Disney Gives the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride a New Twist for the #TimesUp Era

The wench from the famous pirate ride is getting a promotion in Disney parks around the world.

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has just made a change to its Pirates of the Caribbean ride — and while casual observers might not notice anything to speak of, diehards will register the significance of the subtle difference.

On Monday, the "Redhead" woman character who used to be up for sale as part of the pirate auction has gotten a status upgrade. In her new role, she's a more empowered, liberated... entrepreneur of sorts. 

“The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods,” Disney SVP Kathy Mangum explained on the Disney Parks blog. “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.”

Disneyland Paris made a similar tweak last year. And Disneyland is expecting to similar updates to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction later this spring, with work beginning April 23.

According to the blog: "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."

And the times they are a-changing.

Photo: David Roark/Courtesy of Disney

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