By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
8:30 AM EST, February 21, 2013
In the holiday rush, I lost track of The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, an attraction that officially opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in December.
I wasn't a big fan of the previous tenant of that space, Journey into Narnia: Creating the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Significant changes were made to reflect Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, featuring the eccentric Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.
There's a warning that it could be frightening for children, although no little ones freaked during my recent visit. It's not even as dark as Haunted Mansion. The main room features a ship, assorted pirate booty, skulls and elaborate projections — there are dancing skeletons, watery effects and an attack by the Kraken. I liked the lifelike, life-size projection of Sparrow.
It's narrated by a floating skull. I was wondering if it was a refugee from the films, but even Sparrow calls it the "strange and inexplicably talking skeleton in the sky."
The plot: We're trying to join Sparrow's crew, through a series of tests, including the sinking of the rival Flying Dutchman ship. This is magically accomplished by guests stomping their feet or yelling "Send those bones to Davy Jones." The instructions are a little hard to follow. I wished for a cast member to interact between Sparrow and us.
It has a happy ending with a clumsy attempt at the pirate's oath. And that's it. Unlike Narnia, there are no movie props. You exit onto Mickey Avenue. Suggestion: Go straight into Walt Disney: One Man's Dream exhibit next door. There are gems and no waiting.
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