Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life for you at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
and Disneyland theme parks at one of the parks’ most popular attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean. This ride, which opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was replicated at Magic Kingdom in 1973, has remained popular since opening – and it saw a resurgence in attendance following the movie series of the same name, which debuted its first film in 2003.
The iconic Pirates of the Caribbean ride has remained largely untouched for decades, but has been updated in the last few years, adding Johnny Depp audio-animatronic figures and a projection of Captain Blackbeard, among other changes. But while the ride’s major shell hasn’t changed, Disney did announce recently that one of the attraction’s most iconic scenes will be removed at Walt Disney World beginning in 2018.
The “bride auction” scene that depicts pirates shouting “We want the redhead!” will be changed after the refurbishment. In the new scene, she will be a pirate, and the concept will have her assisting the auctioneer gather valuables. The sign will be updated to “Auction – Surrender Yer Loot.”
One scene involving women was changed a few years ago already. It used to depict pirates chasing women, but it was changed to pirates chasing women for food – and even a woman chasing a pirate.
Disney’s Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort, had this to say about the change in the beloved attraction. "We believe the time is right to turn the page to a new story in this scene consistent with the humorous, adventurous spirit of the attraction.”
Fans of the attraction still have a few months to see it in its current state before the switch happens.
Orlando, FL – 7/5/17
By: Melanie Curtsinger