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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland and Magic Kingdom)

It was always an unlikely topic for family-friendly Disney: panoramas of pillaging, inebriation, and the enslavement of voluptuous women. But now the comical “Pirates,” with its life-size sailing ship and rosy-cheeked roguery, has been made fresh again; in 2006 a likeness of Johnny Depp’s mascara-smeared Captain Jack Sparrow was comfortably installed in an experience that had once been quintessentially ‘60s Disney. “The production design, lighting, effects, and costuming are epic Hollywood,” says Kurtti.

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