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  • Disney's Pirates revamped ride: Plunder or Blunder - Los Angeles Times 6/19/06

    Disney's Revamped Pirates Ride: Plunder or Blunder?

    The renovated Pirates of the Caribbean attraction will look more like the films it inspired. But some fans feel it’s taking marketing too far.

    By Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
    June 19, 2006

    Purist fans of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride are wishing they could force company officials to walk the plank for doing the unthinkable.

    The classic attraction, which turns 40 next year, is getting an overhaul timed to coincide with the movie premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the second in a trilogy of films starring Johnny Depp. When the popular ride reopens June 26, it will look a lot more like the movie series that it inspired, complete with swashbuckler Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Capt. Barbossa.

    Internet message boards have been in mutiny for months, with fans debating whether Disney is taking corporate synergy and marketing too far — and that's saying a lot for a company that capitalizes on just about every character tie-in imaginable.

    "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" grumbled fan Candy Richter, 39, who grew up riding Pirates of the Caribbean. "I think it's really lamentable when society feels that they need to go back and adjust their pop culture icons to fit whatever new spawns out.... I don't think people are going in Haunted Mansion and wondering where the Eddie Murphy character is."

    In a break from its ride-opening tradition, Disney is not giving any sneak peeks, not even to park employees, until after the movie's celebrity-studded premiere at the Anaheim theme park Saturday. The movie is set for wide release July 7.

    Disney is banking that fans, even the die-hards, will not be disappointed.
    Full article at http://www.latimes.com/

    Pirates points

    • Ride opened at Disneyland on March 18, 1967

    • Cost of original construction: $8 million

    • Audio-animatronics cast: 68 people, 54 animals

    • Length of canal: 1,838 feet

    • The three-level ride is housed in two buildings totaling 112,826 square feet.

    • More than 400 Disney Imagineers have worked in California and Florida over the last three years to update the ride.

    • More than 270 speakers have been replaced throughout the attraction.

    • It took three days to empty and refill the "bayou's" 750,000 gallons of water.

    • The enhanced "Treasure Cache" scene includes more than 400,000 new gold coins and set pieces.Source: Disneyland
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Disney's Pirates revamped ride: Plunder or Blunder - Los Angeles Times 6/19/06

    I just don't think that it will alter the ride as so much to damage it. It's not like they are completely changing out the ride to fit the exact movie storylines. I'll pass judgement on it when I ride it. I welcome the additions, especially the ones to the audio, lighting, and all that technical stuff. The cosmetic changes just make me interested to see how they freshened up some of the scenes.

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      Re: Disney's Pirates revamped ride: Plunder or Blunder - Los Angeles Times 6/19/06

      Cry me a river

      You can't compare the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean films. That's comparing apples and oranges.

      But it's the same stuff we've heard before.




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        Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

        Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies

        The renovated Pirates of the Caribbean attraction will look more like the films it inspired. But some fans feel it's taking marketing too far.
        By Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
        June 19, 2006

        Full story at : http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...ack=crosspromo

        Purist fans of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride are wishing they could force company officials to walk the plank for doing the unthinkable.

        The classic attraction, which turns 40 next year, is getting an overhaul timed to coincide with the movie premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the second in a trilogy of films starring Johnny Depp. When the popular ride reopens June 26, it will look a lot more like the movie series that it inspired, complete with swashbuckler Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Capt. Barbossa.

        Internet message boards have been in mutiny for months, with fans debating whether Disney is taking corporate synergy and marketing too far — and that's saying a lot for a company that capitalizes on just about every character tie-in imaginable.
        Growing older is manditory
        Growing up is however, optional

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        • #5
          Re: Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

          Oh, dang! OogieBoogie got scooped!
          Click

          Just kidding. We may want to merge...

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            Re: Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

            Originally posted by Gemini Cricket
            Oh, dang! OogieBoogie got scooped!
            Click

            Just kidding. We may want to merge...
            I posted this LA Times story last night, but thanks to you both!
            http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28850
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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            • #7
              Re: Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

              Originally posted by ALIASd
              I posted this LA Times story last night, but thanks to you both!
              http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28850
              I didn't see it. Sorry.
              Growing older is manditory
              Growing up is however, optional

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              • #8
                Re: Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

                Originally posted by OogieBoogie
                I didn't see it. Sorry.
                Not a problem, it's a nice article. And they changed the online title of it since I read it last night which happens frequently.
                "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                • #9
                  Re: Disney's Pirates Ride: Just Like in the Movies - LATimes.com

                  Originally posted by ALIASd
                  I posted this LA Times story last night, but thanks to you both!
                  http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28850
                  Dang! We both got owned.

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