Pirates Arcade Museum
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Fortune Red can still be found at the Pieces Of Eight shop in Disneyland's New Orleans Square,
Update: It seems that the Pieces of Eight shop has moved farther down Royal Street to number 35 (just past Club 33) - now found to the left and up the block as you exit Pirates.
by David Lane courtesy of MiceAge.com.
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This concept art gives you some idea of what the Pirates Arcade Museum looked like inside.
When the travelling exhibit Behind the Magic - 50 Years of Disneyland appeared at the Oakland Museum, you could see these two examples of the dime operated "first person shooters" up close.
These were standard arcade shooting games of the 1960s, redressed and remodled by the Disney Imagineers to be one of a kind delights. Note the rope trim on the edges of the cabinets.
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In addition to Th'Devil T' Play and Pirate Shoot other games at the Pirates Arcade Museum included Freebooter Shooter, Captain Hook, and my personal favorite, Candle Snuff.
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The Behind the Magic - 50 Years of Disneyland exhibit also included the full set of twenty-four Fortune Red fortune cards. See below to receive your fortune from Fortune Red.
tiny text reads:
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other side has sage seamanly advice from Fortune Red, as does this Anne Bonny
a female fortune-teller, Anne Bonny is also one step closer thematically to Esmerelda,
the fortune-teller in Main Street's Penny Arcade, featured in this collectable
But Fortune Red has his own pin, too! Black printing on shiny brass. Arrr!
For further information about Disneyland's Pirates Arcade Museum and its Florida counterpart, The Caribbean Arcade (Caverna de los Piratas), visit Werner K. Weiss's Yesterland - Pirates Arcade Museum page and Mike Lee's Widen Your World - The Caribbean Arcade page.
There is a delightful blog entry on the ride update at arglebargle!: Pirates of the Carribean Ride Update.
And of course, the ultimate Pirates of the Caribbean website, Tell No Tales.com
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