For blood-thirsty criminals, pirates sure are popularrrrrgh. (Had to get that out of the way right up front.) From the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction to the good-at-first-but-progressively-declining-but-slightly-better-at-the-end movie series, Disney pirates have become a franchise to be reckoned with.
Not to miss an opportunity, Walt Disney World has created a multitude of pirate-themed experiences for you and your little pillagers. So many, in fact, that I’m going to have to do multiple posts on the subject. (I don’t mind.)
So, to start off, here are five things to do in Magic Kingdom if you love pirates:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
What is left to be said about this classic attraction? Some love the more recent changes to coincide with überly successful film series; some hate them. I, for one, don’t mind them, and the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow to the attraction has actually proved useful to me. On more than one occasion, the combination of darkness and skeletons has intimidated one of my nieces or nephews, and we’ve only made it through the attraction by making it a game of hide-and-seek, with our job being to find Captain Jack.
2. The Pirates League
What the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is to little princesses, The Pirates League is to little swashbucklers. Currently priced at $29.95 (for all ages—yes, adults can do it too!), you get an official pirate name, makeover, some piratey accessories, and a portrait—and you get to participate in the daily Adventureland Pirate Parade. I have to admit I’ve never seen this parade take place, although I’ve seen plenty of piratized little kids running around the parks.
3. Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
That’s right: you can learn piratey mannerisms directly from Captain Jack. I haven’t had a chance to catch this show yet, but you can see it several times a day in Adventureland. Here’s how Disney’s website describes it: “Through high-spirited instruction and audience participation, learn the not-so-gentle art of being a pirate!” (Not-so-gentle?)
4. Peter Pan’s Flight
Just to remind kids that before pirates were the heroes of the Caribbean, they were the villains of Never Land. And you get to ride in a flying pirate ship.
5. Tortuga Tavern
The menu of this restaurant isn’t very piratey (it’s Mexican food), but there are some fun references to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It’s only open seasonally, so if you spot it open, head inside!
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You can easily have all these piratey adventures in one day. Book your appointment at The Pirates League by calling (407) WDW-CREW. Then, when you get to the Park, check the Times Guide for the schedule of Captain Jack Sparrow Pirate Tutorials, and fit the attractions and your Mexican-pirate lunch in between.
So who’s your favorite pirate: Captain Hook or Captain Jack?