In answering an MC request in this thread by awkwardpineaple, http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72446
I started giving more and more thought to the current piratical state-of-affairs in NOS and now the 'Pirate's Lair' portion of Frontierland. Discussions have been had before (many, many) regarding the 'Curse of the Black Pearl' refurb to POTC, and its assets and liabilities, but newer additions to the Park seem to be contradictory regarding the 'cursed pirate' theme that is being adopted.
Since inception, the POTC attraction featured a 'cursed' treasure, and warned all about its corruptive nature, and showed us all the consequences of enjoying these particular 'ill-gotten gains'. Since the refurb, however, the curse has been dismissed in dialogue (there is no longer any mention of the 'bewitch-ed treasure'), and we see Jack Sparrow enjoying the stolen goods at the end, singing about divvying up the 'loot'--effectively doing away with the 'curse', and the implied morality (intentional or no) of the original POTC.
But with the introduction of the 'Bootstrappers' and the 'BilgeRats' in the Park, we see a return to a cursed theme. In addition, on 'Pirate Island' we see several displays involving treasure defended by a curse (and in some cases by the accursed themselves).
So why the contradiction? 'Removing' the curse from where it belonged, and placing it where its appropriateness may be questionable? Is this more 'box-office momentum' we see with the 'newly' cursed Pirates? Could this be heralding a reinstatement of the 'curse' in the POTC attraction? Or is this wishful thinking? Are we all cursed to sail the POTC seas curse-free? I have my theories, let's hear yours...