Pirates of the Caribbean is perhaps the most classic of classic attractions at both Disneyland and Disney World, a ride that has entranced guests and immersed them in the swashbuckling world of piracy since its debut in 1967. The attraction has received some slight upgrades and minor facelifts over the years, including adding a couple characters such as Jack Sparrow and Barbossa from the film series.

Very recently, however, Disney has announced the ride’s first significant change. Following the refurbishment, the wench auction scene will become a normal auction of goods, and the robust redhead that is featured so prominently will now be toting her very own shotgun.

Concept Art For The Planned Changes

Disney hasn’t stated that this change will be added to the ride in Disneyland, but one of the international parks will also be getting this alteration. The Disneyland Paris ride will be debuting Hector Barbossa as the captain of the ship seen close to the beginning of the ride – just as in Orlando – as well as some upgraded animatronics, lighting, sound, and special effects on July 24.  

“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,” said Marty Sklar, former creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering. “But it’s a story you can continue to add fun to, with great characters in new performances,” while adding that this addition will be “like a theatre show with a new act.”

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