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So I got to go on Pirates of the Caribbean tonight after my shift. It was great. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that the new special effects are amazing, the new animatronics look great, the chase scenes ARE back (but in a new way), the new music is cool, and everything that you love about the attraction is pretty much still there (with a digital soundtrack to boot!).
I still don't understand the naysayers who say things like "Walt wouldn't do this, blah blah blah." Walt made more changes, additions, and updates in the 10+ years he ran the park than were made in the entire remaining 40 years. My favorite quote of his goes something like, "As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will always be changing..." Walt personally added multiple scenes to pet attractions of his such as the Jungle Cruise and the Disneyland Railroad. I didn't hear anyone complaining about the updates to the Jungle Cruise they made this year, and that attraction has been around since the park opened. Not to mention the cool new scenes in The Haunted Mansion that just opened. I seriously think that the bulk of the naysayers will be silenced once they get on the ride.
For those folks out there wanting to ride on Monday when it opens to the public, either get there at the crack of dawn or get ready to wait. The lines will probably be insane for a few days and then they should start calming down. Thankfully Pirates is a true "people eating" attraction so even when it's super busy I think the lines won't be too out of control once the hype dies down a little bit. The best times I've witnessed to ride are usually during Fantasmic and during the Fireworks. Oh, and I would highly discourage any of you Annual Passholders from coming to the park this Saturday. We're hosting the World Premiere of the new movie and the park is closing at 5 PM. The park will be full of angry tourists and autograph hounds. There's your little Disneyland tip of the day. On that note, I'm off to bed!