Disneyland hosts exclusive ¡®Pirates¡¯ fan event
Gene Smith and Kevin Gibes of Fresno started driving at midnight, just so they could make it to Disneyland on time to see a 10-minute trailer of the upcoming ¡°Pirates of the Caribbean 4¡å movie.
The pair was among 500 contest winners and guests who got to see the trailer for the movie, ¡°Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,¡± about six hours before it was to be posted online. Fans started checking in at 5:30 a.m. and the trailer was shown about 7:20 a.m.
Unlike the online version, fans saw the clip in 3D at the AMC 12 Theatres in Downtown Disney. Afterward, they headed to Disneyland to take a pirates oath, go on a group ride on Pirates of the Caribbean and attend a private party.
¡°It¡¯s a very unique opportunity. It¡¯s the first time I¡¯ve been part of something like this,¡± said Smith, 24, who wore a pirate hat, coat and coin purse. ¡°It¡¯s worth the drive.¡±
Some fans, including Smith and Gibes, dressed like pirates for an informal costume contest. Eighteen of the most decked-out fans were part of the Brethren of the Coast, a theater group from ¡°The Golden Age of Piracy.
Said Oberon Selicio of Westchester, the group¡¯s director, ¡°I¡¯m known as the King of the Pirates on the West Coast.¡±
Another theater member, Jerry Reyes, 50, of Escondido, played a non-speaking pirate in the first and third movies. ¡°When Keith Richards shot the guy, I was the guy who fell over,¡± said Reyes, whose business card reads ¡°Pirate for Hire.¡±
The Brethren members were among the finalists in the informal costume contest. But organizers gave the top prize ¡ª a broom ¡ª to 5-year-old Angel Villarreal who wasn¡¯t dressed up. His aunt, Gina Garcia, said the boy was picked from the crowd because of his Mohawk hairdo.
Security guards made sure the pirates weren¡¯t too authentic: They waved metal detectors along fans, presumably looking for swords, before they entered the venue.
Before the screening, Director Rob Marshall told the crowd it was fortunate to see the trailer first: ¡°I¡¯m telling you right now, this is incredibly special.¡±
The trailer was shown twice, giving glimpses of the new mermaid and zombie characters.
Gibes, of Fresno, said he doesn¡¯t know how many times he¡¯s watched the DVDs of the first three movies. In the theater, he saw the first movie twice, the second one three times and the last movie four times. And he plans to see the fourth movie.
¡°I guess I was left wanting more, but I guess that¡¯s the point,¡± Gibes said.
Fans won event tickets through different contests, including one on Yahoo Movies and through KIIS FM. The trailer is set to be posted online at 1 p.m. on Yahoo Movies. The movie is due in theaters May 20.
See live tweets from the event on Twitter @arounddisney
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