Friday, July 27, 2007
After the Disney and more "Time machine" introduced earlier this week, I am pleased to introduce today a new series of articles, the "Behind the scenes". Each week or so you will find photos, artwork - when available - and, most of all, great videos that will allow you to have an exclusive look "behind the scenes" of an attraction and i hope you will enjoy this new series.
As Tokyo Disneyland opens yesterday his new version of Pirates of Caribbean it seems to me that it was the right time to have a look back at the origin of one of the best E-Ticket ever made, which, just like the Haunted Mansion, is an attraction you can ride forever...So, here is a special "behind the scenes" article, with lot of artwork, photos, and great videos where Walt Disney will introduce you to this beloved attraction.
You probably have already heard about it, but some of the early concept of the attraction had it designed as a walk-through instead of a flume-ride, as shows the rendering below
Of course, as everybody knows, Marc Davis designed most of the scenes of "Pirates" , and here are some of his great renderings
Here is Walt with Marc Davis and Blaine Gibson with one of the first Audio-animatronics.
And here, with Claude Coats who created the fantastic settings of the attraction.
You can find much more renderings and the whole story of the making of the attraction in the great Jason Surell book - the best book ever written on "Pirates of Caribbean" - a "must have" if you don't have it yet!
These first two part youtube video is from a 1960's Disney tv show for Disneylannd 10th anniversary, and here is Walt introducing the future Pirates of Caribbean attraction to a young Disney ambassador.
And on this other video Bruce Gordon, Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter and many other WDI Imagineers will tell you all the history of the attraction.
Let's end with this great painting done by John Horny for the Disneyland Paris Blue Lagoon restaurant.
Artwork, photos and videos: copyright Disney
All my thanks to freedogshampoo and MegaRob64 for the youtube videos