I have returned from our most recent trip to DLR (trip report will be coming soon) and we took the 3.5 hour "Walk in Walt's Footsteps" tour which my whole family enjoyed very much.
One thing that I found interesting, and even worrysome, was a comment the tour guide made about the ride. There has been much discussion on this board about the original theme/storyline of PotC and how the recent changes and character additions have affected that.
According to the tour guide, the "official story" is that the "banjo man" (the last animatronic character we pass in the bayou swamp before the water fall drop) is John Lafette (sp?) and as we pass him we are getting from him (his thoughts?) the story of his pirate adventures. That explains (according to our tour guide and thus the "official" Disney stance) the connection between pirates and New Orleans Square.
For my part, the problem I have with this stance is as follows...The Lafettes were indeed historical figures in N.O. history who were smugglers and river pirates. The Caribbean-high seas-Pirates depicted in the rest of the ride came at least a century before the Lafette bros and so how could "banjo man" be him and how could he be telling us/showing things that happened decades before he was born?
Is this a case of a "urban legend" being picked up and stated as fact? Shouldn't Disney and its official tour guides be doing more than towing an illogical "party line"?