Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Look Back at New Orleans Square

An archive video of the opening of New Orleans Square. The synopsis accompanying this video says the following:

The footage you are about to see is bittersweet. It shows one of the last times Walt was on film enjoying his park. The day was 44 years ago, July 24, 1966 (Walt died later that year). Walt and New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro officially opened New Orleans Square. It was the first time since opening day in 1955 that a new land had opened. It was also the only area at the park named after a real city. Guests enjoyed shopping, dining and music, and Pirates of the Caribbean opened the following year.

I've never understood why Pirates of the Caribbean is in New Orleans Square. I don't get the connection with the theme. I can understand it being part of Adventure Land in the Magic Kingdom.


1 comment:

The Stationary Traveler said...

If I'm not mistaken, the original Disneyland Pirates ride started out in the Bayou instead of the Caribbean. That could be why they placed it in New Orleans Square.