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New Pirates Set to Join the Crew of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris July 24

Kathy Mangum

by , SVP, Atlantic Region Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

When Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disneyland Paris on July 24, guests will discover new surprises as well as a band of new buccaneers. The blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” films provided the inspiration for our Imagineering team to come up with new twists and turns in our story, and a chance to introduce new characters and magic to this classic attraction.

New Pirates Set to Join the Crew of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris July 24

Captain Barbossa, from the blockbuster films, will appear in the attraction for the first time, joining a skeletal crew in a scene unique to Disneyland Paris. Also, ghostly visages of Davy Jones and Blackbeard will warn that “dead men DO tell tales!”

Throughout the attraction, we’ve enhanced the show with new Audio-Animatronics figures, costumes, special effects, lighting and sound, including some of the now-classic musical themes from the films. Of course, the classic “A Pirates Life for Me!” song will continue to underscore the attraction.

New Pirates Set to Join the Crew of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris July 24

You’ll even discover that a familiar character is playing a new role joining the pirates ranks and helping the local townspeople “unload” their valuables at the Mercado auction. In the U.S., this famous redhead will appear in a similar scene at the Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park in 2018 following a previously scheduled refurbishment. Click here to view an artist’s rendering of the new Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort scenes.

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.

The adventures set sail on July 24 in Adventureland at Disneyland Paris.

Comments

  • I’ve been okay with most of the changes that Disneyland has gone through. Walt was all about new and inventive ways to entertain, enthrall, instill wonder. HOWEVER, I am not so sure he’d sign off on this change to a classic ride. The redhead scene is one of the best scenes and now it’s about to be sacrificed to the gods of political correctness. For the love of Mickey, rethink this change. Go mess up some other scene. Maybe you can add Johnny Depp eating a chicken leg. Just stop messing with one of the best rides in the park!!!!

  • Don’t do it, it’s an iconic part of the ride you already have tons of merchandise for it and its personality the only reason I go on the ride and it will ruin it for everyone who has grown up with the ride just because a few people don’t like it, I understand the pirates chasing the women around being changed but the red head being a pirate as you should already know “it’s frightfully bad luck to have a woman on board even a miniature one”- Mr. Gibbs

  • Please do not make this change. This is the best show scene in the Magic Kingdom ride and has the most memorable quotes. If you change this scene to make it more PC, you need to change the entire ride to. You might as well tear it down and put it something else if you are making that major of a scene change. I better get my tee shirt this August before they go away for good. We wants the redhead!

  • I’m excited for this! Something new! Sounds like The Redhead will now be a cool character!

    And to those going on about historic accuracy, the ride has a skeleton driving a ship. It’s fantasy, just enjoy it.

  • Oh my gaaaaawd. Stop with the foolishness already. Let classics be classics. Constant revisions will make “our history” extinct.
    What good is taking your kids to see the “thing” that wasn’t “the same thing” as how it once was? I understand updating and adding relevant characters, but this can be accomplished without diminishing the past.

  • This is awful! All I see is Annie Get Your Gun! This will ruin the whole story line of the original attraction. I really hope this is some bad trial balloon to get reaction. If it happens it will truly be a loss! Personally, I would like to see Johnny Deep removed and return the original animatronics!

  • We absolutely love everything Disney, but it’s really confusing to us that Jessica Rabbit gets to stay and the red head has to go? If a person finds that something is offensive, like taking your young son to the mall and seeing 10ft. tall images of basically naked woman, you can simply choose to not go to that section of the mall. It doesn’t mean the mall has to remove the store because the parent finds it offensive. We all have options.
    Our whole family, women too, vote to keep Walt’s last creation original.Its been there for 50 years. Pirates have rights too! Love you Walt!!!

  • NO! Do not change or “update” the wench scene in POTC. I am a feminist, progressive soul who can not only put aside the “take a wench” scene but can enjoy that we are talking about Pirates pillaging a town and violating all! Politically correct went out the window as soon as pirates hit the high seas. The Haunted Mansion has the bride killing multiple husbands, even the new found Star Wars depicts violence and threats of evil.
    Do NOT destroy the few remaining original visions of Walt Disney. This ride needs no improving. Enough!

  • No No No No No No No No… this is one of the most classic scenes of any ride! It’s one of Walt’s original designs with Marc Davis, why are you destroying something that is so iconic? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, especially if the ride was historically accurate…

  • Sorry, but no…no…no…no. The Pirates chasing the women in the one scene was already changed, and now this? It is a ride, it is fun, and a trip to WDW is an escape from the reality we live in today. Really, we will change a fictional story line in a ride, which is such a piece of the original? I have to say I am extremely disappointed, and I think this is really the first time this company has actually done that. For me it’s about the history of the ride, the work Walt put it into the original and work he had put into the original. That being said, I do understand things have to change, even Walt knew that….but I never thought a change like this would happen for an unnecessary reason. As an intelligent woman, I can realize history, I can see the difference between a ride and reality, and I can certainly ride a ride without being offended. This is a sad day for me.

  • Please don’t get rid of the auction, there is no need to make this politically correct, they are pirates after all. I don’t mind the other changes though.

  • I’m so happy y’all are doing this. THANK YOU! If there are more ways for me to share my thanks and positive feedback, please let me know to where I can direct my comments!

  • Really sad to hear about these changes. Don’t understand the need for this.

  • This is horrible. If you want to make the ride politically correct, you’ll eventually need to shut it down completely. Please stop.

  • Don’t do this please the pirates at Disneyland is a classics and plus the pirates at Disneyland is the one Walt Disney made and its one of the last attraction at Disneyland that Walt made so please don’t do this your messing with ride thats been around for 50 years and the red head scene has been there since the start so pleas don’t mess with this great old historical ride .

  • Really looking forward to these updates!

  • I’d be sad to see the scene removed altogether but this sounds like a great change with a cool energy to it. As long as it doesn’t have even more namedropping of Captain Jack Sparrow I’m satisfied

  • You’re kidding me, right? The “We Wants the Redhead” scene was one of the few things untouched from the original ride! It’s such a classic scene and features the legendary voice work of Paul “Boris Badenov” Frees as the Auctioneer. Please don’t fix what’s not broken!

  • As a traditionalist Disney fan, I am appalled. You can replace Aurora’s Float for a Frozen Float for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Paint The Night Parade. You can make the women in pirates chase the pirates instead because of PC. (Pirates are PC?) But to replace the ONLY scene Walt Disney himself saw, and supervised, this is a huge deal for all of us. And I know I am not alone.

  • VERY disappointing 🙁
    So how are you going to explain to little one’s all of the violence, plundering, pillaging, etc throughout the entire ride. Walt made it this way, PLEASE leave it be!

  • Noooo!!!! This is terrible news!!! I cannot express how disappointed I am in the decision to change the most iconic scene in one the most loved rides in Disney World and Disneyland! Please, Disney, don’t do this!

  • I am very much opposed to this change… leave the wench auction and “we wants the Redhead” intact, just the way Walt approved it. Way too much political correctness!!
    Adding additional figures is always nice, but not at the expense of the show.

  • I am disappointed in this change. The “we wants the redhead” scene is a favorite in the Pirates attraction. My family loves that scene. I know of nobody that is offended by the scene. These are pirates, for crying out loud. They’re bad guys. I love Disney, but they are so afraid of offending someone these days that they’re taking the fun out of their classic attractions. They would do well to remember the history of the parks and what made them loved by millions. The nostalgia and memories make Disney special. Please don’t take that away from everyone!

  • good start…now please replace all guns/cannons with bubble wands, and replace”rum”with root beer. thanks

  • Regarding Captain Barbossa being in the show “for the first time,” I had assumed that was him on the deck of the ship during the revised “cannon battle” scene. It sure sounded like Geoffrey Rush’s voice in that character to me.

  • I’ve ridden on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride probably 30-40 times since our first visit in 1968, when I was 6 years old, and I can assure you I’ve never been traumatized, offended, or suffered any ill social effects from that particular scene. It’s a ride. There are far worse stories being played out in movie theaters and on television than the auction scene on Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Yeah. If you could leave the auction scene alone like it has been for 50 years…that’d be great. Thanks.

  • Good ideas: Yes, a slave auction really isn’t a very funny sight gag in 2017, so it’ll be good to be rid of that, along with the “fat” jokes that were also part of this scene.

    Bad ideas: Tinkering with the “skeletons” sequence of the ride. Seriously, you’ve infused the POTC movies into the ride enough already. Stop.

    Also: Having the pirates auctioning off items to their fellow pirates is historically improbable. It was common practice for crewmen to get shares of the loot based upon their rank.

  • Why on earth would you change arguably the most iconic scene in the attraction in the name of political correctness? I’m honestly dumbfounded by this decision.

  • I’m confused. Why is this somehow crossing a line and needs to be changed but drowning a man in a well is fine? Why ruin something that’s been a part of the park since Walt Disney was still alive?

  • Ironic considering the Hall of President’s newest resident!

  • Adding to that, changing that scene is like a school changing their school curriculum by not mentioning the reasons why a Civil War happened. Besides, Captain Jack is a womanizer himself.

  • Why are you doing this? I think fans are going to be more offended at the changes that the scene as it was. You guys can do better than that.

  • It’s nice to see Disneyland Paris getting some love! Can’t wait to see the changes!

  • Not ok with this change! Its like Disney is saying that it’s ok rewrite history!! This is Walt’s ride no need to change such a silly iconic scene!! I’m all for moving forward with woman’s rights but this is a tad bit ridiculous! Let’s not be so sensitive about everything!!

  • Dear Disney, Please don’t…

  • This is a terrible change for Disneyland. Pirates of the Caribbean should be left as is. I haven’t seen any protests regarding this scene, so why stir the pot by making a change that is unnecessary?

  • How sad. It’s bad enough that the woman-chasing pirates were PC’d, but now the redhead? The auction scene is the best. “We want the redhead!”

  • Definetly not a fan.

  • I didn’t realize Pirates were feminists. Is this really necessary? This is further degrading the story elements of the attraction. Pirates aren’t supposed to be nice guys.

  • …In Jason Surrell’s book “Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the movies” it is mentioned that Walt Disney himself was a little doubtful of the action scene, worried if would be ok. That is why they softened it up with the sign “Take a Wench for a bride” to imply that it was something more respectable.
    Change is tough. This will probably take some getting used to, but I don’t necessarily think that it is a bad thing.

  • I’ve been waiting for the Redhead and her compatriots to stage a coup for a long time now. Bravo.

  • Don’t like the change, but figured it would be coming. Glad I got my pin and shirt before it did.

  • Everybody better get their “We wants the redhead!” shirts while they still can.

  • How is the scene going to make any sense? Who auctions off loot in the middle of looting a village?

    Paris? Ok. Even WDW- I don’t like it, but ok. But Please don’t touch Walt’s baby in Disneyland. Please, please, please don’t change the scene.

    Pirates are bad people. They were auctioning off a woman. Little Johnny and Janey will understand that pirates are bad.

  • This is really disappointing and makes me mad. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The redhead scene has been there for 50+ years! Can’t believe it

  • I think that the new change, adding the Redhead as a pirate, is interesting but I’m not too fond of changing a classic scene. Putting aside the whiff of change for the mere sake of political correctness, some aspects of Disney attractions are iconic and I’m not entirely sure that the interesting new take is worth tossing out something that has been a feature for decades.

  • One word: why? This ride is Walt’s baby. You can still respect women and respect a ride that Walt worked so hard on at the same time. Just leave it as it is. That scene is iconic to Disneyland.

  • Great news!

  • Seems pretty cool. I’m always open to new experiences, and I feel it’s a good thing for older attractions to get a breath of fresh air once in a while.

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