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Disneyland's Pirates Ride Returns in June

Published May 14, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Disney
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Disney has recently released an update on the reopening of the theme park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, in preparation of the release of the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Returns June

Here is the update Disney sent out to Annual Passholders on the changes that are taking place to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Reopening this summer, Pirate of the Caribbean will feature new effects and some new crew members, too!

First there was the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction -- the last Disney theme park attraction to be personally supervised by Walt Disney himself -- which made its debut in Disneyland Park in 1967. An instant hit, the attraction was recreated, with a few slight alterations, in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort six years later. Fast forward to the summer of 2003 and the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, a blockbuster film that struck box office gold and gave the world a new favorite pirate in the form of Captain Jack Sparrow. What do all of these incarnations of Pirates of the Caribbean have in common? Memorable Scenes? A catchy soundtrack? A cast of colorful rogues? Well, yes, but the thing that makes them all so incredibly unforgettable is that one very special common thread -- Disney magic!

Now, that magic is being reapplied to the attraction that started it all, and Walt would be proud of what his Imagineers have come up with this time. Bringing things full circle, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has recruited a trio of character from its namesake films to join its motley crew! Captain Jack Sparrow, his nemesis Barbossa and the ghostly Davy Jones (from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) will be skillfully woven into the legendary attraction's storyline.

"Our goal was to keep the classic attraction, but make it more relevant to those Guests familiar with the movies," commented Kathy Rogers of Walt Disney Imagineering, Senior Show Producer for the attraction's makeover both here and in Florida. In addition to adding Audio-Animatronics figures of Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, and introducing a new waterfall effect that will bring Davy Jones to life, Kathy and her team have taken this opportunity to upgrade many of the attraction's special effects (most notably in the battle scene where The Wicked Wench opens fire on the fortified island) and sweetened the audio so that the original dialogue can now be heard more clearly. And if you listen carefully, you'll also notice that snippets from the films' musical scores have been inserted into the attraction's soundtrack. But Pirates purists can rest assured. As Kathy explained, the new references to the films will be worked "seamlessly" into the existing attraction. In other words, it's the same Pirates of the Caribbean you know and love, but with a fun new twist.

As current Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Member (and former Annual Passholder) Josh Levine put it: "pirates of the Caribbean is a 'must see' for a lot of people." And beginning this June, Disneyland Guest will discover for themselves that there's even more to see, hear and love about this all-time classic attraction.

We have been slightly curious about the changes occurring to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride ever since Disney closed it down. Personally, I would like to think that the films are still based on the ride and not the other way around. If Disney continues at the rate its at with modifications to the classic ride, some may get confused on what was adapted from what. I guess we will just have to wait until June and see how different the ride really is.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest comes to theatres on July 7th, 2006.

For pics, movie stills, poster, trailers, TV spot, movie info and synopsis, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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