Disney to remove 'wench' auction from Pirates of the Caribbean ride

01 July, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Warren Cooper
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A certain redheaded wench gets a new role in refurbished "Pirates of the Caribbean" rides at Disney parks, but not everyone's on board with the changes. But instead of waiting to be sold off, this time, she will be doing the "buying", joining the pirates to relieve the people of the Mercado of their possessions.

The red head who is among those being auctioned off the moment guests come through now will become a pirate when the ride is altered, according to Disney.

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 ride now features a scene portraying a group of women tied together with a buxom redhead and a stout woman for sale in the foreground.

"Our team thought long and hard about how to best update this scene", said Kathy Mangum, senior vice president, Atlantic Region Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown tells the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the changes will be made at the Paris park in July and at the Anaheim park next year.

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It's not the first time the ride has undergone tweaks to shed some of its more contentious aspects.

The much beloved ride has been subject to alterations before to give new contexts: years ago, a scene depicting pirates chasing women was altered to show the women carrying food trays so the men would appear to be chasing after the food rather than the women.

But the fact that those scenes were updated while the bride auction remained intact rankled some even more.

The a video of the ride went viral previous year when Johnny Depp acted as Captain Jack Sparrow. I can't think of a single attraction that has not been enhanced and improved, some over and over again.

The new scenes at the domestic Disney Parks are expected to debut sometime in 2018, but no exact date has been given.

"'Pirates of the Caribbean" has always represented great Disney Park storytelling; it has set the standard for the theme park industry for half a century", Sklar said. Instead of women being bought and sold, Disneyland will install a scene of townspeople lined up to surrender their valuable to the pirates.

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