Alain Littaye recently reviewed the new attraction "The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow" and puts forth a theory that the non-animatronic show elements are, in reality, a test for special show effects intended for a POTC attraction at Disneyland Shanghai. In his words, Disney may decide to avoid the use of animatronics in POTC entirely:
Sure, the "Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow" looks like a "C" ticket because you just stand in front of it and are not sit in a boat moving in real decors, but use the same high-tech projection technology with the same dazzling projection effects, put them in a boat ride with a boat moving in caverns or any kind of other decors, and add to the ride special effects (explosion, fire, water effects, etc...) and then you have something that will be a stunning "E" ticket ride. I know, some of you will miss the "all Audio-Animatronics version" but, c'mon, there is already four POTC versions in the world using the original Audio-Animatronics so may be it's time to have something different, isn't it?
As great as these projection effects are, they lack the 3-D depth and thrill value of watching "robots". If Disney is truly moving away from Audio-Animatronics, what are the MiceChatters opinions on an Animatronic-Free Pirates of the Caribbean?