Sunday, December 25, 2011

Pirates at Disneyland Paris

Ah, there you are!

    I wish all you foolish mortals a Happy Holiday. For today, we are going to take a look at Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris, and review it in brief as I have happy haunts who will be expecting me in an hour or two. So, lets begin. I want to first shamelessly plug my own 22 minute point-of-view/tribute video which I finally finished editing and uploaded earlier this week. It's about as good as DLP Pirates videos get as I've seen online thus far, which makes me proud; I caught a lot of stuff on video (not everything though) that is extremely hard to catch in the dark interior without night vision:

   There are two ways to look at this ride; how much more awesome it was compared to the other three before the movies were ever made, and how much more awesome this version is now that it's the only one without movie-related installations in it. (For those of you who don't already know, I am not a big fan of the Pirate's movies, and am appalled that the characters had to be installed into the attraction) Disneyland Paris's Pirates took the original version and flipped it around, telling the story of the buccaneers first, then showing off their skeletal remains and reminded riders the moral of the story is "Dead Men Tell No Tales" at the end. The ride includes two drops, one of decent length, and a first for Pirates, an on-ride-photo opportunity. The que takes Walt Disney World's fortress and dungeons and expands them in size. This version also has the original chase scene that was replaced at both American parks because it was to risque. They have taken the liberty of making the scene even more sexually tense by adding a 'Not-so-Disney-like' projection of the a maiden fighting off two intruders in an upstairs window. That had to be my favorite effect I hadn't seen or heard of before.

   As you will see in the video above, the infamous sword dueling animatronic pirates where out of commission the entire time I was there. So, that explains why they are not in the video. Bellow, you'll find images of the ride I took, all flash; so if your not a fan of flash photos, be forewarned. You can enlarge them by clicking on them. They provide a sort of visual tour that will show off a few things I couldn't catch on video, although many things in the video are not shown here, so don't skip up on watching it!

The Queuing Area includes many skeletons; this one is actually situated right over the  Crew's Quarters vintage, and is viewed from eye level in the line on a balcony right over the trough the boats pass by it in.
This scene in the Que has a pirate stabbed in the back in a cell.
We float by the diners at the Blue Lagoon in the first scene, a tropical stand-in for Disneyland's Bayou scene; the food there is really really good. And you can't get much better ambiance to dine by.
Floating through the middle of a shipwreck that is submerged in the Lagoon. The ship  is used as a dividing line between what is visible to the diners at Blue Lagoon, and the vast ocean beyond.
The lift hill; while themed as a cargo lift in the fort, and not a waterfall; has lots of water running down it. So much that you would get sprayed going up the hill!
Once we reach the top, we get a brief view of the ship in the harbor bellow; but the sounds of gunfire, flickering flames, cannon fire, and swords clashing can be heard echoing from an archway ahead; the boat disengages from the lift chain, and we quickly float past this sight, under the archway and into the fort under siege.
One of my favorite scenes I didn't manage to capture on camera is this one; two cats stranded on floating debris, yelling out while trying to get to higher ground. They can be heard in the video, but due to the darkness, are not seen clearly.
The boats float though the fort, passing by the jailed pirates scene, only to end up directly in front of the first (and largest) drop in the ride. This drop leads directly into the harbor we saw from the battlements at the top of the lift hill.
We proceed from the harbor past the dunking of the mayor, and then the auction (above)
The pooped pirate in the chase scene now brandishes a shoe; although the version in Paris at one point has held a bra. 
"We Pillage, We Plunder, We Riffle and Loot, Drink Up! Me Hearties Yo-Ho!" The merry musicians sing the infamous song, the first completely English track we have heard in the ride thus far.
A enterprising buccaneer attempts to make away with some cargo in a rocking row-boat.
The pirate's pyrotechnics cause the the town's arsenal to explode, and we go down the last drop, getting our picture taken in the process; the resulting explosion sends the boats splashing into the caverns ahead.

The caverns include all the vintages from the Disneyland Original, including the treasure cave above, and a new "Shipwreck" scene.

     So, Pirates at Paris is essentially the best version ever created, and sadly, it is most likely the last one to ever be built without a direct influence of the films driving the creation of it. Enjoy this version while it lasts in a non-movie form, because It's sadly only a matter of time before all the "Classic" versions of Pirates end up in Yesterland for good. Happy Holidays!


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