On Thursday afternoon, the Disney Parks Blog officially announced that there will be major changes coming to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in both domestic parks. The Redhead has been showing her figure in the ride since it opened 50 years ago on March 18, 1967.
The character known as "the redhead" ― the object of affection as the pirates shout "we wants the redhead" ― will enjoy a role reversal.
Now, the women being chased by the Pirates are carrying trays of food instead of simply running for the lives. Kathy Mangum, senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement to the OC Register.
The famous auction scene with the redhead in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is going to be changing.
Disneyland is going to remove the bride auction scene from the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Then, of course, along came the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise to reinvigorate Disneyphiles love of the animatronic boat ride.
This isn't the only change Disney has made to the ride in recent years, notes the Los Angeles Times.
Marty Sklar, the former vice chair of Walt Disney Imagineering, who worked alongside Walt Disney for many years, said that Walt always wanted Disneyland to grow and change, with some of those changes starting right after the park opened in 1955.
The redesigned scene will be included in the Disneyland Paris version of the ride, which reopens after an extended refurbishment on July 24. Captain Jack Sparrow has been added in to the experience via a series of animatronics that have the savvy pirate hiding throughout the ride.
In the current version of the ride, the scene depicts a market in which women are auctioned off, which, though someone somewhere apparently have thought it made some sense in the context of the pirate-themed ride, doesn't exactly send a message of empowerment to visitors.
But the fact that those scenes were updated while the bride auction remained intact rankled some even more. I can't think of a single attraction that has not been enhanced and improved, some over and over again.
These changes will occur during scheduled refurbishments in 2018.