Captain Jack Sparrow to Join the Audio-Animatronics Crew of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction

Classic Attraction in California and Florida Adding New Characters Inspired by

Hit Film Franchise Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Feb 02, 2006, 00:00 ET from Disneyland and Disney World

    ANAHEIM, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- First the theme
 park attraction inspired the movie -- now the movie is inspiring the
     Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic Disney theme park adventure brought
 to the big screen in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,"
 is adding new characters and features from the blockbuster entertainment
 franchise and debuting when the next adventure begins in "Pirates of the
 Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
     Both the Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in
 Florida will close the attraction in March to complete the updates in time for
 the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" on July 7.  The
 attraction will re-open at Disneyland on June 24 and in Florida's Magic
 Kingdom on July 7.
     The attraction will feature the addition of two of Hollywood's most
 infamous buccaneers, Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa.  Joining
 the wildest crew that ever sacked the Spanish Main, Captain Jack and Barbossa
 add an exciting new twist to the attraction's original storyline as they race
 to be the first to claim a cache of plundered treasure.
     "Successfully adding the popular characters from the 'Pirates of the
 Caribbean' films with the mythology of our classic attraction is an example of
 Disney synergy and Walt Disney Imagineering at its finest," said Jay Rasulo,
 chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  "These additions will result in an
 exciting new chapter for the attraction and an unforgettable experience for
 our guests, giving them another reason to come and be a part of our continuing
 50th anniversary celebration."
     Woven into some of the attraction's most memorable scenes, the rival
 swashbucklers will be seen interacting with some of the more familiar
 Audio-Animatronics buccaneers found inside the ride-thru adventure.  Also
 making a guest appearance is the ghostly Davy Jones from the second movie in
 the series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."  But new characters
 are only the beginning.  New special effects will also be added to enhance the
 "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme park experience.
     "The creative legacy of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' has come full circle
 with the attraction initially inspiring our highly successful film franchise
 and now the films inspiring exciting additions to the attraction itself," said
 Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.  "The attraction enhancements
 capture the same spirit, swashbuckling humor and action that moviegoers loved
 in the first 'Pirates of the Caribbean' which will continue with the highly
 anticipated new tales this summer and beyond."
     Created under the direct creative supervision of Walt Disney himself,
 Pirates of the Caribbean is the quintessential Disney theme park adventure, a
 swashbuckling voyage that transports guests back to the days when pirates and
 privateers roamed the Spanish Main.  Starring a comical cast of rascals,
 scoundrels, villains and knaves, the world-famous attraction sends guests of
 all ages on a boat ride through mysterious caverns where "Dead men tell no
 tales" and then into a colonial era Caribbean seaport under siege by a band of
 fun-loving pirates.  The attraction's jaunty theme song, "Yo Ho (A Pirate's
 Life for Me)," sets the show's light tone with its tongue-in-cheek depiction
 of high-seas lawlessness.
     The original incarnation of Pirates of the Caribbean premiered on
 March 18, 1967, in New Orleans Square at Disneyland in California.  Featuring
 more than 120 Audio-Animatronics performers, lavishly decorated sets and
 special effects, it's considered to be one of the most spectacular and
 enduring attractions ever created for a theme park.  With its setting revised
 slightly to fit a Caribbean Plaza location in Adventureland, the attraction
 opened to guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on December 15, 1973.
 More than 500 million people have experienced the rollicking fun of Pirates of
 the Caribbean in California and Florida over the past 39 years.
     "Enhancing the classic Pirates attractions with new characters and new
 technology will ensure their relevance and place in Disney theme parks as
 timeless adventures," said Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative executive for Walt
 Disney Imagineering.  "We're adding a layer of storytelling from the films to
 the attraction while retaining all the familiar elements that make it vibrant
 and exciting for every age group."
     The Pirates of the Caribbean additions are one part of the "Happiest
 Celebration on Earth," an 18-month salute (continuing through 2006) to
 50 years of Disney park magic around the globe that started with the opening
 of Walt Disney's original park, Disneyland, in 1955.

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