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Disneyana fans enjoy after-hours fun at NYC's World of Disney "Pirates in the Big Apple" event

Disneyana fans enjoy after-hours fun at NYC's World of Disney "Pirates in the Big Apple" event

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At first glance, it appears that it's just  business as usual at NYC's World of Disney. Minnie, Pluto & Mickey occupy their usual spot on the store's marquee.

But wait a minute ... Who's that in the second story window? Is that ... Capt. Jack Sparrow?


Photo by Jeff Lange

And what's the deal with all these undead pirate skeletons leering out at the tourists strolling up 5th Avenue?


Photo by Jeff Lange

Well, just like every other arm of the Disney Corporation was doing last week, NYC's World of Disney store was hyping the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." With special pirate-themed decorations ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... as well as a special event that lead up to the city's very first screening of this Gore Verbinski film (Which was held at midnight at the Ziegfeld Theater), "Pirates in the Big Apple."


250 hardcore "Pirates" fans paid $120 apiece to gain access to Disney's flagship store after-hours. Where they got the chance to kibitz with Jason Surrell (seated, foreground), author of "Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies" as well as Mark "Crash" McCreery (seated, background) who designed Davy Jones as well as many of the creepy creatures that you see in "Dead Man's Chest" ...


Photo by Florence Lange

... as well as bid on some very cool limited edition merchandise. Like these handsomely framed version of Crash's Davy Jones concept painting ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... as well as these uncut sheets of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" playing cards.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Mind you, not everything that was up for bid at this event was "Pirates of the Caribbean" themed. There were a few very cool "Haunted Mansion" -related items ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... But -- for the most part -- the World of Disney's "Pirates in the Big Apple" was about celebrating Disney's "Pirates." The movies as well as the theme park attractions. With all sorts of limited edition merchandise that commemorated this event, like this snazzy t-shirt & watch.


Photo by Jeff Lange

In addition to all the shopping opportunities, event participants got to nibble a few noshes ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... as well as have their picture taken with some very colorful streetmosphere performers.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Later in the evening, Surrell & McCreery took the stage to tell some special "Pirates" -themed stories. With Jason talking about the history of the Disney theme park attraction while Crash chatted about all the challenges that were involved with making of "Dead Man's Chest."


Photo by Florence Lange

After that, it was time to begin the walk over the Ziegfeld Theater to the midnight screening. Though some of us -- like Brian Ramsey of Mouse Surplus -- had a tougher time than others. Given that they were weighed down by all the "Pirates" booty that they'd purchased during their after-hours visit in NYC's World of Disney store.


Photo by Jeff Lange

The movie ... Well, that was just the cherry on top of the sundae. After a private party filled with "Pirates" -themed fun, what better way is there to cap off a summer evening in the Big Apple than to be among the first people on the planet to see "Dead man's Chest"?


Photo by Jeff Lange

Speaking of seeing ... If you'd like to get a sense of what it was actually like to be inside NYC's World of Disney store this past Thursday night, Jeff Lange has already put together a new DVD that commemorates this event, "Jeff Lange Remembers ... Pirates in New York City." If you'd like to learn more about this disc or any of the other recordings that Jeff Lange Productions offers, I suggest that you follow this link.

 

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  • Thanks, Jeff, for the pictures and article!  It looked like so much fun!  Very cool merchandise (although not Pirates-related, that Minnie & Mickey riding The Haunted Masion was very cute...wish I could see it all in person!).
  • I saw "Dead Man's Chest" over the weekend. Suffice it to say that it is one of the best popcorn movies I have ever seen. It's the ONLY movie I've seen this summer I really enjoyed ("Over The Hedge" was an 80 minute Looney Tune, might as well rent it, "Ice Age 2" bored me silly, and "Cars" needed a LOT of editing. The first Pixar movie I didn't love.) I cannot WAIT for the third installment in this wonderful trilogy. Congrats to Disney; it has made a film Walt would be proud of.
  • Where is Jim's article about how great POTC2 did this weekend? Anyone feel like Jim had an article written about how bad the numbers for POTC2 were, but when the movie broke records this weekend, Jim was knocked for a loop? he was fast to bash the amount Cars took in during opening weekend, but he cannot praise how well POTC2 did? And he wonders why people say he is anti-Disney.....

    Jeff Lange, thanks for the pictures.
  • RoadDogBC, if you actually read his articles, you'd know that he said the Pirates article would be here TUESDAY morning. For the purpose of the contest, he has to wait until the actual numbers are released (especially being that some of the guesses were so close to the estimate). And he never said the numbers were going to be bad. He said (with EVIDENCE may I add) that DISNEY did all it could to make sure the expectations weren't sky-high if by some odd chance it didn't do so good. A very smart move by them, which makes the actual total look so damn good. So perhaps next time you will actually read his article before bashing him.
  • Yeah. Tuesday Morning.

    and askmike1, you commented in another article about avatars. I never realized yours was Iger. lol. My avatar is actually a painting I did for my mom. Well, Allison Leftcourt did the original, and they had it at WDW and my mom wanted it but its $5000 so I made her that one, as i am an artist. Just some backstory for ya!

    And yay Pirates 2! Its my new favorite movie!! Ive seen it twice, and will see it 2 times more before the week is over.
  • Arrr…LOL! :) We just came back from seeing it. It was pretty darned good, guys! The theater was packed for a Monday. The actors looked like they had a blast filming it.

    I think the merchandising looks a bit rushed, though.

    I am also annoyed with all these simpletons putting stress on the third film to top this one financially. A cliffhanger and a rock star is a good hook but at some point you have to leave well enough alone.

    And cudos to the folks who did the 3-D effects. Very skillfully done.
  • jeff, i love the pic of flo and the pirate! looks like you guys had alot of fun..thanks for the article ºoº
  • askmike1 said:
    RoadDogBC, if you actually read his articles, you'd know that he said the Pirates article would be here TUESDAY morning.

    I'm still waiting ...............
  • As am I. Roger has posted in the forums that "All will be revealed soon." But is it really unlike Jim to miss a deadline? It isn't because he hates Disney or Pirates....but because he *is* Jim Hill.
  • Tell Flo to bring me back that hottie Pirate she's standing next to.  Yow.
  • That as so much fun...those Davy Jones Chests they gave us were really nice....you can see my shirt in the picture of the interview lol
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