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Disney Parks to replace “Pirates of the Caribbean” bride auction, arming famous redhead with all-new role

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One of the Disney theme parks’ most famous, popular, and enduring attractions is going to be seeing another big change next year. In 2018, during a scheduled refurbishment of the ride, the infamous “Bride Auction” scene in Pirates of the Caribbean at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be getting a complete overhaul, altering the roles of the Auctioneer, the Redhead, and the rest of the characters participating in the Mercado auction.


UPDATE (7/13/17): Disneyland Paris has debuted their updated scene featuring the redhead, exactly as depicted in the previously-released artwork. Take a look in the video below.


This news comes about twenty years after several notable changes were made in other parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride on both coasts, altering scenes to give different, less controversial contexts to pirates chasing women or vice-versa. The Bride Auction is such an iconic setpiece, however, that this new modification is bound to stir up even bigger controversy among long-time Disney fans.

Imagineering Ambassador and Disney Legend Marty Sklar had this to say about the new updates: “Pirates of the Caribbean has always represented great Disney Park storytelling; it has set the standard for the theme park industry for half a century! But it’s a story you can continue to add fun to, with great characters in new ‘performances.’ That’s what the Imagineers have done with this new auction scene—it’s like a theatre show with a new act.”

“To me, the Imagineers are simply reflecting what Walt started the day Disneyland opened—making changes that create exciting new experiences for our guests. I can’t think of a single attraction that has not been enhanced and improved, some over and over again. Change is a tradition at Disneyland that today’s Imagineers practice—they learned it from their mentors, many of them Walt’s original team of storytellers and designers—the Disney Legends.”

In the new scene, the Redhead will now hold a rifle, as she helps townspeople unload their loot under the command of the pirate scourge. It appears as though “wenches” are no longer being auctioned off as brides whatsoever, and we can only guess that cries of “We wants the redhead!” will be removed from the ride entirely.

“Our team thought long and hard about how best to update this scene. Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate! We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio, and the other Disney Legends who first brought this classic to life,” said Kathy Mangum of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Disney made this announcement today in conjunction with additions coming to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Paris, wherein Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films will be making his first appearance as an animatronic character, “joining a skeletal crew in a scene unique to Disneyland Paris.”

Other changes coming to Pirates at Disneyland Paris include the re-branding of the Blue Lagoon Restaurant as Captain Jack’s, now open to all ages and re-themed to fit in the mythology of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, as it seems Captain Jack Sparrow has won the eatery in a wager.

These new adventures “set sail” on July 24th at Disneyland Paris, but the surprising transformation to the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World won’t happen until sometime next year.

42 Comments

  1. Michael Hemphill

    This is awful! It adds nothing to the original scene and it smells of SJW agenda…

  2. Aaron Cobb

    I agree this is such a bunch of garbage been going to Disney World since 1979 and this is disgraceful I’m considering not renewing my annual passes. Very sad?

  3. Linda Axel

    As a female pirate. Who just happens to be a redhead. I love it.

  4. Edward Mazzilli

    Geez! Some of the comments here aren’t very nice. Why is it so bad to have a female pirate? There were female pirates back in the pirate age.

  5. CTrent29

    I don’t mind if a female pirate was added to the ride. But why undergo a major re-haul of the auction scene to do it?

  6. CD

    I am happy about this change. I don’t like the auction scene. Besides, Disney is always making changes and, in my opinion, they are always for the better. This is what imagineers do! They are amazing! I, for one, will remain a proud AP holder and look forward to the re-do and all the other Disney magic that is in the works.

    1. Sherry

      Imagineers should be creating new and original rides and attractions, not changing iconic scenes in legendary attractions.

  7. Jeremy Perkins

    So now Disney is bowing down to the SJW’s. They first bowed down to the muslims by covering Princess Jasmine’s costume so as to not “offend” muslims who believe in FGM and arresting women who have been assaulted.

    1. Mia

      Seriously? Her costume’s only covered when it’s colder, for reasons that are pretty obvious to anyone with a brain.

  8. Absolutely pathetic. Disney needs to ignore the SJWs and the PC crowd. Disney needs to bring the ride back to its 1967 glory and hopefully a new management will do just that and drain the swamp of PC and Captain Jack, not only making POTC great again, but making Disneyland great again. Let the PC police and SJWs get so angry at Disney that they organize boycotts.

    1. Taylor

      I hate to break it to you, but nobody cares if you boycott. Disneyland has more than enough loyal fans to sustain the magic without you and everyone else who is so offended by the mere thought of putting a woman in power. Also, I don’t know about you, but change is fun – without it, Disneyland wouldn’t be half the park it is today.

  9. Matthew Broussard

    If they’re going to take away the auction scene, at least reintroduce the scene of pirates chasing women. As uncomfortable a fact as it might be for the precious snowflakes who demand these sorts of changes, pirates *were* nasty, sexist, womanizing brutes. If you can’t handle pirates behaving badly, you’re missing the point.

    1. TimP

      The original Auction scene never worked because they changed the Chase scene. The Auction was about getting the women and the chase was the women resisting. With the new Auction scene, they need to fix the chase scene. Have the Pirates chasing after the villagers who have the treasures they seek.

    2. Kenneth

      Someone is scared of women not being treated as slaves.

  10. Matt

    What, no LGBTQJYRCG pirates? Revisionist foul! Disney has lost its way.

    1. Mia

      Most of the Disney music that’s been written since the 90s is thanks to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Disney is moving forward. Dinosaurs like yourself are just having a hard time keeping up.

  11. tony

    This is what Pirates doo,They dont care, Thats point about being a Pirate. Enough of This We have please SJW or people that are sensative. This is Disney boardmembers worried about the P.R way to mutch . People on the P.R Team needs to step down, boardmembers need to Ingore when SJW cryies about something. I just cant belive these Companys are bowing down to these groups.

    1. Kenneth

      ..you mean society which does not want to see women as slaves?

      1. tony

        No, The SWJ are the one complaing . People didnt care, its part of what pirates do. SWJ on Social Media has influenced the mines of Disney Board Members and some people in america.

        1. tony

          SJW is what i meant

  12. Vanessa

    I don’t believe anyone is offended by a woman being powerful, such as a female pirate. And I’m sure most avid Disney goers were not offended by the bride auction either. What is offensive about this, is that it’s being changed drastically to prove a point or to satisfy people that can’t handle the truth. It’s all for those whiney few. Walt Disney would be turning in his grave if he saw what Disney has become. They sell their name to everything and anything. Disney has sold itself into every corner of the market. It’s all about greed and politics. Walt had integrity and this was HIS park. If you don’t like seeing scenes that were created under his approval then you shouldn’t have gone on the ride. While a part of Disney kept slapping their name on all kinds of unoriginal shows, lacking creativity, and slapping its name on every single thing that can make money, I thought “Well, at least Disneyland is still untouched by all this ridiculousness”. I used to go to Disneyland about three times a year, little by little I become more and more disillusioned by their antics. My desire for visiting this park is dwindling away quickly.

    1. Mia

      Good. You won’t be missed.

    2. Kenneth

      By that logic, we should have the racist birds in Dumbo

  13. frostysnowman

    We wants to keep the redhead as is.

  14. anyonumus

    unnecessary simply unnecessary the original scene didn’t bother anyone we were supposed to be disgusted by it we weren’t supposed to like the pirates and since this actually makes it less accurate to the movies while the ride has some changes in 2007 to be like the movies the ride may become unfocused heck the movies weren’t even that much of family movies there like pg 13 so no one has been asking for this it wont ruin the ride its still cool but this change is no needed dismissed

  15. Daniel

    keep moving forward..the ride was made in a different time..the park should reflect positive roles for the children of the future…not uphold archaic comedy to appease fans.

    1. Oz

      You’re part of the problem.

      1. Kenneth

        The problem of not showing women as slaves?

  16. Nick

    Totally agenda driven change. “Ahoy ye feisty blackguards, we be goin’ ashore ta bid on a clock” said no pirate ever. Bad change, poor execution and a transparent rewriting of history to comply with a PC driven narrative. Bad form Disney, bad form.

  17. Nick

    Wow, this is a totally unneeded change. Obviously driven by Disneys need to screw up another time honored classic with PC culture narrative. “Ahoy ye feisty blackguards we be goin ashore ta bid on a clock”, said no pirate ever. Bad decision, poor execution. Way to drive the narrative though.

    1. Nick

      Apologies for the double post thought he first was lost

  18. Mia

    It’s truly shocking that the people complaining about the change are also the ones who can’t string together articulate, properly spelled sentences together. If you can’t manage to make a coherent comment, perhaps you should leave ride design to the bright minds of the Imagineers….

    1. Mia

      I should probably note that the “truly shocking” part of my comment was sarcasm, as I suspect it will likely go over the heads of those in question.

  19. Pirates is one of my favorite rides at Disney-love all of it! What has happened to our sense of humor in this count?? It is an amusement park-a great one-they are not making a political statement with the contents of this ride! Grow up people, and get over it!

  20. Kenneth

    It is time to remove this scene showing women as loot and slaves. Society grew past that.

    1. tony

      If you Grew past it, Then there is no need to change it. leave it alone

  21. Glitterusagi

    Not a SJW, just a normal stay-at-home mom and Disney freak. The ride has already changed a lot, on both coasts – as long as it’s done well, the new scene sounds awesome.

  22. Mario B

    Why can’t they just keep the “we wants the redhead” saying but remove the rest of the commentary and repurpose the women in the scene instead of being auctioned? The redhead can stay the way she is now. I think everyone would be better off with that.

  23. S

    This change is stupid. Is it right? No, but it is true to its time period. Is it okay to show pirates drowning a man in a well etc? What’s next, Master Gracey because he committed suicide? Or Pinocchio because little boys are being abducted and sold? Maybe Mr. Toad because he is drunk driving? Snow White because she was poisoned? Lets just shut down Roger Rabbit because Eddie Valiant was a drunkard and Baby Herman talks about having a 50 yr old lust and a 3 yr old dinky in the movie. All these things are not okay but they were okay then? Makes no sense. It is life and you cannot shield children forever. Besides it is only a ride, people take things to seriously nowadays; learn the difference between fantasy and reality. Just leave things as is and be more cautious with future projects… LEAVE the Redhead!

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