Jean Lafitte was a French-American historic pirate, privateer, spy, naval artillery officer, and smuggler, who has made several appearances in Disney media.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Television
- 1.2 Printed-materials
- 1.3 Video-games
- 1.4 Disney Parks
Lafitte was the namesake for the pirate, "Long Lost Lafitte" in the episode Piratsy Under the Seas.
In the Secrets of the Pirates' Inn television-film, the protagonists attempted to track down Jean Lafitte's long-lost treasure.
Jean Lafitte is mentioned in this comic as having been an affiliate of the pirate William "Captain Blood" Gracey, the original owner of the Haunted Mansion.
In this book, René Belloq claims to be a descendant of Jean Lafitte when he attends a Mardi Gras party dressed as a pirate.
The Legend of Gracey Manor
In this backstory for the Haunted Mansion film, Lafitte is identified as having had a secret affiliation with the mansion's original owner, Ambrose Gracey. This affiliation is implied to have been that Ambrose made the Gracey wealth via criminal dealings with Lafitte under the guise of an honest merchant.
In this audio-book, Lafitte is mentioned as having been a compatriot to a matricidal sea-captain who used to own the Haunted Mansion.
Jean Lafitte is briefly mentioned in this game by Black Barty, the game's analogue to Captain Jack Sparrow. Barty mentions having travelled to New Orleans with Lafitte in 1817 before having become cursed.
Jean Lafitte has an anchor commemorated to him on the streets of New Orleans Square. Said anchor has a plaque on it reading, "Said to be from a pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans – January 8, 1815 – It is also said that Lafitte’s privateering ships left a wake of blood from the mainland to Barataria Bay – But don’t believe everything you read". Jean also used to be the namesake of a shop called, "Laffite's Silver Shop".
In the 1990s, Lafitte was proposed to be the basis for a walk-though attraction which would go from New Orleans Square, under the Rivers of America to Tom Sawyer Island. This would have been accessed from a crypt dedicated to Jean Lafitte outside of the Haunted Mansion and be largely themed to Pirates of the Caribbean.
In Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, Jean Lafitte is the namesake of, "Laffite's Landing" which serves as the backdrop for the attraction's loading-zone. Said area is set within the Blue Bayou, mirroring how in real-life Lafitte used the bayous of Louisiana to smuggle in contraband from Baratia Bay to New Orleans.
Jean Lafitte's likeness makes a cameo in this version of the attraction. During the town auction scene, a portrait of Jean Lafitte is shown being auctioned off by the Auctioneer and Redd from the possession of an Isla Tesoro citizen. Said appearance is however anachronistic as the attraction is set in the 18th century while Jean was only active in the 19th century and would not have been born yet.
On Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Jean Lafitte is the namesake of Laffite's Tavern on the island's landing which is a facade for storing props and equipment for Fantasmic!. A newspaper on the landing also mentions how Lafitte previously used Jackson Island (the attraction's setting) as a lair during the War of 1812.