The Pirate Robber is a character found in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.

History

Background

This man was a robber who came to the island of Isla Tesoro in the Caribbean. He looted Dead Man's Cove on the island which served as the base for the crew of the Wicked Wench, a pirate's crew which had robbed Isla Tesoro of a massive treasure. However, the thief was caught in a booby-trap set by the pirates which trapped him in a net where he eventually died; be it purely by starvation, execution from the pirates or the stolen treasure's curse.

Development History

The pirate was integrated into the original Pirates of the Caribbean in 2017/2018 during a refurbishment incited to remove the misogynistic connotations of the auction scene. During this same renovation, elements of the ride from the Pirates of the Caribbean film-series such as the mermaids in the grotto were removed from the attraction in favour of original or new elements.

Since 2006, one of the more impressive and well-received integrations from the film was a waterfall with the likeness of Davy Jones replacing a previously empty cave with ghostly narration by J. Pat O'Malley and Paul Frees referring to the cursed treasure. The waterfall's placement was at the end of Dead Man's Cove and was used as a transition between the 19th/20th century which the grotto sequence was set in and the entrance to the golden age of piracy while commenting on the cursed treasure.

In the 2017 refurbishment, Davy Jones' waterfall was completely removed from the attraction and replaced by the new vignette of the pirate robber. The new vignette was intended to also show the transition between the present and past and had the original Frees/O'Malley narration being played overtop of it. It is believed that this alteration was done to the attraction due to the ghostly voices containing some of the only remaining audio in the ride from Paul Frees; his voice-lines as Blackbeard having been removed in 2006 to make-way for Barbossa, voice-lines as the Pooped Pirate was removed in 1997 due to its highly misogynistic and sexual content, and whose lines as the Auctioneer were being removed during that same refurbishment.

The character seen in the final ride is somewhat reminiscent of an unused pirate-character created during the ride's initial development by Marc Davis and Xavier Atencio. This pirate having been called, "Peg-Leg Pete" (not to be confused with the cartoon cat of the same name) and would have been a hairy pirate trying to sell guests contraband from his jacket which he stole from the Wench's lair as they passed by. The robber in the final attraction reuses one of Blaine Gibson's pirate moulds commonly found in the attraction and the nearby octopus animatronic is taken from Disneyland Paris' version of Pirates of the Caribbean where it appeared in a shipwreck performing the same task.

Appearances

Pirates of the Caribbean

The robber is found at the end of the ghostly grotto in the tunnel which takes guests to the, "Living" half of the ride. The robber can be seen as a skeleton, dangling from a booby-trap net while holding onto treasures being fondled by a nearby octopus. As guests pass by the robber, his skeletal-corpse transforms into a living body from the golden age of piracy, petrified in fear at his fate.

The effect of his transformation is achieved by the robber's figure being split down the middle with his left-side being a skeleton while the right-side is made to look like a living pirate. Hidden in the ropes suspending the net is a mirror which reflects the one half of each of the pirate's sides, making it look like the full body of the robber. A similar effect is utilized in Epcot in Journey into your Imagination and Journey into your Imagination with Figment with a caged giant butterfly disappearing. The robber's utilization of this effect however has been criticized due to how visible the mirror is and the perspective on the reflection not working as intended.

Trivia

  • While possibly incidental, the facial-hair, upturned nose and mouth expression showing his front-teeth give the robber a similar appearance to that of a rat; enhancing his robber motif.
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Media
Films: The Curse of the Black PearlDead Man's ChestAt World's EndOn Stranger TidesDead Men Tell No Tales

Short film: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
Books: Jack Sparrow prequel novelsPirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren CourtPirates of the Caribbean: The Price of FreedomPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual GuidePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ultimate Sticker Book)
Video games: Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Legend of Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean OnlineDisney UniverseKingdom Hearts IIPirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer MobileLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video GamePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the DamnedPirates of the Caribbean (pinball)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: Master of the SeasDisney InfinityDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
Treasure CovePiratelandPirate TakeoverA Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven SeasEl Teatro FandangoJungle River Cruise: Pirate Takeover!Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer IslandPirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken TreasureShipwreck ShoreSiren's RevengeThe Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

Entertainment: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate TutorialEye of the Storm: Captain Jack's Stunt SpectacularFantasmic!Pirates Summer Battle "Get Wet!"
Restaurants: Blue Bayou RestaurantPintel & Ragetti's Grub to GrabThe Snackin’ KrakenTortuga TavernTortuga Treats
Shops: Doubloon MarketJolly GypsyPirates LeaguePirate Treasure
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicDisney Movie MagicFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouRemember... Dreams Come TrueWorld of Color
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadePirates of the Caribbean Ghost TrailThe Nightmare Experiment

Characters
The Curse of the Black Pearl: Jack SparrowHector BarbossaJoshamee GibbsWill TurnerElizabeth SwannJames NorringtonGovernor Weatherby SwannPintel and RagettiJack the MonkeyCottonMartyMurtogg and MullroyTheodore GrovesAnamariaCotton's ParrotGilletteGiselleScarlettBo'sunJacobyKoehlerTwiggWeatherby
Dead Man's Chest: Davy JonesCutler BeckettIan MercerTia DalmaKrakenBootstrap Bill TurnerMaccusClankerPenrodAnglerRatlinKolenikoHadrasPalificoOgilveyCrashWyvernGreenbeardJimmy LegsLeechPelegostos Tribe
At World's End: Sao FengTai HuangEduardo VillanuevaSri Sumbhajee AngriaCapitaine ChevalleAmmand the CorsairMistress ChingCaptain TeagueMoreyGreitzer
On Stranger Tides: AngelicaBlackbeardPhilip SwiftSyrenaGarhengSalamanScrumMarinaMermaids of Whitecap BayTamaraSpaniardKing FerdinandKing George IIRedcoats
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain SalazarLesaroHenry TurnerCarina SmythUncle JackScarfieldShansa
Tales of the Code: MungardMarquis d'Avis
Attraction: ReddAuctioneerTalking SkullPrison DogHook Hand PirateSkeleton HelmsmanBarker BirdBeacon JoeThe Pooped PirateOld BillCarlosFortune RedCaptain GoreTom SawyerSkeleton PillagerSkeleton Pirate CaptainPirate Robber
Video Games: Black BartyJolly Roger

Books: MontezumaJames the Mysterious

Organizations
Crew of the Black PearlCursed CrewCrew of the Flying DutchmanEast India Trading CompanyBrethren CourtSpaniard's crewBlackbeard's Zombie OfficersCrew of the Silent MaryCrew of the Wicked Wench
Locations
Isla TesoroDead Man's CovePort Royal, JamaicaFort CharlesTortugaIsla de MuertaPelegostosIsla CrucesSingaporeDavy Jones' LockerShipwreck CoveLondon, EnglandSpainWhitecap BayFountain of Youth
Ships/Boats
Wicked WenchBlack PearlFlying DutchmanQueen Anne's RevengeHMS InterceptorHMS DauntlessHMS EndeavorJolly MonBarnacleDying GullSilent MaryThe Sailing Ship Columbia
Objects
Jack Sparrow's hatJack Sparrow's swordJack Sparrow's compassCursed TreasureTreasure of CortésElizabeth Swann's gold medallionRagetti's wooden eyeJar of DirtDavy Jones' pipe organKey to the Dead Man's ChestDead Man's ChestMao Kun MapPirata CodexJack Sparrow's Pirate BeadsSword of TritonJack Sparrow Voodoo DollChalices of CartagenaDark MagicVoodoo
Music
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" • Theme park soundtrackSoundtrack Treasures CollectionSwashbuckling Sea Songs1966 soundtrackThe Medallion CallsHe's a PiratePirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (soundtrack)Pirates RemixedHoist the ColoursMy Jolly Sailor Bold
See Also
Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card GameLiar's Dice
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