Why Disney Parks' 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Changes Might Be A Good Thing

Why Disney Parks' 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Changes Might Be A Good Thing

Disney's new alterations, as always, are not without their critics.
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When Disney announced that one of the most iconic scenes on one of its most iconic rides in both Disneyland and Disney World was going to be changed on its blog last Friday, the parks' fans were, more than anything, a bit surprised. The famous auction scene of "Pirates of the Caribbean," which features a line of women being auctioned off as brides by pirates, will receive a makeover in 2018, trading wenches for riches. The blog post mainly covers changes to Disneyland Paris' version of the ride, only mentioning that some of those changes would carry over into the U.S. at the very bottom of the page, but those details that we do have describe an auction of loot taken from the townsfolk rather than women.

Though the change in subject matter would seem appropriate for a family-oriented park, many fans were upset by the change. "Pirates" is one of the last rides designed in Walt Disney's lifetime and the auction scene is one of its most famous pieces, specifically for the fact that Walt showcased the scene when originally crafting the ride and for the technological advancements found in its Auctioneer animatronic. Though the ride changed to accommodate the addition of Jack Sparrow into the story in 2006, the effect on original scenes was hardly as drastic. The last change altered lesser-known dialogue and added a few new animatronics. This change would alter an entire scene's worth of original dialogue and animatronics.

While history buffs and those who don't believe the auction should have been changed for the sake of modern conceptions of women are out of luck, fans of Disney history should be relieved to know that some of the ride's most famous animatronics, the Redhead and the Auctioneer, will remain in the scene. In fact, the Redhead is going to take on an even larger role, actually becoming a pirate herself and taking charge of the auction. Concept art suggests iconic lines will also remain, like the Auctioneer's, "Show 'em your larboard side," since the bride seems to be turning to show off the loot on her hip.

The change should also be good news for fans of Disney's technology, merchandise, and lore. Walt Disney World just recently saw the addition of new animatronic technology in Pandora, and Shanghai Disneyland already has some of this technology in its version of "Pirates," so, if we're lucky, the changes to the ride will also come with some advanced animatronics, especially at Disneyland, which hasn't seen much new tech recently. The updates to the scene, specifically to the Redhead, will likely come with new merch, too, and though those updates can be taken as simple changes, they can also be seen as additions to the ride's story: After being sold to pirates, the Redhead has become a pirate herself.

Though this update is a large change to Disney history, it is not one without positives. This particular change actually comes with a good number of positives, though it's up for debate whether those outweigh the fact that it alters one of the ride's and the parks' iconic moments. How do you feel about Disney's choice?

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.
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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.

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Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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