Did you know that there is a Pirates of the Caribbean Suite at the Disneyland Hotel? I was working at Disney when they opened the suite. In fact I got to meet the designer who dreamed it up and shocked her when a Disney engineer and I took readings and found out that some of the brass fixtures in the new suite had too much lead content.
But the real shocker was finding out that there was once a portrait of Johnny Depp, as Captain Sparrow, in this suite. Why it was removed is quite a tale. Apparently Depp stayed in the suite one night and he called the front desk the next morning in a bit of a fury. He was not happy that the painting of him had been hung in the suite without his permission – and it had to be removed!
But that’s not all. Continue reading