The classic attraction gets a long overdue makeover.
All hands ahoy for the newly renovated Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which reopened in Disney World's Magic Kingdom this past Monday. The ride first debuted at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California in 1967, before coming to Orlando's Magic Kingdom in 1973.
Fast forward to present day and the ride's updates have nothing to do with new music or 3D holograms. Rather, the cherished bayou excursion has received a culturally sensitive modernization. "Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to 'keep moving forward' since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years," wrote Kathy Mangum, SVP, Atlantic Region Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, in a Disney blog post.
"The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it," she continued (the renovated scene is pictured above).
Previously, the controversial scene depicted women being auctioned into marriage by pirates. Before the revamp, Redd stood on an auction block beside a sign that read "Take a Wench for a Bride."
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In addition to the Disney World update, Disneyland Paris' version of the ride got a similar change last year, and Disneyland will receive the improvements this spring. Shiver me timbers, it's about time.