Monday, May 14, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean - queue construction

When a rumor surfaced recently that there may be a second interactive game in the Magic Kingdom beyond Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (the new one is said to be Adventureland-specific and called "Pirates Adventure - Jewels of the Seven Seas), we had to look. What was new?

On our visit to find out, we saw that the queue has had several changes. Some show scenes are blocked off, and others are missing (though the chess-playing skeletons appear untouched). Maybe this is related?

It's possible, even likely, that the queue construction here has to do with FastPass Plus, the ride-reservations from home. Once that system goes into wide use, they will need FastPass (or the electric-only variation) on all the major attractions. Pirates won't get a "regular" FP system, I assume, and will instead be like Mansion, which has no paper FP but does have the electronic versions. If so, then the right-hand queue will become the Standby (interactive) queue, and the left side one will be for FastPass.

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.