D23 Expo 2017 Spotlight: Pirates of the Caribbean Archives Exhibit


By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  July 24, 2017

By far one of our favorite exhibits at the D23 Expo this year was the Pirates of the Caribbean Archives. I hope you enjoy these pictures- each one is a true Disney treasure!

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Entrance to the POTC exhibit. They only allowed 20 people in at a time. ©Moffits:Mad Hatter Adventures

Once inside the exhibit area- it was a feast for any Disney pirate fan. From original concept sketches to vintage items, each era of pirates was well represented.

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Next we had Muppet Treasure Island, Treasure Planet, James and the Giant Peach, and some items from Moana. There were even some items from Swiss Family Robinson on hand to view.

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One of my favorite older Disney classics has to be Blackbeard’s Ghost. I was thrilled to see the actual portrait from this film along with some other memorabilia.

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And who can forget that notorious Captain Hook?

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Next, we moved into some costuming treats. The Descendants 2 and that dashing Hook costume from Once Upon a Time delighted fans. We didn’t know we would actually meet some of the actors later in the weekend, either, but that was fun. By the way, the word on Main Street is that the hook pictured below is also the hook that was used in the movie “Hook” with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams.

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My favorite ship from the modern POTC era is undoubtedly the Black Pearl. In the exhibit we saw a huge model of it placed right in the middle.

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Now we were ready to see some classic items from the development of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Something really interesting to see were the original sketches from 1957 of Ken Anderson’s Haunted Mansion concepts. Yes, the main idea was centered around a pirate! Check out some of the amazing details in the images below!

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Another of the most popular things to see was the original sheet music from “Yo Ho A Pirates Life for Me”.  No one could walk by this without either singing or humming the familiar tune, myself included. It was very special to see the original pencil written composition.

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Next we moved into the modern POTC era a bit more with items from Shanghai Disney. Pirate’s Lair, the POTC attraction,  and the more recent POTC films starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and more. It was amazing to see all of the costumes and props that were actually used in the films.

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With each turn, the exhibit became more and more interesting. It was something to behold, especially when up close to the props and costumes. The detail in each item was fantastic.

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Do you recognize the costumes and props? We certainly did!

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We just want to thank our pal above for allowing us the extra time to take all of these photos to share with you! He was incredibly kind.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me…..

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Images and video ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures

 

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