Pirate Invasion

Hear the Tale ’a Pirates of the Caribbean from the Captain Himself

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Jennifer "Brazen Beauty" Baker, Lass o’ the Tall Tales


Ahoy me hearties! Here be a video featurin’ the captain himself, Walt Disney, tellin’ the tale a how Pirates of the Caribbean came to be. The bonnie lass in the clip is Julie Riehm, who I ’ear was a Disneyland Ambassador at the time – whatever that be!

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Ye Caption This: ‘Tis the Stanley Cup at Disneyland Park

posted on September 19th, 2011 by George S'Avast Me Hearties, Press Gang Pirateer


Arrr the treasure be grand fer the NHL championship team, and they be gettin’ to take the Stanley Cup where e’er they please. ‘Twas the case in June 2007 when the mighty Chris Kunitz of then-champion Mighty Ducks brought the silver beauty to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Ye Caption This: ‘Tis the Stanley Cup at Disneyland Park

This photo be rare, you see – and Lord Stanley’s Cup is perhaps the greatest booty e’er discovered by the Pirates of the Caribbean.

How would a pirate “Caption This?”

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Guests Find Their Inner Scallywag at The Pirates League

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Dara Trujillo-Ho-Yo-Ho, Shopkeeper and Town Crier


So you’d like to join the ranks of Jack Sparrow, eh? Well, you’re not alone. Every day, men, women and children venture to The Pirates League in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park to be turned into blimy bildge rats!

Today, Pirate Mac has been teachin’ some o The Pirates Leagues’ newest recruits how to ready for life on the high seas. Take a listen!

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Cap’n Jack’s Ghost Ship Has Cast Off From Ko Olina

posted on September 19th, 2011 by John McFlintlock, Pirate to Pirate Relations


Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty ol’ pirates, aye? Sure ye come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open, mates, and hold on tight.

Ahoy! Here be Long John of Aulani, hailin’ ye from the Sandwich Isles – Hawai‘i, as they’re called by those livin’ in these waters.

Cap’n Jack’s Ghost Ship Has Cast Off From Ko Olina

Cap’n Jack Sparrow has cast anchor and set sail for now, but his vessel, the Black Pearl, was berthed here for many a moon on the shores of Ko Olina, which I’ve made me home port these past weeks. There’s scuttlebutt that the ship might return, but the sea dogs in this parts might just be seein’ things. Ghost ships be like mermaids, a mate can never be too sure they’re real.

Cap’n Jack’s Ghost Ship Has Cast Off From Ko Olina

Bein’ on these islands can put a crimp in a pirate’s line. It be tough to say “Arrrr” or “Shiver Me Timbers” among folk whose alphabet forsakes letters like R, S and T.

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A Disney Vinylmation Pirates Life For Me, Says I

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Steven "Kraken Killer" Miller, Purveyor of Treasures


A Vinylmation Pirates Life For Me

Arrr, one thin’ I’’e learned in life is that experience can be a key factor t’ success. Me be amazed at how somethin’ me learned long ago will e’entually come back t’ help I. This also happened to me hearty Casey Jones (luck have it he’s no relation to Davy), an artist who sails with the Disney Design Group, when he was asked t’ create a Vinylmation mystery series featurin’ those scurvy bilge-rats from Pirates o’ the Caribbean. Alas, this series was released in July at the D-Street locations in California and Florida. But late one night, Casey told me a whale of a tale o’ how an experience in 2003 helped him in designin’ these wee figures.

“Aye, me created sketches for Pirates o’ the Caribbean action figures in 2003,” snarled Casey. “Arrr, these figures war once sold at Disney Parks and war inspired by characters from the attraction. When me was asked t’ create the Vinylmation pirate figures, I dusted off those original sketches from me treasure chest and used them as a startin’ point for me reference material.”

A Vinylmation Pirates Life For Me

Aye, this mystery series features 11 known figures and one mystery chaser figure. The figures war directly inspired by the various pirates and characters from the attractions found both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Casey said th’ major difference between action figures and Vinylmation figures was th’ interpretation o’ th’ art.

“Alas, th’ action figure sketches were realistic interpretations o’ the characters from ye attraction,” says Casey. “Th’ Vinylmation are like caricatures o’ the various characters. I took elements ye sees from the characters and made them fit on the blank canvas that’s shaped like that mouse named Mickey.”

A Vinylmation Pirates Life For Me

One detail me loves be th’ star-filled ears on each figure. For this detail, Casey was inspired by his first voyage on Pirates o’ the Caribbean at Disneyland years ago.

“The stars in th’ ears be reminding me o’ the feelin’ I get when ridin’ the attraction,” said Casey. “Me loves the illusion o’ feelin’ like I’m abroadside. The starry night effect be so convincin’. I also get that same feelin’ when visitin’ the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. An’ based on yer preference, the ‘stars’ could be the fireflies from t’ openin’ scene in Disneyland.”

Me favorite characters be the three skeletons from the series. One figure be inspired by the “chess swashbuckler skeleton” that be playin’ the stalemate game in the queue line. The other two skeleton figures be from the Disneyland attraction – th’ bearded skeleton enjoyin’ some grog an’ th’ skeleton sittin’ atop the gold dubloons. Sorry – nay helmsmen skeleton this time (Casey sported a sly smile when he told me that news).

A Vinylmation Pirates Life For Me

As ye be finished talkin’ to Casey, he handed me a dusty ol’ map. Excited, I leapt from th’ table t’ hunt fer buried pirate booty. Me e’entually found a very wee booty chest that contained th’ image above. Avast, do me one good eye deceive me or be that Captain Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard, Barbossa an’ Angelica from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?” Word be that they be released in 2012 as open edition figures. But me be sworn t’ secrecy so don’t tell ere.

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Avast Ye Plans, and All Hail The Liberty Tree at Magic Kingdom Park!

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Gary "Fire the" Buchanan, Social Media Managing Matey


Well shiver me timbers! I be here to lets me hearties know a wee bit about The Liberty Tree, a handsomely grown tree that stands near the bow of Liberty Square at ye Magic Kingdom Park. And you don’t need a seafarer’s spyglass to spot this tree — it’s bigger than a jolly boat and stands proudly in Liberty Square, saying “ahoy” to all with its patriotic glory. So the next time your high seas adventures brings you to the Magic Kingdom Park, aim your rudder to Liberty Square, avast ye plans and be on the lookout for these famous timbers.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Pirates Land at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2011 by First Mate Nate Rasmussen, Keeper of the Scrolls


Arrrrrrgh, me vintage-lovin’ mateys. I be diggin’ in me archive full o’ treasure, and spied me these photos of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Magic Kingdom Park afore the openin’.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Pirates Land at Magic Kingdom Park

While the park did open late in the year o’ ‘71, it wasn’t until Dec. 15, 1973, when the decks were swabbed and us pirates had a home to pillage ‘n’ plunder at Caribbean Plaza in Adventureland. Ahhhh – but afore that, dead men be tellin’ no tales in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square since the year o’ ‘67.

Truth be, arrr motley crew was in such high pursuit when Magic Kingdom Park opened, all the scallywags in City Hall be wearin’ buttons like the sign below proclaimin’ arrr arrival.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Pirates Land at Magic Kingdom Park

And while arrr attraction has been changed ov’r the years, one thing nev’r has – we still wants the redhead!

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A Bit a Disney Parks Pirate Treasure For Ye

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Jennifer "Brazen Beauty" Baker, Lass o’ the Tall Tales


You landlubbers dared to travel this far, so a reward is in order for ye. I happen to be in the possession of an exclusive pirate download – and I be willing to share, I be!

A Bit a Disney Parks Pirate Treasure For Ye

This Disney Parks Blog wallpaper depicts a group of worm-bellied bilge rats who found themselves in quite a predicament a few years ago. Keep it safely displayed and let it be a warning to ye – chart a straight course and keep a weather eye open, or ye could be sharin’ their fate!

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ARRRGGGGHHH, Where at Disney Parks Can Ye Be Findin’…

posted on September 19th, 2011 by Captain Thomas "Sea Legs" Smith, Captain o'er the Social Media


ARRRGGGGHHH, Where at Disney Parks Can Ye Be Findin’ These Skulls?

Jumpin’larks! Ye not be dreamin’ – pirates be taking over the Disney Parks Blog for Talk Like a Pirate Day. So bear up and stop your ballyragging, me crew dug up a salty mystery image in need of solvin’ before high tide. I, meself be willing to gamble for a halfpence the location of these skulls stump all you scallywags. So, are ye willing to be venturing a guess in comments?

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