Before it was a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean was a state of the art attraction at Disneyland, one of the last rides that Walt Disney himself oversaw personally before his death in 1966. Although the animatronics might be dated now, you’ll still be hard pressed to find a ride with as much attention to detail and thoughtful world-building going on as the original Pirates. In terms of what they call “dark rides”, it has yet to be topped. (And good luck finding a ride that lasts longer than five minutes these days–the original Anaheim park Pirates clocks in at almost fifteen.)
But now Disney is looking to try, with an all-new iteration of the beloved ride called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, set to open at Shanghai Disneyland in 2016. (It was recently announced that the new Shanghai park’s opening has been delayed from its original late 2015 opening date by Disney CEO Bob Iger.) The new attraction will be located in the park’s Treasure Cove land, a whole land seemingly built around the Pirates movie franchise.
The new attraction will offer “a combination of new technology and innovation and will take guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing an experience unlike anything else in the world.” It appears that the new Pirates will also use the omni-mover boat ride technology, which was patented a few years ago by Walt Disney Imagineering. Check out some of the concept art and behind-the-scenes-pictures in the gallery below: