By way of a special event, Disney will begin hyping their fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,“ well in advance of its May 2011 release date. Today Disney has announced an opportunity for “Pirates” fans to attend a premiere of sorts for the movie’s first trailer as part of a promotional event at the Disneyland Resort on Dec. 13.
The event is called the “Pirates Fans First! Sweepstakes” and will offer attendees a chance to see the film’s trailer in 3-D at Downtown Disney’s AMC theater, followed by admission to the Disneyland theme park for lucky contest winners, who will attend an after-party and walk away with a few special souvenirs from the experience. All will be sworn to the “Pirate’s Oath” in a ceremony on the bow of the Columbia sailing ship and fans who come to the event in pirate costume will have additional opportunities to win special prizes.
Fans can enter to win a vacation for four to the event by “Liking” Yahoo! Movies on Facebook or entering the sweepstakes via Disney Movie Rewards. Fans can also gain access to the event by listening to 102.7 KIIS-FM starting December 6th.
Contest winners will receive 4 roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles, transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, 2 nights hotel accommodation from December 12-13th, 4 tickets to the exclusive Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, fan kickoff, and global trailer launch event, and 4 tickets to Disneyland and early entry to the Park.
Following the “Pirates Fans First!” event, the trailer will premiere on Yahoo! Movies, Disney.com, and other premium online destinations around the world at 1 p.m. PST. Later the same day at 7 p.m. EST the domestic broadcast debut will occur on “Entertainment Tonight” as part of their December Event for “Pirates.”
Rumors suggest that some film stars may be on hand for the event, but Disney has not confirmed (nor denied) that possibility.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” sails into theatres around the world in May 2011. Official website: Disney.com/Pirates. “Like” Pirates on Facebook.