The Redhead is back, albeit in a new role as a pirate herself.
After going down for a refurbishment in February, Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens in Walt Disney World today with a revamped auction scene. The scene sees the return of the fan favorite “Redhead” in a re-imagined scene that has her overseeing an auction of the townsfolk’s valuables.
From the Disney Parks Blog…
Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to “keep moving forward” since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years.
The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.
Disney has released the first official photo of the scene this morning and you can see it for yourself above.
The new scene comes with a bit of controversy attached to it, as many fans were not in favor of the “politically correct” overhaul to the classic attraction. The original version of the ride had the Redhead as part of a “wench auction,” along with several other ladies. Apparently after some internal discussion, Disney came to the conclusion that human trafficking wasn’t all that funny anymore.
Still, a petition to keep the ride as-is garnered a substantial number of signatures on change.org.
The ride scene is said to be virtually identical to the one in Disneyland Paris. The original version of Pirates in Disneyland goes down on April 23 to receive the new scene as well.[Source: Disney Parks Blog]
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