Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Just Reopened With a Newly Empowered Character
Guests at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this week may have noticed a very important change to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
On Monday, the famous “Redhead” from the ride has assumed a new, slightly more empowered role as part of the auction scene in the ride. Previously, the Redhead was the “object” up for sale for the pirates to bid on — but now she’s gained some autonomy and a richer character thanks to Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum.
“The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods,” Mangum wrote on the Disney Parks blog. “In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.”
Redd, the redhead’s new pirate character has lines as well, the Orlando Sentinel reported. As the other pirate auctioneer tries to sell off chickens, Redd says: “Aw, quit your cluckin’, the gentlemen wants the rum — dontcha, boys?”
The other pirates chant back, “We wants the rum!” Formerly, when Redd was being sold off, they chanted a cruder, “We wants the redhead.”
“Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to ‘keep moving forward’,” Mangum wrote, “Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years.”
This new change is one of many to the ride either due to social awareness or changes to Disney franchises. Over the years, a Captain Jack Sparrow modeled after Johnny Depp has been added to scenes (and Depp himself has made an appearance), and a pirate chasing women is now, instead, chased by women, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The change in the auction scene will also be implemented at Disneyland, in California, in late April.