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    5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Disneyland Resort issued a press release yesterday detailing the new features coming to Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island. Also in the release was information regarding the new Pirates of the Caribbean Nintendo DS "hotspot" (which is marked by a new X-shaped plaque at the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean queue.


    Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island makes its debut day and date with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third film in the popular Disney movie franchise. Building upon the hands-on play and exploration that have made the island a Disneyland favorite for children and adults alike since it opened more than 50 years ago, Pirate’s Lair takes its inspiration from Tom and Huck’s pirate games chronicled in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as from Disneyland’s famed Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the blockbuster motion picture series.

    The Pirate’s Lair experience embarks when aspiring pirates traverse the Rivers of America in Frontierland on rafts -- with island maps in hand -- and head ashore at Pirate Point where they are greeted by Captain Jack Sparrow’s warning of his presence on the isle.

    Guests will soon discover that Captain Jack has joined his fellow adventurers from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies in a plan to overtake Tom Sawyer Island. William Turner has set up his blacksmith shop on Pirate Point and Elizabeth Swann has landed, as evidenced by her framed portrait, signed love letters and diary.

    Quarrelsome pirates Pintel and Ragetti also have staked their claim. Appearing as special effects in the form of a pop-up head and a spooky skeletal arm, the pair attempts to frighten off would-be treasure-snatchers and other plunderers.

    Cavern explorers in Dead Man’s Grotto will encounter ghostly apparitions, buried treasure and mysterious voices, as well as discover an ornate chest that holds the heart of the villainous Davy Jones. Brave souls seeking to claim the cherished chest will be shocked to feel the thump of his beating heart and hear the strains of his ghostly voice.

    In a watery inlet alongside a ramshackle barrel bridge in Smuggler’s Cove, treasure seekers might spot a sunken ship. A closer look discovers a chest that can only be revealed by operating a hoist to lift it from its underwater nest.

    Unwitting guests roaming the island may stumble upon a rather intimidating suspended bone cage, similar to the one depicted in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. However, this seemingly unfortunate situation could lend itself as the perfect opportunity to pose for photos as trapped prisoners of the cannibal tribe that menaced Captain Jack.

    Down another path, guests may meet up with roving pirates seeking new recruits to take the Pirate Oath, as well as The Bootstrappers, a fun-loving band of rogues who are always looking high and low for sing-a-long participants.

    Guests also should keep a keen lookout for pirates at other island landmarks like Tom & Huck’s Treehouse and Castle Rock, where -- as legend has it -- marauders have stashed their hoard of loot.

    Captain Jack and several sly, cunning pirates take to the swords in “Jack Sparrow’s Swashbuckling Adventure,” an interactive and high-energy live performance. During the show, Captain Jack tricks a fellow pirate into helping him retrieve a map from the Casque of the Unknown that leads to the ultimate buried treasure. A brawl ensues and the pirates engage in swordplay, acrobatics and a cannon battle in their quest for the revered map. The performance runs several times daily on the island.

    The crafty Captain Jack Sparrow, his ruthless and cunning nemesis Barbossa, and Davy Jones, the legendary ruler of the ocean depths, continue to entertain Disney park guests as part of the “wildest crew to ever sack the Spanish Main” in the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    Tom Sawyer Island opened in June 1956. It claims the distinction of being the only attraction personally designed by Walt Disney.

    I thought it was kind of funny that after they detail all of the new Pirate overload at Tom Sawyer Island they wrap up the Island description by telling us that Walt designed the Island. Well - there goes that bit of history!


    You can read the entire press release here: From Disneyland to the movies and back again! "Pirates of the Caribbean" fever spreads from beyond the film and attraction to new interactive Disneyland adventures!

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Sounds awesome. To think though that I have NEVER been on TSI. I'm looking forward to checking it out on Sunday!!!



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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    I still think JETBOAT Challenge would have been better for the rivers of america.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Building upon the hands-on play and exploration that have made the island a Disneyland favorite for children and adults alike since it opened more than 50 years ago, Pirate’s Lair takes its inspiration from Tom and Huck’s pirate games chronicled in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as from Disneyland’s famed Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the blockbuster motion picture series.
    I find it interesting (and a bit amusing) that the press release lists the pirate games of Tom and Huck as the first inspiration followed by the ride then the movies, and then goes on to list one movie-themed activity after another.

    Well, aside from the mention of the tree house.

    Of course, that won't stop me from enjoying all the island has to offer.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Cue the funeral dirge...

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    I think it sounds like fun - but, it also sounds like there are a ton of special effects that will possibly be broken most of the time. Oh well, I'm still looking forward to it this Fall!

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    They did beef up the infrastructure on the island and this might possibly help the effects stay on more consistently. It could also be that the lack of funding put into the island before might have had something to do with the effects going down frequently. I think they'll do their best to keep things on and working.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    Cue the funeral dirge...
    It was not getting guests.... Now it will get guests.

    Once the pirate fad is over, they can revert back to Tom Sawyer's Island and the attendance will bump up again.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedimyndtryx View Post
    Sounds awesome. To think though that I have NEVER been on TSI.
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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    The attempts to fit Tom and Huck into the whole thing are so lame. And the historical footnote at the end about Walt is an even bigger joke, as others have already said. Just give the island to NOS and stop the hypocrisy. Frontierland takes it in the shorts again.

    "Only attraction." Is that accurate? Didn't Walt personally design Nature's Wonderland? More amnesia about Frontierland.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft View Post
    It was not getting guests.... Now it will get guests.

    Once the pirate fad is over, they can revert back to Tom Sawyer's Island and the attendance will bump up again.
    It wasn't getting guests because it was allowed to languish in disrepair. And to tell you the truth, I'm not so sure it was "never getting guests." There were always people there when I went...

    All of the goodies they outline above could have been made thematically in keeping with the THEME.

    Does anyone remember that this is (or at least was) a theme park?

    This is so disgusting that I don't even have words to describe it.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Confirmation of what all expected would happen, I suppose (thanks again to MasterGracey for the posting). With the clamor for all-things-pirate, theme can easily be (and has been) overlooked, or dismissed, as the case may be.

    By trying to push this idea that "Pirate's Lair" is really, in fact, "once you really think about it", the "logical extension" of TSI--merely an evolved TSI, two things are demonstrated:
    1. There is a great lack of respect for theme, continuity, and Park History; and the preservation of Walt Disney's own original designs, and/or...
    2. Slavish devotion to, and reliance on Walt Disney/Buena Vista film production and box office gross when determining future imagineering projects.

    Neither of which, if accurate, paint an optimistic picture regarding the Theme Park's future in a society that, increasingly, either fails to recognize, or is incapable of recognizing cogent, quality story-telling.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    It all sounds tremendous.

    My family and I are very excited about it. last year, my son took a huge tumble while running like a demon on Tom Sawyer Island and received a very impressive skinned knee...but he shook it off and continued his frantic exploring (like any good adventurous boy instilled with the spirit of Twain and Bradbury would do) .

    Skinned knees are a medal of honor and a sign of brotherhood and my son was very proud of his Tom Sawyer injury.

    I can't wait to see him roaming the island like a rogue, his heart and mind filled with mystery, adventure and treasure.

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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Disneyland Resort issued a press release yesterday detailing the new features coming to Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island. Also in the release was information regarding the new Pirates of the Caribbean Nintendo DS "hotspot" (which is marked by a new X-shaped plaque at the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean queue.)

    Here's a shot of the new plaque:


    (photo courtesy of MasterGracey)
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    Re: 5/22 Disney press release describes upcoming Pirate's Lair features

    i was one of those fan that was dead set against this, but after hearing what is going in and what i have seen going on around the island so far, im pretty excited now!

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