Turning Tide at Pirates of the Caribbean: a new and improved experience

Les équipes de Disneyland Paris sont à pied d’œuvre pour préparer la remise à flot de Pirates of the Caribbean, mais aussi tout le complexe autour de l’attraction, prévue pour le 24 juillet. Cette rénovation d’envergure marque la pierre angulaire du programme de ré-enchantement de l’expérience, initié en 2015 dans nos parcs à thèmes.

The teams at Disneyland Paris are busy preparing Pirates of the Caribbean. The attraction is to reopen on 24 July and is being renovated, as well as all the area around it. This exceptional facelift is the keystone of the EEP (Experience Enhancement Program) that started in 2015 in our theme parks.

Pirates of the Caribbean has been one of the iconic attractions at Disneyland Paris since 1992. Its story dates back to the 60s, as this was the last attraction Walt Disney himself supervised for Disneyland in California (although he didn’t see it finished). Teams here at Disneyland Paris have given it very special attention since January 2017 to offer it a new youth.

 

 

A daunting site

 

The renovation of the outside of the attraction required painting the 3, 000 m² of façades, refurbishing the ground, now covered with irregular but realistic pavement, and even adding a new parking area for strollers. The operational teams are thrilled! All the elements in concrete and in wood have been manicured to give the decors their original glory. But it was not always an easy task.  As Artistic Director Beth Clapperton explains, “To set up the scaffoldings along the walls of the fortress, on rocks, along beams, and the village houses was as much a challenge as we had faced when we worked on  ‘La Cabane des Robinson’!”

All the lighting was modified, and whether inside or outside the attraction, LED bulbs replaced the old ones, as had been done earlier at “it’s a small world” or at “Big Thunder Mountain”. These bulbs are more reliable and have less impact on the environment.

 

The sound system was improved and the soundtrack was remixed to guarantee a first-class sound experience, worthy of Imagineers X. Atencio and Buddy Baker who conceived the timeless themes.

 

 

Video projectors have replaced the previous pani-projectors for upgraded visual effects, while the teams at Central Shop changed or renovated the thousands of accessories in the waiting line and inside the attraction. Would you believe the treasure in the last scene is made up of 30, 000 gold pieces, all glued one by one manually?

 

 

New experiences

 

When it reopens, Pirates of the Caribbean will offer its guests new surprises. The Blue Lagoon restaurant will become Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates. The menu has been completely redone thanks to the creative talent of the Food & Beverages team at Disneyland Paris. The atmosphere will be familiar to our guests but they will be surprised by new accessories and references to the saga of Pirates of the Caribbean. This authentic pirate tavern belongs to Jack Sparrow himself. It is said he won it in a bet against Angelica Teach!

Guests will even see the famous Captain’ for the first time in the attraction, through the most recent generation of Audio-Animatronics figures©. Other mythic characters from the universe of Pirates of the Caribbean, such as Hector Barbossa or Davy Jones, will appear through special effects. This attraction, one of the most innovating since 1967, holds many other surprises for one and for all!

 

On 24 July our guests will once again sail across the mythical Caribbean!

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

    Kind regards
    Disneyland Paris Treasures

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
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  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

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  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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