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Disneyland prepares for pirate invasion with 'Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End' premiere
Disneyland is getting ready for another summer of pirates as it prepares to host the world premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." With another premiere and the debut of pirate additions to Tom Sawyer Island, Disneyland is preparing to outdo last year's pirate-themed summer, when the original attraction revealed new Audio-Animatronic figures of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa.
The park has announced the early closing hour of 5 p.m. for this Saturday, May 19, in order to host the star-studded event. Disney's California Adventure will remain open until 11 p.m. because of Disneyland's early closure.
Once the park closes, the Hollywood world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean 3 begins. Celebrities including Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun Fat, and Keith Richards are expected to make their way up the red carpet, set up on Main Street, USA.
This weekend, construction began on a giant movie screen on Tom Sawyer Island, with bleachers to seat thousands of world premiere attendees along the Rivers of America.
Various props and decorations inspired by the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films have been installed for the premiere along the water's edge.
Tom Sawyer Island will soon reopen later this month as Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island. Disneyland is putting the final touches on the new area, which will feature interactive experiences and adventures inspired by the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
Live pirates will bring life to the island, while visitors can check out a pirate-decorated treehouse, spooky caves and caverns with maybe a pirate ghost or two in "Dead Man's Grotto," rope and barrel bridges, and fun play areas in a shipwreck and treasure trove.
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