Johnny Depp pulls a shift at Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
April 27, 2017, 10:43 AM ·
Many theme park fans love to debate which Disney theme park resort is better: Walt Disney World or Disneyland? With several attractions essentially duplicated on each coast, fans can concoct point-by-point comparisons to argue which version of those riders is superior.
As perhaps Disney's most popular theme park franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean often moves to the front of these debates. But there really is no controversy here. With its longer ride, double-drop, extra scenes and smoother load/unload process, Disneyland's Pirates is the clear winner over Orlando's.
Plus, for one night only, it had Johnny Depp. Not the Audio Animatronic Captain Jack Sparrows that both resorts added years ago. Last night, Disneyland had the real Johnny Depp inside the ride.
Disney was filming Depp, dressed as his iconic pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, greeting guests outside the attraction, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Presumably, Disney also shot film of Depp inside the ride, though the studio's not yet announced what it was doing bringing Depp into the park.
Surely this will end up being part of some promotion for the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which hits theaters May 26. Because I don't think he was in there working security on the ride.
Update, May 1: Disney's finally publicly acknowledged the stunt and released a video: