Pirates of the Caribbean to See Updated Auction Scene

by on June 29, 2017 21 Comments

Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL)

Today, the Disney Parks Blog was discussing the new changes at Disneyland Paris’ Pirates of the Caribbean, but they also shared a tiny tidbit of information about the status of one particular scene at both U.S. versions of the attraction.

The famous auction scene will be seeing an update. Currently, the scene showcases the auctioneer pirate who is attempting to auction off a bride, however soon all that will be changing. Instead, Guests will see the redhead touting a gun, as she has joined the pirates ranks. In addition, now the townspeople will be seen unloading valuables and auctioning those off instead.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene

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Both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland‘s versions will be going under the knife to receive this particular change. While no date has officially been announced for when these changes will actually be occurring, Disney did mention in the article that the updates would be done during scheduled refurbishments that are set to take place in 2018.

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Posted on June 29, 2017

21 Responses to “Pirates of the Caribbean to See Updated Auction Scene”

  • I’m generally one for keeping the original versions intact, but I’m okay with this change.

    • I’m kinda the opposite. I’m pretty for changing things when they’re offensive, and I understand that this might be, but it’s maybe my favorite scene in the ride. I’m definitely bummed.

  • That is great news! I look forward to seeing the updated scene. I also liked when Jasmine’s costume became more covered-up… now if we can only get the Carrousel of Progress to move away from the lyrics saying “man has a dream” and make it gender-neutral.

  • I’m surpisingly okay with this change. I usually against making major changes to classic rides, but given it’s a scene that shows women being sold as “wives” in a weirdly light-hearted tone I’m a bit amazed it’s lasted this long as is. I’ll be a little bummed to see the change, but can’t bring myself to be upset about it.

  • This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. Isn’t a women pirate even more disreputable than a man back in those days. How do you think they became pirates? Murdering, burning and plundering cities. Also I wouldn’t say the red head seems very upset by it since she was already in a disreputable business according to the way she was dressed. Aren’t we just exchanging her from before she was sold to after she was sold and became a pirate?

  • I like this scene as it is.

    I’m reminded of Carrie Fisher’s response to criticism about the slave scene in Star Wars: The father who flipped out about it: “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Carrie Fisher: “Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”

    These women in the POTC scene? They do what Princess Leia did. Wait until the moment is right, then kick (rhymes with bass). Doesn’t anyone remember the very next scene? The one where the would‐be subjugators are running scared? I look at this and see female empowerment. I’m happy to take my daughter on this ride and laugh with her when we see exactly what the pirates have brought upon themselves in their ignorance and arrogance.

    I’ll be sad to see it replaced with something mundane.

    • Except that that isn’t the way the scene played in the original version—the women never go the upper hand in this ride until the ’90s “PC revamp” allowed them to. This is just another step in the direction of decency.

    • Kick ace?

  • by Cassandra Lease on July 1, 2017, at 1:08 pm EDT

    I wouldn’t have been too broken up if they never changed the scene, but I’m okay with the changes they’re describing. For all the complaining I’ve been seeing about “PC BS,” this seems like a business decision to me. Yes, Disney probably doesn’t like the optics of a human trafficking scene anymore, but how many times have complaints and boycotts directed at them fallen on deaf ears? Would they really capitulate now when the scene has been intact from decades? No, as friends of mine have pointed out, this feels like a business decision, a way to welcome girls into the Pirates fandom and maybe a break from their past philosophy of total market segregation. I have no doubt they have a ton of Pirate Redhead merch just waiting to flood the shops once the refurbishment is done. It’s also a great way to maintain a beloved animatronic figure while paying tribute to the female pirates of both history and the Pirates film franchise.

    Disney changes all the time, for good or ill. This feels like a good one, and hardly cause for cursing their name as I did when they redid Journey Into Imagination or closed the Adventurer’s Club.

  • Animals can’t talk.
    Children can’t fly.
    There are no mermaids.
    So unless you’re ok with anthropomorphism, fantasy, make-believe and humor, please please
    Just. Stay. Home.

    • Yes, but women are sold into sexual slavery every day in the real world. So, you know, it’s not necessarily super funny.

      • by Rob Crawford on July 10, 2017, at 11:48 am EDT

        *sigh*

        Meanwhile, a few seconds later, a group of men are in danger of burning to death. Earlier on the same ride, we saw a group of men who slaughtered each other over treasure. Oh, and people firing cannons at one another.

        Oh, and Captain Jack letting an innocent man be tortured rather than turn himself in.

  • My main concern has more to do with the Auctioneer’s voice, will it be totally replaced? I hope they can keep it mostly sounding the same

  • They already have merchandise out with the redheaded pirate. If you look at the new blog about through the years collection at D23 you can see one. https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/through-the-years-collections-will-celebrate-key-milestones-at-disney-parks-during-d23-expo-2017/