Well…. I guess these rumors are indeed true and are sure to cause some controversy and spark debate all through the Disney fan community. From the San Jose Mercury News:
DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœPiratesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ride to add characters from the film
ANAHEIM, Calif. – In a case of life imitating art imitating life, DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular theme park attraction "Pirates of the Caribbean" will add several characters from the 2003 film it inspired.
The ride features lifelike figures that gesture and speak, called "animatronics." Several new figures, including Capt. Jack Sparrow, the character portrayed by actor Johnny Depp, and his nemesis Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush…
…The new additions will interact with some of the current characters as they race each other to reach a treasure chest. New special effects will also be added, as will the character of Davey Jones from the new film.
"Pirates" was the last Disney theme park attraction to be personally supervised by Walt Disney and opened at Disneyland in 1967, the year after DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death.
Being the true libra I am, I havent managed to come down stongly on one side or the other. I am a big fan of Johnny Depp, and keeping the attractions updated and fresh is a great idea. However, Im not so sure I want the Pirates I have known and loved since I was a kid to be overhauled for the priveledge of looking at an animatronic version of Johnny. Now… If they could contract the real version and have him swing into the boat and rescue me from the queue line of boats at the end of the ride, I may be more in favor. What do you think of the changes?