Disney confirms Jack Sparrow add to Pirates rides
Written by Robert Niles
Confirming another one of the worst-kept secrets in the theme park biz, Disney announced today that it will this spring rehab its popular Pirates of the Caribbean rides in Anaheim and Orlando to add characters from its "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.Tweet
The rides will go down in March to allow Disney to make the changes. Coming to both rides will be Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa from the first film, plus a ghostly Davy Jones from the second, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which bows on July 7. The Pirates ride will re-open at Disneyland on June 24 and in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on July 7.
"Enhancing the classic Pirates attractions with new characters and new technology will ensure their relevance and place in Disney theme parks as timeless adventures," said Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering said in a statement. "We're adding a layer of storytelling from the films to the attraction while retaining all the familiar elements that make it vibrant and exciting for every age group."
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