Disney World updates the Pirates of the Caribbean ride with a female pirate
Dead men tell no tales, but a bit of controversy speaks volumes — enough so that the Walt Disney World resort has reopened its classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride without the scene depicting a band of women being auctioned off into marriage against their will.
After announcing last summer its plans to temporarily close the attraction for refurbishment, the Orlando-based resort debuted on Monday a slightly altered narrative along the ride’s course. From each boat, guests listen to the ride’s story — which, in part, depicts a seaside town overrun by musical pirates — they will now encounter significant alterations to the auction scene, as a female pirate auctions off the townsfolk’s “most prized possessions and goods,” per the Disney Parks blog.
The new female pirate, dubbed “Redd,” previously appeared as one of the brides to be auctioned. The character has now “switched sides” to do the auctioning. Disney states the change was made in the spirit of a notable Walt Disney quote, in which he championed his company’s dedication to “keep moving forward” with new and innovative ideas.
A revamped version of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened at Disneyland Paris in 2017, while the first Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland in Anaheim will undergo a similar refurbishment beginning April 23.
The original Disneyland park in California first debuted the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in 1967, and it has since become one of the most beloved attractions in the Disney chain of parks, even spanning a successful series of films starring Johnny Depp. Disney World’s interpretation opened in 1973, while Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris followed suit in 1983 and 1992, respectively.
(Information from EW.com)