Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals new details about Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates ride and land
Published: March 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM
On the 47th birthday of the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland, Iger announced that Shanghai would be getting its own Pirates-themed land, Treasure Cove.
From a press release issued by Iger's office:
The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation to bring guests along a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing our guests who visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park an experience unlike anything else in the world.
“We are extremely proud of all the work underway to bring the Shanghai Disney Resort to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "And we’re excited to re-imagine the iconic world and characters of Pirates for the first time as an entire land that celebrates the creativity, imagination and adventure of both the fan favorite attraction and the popular film franchise.”
Disney last year filed a U.S. patent application for an Omnimover-style boat ride that insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said would provide the "new technology" behind Shanghai's version of Pirates, which would draw its narrative from the Jerry Bruckheimer film franchise rather than simply duplicating the Anaheim original. This wouldn't be the first time that Disney has deviated from the classic Pirates script in a theme park. The Disneyland Paris version of Pirates differs substantially from the versions found in Anaheim, Orlando, and Tokyo.
Iger's office today also announced that the completion of key structural work on the Pirates attraction's show building.
Shanghai Disneyland is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.