Back in May 2011, Disney announced that the likeness of Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane in the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, would appear in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the ride that inspired the blockbuster film franchise. May 20, 2011 would be the date we could expect the change because that was the release date for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 “On Stranger Tides.”
According to Disney, Blackbeard’s image would replace that of Davy Jones on the “ghostly waterfall in the grotto scenes” starting on May 20th. Disney said the image of Davy Jones would return to both attractions “later this year.” The last few times I rode the attraction, there was no image on the waterfall at all. I’d say if we want to see Blackbeard before he’s gone…maybe we should get there soon. I would post a picture of Davy for you – but frankly – he scares me a little.