Controversial Change to Pirates of the Caribbean Already Damaged at Disneyland

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Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland Paris

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Disney is fixing Pirates of the Caribbean after the attraction received some damage.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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Pirates of the Caribbean very well may be Disney’s most iconic and legendary theme park attractions of all time. This swashbuckling adventure originally opened at Disneyland in 1967, with the ride eventually being brought over to other Disney resorts. Today, Pirates of the Caribbean can be found at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney, Shanghai Disney, and Disneyland Paris. While each iteration of the attraction is different, with the ride undergoing multiple refurbishments and overhauls over the last several decades, the spirit remains the same, allowing guests to get lost in a fictional pirate world, complete with incredible theming, immersive storytelling and dozens of animatronics.

Disneyland Paris’ version of Pirates of the Caribbean is no different, offering guests the iconic pirate adventure that Disney is famous for. However, this version of the attraction recently underwent a major change, one that was not very popular among fans.

disneyland paris pirates of the caribbean
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Disney introduced Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane in 2021, systems that have fundamentally changed the theme park experience. Gone are the days of a free Fastpass, with guests now being required to use the My Disney Experience App if they wish to plan their day and book experiences. Disney Genie is free, but if guests wish to book Lightning Lanes for their favorite rides and attractions, they must purchase Disney Genie+.

The price of Genie+ varies by the day, but guests will need to be prepared to spend around $18 per guest per day if they wish to skip the standby queues. Disneyland Paris recently introduced its own version of these systems called Premier Access. Pirates of the Caribbean is on the lower side of Premier Access in terms of pricing, typically costing around €5 per person to ride. The most popular rides, such as Peter Pan’s Flights, Crush’s Coaster, Big Thunder Mountain, Twilight Zone of Terror, and Ratatouille, cost between €12 and €13.

As a result of this new system, several major rides and attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, have been equipped with new entrances, scanners, and signs.

Unfortunately, some of these new installations have been damaged. This was revealed in a post from @DisneyphileLIVE, who shared a photo of the now-shuttered Premier Access entrance.

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The Disney Premier Access entrance door has been damaged, with parts of the window shattering. There is no official word as to what caused this damage, but Disneyland Paris is working on a replacement.
Disneyland Paris is no stranger to shattered glass, with several similar incidents occurring at Avengers Campus at Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Paris Premier Access has been an incredibly controversial addition to the resort, with guests now being required to pay in order to skip the often-long standby queues.

Pirates of the Caribbean is often included in the list of untouchable Disney rides and attractions. While not official, certain experiences are deemed to be too iconic and classic for Disney to ever truly get rid of. Other entries on this list include Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world,” Space Mountain, and Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Pirates of the Caribbean has undergone significant changes over the last few years, with one of the largest changes happening in 2018.

For many years, guests traveled past a group of pirates auctioning off women and other trinkets. This scene was intended to portray pirates as the scumbags they are, but always seemed a little too dark for a Disney theme park ride.

The scene was debated and covered in controversy, with some fans demanding it be removed and others saying it was too iconic.

However, in 2018, Disney officially pulled the plug, announcing that the scene would be changed significantly. The new scene now features Red, a female pirate, as she bargains with the other pirates.

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