Daily News (New York, NY). “Disney Aids Take up the Torch He Lighted.” December 17, 1966.https://www.newspapers.com/image/463562932/?terms=walt%2Bdisney%2Bobituary.
This Newspaper article outlines the life of Walt Disney and how his team continued to make magic after the news of his passing. His death was not an ending note for the Disney Company, but rather a transitional period where those who surrounded him, went on to do the work he wanted to be done.
Disneyland: From the Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow. Disney, 1968.
This episode follows the opening day of the new Pirates of the Caribbean ride in New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Throughout the episode the process of the storyboard, the animatronics and opening day festivities are documented. The host, Marcia Minor, talks about why New Orleans Square is home to the pirate ride. She explains that a real-life pirate named Jean Laffite lived in New Orleans and the new area in the park made the perfect place to host the story of the pirates.
Exnicios, Joan M. “On the Trail of Jean Lafitte.”In X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy, 31-42. Edited by Russel K. Skowronek and Charles R. Erwin. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2007.
This chapter explores the legacy of Jean Laffite in New Orleans and how he impacted the culture of the city. The chapter explores his history as a pirate and privateer in the War of 1812 and howNew Orleans regards him today.
Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, CA). “There’llBe New Things in Disneyland This Fall.” October 4, 1966, 6.https://www.newspapers.com/image/688395/?terms=New%2BOrleans%2BSquare%2Bopening.
This is a newspaper article describing new attractions and lands that Disneyland would be unveiling that year. The article gives the time that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride would be opening; in the Fall of 1966.
Sotto, Eddie. “Imagineer Eddie Sotto Interview – PartOne: Lafitte’s Island.” By Jim Korkis. Mouse Planet. Last modified August 1,2018. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.mouseplanet.com/12159/Imagineer_Eddie_Sotto_Interview__Part_One_Lafittes_Island.
This is an interview with Eddie Sotto, the Imagineer behind the idea of incorporating Laffite’s Island into the NewOrleans Square waterfront attraction. In the interview, Sotto answers questions about the theming of New Orleans Square and the attractions within it, as well as talking about how he had the idea for the Island attraction and how fans had given birth to a theory that connected multiple attractions in the park.
Walt Disney Opens New Orleans Square. 1966. accessed December 9, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIZqjbtOWQ0&t=211s.
This is a short clip featuring Walt Disney talking about New Orleans Square in Disneyland. He gives some history about how the Louisiana Purchase led to the acquisition of the port city along the Gulf of Mexico. The clips also show the big bands that paraded through the streets of the new land while guests enjoyed the new sights from the Rivers of America boat ride, or from the ground itself.
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“Jean Lafitte and the ‘Mega-Theme’ Temptation.” blogspot.com.Entry posted September 14, 2010. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://longforgottenhauntedmansion.blogspot.com/2010/09/jean-lafitte-and-mega-theme-temptation.html?m=1.
This blog is a look into how the attractions ofPirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and Tom Sawyer Island are connected in storytelling in the Disneyland park. The blog explores the use and reuse of props between the three attractions, the name references to Jean Laffite, and how an Imagineer had planned an attraction that never was made to make Jean Laffite a primary character between the three other attractions.
Lotz, CJ. “How New Orleans Inspired Walt Disney.”gardenandgun.com. Last modified October 26, 2017. Accessed December 10,2018.
This brief article outlines the inspiration for Walt Disney’s New Orleans Square in Disneyland. It gives background on how Walt came to love to the culture of New Orleans and how he discovered a way to engineer animatronics.
Sotto, Eddie. “Lafitte’s Island (and Catacombs)- 1998Disneyland.”
Sotto Studios Archive (blog). Entry postedOctober 2, 2017. Accessed
November 29, 2018.http://www.sottostudios.com/archive/2017/10/2/
This post is by Imagineer, Eddie Sotto, who had the idea to replace Tom Sawyer island with a Pirate crypt and Catacomb walk-through attraction. This attraction would be based on the idea that Jean Laffite had allegedly faked his death and built a catacomb under his tomb to hide his treasures. The crypt would tie in aspects of the Haunted Mansion by being placed on the property and the Pirates of the Caribbean by tying in the pirate theme.