It’s been a while since I last posted about pirates, so I thought it was time to share some more places you can find pirates in Walt Disney World. Previously I talked about pirates in Magic Kingdom. This post will cover the other parks and beyond, but I’m still saving pirates in the hotels for a future post. So, here are five things to do in Walt Disney World outside of Magic Kingdom if you love pirates.
1. Jake and the Never Land Pirates in Disney Junior—Live on Stage!
As I mentioned in my post on Peter Pan and his mortal enemies, I’ve never watched Jake and the Never Land Pirates, although it’s popular with my nephews. If you or your kids love pirates, you’re probably familiar with it. In Disney Junior—Live on Stage! you’ll get to see Mr. Smee, Captain Hook, Jake, Cubby, Izzy, and Skully. You can also meet Jake in the Stars of Disney Junior meet-and-greet location outside the theater and at the Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine at Hollywood & Vine character meal.
2. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
This is another special experience I talked about in my Peter Pan post. You’ll get to meet Mr. Smee and Captain Hook, and you’ll hear stories from your pirate host, Patch. More information, including prices, is available on the Disney website.
3. Pirate Adventure (for kids)
The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is designed for pirate enthusiasts of all ages, but if your child is the one obsessed with pirates, there’s an additional experience available only to them. Disney’s two-hour pirate cruises are for kids aged 4 to 12 and depart daily at 9:30 a.m. from select hotels, such as Yacht and Beach Club, Grand Floridian, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Port Orleans Riverside. According the Disney website, the kids “board a pirate-themed boat and scour the waterways around Walt Disney World Resort in search of pirate treasure during a swashbuckling high-seas adventure.” They get a snack and a bag of pirate booty. They might also come back talking like pirates. My nieces and nephews are still a little young for this, but I could imagine them enjoying it when they’re a little older. More information is available from DIS and the Disney link above.
4. Adventure Room in World of Disney
In 2006, the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace had some remodeling, including the addition of a pirate-themed Adventure Room. Although I’ve been in this room many times, I don’t have any good photos of it, but this is the entrance you’ll go in to find it. (It was November, so Stitch was wearing a Santa hat instead of the usual pirate hat.)
There are skeletons and treasure chests, and lots of pirate merchandise for purchase, of course. There’s also a good photo op available with the skeleton outside (behind the ship’s wheel). You can see him better in photos on the Disney Parks Blog.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean — Battle for Buccaneer Gold at DisneyQuest
I’m not a huge DisneyQuest fan (I’d rather be in the Parks), but it can be a good way to use your Water Park Fun and More tickets on a rainy or cold day. I vaguely remember this pirate-themed attraction. It was like you were standing a ship’s deck, and there was lots of running back and forth trying to shoot cannons at another ship (I think we were short-handed). Obviously it didn’t make that much of an impression on me, but if you love pirates, it’s on the list.
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This list is a little different than usual because one of the items is something my readers can’t do, only their kids. Since the pirate cruises leave at 9:30 in the morning, your kids will have to start off there… unless you schedule an early breakfast at Hollywood & Vine for Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine. My only hesitation with that plan is that you’d have to leave the park to bring your kids to the dock and then return to the park afterwards, adding travel time, but it’s up to you. While your kids are cruising, you can choose whichever piratey or non-piratey activities you’d like to engage in. When the cruise is over, I would suggest going to (or returning to) Disney’s Hollywood Studios. See Disney Junior—Live on Stage! and try to catch Jake at the meet-and-greet. If you didn’t do the character breakfast, you could consider doing the lunch instead. When you’re done in Hollywood Studios, head over to Downtown Disney. Explore the Adventure Room at World of Disney, and then pop into DisneyQuest. You can stay there until early evening, and then you need to head over to the Contemporary for the fireworks cruise. Have fun, mateys!
Have you ever done any of these piratey activities?