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Disneyland's Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride To Stop Auctioning Off Brides

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland is a classic, eerie voyage through a swamp-y bayou, complete with pirates, gold, and, you know, the auction of a poor woman. Next year, though, the bride auction will transition into an auction forcing townspeople to surrender their goods.

Currently, a red-headed woman is tied up via rope and lined up under a banner that reads "Auction, Take a Wench for a Bride." During regular ride maintenance in 2018, Disneyland will update the ride, turning the woman into a pirate and changing the banner to read "Auction, Surrender yer loot." Kathy Mangum, senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, explained that, "Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate," according to the OC Register. The scene will now involve the woman taking goods from the townspeople to auction off to the rest of the pirates.

This update isn't the first move on Disneyland's part to modernize the gender dynamics of this classic ride, according to the L.A. Tmes. There used to be a scene in which pirates were seen lusting for and chasing after a group of women; the park later put trays of food in the women's hands to suggest that the men were going after a meal. In another change, a male and female pirate reversed roles, so the woman is shown chasing after the man.

In case you've never gone on the ride, here's a fan-shot video of it. The auction scene appears at the 08:40 mark:

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