Friday, January 25, 2013

Pirates of the Caribbean Hub Page

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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 June 29, 2017.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Two Soundtracks - June 2017 - full attraction audio mixes for the original version of the attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

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.