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.