Disney World Officially Updates 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Bride Auction Scene

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The original scene, which showed pirates selling off unwilling women into marriage, has been changed following calls for it to be updated for modern audiences.

Disney World has officially updated its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction's "auction scene," which depicts pirates selling off a group of women into marriage, instead showing a group of female and male buccaneers selling off goods stolen from the townspeople.

Disney announced that the scene, which has been under scrutiny by some guests for years, would be changed last summer. On Monday, the updated scene was on display at Orlando's Magic Kingdom, following a similar change at Disneyland Paris last June.

"In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it," Kathy Mangum, portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a Disney Parks blog post. In the original scene, Redd was up for sale on a podium before a sign stating, "Take a Wench for a Bride."

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Anaheim's Disneyland Park was the last attraction that Walt Disney personally was involved in designing. It first opened in March 1967, three months after his death.

"Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to 'keep moving forward' since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years," Mangum explained.

In 1997, similar changes were made to the attraction when women seen being chased by pirates were given trays of food to imply that the marauders were lusting after the potables, not the women.

Work on updating the Disneyland version of the scene will begin April 23.