Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pirates of Caribbean Behind the Scenes - Part One

Let's 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 we can ride forever...So, here is a special POTC "behind the scenes" article, with artwork, photos, and great videos where Walt Disney will introduce you to this beloved attraction. And on monday i will post the part two of this "POTC behind the scenes", a brand new article including rare pictures of Imagineers creating the ride!

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 you can see on the rendering below

As everybody knows Marc Davis designed most of the scenes of "Pirates" and here is a selection some of his great renderings.

Here is Walt with Marc Davis, Blaine Gibson and one of the first Audio-animatronics...

And here he is with Claude Coats who created the fantastic settings of the attraction.

Some great pictures of the attraction, the Disneyland version.

This two part Youtube video is from a 1960's Disney TV show for Disneyland 10th Anniversary and Walt introduces the future Pirates of Caribbean attraction to a young Disney ambassador.

Let's end with this great painting done by John Horny for the Disneyland Paris Blue Lagoon restaurant.

You can find much more renderings 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!

Artwork, photos and videos: copyright Disney

All my thanks to freedogshampoo and MegaRob64 for the youtube videos


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