‘A new act’

Disneyland announces update to ride featuring women being sold on the auction block


Disneyland has announced that it will be updating a scene at the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean ride next year so that it no longer features women being sold on the auction block. Currently, the ride depicts a scene where women are tied together in a line by rope while a pirate auctions them off to the highest bidder. In the updated version, a tall redheaded woman from the bride auction is reimagined as a pirate and the auction itself is redone as a scene showing townspeople surrendering their goods to the pirates. A sign that currently reads, “Auction, Take a wench for a bride,” will reportedly be changed to read, “Auction, Surrender yer loot.”

The move is the latest in a series of attempts at making the ride less offensive to women. In recent years, a scene showing pirates chasing women was changed so that the women held trays of food — presumably so that it seemed like the pirates were trying to satiate their hunger as opposed to their lust. Another balcony scene was updated so that a woman was shown chasing a pirate instead of being pursued herself.

One of the original designers of the rides at Anaheim park, Marty Sklar, 83, said that Walt Disney had always supported updating rides with the times.

“That’s what the Imagineers have done with this new auction scene — it’s like a theater show with a new act,” said Sklar.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.


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