First of all...I have not yet experienced the ride with the movie additions.
In fact, we visited Disneyland last year purposefully to ride Pirates BEFORE the refurb and additions so that my son could experience it as it was...
I have no problem with the additions unlike so many...and I actually think they are great and wonderful adds to the ride that will resonate with a whole new movie-going generation.
What's up with Barbossa? Every single picture I've seen of the NEW Captain of the Wicked Wench looks (frankly) terrible. His hair is too light ...almost light blond...and the face just doesn't look like Rush at all.
I understand the complexities in bringing a audio-animatronic to life, and believe me...the Disney Imagineers are TOP NOTCH and I'd never pretend to second guess them.
In fact, I'm sure that the hair on the Barbossa figure is an exact match in color, texture and style to the hair that was used on Rush in the films....it's THAT level of detail.
They would not make a mistake.
So why then does it look so...different?
My only conclusion is that it looks better (and darker) in person. I hope. I'll be able to see for myself this June (our next planned trip) but I can't shake the feeling that I'll be thinking...cool...but who is that on the Wicked Wench?
I wouldn't care so much...but Barbossa is my favorite Pirate from the films. I just want to see him done right.
(even the new paintings in the entrance to the attraction has DARKER hair than what appears on the ride) Sorry, but this really bugs me.