The classic line “We wants the redhead!” may not be heard on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean for much longer.
Disney has unveiled plans to overhaul one of the most iconic scenes in the ride in what appears to be an attempt at being more politically correct.
The “Take a Wench for a Bride” auction scene will no longer feature women being sold off by pirates, but rather feature the women (and some new male animatronics) being forced to sell off their valuables with the redhead overseeing them at gunpoint. See the Disney concept art below.
While selling women off at auction certainly wouldn’t fly on a 2017 attraction, the auction scene has been a part of the attraction since its opening day in 1967.
If there has been Guest outrage over the scene, you wouldn’t know it from the comments on the Disney Parks Blog. The comments are overwhelmingly against the change, and it’s unclear if Disney will take any of that feedback into account.
Here are some of those comments…
In addition to the auction scene being changed on all versions of the attraction, Disneyand Paris will have an animatronic of Captain Barbossa from the Pirates movies added to its version.
Characters from the movie have been been a mainstay of the U.S. version of the ride for several years, with Jack Sparrow taking the place of a woman in a barrel amongst other things.
The changes will be unveiled on July 24 in Disneyland Paris, and sometime in 2018 in Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
[Source: Disney Parks Blog]