You may be aware that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World was recently altered to remove the wench auction, turn the women into pirates, and have them auctioning off the townspeople’s goods. (Disneyland’s version will be changed this summer.)
Another change when the attraction re-opened this week: the 3-die machine was replaced by an 8-die zinc machine. All the designs are based on the Pirates theme, and more than half feature classic animated characters in Pirates garb.
We can only assume that the rapid expansion of 8-die machines means the guests have welcomed (financially) the higher price point and zinc cents, even if the collector community continues to grumble. If nothing else, we’re sure the merchandising department at Disney appreciates not giving change.