Saturday, March 18, 2017

Disneyland Celebrates Pirates of Caribbean 50th Anniversary - POTC Original Artwork

Disneyland celebrates Pirates of Caribbean 50th Anniversary today - the ride grand opening happened on March 18, 1967 - and so do we, here, at Disney and more! And to celebrate this POTC 50th Anniversary what can be better than to rediscover rare artwork of this Disneyland beloved attraction? So, today, here is a collection of rare Marc Davis renderings for Pirates of Caribbean with, above, the attraction poster by Colin Campbell as a tribute to him as the pirate is in fact a self portrait!

The above rendering shows a concept done before it was decided that the POTC ride would be a boat ride and was supposed to be a walk-through attraction. You may know some of the renderings below, but a lot of them are pretty rare and the main reason is because they show scenes ideas that were not used in the attraction. So, enjoy all of them and, below, two pictures of Marc Davis in the 1960's at work on the POTC artworks!

The two renderings below are not from Marc Davis. In fact, this next one is probably from Colin Campbell...

...and this gray pencil sketch of the Fortress with the boat ascending was done by Herb Ryman.

Most of the renderings below show scenes ideas that were used in the final attraction. Note that other renderings also related to scenes of the attraction were previously posted in the special "Behind the scenes" Pirates of Caribbean article that you can see HERE. Enjoy them all!

The two next renderings below shows the end scene of the WDW version.

And one more for the road as this last one was created by the great Herb Ryman!

All Artwork: copyright Disney Enterprises Inc

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