We all know the famous Captain Jack Sparrow; Johnny Depp’s amusing, erratic and sheer talent brought this character to life, in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This well known series was inspired by Disney’s 50-year old Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The Ride is getting a makeover that will get rid of the creepy Wench Auction and the sole complaint is why this wasn’t done sooner.
Kathy Mangum, a Walt Disney Imagineering executive, announced that the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland Paris are getting updated. The new version of the ride, which includes a cruise through an pirate town and also lots of features from the Movie (including Captain Barbossa) and most notably, the Mercado auction scene to no longer be a parade of tied-up women being sold off to pirates as “wives,” in other terms sold off as sex slaves.
The reformed Pirates of the Caribbean Ride keeps the auction concept, but now there's an auction of valuables that were stolen from the townspeople. The sign will read “Surrender Your Loot” rather than “Take a Wench for a Bride,” and both men and women will be lining up to turn over their goods. They’re even keeping the famous unnamed Redhead, only she’ll be an awesome pirate bidding on the auction. And she gets a gun.
This isn’t the first time the ride has gone through changes. It started in the 1990s by changing the scene where pirates are chasing female victims around. The women now carry pies, so the men appear to be chasing food. Over the years, the company introduced Pirates of the Caribbean movie elements, including adding Captain Jack Sparrow at the end of the ride. Disneyland Paris’ Pirates of the Caribbean ride reopens July 24 with the new auction scene, and the plan is to update the other two sometime in 2018.