Excited park goers heard “Ello, poppet” from the Disneyland “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride on Friday.
The attraction, which has been a part of the California park since 1967, has officially reopened to visitors after being shuttered since March 4 for maintenance.
Fans were happy to see Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack Sparrow figure remain on the ride since his connection with the mouse house worsened during his legal struggle with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Keep a sharp eye out for cunning Captain Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, as he tries to get his hands on the spoils, according to the description of the ride on the park’s website.
On the other hand, there were a few brief closures on the day the ride reopened. According to Deadline, it opened an hour later than anticipated as a result of park officials’ apparent attempts to manage the flow of visitors. Before 2 p.m., “Pirates” also closed and reopened twice, according to the site, however followers on social media claimed there were four brief closures during that period.
Depp was reportedly negotiating a $301 million agreement with Disney (Moon Knight Season 2) to return to the franchise, according to the Australian gossip website Poptopic, but his representatives shot down that report in a statement to Fox News.
Depp has declared he would never work on the franchise again throughout the trial.
“Isn’t it true that nothing on Earth could persuade you to come back and work with Disney on a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film?” Ben Rottenborn, Heard’s attorney, questioned Heard about what she would do if Disney approached her with $300 million and a million alpacas during a cross-examination.
“That is true,” according to Depp.
After two years of disruption caused by the original Pirates of the Caribbean rollercoaster at Disneyland being shuttered for repairs, it reopened on March 14. The renowned coaster opened in 1967, but it really gained popularity after Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in that movie.
Given the current climate surrounding Depp as a result of the Amber Heard claims, there have been some concerns regarding how the actor’s involvement in the franchise will impact the experience. Characters from the movies have begun to appear in the ride since 2006 in an effort to merge the two universes. One of the key contributions is Depp’s interpretation of Captain Jack Sparrow, in which the actor even participated in 2017.
Many people believed that part of the renovation would involve removing Jack Sparrow from the ride in a manner similar to his expulsion from the film series because of Depp’s legal issues and public fights with his ex. Depp’s most recent appearance was in 2017, and a revamp is expected to do without him.
That, however, did not occur! Despite the fact that it wasn’t a smooth comeback, Sparrow is still there, and the show continues to look the same. Deadline claims that the coaster reopened an hour later than expected, had a 45-minute wait, and experienced many malfunctions. For Disneyland authorities, this is not ideal because part of the closure in March was to address these underlying problems.
To the chagrin of on-site spectators, the attraction had to close down briefly at least twice before 2:00 p.m. after its initial opening difficulties. Fans began to question what upgrading took place during the downtime after one fan even claimed that the ride had fallen four times in total on July 1.
Depp is still associated with the Pirates series in one way, but will the reports that he will also appear in future films in the series following his legal victory over Heard come to pass? That remains to be seen because the actor’s ex is hoping to have the verdict reversed because of a purportedly made-up juror. Stranger things, however, have occurred.