Yes, it's been a while, but I was recently invited to the unveiling of a new pirate being added to Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride, and wanted to share with you the scoop.
Do you remember way-y-y back in 2006 when the 2nd "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movie was released on DVD? Do you remember anything about a sweepstakes that you could enter in honor of the release? No?
I don't blame you.
Heck, I ENTERED the contest, and I didn't remember it!
Well anyway, the grand prize for the sweepstakes was to have your likeness as a pirate created by an imagineer and have the likeness installed in the Attraction. Tuesday January 29th was the unveiling. Now I'll admit that it's misleading of me to talk of a "new pirate being added" to the ride. Actually, the likeness was painted and then...
well wait. Maybe I won't give it away... just yet.
Here's how the day went:
My fellow VF'er (as we call ourselves on the VisionsFantastic Discussion Boards) Jeff and I arrived at the park about 7:30. Jeff arrived before me, which is unusual, but I won't get into those stories here.
After checking in at the media tent set up outside the entrance gates, we were escorted into the park. Keep in mind this was about 8am, and the park wasn't opening until 10am that day. This was perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the invitation for me. A chance to enter the park a couple hours before it opens???
Service vehicles and bicycles galore were present up and down Main Street. The landscape crew, whom I admire VERY much for the WONDERFUL work, was watering and adjusting the hanging bowls of flowers that add so much to the atmosphere of the park.
But this image turned out fine... not a soul in the picture. How rare is that in daylight?
Notice the Intials of Walt and Roy Disney (that have always been there) are now gold leafed (a la Disney's 50th)
The show has moved further up the queue from where Disney allowed us to stand, so I was shooting over folks heads at an extreme angle at this point. I was glad I'd brought my little stepladder!
Our Disney guides ushered us up the queue for an exclusive "Flash OK" ride through the attraction.