A Perfectly Pirate Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

With the long-awaited reopening of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom I started thinking about all the fun stuff a pirate fan can do there! If you’re into pirates here is how you can enjoy a perfectly pirate day.

First up you’ll need to dress the part! At Pirate’s League you’ll undergo a pirate makeover including face paint, an earring, an eyepatch, bandana, sword and more! You’ll also be given an official pirate name and instruction on how to talk (and walk!) like a pirate. Unlike the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirate’s League welcomes adult guests as well as children over the age of 3. Packages range from $34.95 to $79.95.

Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World website

Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World website

Next up (and maybe most importantly!) is a visit to the newly refurbished Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride. This quintessential pirate experience spawned a movie series and is a must do for any pirate fan. In fact, the 5th film in this franchise is due in 2017. Yo ho, Yo ho!

For a fun interactive pirate experience you should try A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas. This treasure hunt features five different quests (with 3-5 stops on each quest) and you can choose to do just one, all five or any number in between. You’ll follow a paper map to lead you to a treasure, and if you find 5 you’ll be welcomed in to Captain Jack’s crew! Each quest takes about 15 minutes and can be done at your leisure. A Pirate’s Adventure is a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace from the regular rides. A must do!

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial is a show that features volunteers who would like to learn the art of sword fighting and other pirate-y arts. Be sure to check the Times Guide so you don’t miss your opportunity! Catch a video of the performance here on YouTube.

Want to catch a glimpse of another famous pirate? Take a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight where you’ll see Captain Hook in all his glory!

A great way to cap off your pirate filled day is actually located just outside the Magic Kingdom on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Departing from the Contemporary Resort is a very special Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage featuring a visit from Captain Hook and Smee. The cost is $69 for adults and $41 for children (at time of this blog’s publication) and features drinks and snacks on this cruise navigated by your pirate captain Patch. Featuring tall tales and sea shanties your journey will be capped off with a view of the Wishes fireworks show that is rivaled by little else. Weather permitting you’ll also be able to see the Electrical Water Pageant. The voyage is topped off by a visit from a special secret guest. What a way to end your perfectly pirate day!

Is this just not enough pirate for you? Well, the true pirate super fans might consider staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort which features fully pirate themed rooms. Contact your Travel Agent for more info

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Photo courtesy Walt Disney World website

Jillian’s DCL Trip Report- Day 2

This morning we woke up and were ready for a full day at sea! The first order of business was breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet! We all had a bit of everything, the clear favorite was the Mickey Waffles! I really enjoy the chocolate croissants and fresh fruit!

We went to the Lobby Atrium to meet some princesses next! We were a little early for our ticketed meet and greet so we went to meet Cinderella first. She quite enjoyed Petra’s dress as it lit up when she turned. After this meet we saw Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana and Belle. They all adored the dress and asked if she had a Fairy Godmother who made it. After a quick wardrobe change we headed to our next meet and greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. I knew this one would be a hit with her because whose kid isn’t obsessed with Frozen still? While we waited in line they had us sit at a table and color so the line didn’t get too long.

Meeting princesses is fun and all but it was time for a swim. My daughter and husband hit up the pool while I went to the Buena Vista Theatre to see Big Hero 6!

When the movie was done my daughter was in the club and it was lunch time. We decided to check out Triton’s. I had the gingered-infused carrot soup, glazed meatloaf and key lime pie. Chelsey had the assorted sea food sampler, turkey melt sandwich, and the key lime pie as well. I have no idea what my daughter ate because she ate in the club which actually led to her trying new things!

At this point we signed up for a Mixology class! The cost is $15 per person but you get 5 drinks to try while you learn some mixing techniques and drink recipes!

Petra wasn’t tired of swimming just yet so we went again but this time to the Goofy Pool. It was really nice that Disney has swim vests so you can save the room in your suitcase! I particularly love how you can watch a movie while you swim around too, Teen Beach Movie happened to be on this time. Of course since we were so close we had to stop for ice cream and fruit!

This night was Pirates in the Caribbean so when we arrived in our room we had some bandannas and chocolate coins waiting for us. Dinner this night was not my favorite. The food just wasn’t good and we left with a feeling of meh. To eat I had Pirate’s golden pot stickers, Dutchman’s Dijon crusted sirloin of beef, and the sweet temptations sampler. My daughter enjoyed the macaroni and cheese with fries and broccoli.  My husband it looks like he had a crab cake and some steak.  Sorry about the lack of notes, but he too found the food lacking.

When dinner was done we went up to Deck 9 to check out the activities there. They were doing the challenge of Davy Jones, an interactive video game on the big screen. We played for a while before checking out the arcade. It is a smallish arcade, but it is fun if you want something else to do. The pirate party was starting complete with visits from many of the Disney characters. Is was pretty neat to see the type of show they put on complete with pirates coming down on ropes and Mickey flying over the deck to defeat Captain Hook! We watched fireworks (how awesome is that!) from Deck 10 before calling it a night.

Pirate and Princess Summer- Part 1

Disney’s Pirate and Princess Summer has returned again! And if you all are reading this blog you probably have a Disney addiction like us. So here is some fun Pirate things you can find in the Walt Disney World Resort Parks. Pirates of the Caribbean- this one is pretty obvious but it is a classic inside the Magic Kingdom.

A Pirate’s Adventure –Treasures of the Seven Seas- an interactive game in the Magic Kingdom that is a lot of fun for all ages and gives you a break from being in a queue.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial-located near Pirates of the Caribbean this short stage show is sure to delight.

Pirates League- If you are lucky you can walk up but you might want to plan to have an appointment ahead of time if you have your heart set on it. You can find this gem near Pirates of the Caribbean and be made over into a pirate, mermaid and many others. This is also for the whole family if you so choose.

Peter Pan’s Flight- you won’t want to miss this if you are a fan of Captain Hook and Mr. Smee or the rest of the crew!

You can also see Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee during the parades, particularly the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Pirates and Pals Firework Voyage-fun for the whole family. This leaves from the Contemporary Resort and will be an additional cost, but you get cool character meets, lots of fun and a great view of Wishes.

Pirate Adventure Cruises- There are 4 to choose from and all are located at various Disney resorts. This is for kids 4-12 only and is an additional cost. They will love the adventure and search for treasure with Disney Cast Members and snacks.

Meet Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates- inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard, the youngest pirate crew members can meet a favorite, Jake! Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow- located inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this

If you want to keep the pirate mood for your entire trip there are Pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

What is your favorite pirate adventure? And don’t forget to look for our Princess adventures article next!