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I made this costume from the Pirates of the Caribbean "Take a Wench for a Bride Auction" scene to wear at Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland. The gown design was based on the version of the Redhead seen in the Disneyland Anaheim park. This costume was a great deal of fun to wear. It was not something the children recognized, but many of the cast members knew who I was. If someone had just been on the ride they would say "wait a minute - this looks familiar!" I also enjoyed learning about the Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney history as I was digging up photos and researching the costume.
2012 MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY DISNEYLAND
2013 MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY DISNEYLAND
2014 MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY DISNEYLAND
I've always had a fondness for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, partially because it's one of the few clear memories I have from my first trip to Disneyland as a child at the age of five. I remember my father's amazement as he rode the attraction for his first time with me, commenting on how life-like the pirates were. "He's looking right at us!" he'd laugh. I was never offended by the ride in its original incarnation, not even the last time I'd seen it in the 1980s as a teenager before the politically correct changes began to happen. I simply saw it was a humorous take on pirates (unaware of the current human trafficking problems), and never believed the women to be in any long term peril. My imagination concluded the women successfully ran away from the drunken pirates. However, the Redhead was clearly different than the other women in the auction. I always thought the redhead was a bait and switch lady in cahoots with the pirates (that is not official Disney lore, just the way I saw the ride).
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