Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean rides get updated
For the last 50 years the ever-famous Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney’s World Magic Kingdom in Orlando have attracted people from all over the world.
According to USA Today, the beloved ride is now politically correct as it changed a scene which used to feature women being auctioned and sold.
However, in the place of women are chickens and goods.
The ride now features a female pirate named Redd.
Rather than being in a girly wedding dress and auctioning off her hand in marriage, Redd will be a pirate trading goods herself.
Pirates of the Caribbean opened in 1967 and was the last Disneyland attraction that Walt Disney personally supervised.
Sadly Disney died two months before the ride opened. Pirates is one of the theme parks most well known attractions.
The ride got a lot of attention in 2003 with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Response to the changes USA Today reports, is mixed as some fans are wanting to keep the ride’s originality and others appreciate the statement its making.
Kathy Mangum, regional executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Atlantic, and her team were in charge of making the changes and consulted with several historians, women's groups and company executives.
They weren't sure what to do in the beginning.
They were eventually inspired by former creative leader of Imagineering and right-hand man to Walt Disney, Marty Sklar, who told them Disney himself would make changes to the ride.
Yet it was something more inspiring that helped Mangum to move forward.
“I kept thinking of a little girl riding that boat right now,” the Imagineer says. “Is this a scene we want her to be seeing?”
To update the ride, the team studied the drawings of the original lead designer Marc Davis.
They established the theme of “respectful to the tone and the sense of humor” that Davis embodied originally.
“If you put the [original and revised] scenes side by side and crossed your eyes, you might not even notice the difference,” she adds.
As a result of the changes Disney made a Redd character who meets and greets visitors in the park’s New Orleans Square.
The article reports, this isn’t the first time the ride has altered misogynistic scenes. There used to be scenes in which pirates would chase women but now women chase the pirates.
Park goers have enjoyed the changes and many appreciate the new scene as well as Redd’s greetings.
Information provided by Arthur Levine of USA Today.
The Gayly. 8/18/2018 5:13 p.m. CST.