Custom built using an animatronic ship's wheel, medical school skeleton and several pieces from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, the piece is a cross between the POTC attraction and Curse of the Black Pearl. Complete with aged cutlass, Davey Jones' key, Elizabeth Swann's necklace, this pirate is ready to sail for eternity, never leaving the ship's helm.
The seaweed is actually left over from a recent Disney World submarine ride refurbishment. The prop is remote controlled and features a blower in the deck which blows air upwards, making the helmsman appear to be sailing into the wind. Featured behind the rear stanchion is an actual black light, which helps to give additional character to the attraction piece during the hours of darkness. An authentic 2 inch ship's rope is curled upon the deck, but like the wood, it has been aged to appear deteriorated and moldy. Not quite visible around his waist is a two inch wide leather belt with aged buckle and the saber is actually new, but was carefully aged to appear rusty and well used.
Props such as this are a testament as to how the creative minds at Disney influence people and impact their lives in many ways. Having a small piece of Disneyland within your home, helps to make one remember the many joyous times which were had within the park with family and friends. Life is short, make the most of each day! If the neighbors think you're, well, strange, well, that's OK and it's truly their loss.