Dead men tell no tales, but controversy speaks volumes - enough so that the Walt Disney World resort has reopened its classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride without a particularly memorable scene depicting a band of women being sold into marriage against their will.
The original "Pirates of the Caribbean" redhead auction scene seen in August 2017.. Guests climb into a small boat and ride through a cavernous attraction depicting a small Caribbean town overrun by singing, often drunken animatronic pirates engaged in various dastardly deeds.
"Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to "keep moving forward" since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years", Mangum said. Now that Disney has become aware of this, the scene that once had a redheaded character named Redd as part of a "wench sale" with signs that read "Auction take a wench for a bride" has changed with the times.
The entertainment giant had announced a year ago that the scene would be changed. The ride was subsequently installed at four other Disney theme parks. Imagnineers put trays of food into the women's hands back in 1977, to imply that the pirates were chasing food instead of the women.
"The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople's most prized possessions and goods", Disney SVP Kathy Mangum explained on the Disney Parks blog.
The new "Pirates" ride opened on Monday in Orlando.
"Nobody asked me, but my reaction was, this is Pirates of the Caribbean not Boy Scouts of the Caribbean", legendary Disney "Imagineer" X Atencio, who wrote the rides iconic Yo Ho song, said in a 2016 interview with D23, the companys official fan club.
In June, Disneyland Paris made the changes to its park, replacing the "wenches" auctioned off with the pirate named Redd.
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