With Walt Disney Pictures Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Mens Chest booming at the box office, Disneys theme
parks division is hoping the enthusiasm for the film spills over
into its parks.
Its a long overdue payback, in a
sense, because it was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which
opened in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 1967, that inspired the
film, not the other way around.
And after a
three-month update to add a few new faces to the ride, including
that of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Disneyland reopened
the ride on June 26, coinciding with the movies weekend premiere.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney World in Orlando opened its own upgraded
version of the ride on July 7, in time for the movies nationwide
Disney is now
taking the theme into its hotel operation with a new Pirate Suite
(formerly one of the presidential suites) at the top of the Sierra
Tower at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
The room is
all-pirates-all-the-time, with the themes and characters of the
movie splashed onto its decor and furnishings. Furnishings are
Spanish-colonial style with dark-stained hardwood floors and wooden
beams overhead. The master bedroom features a
vintage canopied four-poster bed with cast iron lighting fixtures.
A second bedroom is decorated with a nautical theme, designed for
In keeping with the
pirates theme, he doorbell plays the theme song from the
attraction, Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Pirates Life for Me; and features
replicas of Jack Sparrows revolver and Davy Jones Dead Mans Chest;
pirate figurines; and a lithograph signed by X Atencio, the
lyricist who wrote the theme song for the Pirates
For Pirate Suite
reservations, call (800) MICKEY-1. The Disney travel agent site is
contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David
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