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Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort Reopens with New Auction Scene

Pirates of the Caribbean reopened at Magic Kingdom Park and guests were  introduced to the new version of the attraction’s auction scene we first announced last summer.

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.

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

Check out a sneak peek at what this new scene will look like in the photo above.

As we previously shared, the auction scene in the attraction at Disneyland Paris received a similar revision last year. Disneyland park will also receive similar updates to its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction later this spring, with work beginning April 23.

New Photo Capture Coming to Pirates of Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park on June 19

New Photo Capture Coming to Pirates of Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park on June 19

Are ye courageous enough to venture into the 17th century when scalawags and buccaneers ruled the seas of the Spanish Main? For those brave (or foolish) enough to proceed, navigate to Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park to begin your high-seas adventure.

Beginning June 19, Disney PhotoPass Service will be at the helm ready to capture whether a pirate’s life is for you, or if you’re more likely to strike your colors and run up a white flag.

As you prepare to exit a haunted grotto and dive into the Golden Age of Piracy, a Disney PhotoPass camera will capture the perfect treasure of your swashbuckling voyage. Properly warned ye be, says I!

New Photo Capture Coming to Pirates of Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park on June 19

To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing an active MagicBand linked to your My Disney Experience account. Your photo will be automatically associated to your account, where it can be viewed at and in the My Disney Experience mobile app alongside all of your vacation memories from Disney PhotoPass Service.

Don’t maroon a single vacation photo – you can receive all of your Disney PhotoPass vacation photos from Walt Disney World Resort, including attraction photos, with Memory Maker.*

Prepare to make sail!

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Disney Unveils Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove

As part of The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled creative details including the first-ever Pirates-themed land and a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction designed for the Shanghai Disney Resort.


“Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic attractions in our parks, and we really couldn’t imagine Shanghai Disneyland without Pirates,” said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO. “We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience that would appeal to our Chinese guests while remaining true to its Disney heritage.”


For the first time ever, a Disney Park will be home to a Pirates-themed land—Treasure Cove—and an e-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure. The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation to bring guests along a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing our guests who visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park an experience unlike anything else in the world.


“We are extremely proud of all the work underway to bring the Shanghai Disney Resort to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “And we’re excited to re-imagine the iconic world and characters of Pirates for the first time as an entire land that celebrates the creativity, imagination and adventure of both the fan favorite attraction and the popular film franchise.”


The announcement coincides with the completion of key structural work on the Pirates attraction, and marks another exciting milestone in the resort development. Progress continues with construction and Shanghai Disney Resort remains on target to open by the end of 2015.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Marks 40 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

Pirates of the Caribbean, a guest-favorite attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, will marked its 40th anniversary at the Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday, December 15.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The first Pirates of the Caribbean, which transports guests back to a Caribbean filled with pirate treasure, blasting cannons, sword fights and songs, opened at Disneyland park in 1967. The attraction debuted at Magic Kingdom Park in 1973, serving as one of the park’s first major additions after its 1971 opening.

Over the years, only a few changes have been made to the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort, notably the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise in 2006. Villains Davy Jones and Black Beard were also added later on in the form of ghostly apparitions.

In honor of the attraction’s anniversary, check out the video clip below, in which Walt himself shares his excitement on plans for Pirates of the Caribbean.


According to Disney Parks Blog, Pirates of the Caribbean was one of the last attractions Walt Disney personally oversaw the creation of back in the 1960s. During planning, Walt constructed a team Walt Disney Imagineers that included (now Disney Legends) Claude Coats, Blaine Gibson, X. Atencio and Marc Davis.

What is your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean memory?

Disneyland Attractions Just For Toddlers

There are so many attractions that are geared specifically towards young children that not only will your child have a great time, but you’ll get to see an old favorite through new eyes.

If you’re thinking of taking your kids to Disneyland and have a baby or toddler, don’t listen to people who will tell you not to take the younger child. There are so many attractions that are geared specifically towards young children that not only will your child have a great time, but you’ll get to see an old favorite through new eyes.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train Ride, located in Fantasyland, will be a big hit with the toddlers in your group. You ride in little wild animal cages while Casey chugs along saying “I think I can”, just as he did in the classic movie, Dumbo. As you ride along there are many miniature villages, and toddlers will have a great time matching the villages to the appropriate Disney character.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train Ride, located in Fantasyland, will be a big hit with the toddlers in your group

In Tomorrowland you can visit the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster ride and get his or her own laser gun that even a toddler can operate. The adults and older children can earn points by aiming at specific targets, but the younger kids just accumulate their points by waving the laser gun. Word has it that you should take your toddler on the ride so that there is someone that you have a chance of beating.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which you can find in New Orleans Square, you can wear an eye patch and sing yo ho ho along with all the other pirates. Your child will probably want you to sing the song with them for the rest of the day, but a happy child is well worth the strange looks you may get.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which you can find in New Orleans Square, you can wear an eye patch and sing yo ho ho along with all the other pirates.

On Main Street U.S.A. you can find The Baby Center where you can take a well-earned break while your child enjoys the toddler sized chairs and tables. There are coloring supplies to keep them busy, as well as changing tables, and baby supplies. After a little down time in this air conditioned facility, you and your child will be refreshed and ready to hit the park again.

It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

“Celebrate the Magic” is a new nighttime projection show coming to Magic Kingdom Park. It pays tribute to the artistry and imagination of Disney stories, from beloved classics to contemporary favorites.

It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

As the show begins, Tinker Bell appears to fly around Cinderella Castle, weaving in and out of the turrets. She splashes pixie dust on the castle, transforming it into a spectacular piece of living art. As the pixie dust subsides, we are taken back to the beginnings of pencil animation, and we see Walt Disney, the original magic maker, drawing Mickey Mouse. With a little magic from Tinker Bell, Walt’s paintbrush flies off the page and comes to life, creating imagery that carries us away on a fantastic journey.

It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park  It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

We travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, soar high above the Big Top with Dumbo and visit the African savanna with Simba. Our adventure takes us into the worlds of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Brave,” and at one point, Cinderella Castle is even reimagined as the 8-bit video game home of the Nicelanders in Disney’s newest smash, “Wreck-It Ralph.” The whole show comes full circle for a magical finale filled with wonder and emotion.

It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park  It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

“’Celebrate the Magic’ draws its inspiration from the love we all share for Disney’s memorable characters, their stories and the imagination that brought them to life,” says Show Director Katy Harris. “The team has been able to combine advances in technology with spectacular imagery and a stirring musical score to create a stunning and immersive way of storytelling. ‘Celebrate the Magic’ takes us on a journey full of wonderful moments our guests will never forget.”

As a special treat, “Celebrate the Magic” debuts with a segment of the show created just for the holiday season, featuring the return of the gingerbread castle seen during our original projection show, “The Magic, The Memories and You!”

Fans of the seasonal updates to that show will also be pleased to learn the tradition will continue with “Celebrate the Magic.” Look for the arrival of favorite Disney couples in January, a trip to the beach with “Lilo & Stitch” and “The Little Mermaid” during the summer months, and an influx of Disney villains in time for next Halloween.
“Celebrate the Magic” will be presented most evenings at Magic Kingdom Park, beginning this week!

Mermaids Make a Splashing Debut at Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort

Last month, we hinted here that something from the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” would be added into the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Mermaids Make a Splashing Debut at Pirates of the Caribbean

These new additions, the lovely (but also dangerous) Mermaids of Whitecap Bay, recently made their debut at the attraction. You can spot them early on in the attraction’s grotto scene, where you can spy a mermaid skeleton and possibly even catch them swimming alongside your boat. You can also hear a mermaid beckon you with her siren song just before your drop into the pirate battle. Additional rockwork and props have also been added into the Dead Man’s Cove scene.

This isn’t the first time something from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise has debuted at our Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Famous faces from the film, including Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, and most recently the ghostly apparitions of knaves Davy Jones and Blackbeard, have all materialized over the years.

Which addition has been your favorite? Tell us in the “comments” section below.

Ahoy! Changes Are Afoot at Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I’m excited to have a bit of news to share on one of my all-time favorite attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean here at Magic Kingdom Park.

This classic Disney attraction, which inspired a four-part film franchise, has undergone a few changes in recent years due to the success of these movies. First, Captain Jack Sparrow made his debut at the attraction, then Captain Barbossa (pictured above) appeared aboard a pirate ship. More recently, the ghostly apparitions of knaves Davy Jones and Blackbeard have materialized.

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering dropped us a line today to let us know that something from the most recent film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” is about to be added to the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort. Can you guess what it is?

Updates to the attraction will be made overnight, so Pirates of the Caribbean will remain open to guests during park hours.

Keep a weather eye on the Kingdom Magic Vacations Blog for more details!

Animating the Disney Parks: Marc Davis

Marc Davis

So far, we’ve covered how Claude Coats and Herb Ryman brought their skills as artists to the creation of the Disneyland Resort; this week, we finish the “Animating the Disney Parks” series with a look at the contributions of Disney Legend and animator Marc Davis. At D23’s Destination D event last month, Imagineer Tom Morris shared insights and remembrances about this remarkable artist.

One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, Marc Davis started with Disney in 1935 as an animator on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” He went on to create iconic Disney characters like Bambi, Cinderella and Tinker Bell. When the time came to develop Disneyland, Davis brought his skills in story and character development to bring attractions to life within the park.

 Pirates of the Caribbean through the eyes of an animator and storyteller

“If the parks didn’t have great animators from the Walt Disney Studio,” Morris said, “I don’t think Disneyland would be what it is today.” Davis, he said, approached an attraction like Pirates of the Caribbean through the eyes of an animator and storyteller.

“I drew every scene you see there as an animator would,” Davis once said regarding the attraction – whose characters were brought to life with the help of his wife and fellow Disney Legend, Alice Davis.

Disneyland's  Jungle Cruise

Davis also brought his animator’s eye to attractions like “it’s a small world,” Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise. Two scenes personally added by Davis to the Jungle Cruise – the elephant pool and the trapped safari – have become guest favorites throughout the attraction’s 57-year history.

Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend D23’s Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel. I listened to a fascinating presentation, “Animating the Disney Parks,” featuring Eddie Sotto and Imagineers Tony Baxter and Tom Morris. Each Imagineer shared the story of how legendary Disney animators and artists became the first Imagineers during the early development of Disneyland and then the Walt Disney World Resort.

Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Tony Baxter, Walt Disney Imagineering senior vice president of creative development, got the discussion started with the story of his mentor, Claude Coats. Originally in 1935 as a background painter, Coats created the worlds of “Pinocchio,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Lady and the Tramp.” His backgrounds created a sense of place, Baxter said, much like WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) would do in theme parks.

When Walt Disney was creating Disneyland, the talents of his animators were needed for this new medium. As Baxter recalled, Coats’ experience working on “Lady and the Tramp,” especially, gave him the inspiration to look at the world from an altered perspective – inspiration that would later lead to real-life experiences like Storybook Land Canal Boats and Adventure Thru Inner Space.

“Disneyland defined the ability to take you out of the world you live in,” Baxter said.

scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean

Coats was trained in architecture, Baxter said, which gave credibility to the environments he created. When the scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean were being developed, it was Coats who had the idea to paint the ceiling black, creating the illusion of a night sky and making the ceiling disappear – giving guests the sense of being outside at night.

Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad

You can see Coats’ background painting talents for yourself today in the Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad.

Check back for more from “Animating the Disney Parks” – next time, we’ll focus on another master of creating a sense of place, Herb Ryman.

New Female Pirate Meet and Greet with Angelica at the Magic Kingdom

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Angelica Pirates 4 at Magic KingdomA PIRATE’S LIFE FOR HER: Angelica, a new pirate character appearing in the worldwide hit motion picture “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” from Walt Disney Pictures (aka Penelope Cruz), now meets Adventureland guests in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Angelica can also be seen in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park in California. (Diana Zalucky, Disney photographer).

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Annie Leibovitz Captures Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

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The newest addition to the Disney Dream Portrait Series shot by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz is none other than Pirates of the Caribbean scallyway Jack Sparrow.  Johnny Depp is joined by cohort pirate’ess’ Patti Smith in these stunning images which will grace the pages of O – The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, InStyle and People.

Johnny Depp photo by Annie Liebovitz

Depp and Smith Pirates photo by Annie Liebovitz

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The Pirates League Sets Sail in Magic Kingdom June 29

piratesleague300LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Calling all scoundrels, rogues and ne’er-do-wells – Captain Jack and the crew of the Black Pearl want you.
Starting in late June, the Pearl drops anchor in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom for The Pirates League, recruiting and training Walt Disney World guests of all ages in the scurrilous ways of buccaneers.
Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled pirate’s lair gets an official pirate name.  Then it’s off to Muster Station for applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars, earrings and gold teeth – all done with the savvy skill of a veteran pirate who shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures.
After the new buccaneers recite a sacred pirate oath, they are officially part of Captain Jack’s motley crew, leaving their old identities behind.  Past a hidden portal and into the treasure room, the shipmates have their “pirate portrait” taken before being turned loose on an unsuspecting Adventureland – and no doubt feeling right at home at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Guests can choose from three daily pirate packages:

  • First Mate Package: Includes bandana; choice of facial effects; scars; tattoos; fake teeth; earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5×7-inch photo; and personalized pirate oath — $49.95 plus tax.
  • Empress Package: Includes bandana; shimmering makeup; face gem; tattoos; nail polish; earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5×7-inch photo; and personalized pirate oath — $49.95 plus tax.
  • Captains Package: Includes choice of costume/outfit from selection; choice of facial effects; scars; tattoos; fake teeth; earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate  coin necklace; three 5×7-inch photos; and personalized pirate oath — $124.95 plus tax. 

Newly donned swashbucklers can test their pirate prowess on the streets of Adventureland where they search for clues and discover treasures.  And for mateys who need a little more training, learn the secrets for survival by the captain himself during “Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial.”
Boys, girls and grownups ready for the pirate life can start the process by calling 407/WDW-CREW beginning May 11.

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