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Parrots, Pooped Pirates and the Caribbean Arcade
Parrots, Pooped Pirates and the Caribbean Arcade
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The main entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean used to feature a pirate "Barker Bird" to lead people inside the fort structure. He actually had first been located by the exit ramp ("moving gang plank") of the ride but he caused a bottleneck and was then moved to the entrance. His spiel included snippets of the theme song, as this sample suggests:
(An instrumental of "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" plays. The bird begins to sing along.)
Pirate Barker Bird: Yo ho, yo ho, a parrot's life for me. (Squawks.) A parrot's life for me! A parrot's life for me! (Whistles, does a Wolf Whistle and then whistles again.) Avast there, you lubbers! This be the place, if you be seeking adventure and salty old pirates. (Squawks) Salty old pirates! Salty old pirates! (Whistles.) We pillage and plunder! Riffle and loot! Yo ho, me hearties yo ho! (Squawks and whistles.) Heave to, maties! There be longboats waiting down by Pirate's Cove! Waitin' to take you to the Spanish Main! (Whistles.) Right this way! Through the arches and down past the dungeon, in the old fortress. (He whistles and it sounds like a ship's Bosun Whistle.) We sail with the tide! Sail with the tide! (Whistles.) Don't miss the boat maties!
(Series of squawks, including one that sounds like a monkey. The theme song begins to play again and then the bird speaks.)
Pirate Barker Bird: Yo ho, yo ho, a parrot's life for me. (Squawks.) A parrot's life for me! A parrot's life for me! (Whistles.) Golden doubloons! Golden doubloons! (Whistles.) Heave to maties! You come seeking adventure and salty old pirates? Ay? (Whistles.) Salty old pirates! Salty old pirates! This be the place! This be the place! (Squawks.) Chart a course through the arches, maties. It be a short march through the old fortress, past the dungeons to Pirate's Cove. (Whistles.) Pirates Cove! Pirates Cove! There be longboats waiting to take you aboard! (Squawks.) All hands on deck! We sail with the tide! Sail with the tide! (He whistles like a Bosun Whistle.) Ahoy there swabbies, stand by to repel boarders! Repel boarders! Repel boarders! (He whistles some bird calls and makes clicking noises.)
As seen in the picture above, the bird used to have a shaved belly with an anchor tattoo. Later versions of the bird were fully green with the tattoo still faintly visible. The bird was removed during the 2006 refurbishment that remodeled the main entrance and added Captain Jack Sparrow to the attraction. There is now a similar bird in the pirate section of the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.
The Pooped Pirate
The scene pictured above has been altered twice. The original scene featured the voice of Paul Frees as the "Pooped Pirate" and went like this:
Pooped Pirate: Oh, shiver me soul. It's dead wore out, I be. (Chuckles) Am I too fast these lot footed wenches be for the likes of an old swag-bellied pirate such as I? Now, where be that fascinatin' little old treasure? Ay? (Chuckles) Heave to, maties! Say, have you set your eyes on a bewitchin' maiden in your travels? Oh, she be a lively lassie she were! Oh, I tell you true, it's sore I be to hoist me colors on the likes of that shy little wench. (Laughs) Favor, keep a weather eye open maties. I be willing to share, I be! (Laughs).
After a 1997 refurbishment, the pirate talked to the dog about how "X marks the spot" and his voice was most likely dubbed by Corey Burton. The woman who popped out of the barrel behind him was altered to hold a small treasure chest. Disneyland's "Pooped Pirate" is now known as the "Stuffed Pirate" and has a different vocal track than the "X marks the spot" track at Walt Disney World. You can still hear the first two lines of the old dialogue if you are waiting in the right hand queue. Listen to the shoveling noises and talking near the cave close to the boarding area.
This scene was revised further in 2006 when the Jack Sparrow figure from the movie was added to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Now he's the one that's inside the barrel. Some changes were also made to the chase scene near the Pooped Pirate. Until 1997, the scene showed pirates chasing women (and one woman chasing a pirate) and it was obvious that their intentions were amorous. This chase scene has been changed so that the women are now chasing away the pirates.
This arcade opened around the same time that Pirates of the Caribbean premiered at Walt Disney World and was located off of the Caribbean Plaza. Park maps mentioned that the arcade contained "pirate games and fun machines". These machines included a fortune teller with a woman pirate (similar to the Fortune Red machine at Disneyland). The arcade was gone by 1980 and replaced by Lafitte's Portrait Deck.
The coins above are from House of Treasure. The arcade had a machine that could stamp on silver coins and it is possible that these coins were also available at the arcade. There was also a postcard machine that dispensed postcards with artwork by Marc Davis. The complete set consisted of the following 12 cards.
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