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One of Walt Disney World’s most iconic rides is about to undergo a big change. In 2018, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be getting a complete overhaul that includes eliminating the “bride auction” scene. The refurbishment will include altering the roles of the Auctioneer, the Redhead and the rest of the characters in the scene.

Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar said of the updates in a statement: “Pirates of the Caribbean has always represented great Disney Park storytelling; it has set the standard for the theme park industry for half a century! But it’s a story you can continue to add fun to, with great characters in new ‘performances.’ That’s what the Imagineers have done with this new auction scene – it’s like a theater show with a new act.”

The new scene will have the redhead trading her bonnet for a rifle. Ride-goers will see her join the pirates’ ranks and help townspeople unload their treasure at the Mercado auction.

“Our team thought long and hard about how best to update this scene. Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate! We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio and the other Disney legends who first brought this classic to life,” said Kathy Mangum of Walt Disney Imagineering in a statement.

No word yet on the exact date of the refurbishments but we do know it will happen sometime next year. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime if you want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean as is look for discounted tickets here on Orlando Fun Tickets.