Disney’s 50-year old Pirates of the Caribbean ride the one that inspired a seemingly unstoppable film franchise is getting a makeover that’ll drag at least a tiny portion of the attraction from the past into our more culturally-aware present.
The company announced in its Disney Parks Blog on Thursday that it’s overhauling the Pirates of the Caribbean rides in Paris, Florida, and California. The new version of the ride, which features a cruise through an animatronic-pirate-infested Spanish town, will include a heavy dose of Pirates the Caribbean the movie (including Captain Barbossa) and, most notably, get rid of a “Wench Auction” scene where pirates bid for local women.
The new Pirates ride keeps the auction concept, but now there’s “loot” for sale and the auctioneer is a red-headed woman, the exact same character who was among those being auctioned off in the original ride.
A video of the original ride is below. At one point, pirates can be heard shouting over and over again, “We want the redhead!”
It’s unclear what prompted the change and we’ve contacted Disney Resorts representatives to find out if there were any complaints.
A source tells Mashable the company believes it’s the right time to turn the page to a new story in this scene, consistent with the humorous, adventurous spirit of the attraction.
However, this new change isn’t the first time Disney has updated the attraction. Over the years, the company has introduced Pirates of the Caribbean movie elements, including adding an animatronic Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow at the end of the ride.
While not addressing the content of the original show, Disney made it clear in a post on its D23 site that the redhead’s recasting is wholly intentional.
Our team thought long and hard about how best to update this scene,” said Kathy Mangum, senior vice president, Atlantic Region Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering in the post. “Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate!”
While there are no photos of the new auction, a Disney Parks artist rendering shows the red-headed woman in her new role.
This is not the first time the ride has been updated in the name of political correctness. A scene where animatronic pirates chased women through the streets was more subtly altered in 1997. The woman now carry pies, so the men appear to be chasing food.
Pirates of the Caribbean reopens on July 24 in Disney World Paris, and Disneyland and Walt Disney World will include the updated scene by 2018.
The update is not the only announcement Disney has issued in this week. The company also announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will indeed lend his voice to the animatronic version of himself in Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.
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