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Red Carpet Redux: Even more pictures from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" 's world premiere at Disneyland

Red Carpet Redux: Even more pictures from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" 's world premiere at Disneyland

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First of all, I want to apologize to all you JHM readers who were somewhat disappointed by that "Dead Man's Chest" story that I filed back on Monday. Based on some of the comments that were posted in the "TalkBack" for that particular article ... Well, I guess a number of you considered that column to be more of a tease than a full-blown feature about this past Saturday's premiere at Disneyland.

Well, hopefully today's article will make amends for Monday's somewhat lackluster piece. Now that I've had a chance to review all of the photos that I took from the press area at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" premiere, I think that I can do a much better job of representing what it was really like to be at Disneyland on this most unusual occasion. The day when Hollywood invaded "The Happiest Place on Earth."

As you entered Disneyland this past Saturday afternoon, this is the view that greeted you ... 


Photo by Roger Colton

... Town Square already barricaded off, with a red carpet running along the entire length of Main Street U.S.A. With patient "Pirates of the Caribbean" fans having already staked out choice spots along the way. Hoping for a little face time with the various celebrities that were expected to attend the premiere of "Dead Man's Chest."


Photo by Roger Colton

As these film fans stood broiling in the hot Californian sun, Disneyland did what it could to keep the crowds along Main Street U.S.A. entertained. Even going so far as to send a pirate band (on stilts yet!) down the red carpet to serenade the sweaty on-lookers.


Photo by Roger Colton

But it wasn't just Johnny Depp fans who had to put up with all that heat & humidity. Reporters from all over the globe had also made the trip out of Anaheim, Just so they could then get shots of the various celebrities who were expected to attend the "Dead Man's Chest" premiere.


Photo by Roger Colton

Finally, around 6 p.m., the invited guests began filtering into the theme park. Among the first to make the trip down the red carpet was Lee Iacocca (r), the former chairman of the Chrysler Corporation.


Photo by Roger Colton

Given the great job that he'd done of chronicling Disney history, it only made sense that company archivist Dave Smith (l) was on hand for this memorable moment in Disneyland history.


Photo by Roger Colton

Walt Disney Imagineering was also strongly represented at this event, with senior VP of Design Tony Baxter (l) ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... and WDI ambassador Marty Sklar (r) & his lovely wife, Leah, also making appearances at this event.


Photo by Roger Colton

The "Dead Man's Chest" premiere also brought out other members of the Disney family. Representing the Disney Channel's hit sitcom, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" was Ashley Tisdale ... 


Photo by Roger Colton

... While Zac Efron of "High School Musical" fame also put in an appearance at this event.

 
Photo by Roger Colton

Christopher Massey of Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" (r) and his brother Kyle of "That's So Raven" put in an appearance ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... As did Miley Cyrus from the Disney Channel's newest hit, "Hannah Montana."


Photo by Roger Colton

Even a couple of Disney songbirds -- Kieley Williams (r) and Adrienne Bailon of the "Cheetah Girls" -- came by to chat with the press at the "Pirates" premiere.

For those of you who haven't a clue who the "Cheetah Girls" are, there were also some celebrities who were over the age of 21 who attended this event. They included ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... Christian Slater ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... Tony Shalhoub ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... as well as Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.


Photo by Roger Colton

Speaking of sports legends, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar strode down the carpet at Disneyland this past Saturday night ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... as did the bad boy of basketball, Dennis Rodman.


Photo by Roger Colton

Some hoped that Tony Hawk (l) might ride down the red carpet. But sadly this skateboarding legend left his board at home.


Photo by Roger Colton

Some of the great ladies of television also turned out for the "Dead Man's Chest" premiere. First up was Roseanne ...


Photo by Roger Colton


... followed by "Laugh-In" favorite Joanne Worley.


"Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert proved to be a big hit with Disneyland visitors who had been waiting for hours along the red carpet. Melissa happily posed for pictures and signed hundreds of autographs ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... as did MTV's Daisy Fuentes.


Photo by Roger Colton

Jennifer Love Hewitt also got a big response from the folks who were crowded up against the barricades ...


Photo by Roger Colton

... while Anthony Kiedis (center) of "Red Hot Chili Peppers" fame found that he had a really big fan in the person of that pirate wearing the stilts.

So as you can see, this was one celebrity-filled event. One where I shot so many shots that I got a cramp in my clicking finger.

And you wanna know the worst part? I still have other images to share with JHM readers. I've got a photo story about Disneyland's recently re-opened Café Orleans as well as a detailed look at the newly "plussed" "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction.

But that stuff will all have to wait for another day. For now, I really need to rest my weary bones. 


Photo by Roger Colton

Okay. So did that make up for Monday's somewhat meager photo essay? I hope so.

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  • TOTally piRATical !

    Thanks for standing in the heat so we didnt have to!
  • Hey! I was there too!  In fact, I'm in 5 or so of the pictures posted! I'm the insane white girl, chunky (okay, fat) girl with the grey shirt on in the background.  The picture of Joanne Worley has a good shot of me trying to explain who she was to the woman next to me. HAHAHAHAHA! That's so funny!

    Wasn't it a blast?? My friend and I got some good pictures that day!
  • got a big response from the folks who were crowded up against the barricades ...

  • share with JHM readers. I've got a photo story about Disneyland's recently re-opened Café Orleans as well as a detailed look at the newly "plussed" "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction.

  • I want to apologize to all you JHM readers who were somewhat disappointed

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