Major news unveiled today about Disneyland Paris Pirates of Caribbean attraction which will reopen on July 24. A new pirate scene exclusive to DLP version will be introduced but the change that for sure will get the more reactions is about the “auction scene”.  As i told you last week on D&M Facebook page the legendary “auction scene” as we know it with the pirate auctioneer and the famous “we want the red head!” shout by nearby pirates will disappear to be replaced by another one that you’ll discover below. And a similar scene will be introduced at Disneyland and WDW Magic Kingdom POTC versions next year ( see renderings below ). Music from the POTC movies score will also be introduced in the ride and it’s also confirmed that the”Blue Lagoon” restaurant will have its name changed for “Captain Jack Pirates Restaurant”. Here is the full text from the Disney Parks Blog:

“When Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disneyland Paris on July 24, guests will discover new surprises as well as a band of new buccaneers. The blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” films provided the inspiration for our Imagineering team to come up with new twists and turns in our story, and a chance to introduce new characters and magic to this classic attraction.

Captain Barbossa, from the blockbuster films, will appear in the attraction for the first time, joining a skeletal crew in a scene unique to Disneyland Paris. Also, ghostly visages of Davy Jones and Blackbeard will warn that “dead men DO tell tales!”

Throughout the attraction, we’ve enhanced the show with new Audio-Animatronics figures, costumes, special effects, lighting and sound, including some of the now-classic musical themes from the films. Of course, the classic “A Pirates Life for Me!” song will continue to underscore the attraction.

You’ll even discover that a familiar character is playing a new role joining the pirates ranks and helping the local townspeople “unload” their valuables at the Mercado auction ( above artwork ).

Above, the original auction scene that will be changed at DLP, DL and WDW POTC rides. If you look at the picture of the scene as it is now and the rendering of the upcoming new scene you can see that basically all Animatronics stay at the same place they were before.

In the U.S., this famous redhead will appear in a similar scene at the Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park in 2018 following a previously scheduled refurbishment. Below, the artist’s color rendering of the new DLP, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort scenes.

Disneyland Paris guests will also discover some changes to the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, re-opening as Captain Jack’s. It seems that Captain Jack won the restaurant in a wager and is now welcoming pirates of all ages to relax over a drink and hot meal. The interior of the restaurant has been re-themed and the establishment has been staffed with a fun-loving band of pirates. The adventures set sail on July 24 in Adventureland at Disneyland Paris.”

As what i think about these changes, let’s say that i agree with what Imagineer X Atencio – who wrote the famous POTC theme song – said a few years ago answering to the question:
“In 1997, the Auctioneer sequence in the Pirates attraction was changed so that the pirates pursued women holding pies. Later they also added Jack Sparrow. Do you like the changes?

X Atencio : I liked adding Jack. The pirates chasing the gals… nobody asked me but my reaction was this is Pirates of the Caribbean not Boy Scouts of the Caribbean!”

Definitely let us know what you think about all this in the comments below!

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