First look at Disney's new Pirates of the Caribbean auction scene

July 13, 2017, 5:59 PM · Disneyland Paris' revamped Pirates of the Caribbean officially reopens on July 24, but the resort's annual passholders are getting a preview, showing them the ride's addition of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, and — of most interest to many fans — the new auction scene, which will be coming to Disney's U.S. theme parks next year.

The Paris version of the classic indoor boat ride has not followed the same narrative found in Anaheim, Orlando, and Tokyo. Instead, the Paris installation scrambles the scene order, leading with more action but keeping the gist of the experience similar.

Disney is changing the auction scene in its Pirates rides to eliminate what many fans and people inside the company perceived as both body shaming and a salacious depiction of human trafficking. But there's also the larger issue of gradually changing the Pirates rides to reflect more of the modern film franchise's action-driven story and less of the Anaheim original's morality play. The wildly successful Shanghai installation — which dumped almost all of the original narrative in favor of a film-driven story with a new ride system and mix of media and practical effects — is the new standard for Pirates rides (in the view of many at Disney), not what Walt's team built in Anaheim 50 years ago.

Here is an on-ride video of the refurbished attraction in Paris:

In the new version of the auction scene, the Auctioneer is not selling the ladies, but the loot that they've brought (under gunpoint) to the Pirates. The Redhead is on the Pirates' side, brandishing a gun, which is what the drunken pirates want to buy — not the household paintings and service sets offered by the other ladies.

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July 13, 2017 at 7:38 PM · The ride pirates say "we want the redhead, we want the guns" Since, the redhead is only holding one gun, and not a whole bunch of a case of guns. It seems like a double entendre.

It also, seems contradictory to add that dialog, since Disney stopped selling any toy guns (to appease political correctness). when, they used to sell lots.

Disney will please, one liberal group, only to make another mad. Since, that phrase, tends to glorify guns.

July 13, 2017 at 9:22 PM · Fascinating talk at sites going on between "why make it so PC and whitewash history" and others pointing out a theme park ride is not to hear the truth on pirates.

Again, I go with my cousin who just took her kids to Disney and says she's happy for this as her daughters were a bit thrown by the whole bit.

July 13, 2017 at 9:41 PM · The staging of the new auction itself looks fine. I'd be curious to see a translation of exactly what is being said, though. I'm hoping they've found a way to repurpose at least some of the classic dialogue.
July 13, 2017 at 11:22 PM · Sucks. 'Nuff said.
July 13, 2017 at 11:40 PM · That refurb is absolutely top-notch, and because the DLP version has so much going on in the build up to the town scene, the Jack Sparrow additions don't seem as intrusive as in the American version.
July 14, 2017 at 5:44 AM · The Paris ride was the best version by far. Disneyland Paris needs lots of fixing, this is one of the things (like Space Mountain From The Earth to the Moon) that should have been left alone.
July 14, 2017 at 6:41 AM · They shouldn't carry guns. Guns are too frightening for kids.
July 14, 2017 at 7:47 AM · Despite the altered Auction scene, there are clear improvements on the ride.

1. More lifelike animatronics. They are really a cut above compared with Disneyland Anaheim.
2. New Barbossa animatronic with lightning effect, but they de-emphasize the skeletons at the helm, which again, changes the storyline.
3. New amazing sword fighting scene.
4. Better Jack Sparrow scenes.

July 14, 2017 at 4:39 PM · The better animatronics and the sword fighting scene have always been in the Paris version of the ride. What's changed from the original,Paris version is the movie additions and the PC auction scene.
July 16, 2017 at 1:27 AM · I personally have no idea as to why DISNEY wants to make anymore out of Jack Sparrow and it seems the movie stuff here is more random then ever. And the new auction scene and sword fight have surely nothing to do with Jack and Barbossa who just...there??? again whatever DISNEY's hype for PIRATES is now pretty strange(compared to say STAR WARS and MARVEL superheroes).

Maybe am also not impressed by the recent 5th film which randomly used the ride's imagery without truly understanding it, so seeing whole new movie-tie in stuff is odd now including that fact that am still a big fan of the much older ride before the movies but not after.

July 16, 2017 at 2:14 PM ·
July 16, 2017 at 2:16 PM · Daniel Galvan....guns frightening for kids? I bet you have no problem taking them to the movies to watch Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Marvel Comic Movies, etc. All these movies glorify violence and guns so maybe you should avoid those too; You don't want to scare your kids do you?
July 16, 2017 at 5:52 PM · I have no problem with anything in any version of POTC. I was being sarcastic to make a point lol
July 17, 2017 at 1:09 PM · A terrible move. Theme parks which are based on FANTASY do not have to be politically correct. Disney is just bastardizing Walt Disney's attractions with these changes.

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