Disney's ship comes in
EmptyTeens bursting into tears at the anticipation of seeing Johnny Depp. Geoffrey Rush conducting interviews with a monkey on his shoulder. Fans chanting "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" Those were some of the goings on Saturday on the 1,000-foot-long red carpet that stretched along Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland in Anaheim during Buena Vista's premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."
A handler walked the carpet before Depp, telling fans how to comport themselves when getting autographs and taking pictures, but it was all for naught, as pandemonium reigned wherever the actor was sighted. And heaven help anyone caught in the storm that surrounded the film's Orlando Bloom.
"Look at the sea of faces," Walt Disney's Oren Aviv said on the red carpet, which was bordered on both sides by more than 15,000 fans. "You really get to see the power that movies can have when you look around and you see that these lives are affected by what were initially just words on a page."
A benefit supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation preceded the film's outdoor screening on the park's
Tom Sawyer Island. The film's composer, Hans Zimmer, conducted a small orchestra that performed selections from the score for guests who paid $1,500 a ticket, raising more than $3 million for the nonprofit.