47 years to the day after the Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened at Disneyland, Disney has released details of its latest iteration: Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle of the Sunken Treasure.
The new ride will anchor the Pirates Cove land at Shanghai Disneyland, which is expected to open in late 2015. Rather than being a mere clone of the original, it will be based on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and will use a combination of "new technology and innovation" to deliver an all-new adventure.
For the first time ever, a Disney theme park will feature an entire land dedicated to pirates. At its heart will sit Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle of the Sunken Treasure, with Disney CEO Bob Iger saying: "Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic attractions in our parks, and we really couldn’t imagine Shanghai Disneyland without Pirates. We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience that would appeal to our Chinese guests while remaining true to its Disney heritage."
The ride itself will see guests joining in an adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones. "We are extremely proud of all the work underway to bring the Shanghai Disney Resort to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “And we’re excited to re-imagine the iconic world and characters of Pirates for the first time as an entire land that celebrates the creativity, imagination and adventure of both the fan favorite attraction and the popular film franchise."
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There are two rumors circulating at present about the nature of the ride. One is that it will be a revival of a concept for Hong Kong Disneyland that was never built, and will feature a Splash Mountain-style drop. The other is that it will make use of Disney's newly-patented "floating Omnimover" ride system - effectively, a floating version of the system employed by the Haunted Mansion and other classic dark rides.
Key structural work has now been completed on the Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle of the Sunken Treasure ride building, with Disney promising that the ride (and the park as a whole) is on track to meet that 2015 opening target.
You can find out more about Shanghai Disneyland by reading our extensive picture preview of the park.