It’s only the beginning, folks: the conversion of theme park attractions to movies and now the movies joining the park pranksters’ casts.
It’s, of course, at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
First to jump from ride to the screen and back to the ride is “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”
On June 26 in Disneyland, Calif., and July 7 in Disney World, Florida, the all-time favorite attraction “The Pirates of the Caribbean” in its update will boast three animatronics figures of Captain Jack Sparrow, his nemesis, Barbossa, plus Davy Jones, a character from the second film, who will surprise boatloads with their appearances and performances during the already-amazing show-busy attraction.
The original “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction gave inspiration for the movie and now the movie returns the favor by bringing its star characters to the ride(s) — at surprise locations.
In conjunction with the newly-animatronic’d “Pirates” ride, the sequel movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” will preem at Disneyland on June 24. It will be shown via enhancement on a giant screen on Tom Sawyer Island. It will be viewed by a preem audience on New Orleans Square — much as they view Fantasmick.
Historically, “Pirates” was the final attraction designed by Walt Disney — who, however, died before it opened in March, 1967.
And upcoming in 2007, another film joins one of the park’s longtime attractions — the Submarine ride.
Now, “Finding Nemo” will come aboard — or rather go below with a newly-created flotilla of submarines (it’s the world’s third largest peacetime sub fleet).
“Nemo’s” characters will be screened via “breakthrough technology of 3-D animation under water”.
I am reminded that Walt wanted to show Disneyland’s Submarine attraction to Premier Nikita Khruschev during his stay in L.A. in 1959. L.A. police nixed his trip because adequate security could not be arranged. What international figure will be invited aboard next year?