Photo Magiques have confirmed on twitter that Captain Jack Sparrow will NOT be coming to the Disneyland Paris version of Pirates of the Caribbean. Personally I am glad of this as I liked that the Disneyland Paris version was left untouched and kept as the classic ride that we all know and love. There’s no doubt that more people these days associate Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack in the films than the ride in the Disney parks, and that’s why it’s vitally important that the ride stays true to it’s roots in Paris, lest it be lost forever as modern day Hollywood takes over.
The photo below is one of the places where Captain Jack has been inserted into the Disneyland California version of Pirates of the Caribbean.
I don’t know what made them change their minds but I’m glad they have. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the true classic rides at Disneyland Paris and to leave it untouched is the right decision for me. I’m not sure if I’m dreaming but I’m sure I read a while back that they were considering putting some cartoon characters in It’s A Small World, which would have been a terrible decision, much worse even than Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean. We have Lightning McQueen in Moteurs Action and Mickey Mouse in Buffalo Bills, but enough is enough, leave the classic rides alone and have the characters stay in their own attractions and parades.
This is a great decision by Disneyland Paris and one that I applaud. Hopefully this is an indication that respect for the old rides will remain going forward. Let Visionarium be the last classic attraction that we lose.