On the last page of chapter two. I showed you a set of art cards (of the Country Bears), sold from vending machines, released first at one Disney park (The Magic Kingdom ) and then another, (Disneyland). Also, the art from those cards was first developed for another project that never got built (Mineral King). On this the last page of chapter three. I'm showing you a set of art cards (Pirates of the Caribbean), sold from vending machines, released first at one Disney park (Disneyland) and then another,(The Magic Kingdom ). Also, this attraction replaced another project that never got built (Thunder Mesa ) but which already had pre-opening art prepared for it too. Two differences between the pirates sets and the bears sets occur to me. For one thing the pirates cards were only six to a set. Also, unlike the bears cards, the card numbers of the Pirates series followed the same sequence as the Disneyland series in their WDW printings, but with different numbers. For example; 01110421 and 01110422 are, the Pirate lying on a cannon and the Pirate captain respectively in the WDW series, an numbers 010507 and 010508 are, the Pirate lying on a cannon and the Pirate captain respectively in the Disneyland series, same sequence, different numbers. Since they were the same in that respect I am betting they were the same in respect to the way they were sold in sets. The vending machines that sold these cards was located in the Caribbean Arcade according to Mike Lee of the Widen Your World web site, he offers a great description of the arcade, with a photo of the location no less! http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/ca.htm
The Pirates of the Caribbean was a very popular ride at Disneyland, and it is not hard to imagine that
many people did want it at the Magic Kingdom, in fact if the Thunder Mesa project
had ever gotten off the ground
I bet they still would have had to find a place for this ride at some point in the Florida parks. Maybe, it
would have even ended up in a different park, like the way
Star Tours is in the Studios in Florida, but Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
Still, I have a hard time thinking of a better place to put it,
and it would certainly have been missed if it wasn't at Walt Disney World.