Not For Sale: Disney to Take Wives Off Auction Block in ‘Pirates' Ride

Yo ho, yo ho, no pirate's wife for me.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride is losing a scene where a bound and tearful woman is on the auction block for pirates to buy as a wife.

A banner that now says “Auction, take a wench for a bride'' will be changed to “Auction, Surrender yer loot,'' and the rifle-toting woman on the auction block will herself become a pirate.

The new red-haired pirate will also be joined by familiar faces from the blockbuster franchise at select parks including Captain Barbosa, Davy Jones and Blackbeard, the park announced in an official blog post by Senior Vice President Kathy Mangum.

"Pirates of the Caribbean has always represented great Disney Park storytelling; it has set the standard for the theme," said former Walt Disney Imagineering creative executive Marty Skylar in a statement. "But it’s a story you can continue to add fun to, with great characters in new ‘performances.'"

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown tells the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the changes will be made at the Paris park in July and at the Anaheim park next year.

The change is the most recent of several updates to the ride to match modern sensibilities, including one where a scene was altered to have pirates chasing a woman's food instead of the woman herself.

"That’s what the Imagineers have done with this new auction scene – it’s like a theatre show with a new act," said Skylar.

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