Disney in a Minute: Who is the Redhead?

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Who is the Redhead?

If you take a ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Walt Disney World, about half way through the attraction, on the left you’ll see an auction scene featuring a sultry redheaded lass sporting a dress of red petticoats and jaunty pirate hat. That redhead, sometimes called Redd or Scarlet, has been in the Pirates attractions in some form or another since the ride’s inception. According to the book Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies by Jason Surrell, she is a “fiery femme fatale” and “a brazen woman in red.”

While there have been multiple changes to the auction scene over the years, the redhead has always remained. Her persistent presence and sartorial flamboyance have earned her a place as one of the most iconic animatronic figures in all of Disney World.

The story told in the auction scene has been tweaked and updated several times. Initially, women were depicted as being sold off as brides. As the women were auctioned away, a lusty pirate could be heard yelling, “We wants the redhead.” The wisdom of that plot point was debated even during the ride’s design phases, yet it remained for decades.

Now the auction is shown to be a more generic sale of goods, though the redhead still presides, as does fan devotion to her character. The redhead has been a design element on numerous merchandise pieces including toys, tees, and women’s accessories. Disney has sold versions of her dress as a Halloween costume. There has been a dessert created in her honor (Redd’s Revenge – strawberry Dole Whip, strawberry soda, and a chocolate pirate hat). And in 2018, Redd greeted guests as a live character at Disneyland.

Though times have changed, the redhead remains.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

2 thoughts on “Disney in a Minute: Who is the Redhead?

  • November 11, 2020 at 10:03 am
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    Tell your fellow colleagues at WDW News Today that it not “We want the Reddie!” that they constantly tweet to their followers.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 7:56 pm
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    The redhead is loosely based on Anne Bonney. A real life pirate of the Caribbean. She had her own ship.
    Who had a land base of “Port Royal”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonny.
    She was in a group marriage with Captain “Calico” Jack and another women.
    So, if you hear someone complaining about Pirates being RUINED by Political Correctness.
    The original Pirates was far more “Political Correct” with the slave auction and pillaging. Real Pirates where where most likely to BE slaves than sale them, and they tended to pillage the British Ships…not villages. The original POC was the PC version that fit the political climate of the time and hollywood, not reality.

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