Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Is Losing Its Wench Auction

Anita Tucker
July 1, 2017

Soon, however, the banner hanging at the site of the scene will read "Auction, surrender ye loot", according to the Associated Press.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown tells the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the changes will be made at the Paris park in July and at the Anaheim park next year.

In 1997, a scene that involved pirates chasing women was altered so that they were chasing the pies carried by women, and not the females themselves.

In a blog post, Disney says these updates should be completed by 2018.

The "star" of the iconic Auction scene in the ride, the Redhead is a buxom young animatronic woman who's next in line to be sold off to a leering collection of drunken pirates, who are heckling the auctioneer trying to sell a "stout-hearted, and corn fed" captive, taunting him with chants of "We wants the redhead!"

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In a post to the official Disney Parks Blog, Magnum also confirmed that the Paris version will feature new characters, including Captain Barbossa, from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series, and the "ghostly visages of Davy Jones and Blackbeard".

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland is a classic, eerie voyage through a swamp-y bayou, complete with pirates, gold, and, you know, the auction of a poor woman.

This is not the first time the venerable Disneyland attraction has undergone modifications. Over the years we've seen pirates chasing food instead of booty and another role reversal as a woman chasing a pirate instead of the other way around.

For decades there has been an auction scene showing pirates bidding for a bride. That change also managed to add the sin of gluttony to the ride, allowing the pirates to check off another one of the Seven Deadly Sins in their adventures. - One of Walt Disney World's most popular attractions is about to become a bit more politically correct. Yeah, I'm going to miss this scene because it's a fascinating time capsule depicting what was totally okay for a family attraction over 50 years ago. After all, Pirates of the Caribbean was the final attraction that Walt Disney himself had a personal hand in before his death in 1966, which makes it sacred ground.

"To me, the Imagineers are simply reflecting what Walt started the day Disneyland opened - making changes that create exciting new experiences for our guests", said Marty Sklar, former creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. "Change is a "tradition" at Disneyland that today's Imagineers practice", Sklar said in a statement.

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