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Disney announces a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction... then doesn't

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Published: May 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

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.

Capt. Jack Sparrow. Image courtesy Disney

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.

Readers' Opinions

From Dan Heaton on May 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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.
From on May 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM
It sounds like they're just gonna dump some POTC props in the old Narnia exhibit area and add some interactive bells and whistles.
From Anon Mouse on May 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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.
From James Trexen on May 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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.
From on May 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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.
From Dominick D on May 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM
This will probably go in Narnia, because SD might become a full JTA.
From Sylvain Comeau on May 1, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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.

By the way, Mansion was originally planned as a walk through, not Pirates. And those plans were changed, so Mansion was never a walk through attraction. I even rode it in 1969, the year it opened, and subsequently in the early 70s, and it was always a ride. People, please get your facts straight, before offering a faulty history lesson.

From Manny Barron on May 2, 2012 at 1:02 AM
This is strange, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

From David Kirby on May 2, 2012 at 6:16 AM
Sylvain, just like Haunted Mansion was going to be a walk through attraction, Pirates too was originally envisioned as a walk through wax museum.
From Robert Niles on May 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM
David is correct.
From Dominick D on May 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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.
From Dominick D on May 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM
The blog has officially announced it, and it will be opening in the fall.
From on May 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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 .
From James Rao on May 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM
Sounds interesting. Will have to wear my vintage Jack Sparrow guy-liner when I visit!
From Brandon Mendoza on May 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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 too hope that it pulls you into the world of the Pirates while on foot. The original attraction is fantastic and all, but you're on a boat... sitting in a boat. I'd want to walk through the Black Pearl, or through the island of Tortuga, etc.

From on May 3, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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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