Disney announces a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction... then doesn't
Sharp-eyed Disney fans were buzzing this morning when the online version of Walt Disney World's annual passholder newsletter announced plans for a new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed attraction: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
Unlike the original Pirates rides, this would be a walk-through attraction, and it wouldn't be placed in a Magic Kingdom park. Instead, it would be coming to the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
The description of the attraction in the AP newsletter said that this would be an immersive experience, using special effects to allow guests to experience moments from the Pirates of the Caribbean films from the perspective of Capt. Jack Sparrow. (Of course, if the guests were to be Capt. Jack, I wonder how long it would take for some of those guests to complain that they couldn't see Capt. Jack in the show. Sigh.)
No matter, though, because Disney quickly pulled the AP newsletter offline. And no mention of the ride appears in the printed version, either. Neither did Disney mention the new attraction during its big press wine-and-dine junket last week (which we didn't attend).
So we shall await an insider snitching to us (anonymously in the comments, or via email) to get more information. You know what to do. :^)
Update: Disney's confirming it now. And, yes, it is going in the old Prince Caspian space. No official opening date yet.
I expect this could go where the Narnia attraction was in the past. Given the quality level of what's been in that location, I'm not going to get too excited about it.
It sounds like they're just gonna dump some POTC props in the old Narnia exhibit area and add some interactive bells and whistles.
Haunted Mansion was a walk through before it became a ride. The popularity of Pirates and Jack Sparrow will not enable a mere walk through attraction. Yet, I don't think they want to go with POTC-2 Ride. Disney was awfully premature with its ideas. No wonder they pulled it. It is just too blue sky.
Agreed with previous posters, we're looking at plans for replacing Narnia. Heck, this could even be what replaces Sounds Dangerous, which is set to close soon.
Pirates was originally conceptualized as a walk-thru attraction way-back-when. It wasn't until later that the idea of the full ride-thru came about...this is probably an homage to the original concept - which was included in a D23 calendar two or three years back.
This will probably go in Narnia, because SD might become a full JTA.
I have nothing against the Pirates movies or Captain Jack, but there's enough of him in the POTC ride. Let's have an original concept instead.
This is strange, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Sylvain, just like Haunted Mansion was going to be a walk through attraction, Pirates too was originally envisioned as a walk through wax museum.
David is correct.
Since this isn't a behind the scenes or movie trailer *cough*Narnia*cough*, I think this will be a mixture between the movies and Walt's original concept.
The blog has officially announced it, and it will be opening in the fall.
Exactly what do they mean immerse? I hope its where like you go into a room designed like the fountain of youth or the black pearl you'll actually feel like your on the ship. Anyone else got any guesses? Only other thing i can think of is where you see animatronics reenact scenes from the films .
Sounds interesting. Will have to wear my vintage Jack Sparrow guy-liner when I visit!
Yep, the offical book, "Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies" even has concept art for it as a walk through.
I hate this small crap Disney Hollywood studios does. Come on, give us a CARS LAND level of expansion/new thing to this crap park. This is the one park that I skip every year. I only go to this part once in 10 years. The other parks I go almost every year.
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