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05-22-2007, 08:09 PM
Mufasa, is Pirates Lair still scheduled to open on Friday, May 25th? I hadn't really seen any announcements confirming it. (I might have missed it in the Passholder thing that came out, was so excited about Nemo ride). I'm going to the park on Saturday to meet somebody and might have some time to get over there I hope, otherwise, I'll hit it with Varcity the following week. :secret:
05-22-2007, 08:25 PM
Yes the Pirates Lair is set to open on May 25th- here's a press release with details about the Pirates Lair, as well details of exclusive, in-park content downloads to tie-in to the new Nintendo DS title "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
22 May 2007
FROM DISNEYLAND TO THE MOVIES AND BACK AGAIN! ‘PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN’ FEVER SPREADS BEYOND THE FILM AND ATTRACTION TO NEW INTERACTIVE DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES
(ANAHEIM, Calif. - May 22, 2007) A longtime favorite Disneyland Resort attraction is reopening May 25 with new swashbuckling adventures as Captain Jack Sparrow and his gaggle of mates take over Tom Sawyer Island and turn it into their own “Pirate’s Lair.” The pirates will loot and carouse as they attempt to recruit island guests into their brotherhood of freedom and greed at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.
“The phenomenal popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has allowed our Imagineers and cast members to bring the classic Tom Sawyer Island pirate experience alive in new, entertaining and fun ways like only Disney can do,” said Ed Grier, President of Disneyland Resort. “Through Disney’s signature brand of storytelling, guests will be immersed in a pirate experience like no other and find new ways to explore an island that’s been taken over by some of the most popular characters from the Pirates franchise, including Captain Jack Sparrow himself.”
Pirates aficionados who are gamers also will find a bounty of buccaneer booty when a Disney Parks wireless initiative brings technology to life like never before. Created in partnership with Disney Interactive Studios for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, guests with a Nintendo DS™ and a copy of the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Nintendo DS video game will be able to download content only found in Disney Parks in Southern California and Florida.
“The Year of a Million Dreams has been all about immersing our guests in the excitement of Disneyland, and this in-park videogame content is a groundbreaking way for them to participate in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ adventure,” said Grier.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End for Nintendo DS, players take on the roles of Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner in a journey based on the events, environments and characters seen on the silver screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Developed by Amaze Entertainment and published by Disney Interactive Studios, the game is rated E 10+ for “Everyone ten and older” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and will be available at retailers nationwide as well as for purchase in the parks.
At Disneyland, half the fun will be discovering “hotspot” locations in New Orleans Square (hint: as every pirate knows, X marks the spot) for downloads that unlock new content such as unlimited health and “savvy” as well as fun extras and additional costumes. This special content is only available in the parks through Labor Day weekend and is accessible with a Nintendo DS.
Both Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and the Nintendo DS in-park play opportunities are additions to the line-up of the new immersive experiences debuting in 2007 as part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration at Disney Parks.
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island makes its debut day and date with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third film in the popular Disney movie franchise. Building upon the hands-on play and exploration that have made the island a Disneyland favorite for children and adults alike since it opened more than 50 years ago, Pirate’s Lair takes its inspiration from Tom and Huck’s pirate games chronicled in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as from Disneyland’s famed Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the blockbuster motion picture series.
The Pirate’s Lair experience embarks when aspiring pirates traverse the Rivers of America in Frontierland on rafts -- with island maps in hand -- and head ashore at Pirate Point where they are greeted by Captain Jack Sparrow’s warning of his presence on the isle.
Guests will soon discover that Captain Jack has joined his fellow adventurers from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies in a plan to overtake Tom Sawyer Island. William Turner has set up his blacksmith shop on Pirate Point and Elizabeth Swann has landed, as evidenced by her framed portrait, signed love letters and diary.
Quarrelsome pirates Pintel and Ragetti also have staked their claim. Appearing as special effects in the form of a pop-up head and a spooky skeletal arm, the pair attempts to frighten off would-be treasure-snatchers and other plunderers.
Cavern explorers in Dead Man’s Grotto will encounter ghostly apparitions, buried treasure and mysterious voices, as well as discover an ornate chest that holds the heart of the villainous Davy Jones. Brave souls seeking to claim the cherished chest will be shocked to feel the thump of his beating heart and hear the strains of his ghostly voice.
In a watery inlet alongside a ramshackle barrel bridge in Smuggler’s Cove, treasure seekers might spot a sunken ship. A closer look discovers a chest that can only be revealed by operating a hoist to lift it from its underwater nest.
Unwitting guests roaming the island may stumble upon a rather intimidating suspended bone cage, similar to the one depicted in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. However, this seemingly unfortunate situation could lend itself as the perfect opportunity to pose for photos as trapped prisoners of the cannibal tribe that menaced Captain Jack.
Down another path, guests may meet up with roving pirates seeking new recruits to take the Pirate Oath, as well as The Bootstrappers, a fun-loving band of rogues who are always looking high and low for sing-a-long participants.
Guests also should keep a keen lookout for pirates at other island landmarks like Tom & Huck’s Treehouse and Castle Rock, where -- as legend has it -- marauders have stashed their hoard of loot.
Captain Jack and several sly, cunning pirates take to the swords in “Jack Sparrow’s Swashbuckling Adventure,” an interactive and high-energy live performance. During the show, Captain Jack tricks a fellow pirate into helping him retrieve a map from the Casque of the Unknown that leads to the ultimate buried treasure. A brawl ensues and the pirates engage in swordplay, acrobatics and a cannon battle in their quest for the revered map. The performance runs several times daily on the island.
The crafty Captain Jack Sparrow, his ruthless and cunning nemesis Barbossa, and Davy Jones, the legendary ruler of the ocean depths, continue to entertain Disney park guests as part of the “wildest crew to ever sack the Spanish Main” in the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Tom Sawyer Island opened in June 1956. It claims the distinction of being the only attraction personally designed by Walt Disney.
Along with the arrival of Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, summer 2007 will mark the return of FANTASMIC! This dazzling adventure inside Mickey Mouse’s magical imagination is an extravaganza of characters, light and special effects. It will be performed on the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer Island beginning in June.
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island joins a full lineup of immersive experiences to be found at Disneyland during the Year of a Million Dreams celebration in 2007. The Resort is celebrating its “Dreams Come True” heritage by making literally millions of dreams, large and small, come true for eligible guests. Many money-can't-buy experiences—from exclusive Dream FASTPASSES for popular Disney attractions to around-the-world vacations or a stay in the special Mickey Mouse Penthouse at the Disneyland Hotel—will be awarded at random.
There are other "Dreams Come True" opportunities for guests to meet and play with Disney Princesses at Disney Princess Fantasy Faire, duel with Darth Vader at Jedi Training Academy, create mayhem with the denizens of Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, or show their school spirit by joining in the fun of the High School Musical Pep Rally at Disney’s California Adventure park. The Year of a Million Dreams continues throughout 2007 both at Disneyland Resort and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
05-22-2007, 08:38 PM
Thank you Mufasa. That sounds so awesome. I think I'll wait until next week when I got more time to see all this. Looks like I'm getting that DS game after all. :)
05-28-2007, 01:42 AM
Have to say I like the new additions to the Island. I'll put up some pictures this weekend. I only caught the middle to end of the show on the island. It looks great. Lots of stunts and such. You can see most of it from New Orleans Square. The audience on the island is standing under an awning toward lines for Mark Twain and Columbia. You can see it better near from of French Market and that side. The cast members told me the time of the shows currently are:
10:25, 11:25, 12:25, 3:25, and 4:25. The 2:25 is a meet and great with a pirate
The bootstrappers start out entertaining people before. They suggest getting there about 15 mins to half hour before the show to get better viewing.
In the back by the Fort, there is a new area of "Treasure" with pirate flag and all the loot. Its definitely photo op. And that's the new place for the Sparrow autographs and pictures.
The front shop is now Will Turners shop (that has the waterwheel). Also the main cave has now been transformed with pirate stuff. Pretty neat actually.
05-28-2007, 06:57 AM
I bought the Pirates game today for my DS Lite, haven't gotten a chance to play yet, but I will be at the parks next week, so I will get my downloads! Hopefully the game will be better than the movie. Wait, did I just say that? :mickey:
05-28-2007, 09:19 AM
That sounds like fun Traci! My boy loved Tom Sawyers island when he was little and i'm sure the new pirates theme will be just as cool!
I'm just disappointed we'll miss the nintendo downloads, we should be there on Sept 19/20. Maybe they will extend it??:mickey:
05-30-2007, 11:42 PM
So, can little children pretty much NOT wander around the island and explore anymore. :(
I have two toddler boys who love doing that, but I think they'll be scared off by all the extra stuff that's there now. Is it pretty much overrun by super hyper kids trying to find treasure and pirates having swordfights? I worry because older kids usually are not very careful around younger ones. ;)
If so, that's truly a shame. Tom Sawyer Island used to be an oasis. I guess those days are over.
05-31-2007, 03:50 PM
So, can little children pretty much NOT wander around the island and explore anymore. :(
Actually I think they will like it. The Pirates show is on the front of the island (where Fantasmic show is). You can see the show from New Orleans Square but at this point can't hear the dialog as much. Injun Joe's cave is what changed. The kids I saw seemed to like since there is a lot of touch and feel stuff (touch the deadman's chest and feel the heartbeat sometimes). One of the treasure things is at the smaller kids levels so they can look in. The rest of the caves on the island have not been changed at all. I think there's is actually more to explore. The kids also got a kick out of the treasure in back and having their pictures taken.
That's what I liked about the modification. Other than a few additions, the island is still the same. I think the olders kids will still go after the thrill rides. Do a run through of this stuff, then go back. Fort Wilderness is coming down, which probably is better because of safety issues.
06-10-2007, 03:22 AM
Here are some pictures of the Pirates Lair:
Area under suspension bridge - 1 (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair1.jpg)
Area under suspension bridge - 2 (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair2.jpg)
Area by barrel water bridge (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair3.jpg)
Area for Photo Ops with Sparrow (back of the island) (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair4.jpg)
Front of Deadman's Grotto (used to be Injun Joe's Cave) (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair5.jpg)
Will Turner's Shop (in the front) (http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/chescat/Disneyland/PiratesLair6.jpg)
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