Personally, the two scenes that don't work for me are Blackbeard being a projection, and the music in the fort battle.
Blackbeard, without watching the movie, just looks like a regular pirate. Doesn't quite fit as a mystical being.
The fort battle? That music is very kinetic and active, yet we're slowly drifting through the battle with slow motion cannon fire. I don't mind the addition of AA's, but the music just doesn't work.
Having seen the movie, I can assure you that it makes literally no sense for Blackbeard to be in that scene. Blackbeard has some vaguely mystical voodoo powers that he can apparently only use when it's convenient to the plot, but he is not a supernatural figure like Davy Jones and has no business being alongside him in that scene.
As for the score from the movies, I like it quite a bit in that scene. I feel it adds to the sweeping scope of that scene, emerging from the dark cave to see a massive battle taking place all around you. If they had used the score anywhere else in the attraction I don't think it would have fit, but I really like it there.
OK in no way did "I" think adding movie characters would be plussing it. Disney, on the other hand, must think it is or they would have never added jack or the others to the ride. Also I totally agree with all of you on leaving the look alone. Its very nostalgic for me. Love and leave it alone. But once again, Disney seems to find away to do things that are some times unpopular. So I guess what I was asking is, do you see Disney changing the looks of them in the future? I myself hope not
I hope they change them.
I think the artists who designed them were working within the limitations of technology at the time and made them as realistic as they could. Something tells me that if they had the technology we have now, the AAs would certainly be more realistic. I would applaud the addition of more realistic AAs as a major plus, as it would provide even deeper immersion into the world of pirates.
Once the first movie became the hit that it was, I think they didn't have much of a choice about adding SOMETHING from it to the ride, because there'd be a whole generation of kids confused about it if they didn't.
However, I don't think they executed the additions as well as they could have. First and foremost, they just went way overboard and added too much. Then, they didn't take any pains to blend the new figures (or their corresponding portraits in the queue) into the aesthetic of the old ones. It's ended up as kind of a hodgepodge.
No "Pirates of the Uncanny Valley" please, thank you.
I wish they would put it back altogether- no Depp, no Jones, no Blackbeard. Give us the dark tunnel and the disembodied voices again-put back the original Captain of the Wicked Wench- no misty water effect with video projections.....
Give us classic and wonderful pirates- not this pop-culture mash up.
Won't happen..but I can wish.