Friday, January 25, 2013
Pirates of the Caribbean Hub Page
This hub page at the web blog "Passport to Dreams Old & New" gathers up all of this site's published content covering the topic of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
It was last updated on December 25, 2016.
Marc Davis and Pirate Gold - November 2016 - A update of "The Case For the Florida Pirates", with a new discussion on Marc's intentions on this ride and a new way of thinking about the story it tells.
2015 Year-End Report - December 2015 - covers the refurbishment of pirates and briefly discusses the impact of the 2006 movie tie-in refurbishment on the logic of the attraction.
Fire in the Night - August 2011 - why is the original Pirates of the Caribbean so often cited, and seems to be, the greatest attraction ever built? A far-reaching analysis. Should also be read with the following article:
The Case for the Florida Pirates - June 2010 - On the Florida incarnation of the attraction, a case for what it got right and how it has been compromised. The "flip side" of the above article.
An Aesthetic Profile of Caribbean Plaza - January 2010 - Getting into details on Caribbean Plaza, The Magic Kingdom's most deceptively complex area.
Structuring the Experience - February 2009 - How arches, walls, portals and doors help make themed attractions into artistically satisfying experiences.
Two by Yale Gracey - February 2008 - How two key effects for Pirates of the Caribbean were accomplished.
The Long, Lonely March - August 2007 - An essay covering the narrative, tone, structural and artistic successes of Disney's original fully-themed pre-boarding queue experience at the Walt Disney World Pirates of the Caribbean.
Caribbean Plaza: Romance of the Tropics - August 2006 - The first post on this blog discusses early approaches to the area and attraction which inspired it.
Visual Structure in New Orleans Square - Mid 2004 / Early 2005 - Revised version of my first essay ever about themed design and the area that made me aware that theme parks could also be art.