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No fanfare for the 50th anniversary of Pirates

Discussion in 'Disneyland Resort' started by Kira Nerys, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    I know it's down for a mysterious refurb and that it reopens just in time for the 50th. But I'm finding the complete lack of mention that it's turning 50 in a matter of weeks somewhat disturbing. Disney is so blase about it, I'm expecting disappointment when the ride reopens with the movie changes and some corny tie-in to the new movie. Are they completely botching this, or am I just being my usual pedantic self?
     
  2. 180º

    180º Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if they'll put in references to the new film, but I'm with you, disappointed the attraction isn't getting any publicity for a huge anniversary. 50 is a landmark year and Pirates is a landmark ride. Mansion got an enormous 40th celebration, so what gives?

    Well, at least we got a new fleet of boats!
     
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  3. raven24

    raven24 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, the anniversary should have at least been mentioned. We've gotten nothing. I will be so very disappointed if Disney skips this. Pirates is one of my favorites.
     
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  4. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it's really weird when you consider some of things they do make a big deal about - like dance parties coming in 6 months. I feel like they made a bigger deal about HM's 45th. 50 is a much bigger milestone so I'm surprised nothing has been mentioned.

    Side note: Hopefully there are no unwanted surprises when POTC reopens. Like the auctioneer looking for Jack Sparrow now too. Also, If they ever remove our talking skull like they did in WDW their will be hell to pay.

    EDIT: only thing I've seen is a pin set they displayed In one of the Disney parks blogs.
     
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  5. SuddenStorm

    SuddenStorm Well-Known Member

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    I was told they'd have a Kiera Knightley animatronic shifting her cargo and showing us her "larboard side"
     
  6. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    Lol, I may be willing to turn a blind eye to that change.

    EDIT: but then again I would want to use both eyes.
     
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  7. boxes&books

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    They got rid of the old boats and replaced them with new ones? This is news to me. Been a while since I've been on that attraction.
     
  8. HMF

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    Probably, because they want to keep the illusion in the public consciousness that the ride is based on the movie which sadly more and more people believe everyday.
     
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  9. HMF

    HMF Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't worry too much about that. The WDW Talking Skull never made much sense anyway.
     
  10. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    Why didn't it make sense?
     
  11. SuddenStorm

    SuddenStorm Well-Known Member

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    Wait- is it confirmed that they're replacing all the boats with this refurb?
     
  12. HMF

    HMF Well-Known Member

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    Well, in the WDW version, you are supposed to believe that you are in a fort under attack by Pirates and you boarded boats that were supposed to escort you to safety. The boats took a detour through the caves where skeletons of dead pirates were The Talking skull was right before the drop into the Battle Scene. Contrast that with the DL Version which is a time travel story you board your boat travel through the Bayou The Talking Skull marks the entrance to the grotto. You go down two waterfalls go through the grotto, see the skeletons of the Pirates. Go through a time portal represented by the Davy Jones mist screen and travel back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean the upramp at the end returns you to the present day. You can read more about it here.
    http://strangefrighteningsoundsblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-ravaging-rant-about-pirates-of.html
     
  13. 180º

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    We've been steadily getting more and more new boats since about two years ago, starting with just one or two cycling and now they probably make up over half the fleet. I welcome them. They're a huge improvement over WDW's recent boats, which thankfully wouldn't have worked in our ride. @Old Mouseketeer had all the scoop.
     
  14. SSG

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    What about her superstructure?
     
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    "Say, have you set your eyes on the bewitched maiden in your travels? Oh she be a lively lassie she were. Oh I tell you true. It's alright to hoist me colours on the likes of that she little wench! Favor, keep a weathered eye open, mateys. I be willing to share I be!"
     
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    Wasn't there supposed to be some weekend party in March?
     
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    Boy I hope so. I made ressies for that weekend months ago and have an all PotC lanyard ready!
     
  18. JD2000

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    I can't help but get depressed they didn't take this opportunity and celebrate the 50th with a nostalgic marketing opportunity; and revert everything back to the way it once was before all the changes (and additions) that occurred from the movie tie-in and political correctness. We should all be in agreement the movie tie-in was nothing more then marketing to promote the franchise and sell it's merchandise, and if they are going to be all 'politically correct' to satisfy a few people that have no sense of humor and take everything far too seriously; they'd really need to change (or even remove) the entire attraction; as pirates were not just thieves but murderers, rapists, and such.
     
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  19. SuddenStorm

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    The still could market it, I think they're still pushing MSEP pretty hard. This might pick up marketing in March, then go till they start promoting the ROA and Fantasmic!. For Haunted they did a CD release, and a ton of merchandise. I was hoping for a talking skull replica that could talk and would play back the audio.
     
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  20. mickEblu

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    I'd be willing to spend a pretty penny on a talkin skull replica. The one they released during DLs 50th looks Ok but it could be better.
     

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