the Little Mermaid answer. It’s a pirate’s life for me.

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Antonio on September 19th, 2012 at 11:54 am

If they add the mermaids to this ride I would die from excitement! Mermaids were by far the best aspect of On Stranger Tides!

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Katie from CT on September 19th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Isn’t Blackbeard already there? I haven’t been to Disney since pre-Pirates 1, but finally made it to CA, and he was there.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 19th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Correct.

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Brian on September 19th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

More with the Mermaid mixups. Would Ariel be the redhead they are auctioning off?

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Shannon on September 19th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’m thinking Angelica will be making an appearance. Pirates is my most favorite ride in Magic Kingdom; I ride it over and over – never get tired of it!

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Chuck from VA on September 19th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If thar be mermaid in these waters soon, I be wondering whar they may be located. Perhaps in the cavern before the drop?

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Fred from CA on September 19th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Will this change be happening at the ride in California as well?

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Christina on September 19th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I was wondering the same thing as Katie. Blackbeard is projected on the fog like Davie Jones is. I’d imagine that’d be the new change… Is DLR another step ahead???

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 19th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

We already have Blackbeard here at WDW.

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Douglas on September 19th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Sam Claflin’s missionary, Philip added a wholesome quality to “On Stranger Tides,” he’d look awesome in with those mermaids if they’re coming into the attraction, and make for one fine counterbalance to all those pirates…

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Matthew from PA on September 19th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Any word on when we will get an update on what is being added? Any word when the updates will be ready? Headed down in December so hoping it’s ready by then.

I’m also guessing the addition is mermaids as well. I’m hoping whatever is added is more than just projections/images, but excited to find out.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 19th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

No exact date to announce just yet. Keep checking back. :)

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Mike from MO on September 19th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Ok.. so we are pretty sure its mermaids…

Where do you think they will appear?

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Nicholas on September 19th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Johnny Depp’s wallet?! or mermaids… both fun

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Thomas from ON on September 19th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Does WDW alternate between Dvaey Jones and Blackbered like they stared doing at DL?

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Zachary on September 19th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Jennifer,
In the past few weeks there has been some construction work in the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, will this be part of the new addition? Or is it unrelated work?

Thanks!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 20th, 2012 at 9:58 am

This update will take place inside the attraction.

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Laurie Lee on September 19th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’d like to know the same as Fred. Are they planning on adding this addition to Disneyland as well?

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Tyler on September 19th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

while everyone is guessing Mermaids, my guess is something much more subtle… the silver chalices of Ponce De Leon. I seem to remember hearing that Elizabeth’s dress and the Aztec chest were both added to DLR’s PotC. I know I saw the chest, but not sure about the dress.

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Jeff on September 19th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

So lets say it is Mermaids. Do you know where we will see them? Right before the drop in the darkness! It only seems natural, story wise. They lure you in to unsettling waters until….

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J. M. from ON on September 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

My guess is the spooky “Flying Dutchman” pirate ship which has mysteriously disappeared from Castaway Cay.

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Samuel from NJ on September 19th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I hope it’s mermaids!!!

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Rafael from RJ on September 19th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Angelica, Blackbeard’s daughter and a love interest of Jack Sparrow. I think she already appears at the Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade…

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art on September 20th, 2012 at 9:12 am

I wouldn’t count on any animatrionic figures like Blackbeard or mermaids these figures take weeks to install and program. i would guess some sort of static prop like when Disneyland got the chest with the cursed coins from the first movie. Maybe it will be the cups from the fountain jack holds a cup in the last seen now so it would just have to be swapped out. or maybe the glass coffin i could see that in the caves broken on the beach with maybe a sound effect of the sirens call in the background. or maybe the song they sing playing in the distance.

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Susan from AL on September 20th, 2012 at 10:07 am

Can’t wait to see what’s comming…..we have 100 more days until we arrive and I just made our reservations to join the Pirate League on Sept. 19th…..which, of course, was Talk like a Pirate Day. Now we just have to figure out which pirate faces we want. We have two girls and they would rather dress like pirates than princesses :-)

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Shannon from TN on September 20th, 2012 at 11:46 am

I think mermaids would be neat but I think it will be something like the fountain of youth? they already have the water, now they need the fountain with the cups and Blackbeard’s skeleton, or dust I guess. This is fun to guess!

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Mark on September 20th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Angelica for young girls. Let’s face it, the women on the ride are all the weaker power. Angelica is a strong hero type.

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Ann on September 20th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

It’s 4:40 p.m. on Sept 20th. Time for the teaser to be over, don’t ya think? Are you going to tell us what the update is?

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john on September 20th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The Flying Dutchman is in Puerto Rico with Johnny filming part 5.

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Allie on September 21st, 2012 at 4:50 pm

John: REALLY? Can you give the link where you found that information? Because if the Flying Dutchman is in POTC 5, does that mean that Will Turner is in it, too?????

I can’t wait to see the updates to this ride! It’s one of my favorites!

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Douglas from OR on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 am

Are we talking weeks until the change is done, or months? Not looking for an exact date, just a guesstimate.

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Samantha on September 22nd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

by any chance, will these changes come to the Disneyland resort in california in the near future?

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jeremy on September 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Interactive queue entertainment?

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