No Captain Jack at Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland Paris

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.

Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland California

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.

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As the founder of Dedicated to DLP Steve is a self confessed Disneyland Paris fanatic and has an unrivaled passion for the resort, its history and what makes it work. He has a particular love of Pirates of the Caribbean, which he often talks about as the host of the podcast and the weekly YouTube show.



2 Responses to “No Captain Jack at Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland Paris”

  1. Thank goodness! I was in two minds about this lol.

    I was like NOOO! to start with but then the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Younger generations who have only known the pirate movies and don’t know the rides historical significance probably expect Captain Jack to be there … so it would be awesome for them.

    But not so awesome for Disney Geeks like us who love and appreciate the original ride! I was sad to see the last untouched version of POTC being tampered with … so now I’m secretly kinda happy Capt Jack isn’t coming any more 😛

    What I am worried about though is for how long? Do you think he’ll get added eventually?

    • Steve says:

      I’d be surprised if they don’t add him at some point, especially with more films planned. Keeping the swinging pirate moving is about all I ask these days 😉

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