Pirate Treasures of Every Kind

Leaving the scoundrels of Pirates of the Caribbean behind, we come across this cottage in the back corner of Adventureland at Disneyland Paris. One look at that weathervane, though, and its image of a peg-legged bloke with a spyglass tells us we're still surrounded by a bit of piracy. In this case, it's Le Coffre du Capitaine (The Captain's Chest).

Le Coffre is an establishment run by a former pirate captain. He may have given up pillaging and ransacking, but he's still got the sea in his veins. His establishment is littered with oars, nets, miniature ships... and a whole collection of items gathered from decades at sea.

In a corner of the shop, you may notice the stairs which lead to the loft above. It's not accessible to visitors, but has plenty more to look at... including the captain's pet parrot, people watching from his elevated perch.

Nearby is the Blue Lagoon Restaurant. Similar in many ways to the successful Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, the Blue Lagoon offers shoreside seating with a view of the early scenes on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Here, though, the setting is that of a series of thatched-roof cabanas on a tropical beach, befitting the island surroundings of this particular Adventureland.

Inside, the Blue Lagoon has all the trappings of a local tavern frequented by buccaneers. There are kegs and casks of rum and ale, and a shelf full of the regular patrons' individual mugs, waiting to be used the next time they stumble in.

For Disney fans, perhaps the most interesting part of the decor is the images framed on the walls. They're reproductions of original art created by Disney Legend Marc Davis for the development of the first Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland... pieces of art once seen and reviewed by Walt Disney himself.

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