Disney announced plans to remove the famous “bride auction” scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland last summer, but now it's actually official.
Starting April 23rd, Disneyland will close Pirates of the Caribbean as it undergoes refurbishments.
For decades, visitors aboard one of the ride’s small boats would travel through several pirate themed scenes before eventually arriving at the “bride auction” taking place as the plundering invaders ransack a helpless village.
In the scene, several women are bound by ropes and lined up by the pirates to be bid on while standing beneath a banner that reads “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride”.
In the current scene, the redhead character is the prize of the auction.
However, the roles of the auctioneer, the redhead woman and other characters participating in the scene will be changing in the April makeover.
Apparently, the redhead will soon be a female pirate overseeing an auction of local loot instead of the former scene.
The ride is expected to reopen around June 7th.
The attraction closes in late April and will be down for a month to make the changes pictured above and for regular maintenance. I’m always open to change at Disneyland because that was part of Walt’s original vision. But I think caving to political correctness and changing a classic attraction is disgraceful and pathetic on the part of Disney Executives. Walt’s vision was to add to the park and to grow. This is not right.