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."
I'm curious as to how people will respond to these changes, especially Pirates purists. I was personally upset when rumors of the mansions getting overhauls in line with the Eddie Murphy catastrophe movie, but with Pirates as a movie being so well done, I'm not sure how to entirely respond to this. I'd like to just see Jack in the show, but to rewrite the thing to match the movie sounds... too much. I dunno... let's hear what others have to say.
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