Ahoy there, Mateys! Get your sea legs firmly in place, because today we’re sailing on the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage in Disney World!
The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights, casting off from the Contemporary Resort. When the holiday season arrives, the cruise will sail every night from November 20, 2011 – January 1, 2012.
Currently, the fare for guests 10 and over is $53.99, and $30.99 for the 3-9 year olds with pre-payment required. To book, call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) up to 180 days in advance.
Upon arrival at the Contemporary Resort, you’ll find the cruise meeting location on the Daily Events Board in the lobby. We knew we had found the right location when we bumped into this scraggly lookin’ fella. Clearly he has not yet discovered the Parmesan mashed potatoes at Chef Mickey’s!
While the room was filled with entertainment (music, characters, pirates), the pirate decor wasn’t quite as whimsical as I had expected. It’s basically a conference room with a couple pirate items displayed.
After being assigned to your boat (Smee or Hook), the pirate captain — Patch and his twin brother…Patch — will invite passengers to muster inside a conference room filled with snacks and beverages. What’s a cruise without food? As any scallywag knows, it’s wise to stock up with bountiful booty before heading out to sea.
The snacks included pretzels, cotton candy, chocolate coins, salted peanuts, and more! All of the snacks were pre-packaged so they could be taken on your cruise. I saw more cruisers eating while on land though.
Thankfully the snacks were sweet and savory with no hardtack in sight!
These doubloons were popular with the sweet trade. My son got in on the piracy by “sneaking” coins into his pockets.
Granola and cereal bars as well as dried mixed fruit are probably better sustenance for longer voyages.
White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn and fruit (apples and oranges) were also offered.
Then again, if you’re leaving civilized society, why not enjoy a gourmet fudge brownie?!
You’ve seen the single serving chocolate chip cookies in the kid meals all around Walt Disney World. Here, they were served in packages of two. One if by land, two if by sea?!
Allergies? I spoke with a Cast Member who advised noting any special diet information on your reservation – just as you would with any meals at Walt Disney World. This will insure that snacks are readily available upon your arrival! If you have concerns, feel free to ask.
Surprisingly, the cotton candy didn’t go as quickly as other items. The chocolate coins seemed to be one of the favorite discoveries, especially among the younger pirates.
A self-serve beverage station included soft drinks (Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke), juice, and bottled water. No Grog or any other alcoholic beverages are served. This is a rum-free pirate cruise.
A cautious cruiser always stocks up water aboard their ship, even when embarking under the Jolly Roger!
Hot drinks included coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Along with cream, skim milk, sugar, and other beverage enhancers!
Coffee for pirates needing an extra boost before sailing the Seven Seas Lagoon.
While snacking, families are invited to have pictures with Captain Hook and Smee.
Heading Out to Sea
Soon, the pirates invite passengers to queue up for the cruise. Captain Hook, Smee, and kids pre-selected to carry their boat’s flag, lead the march outside and to the dock where a swashbucklin’ adventure begins.
During our voyage, we watched the Electric Water Pageant, heard pirate tales, watched Wishes fireworks, and answered Disney trivia. Our son won a plastic pirate toy.
All kids who did not receive a prize during the game were invited to select one at the end of the voyage.
Cast Members were readily available to assist with any needs. There were frequent reminders that there is no Head on the “ships,” so bathroom breaks were advisable before sailing time.
The cruise is high on humor and good family fun. Clearly, this is not an event geared toward imaginative food. Still, kids will love the simple snacks!
My 11 year old was tickled as much with this festive event as he was with the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. Here, the slapstick humor hit his tween funny bone while he filled up on sugary snacks. He laughed the whole way back to our resort. Was it the pirate jokes or the sugar high?!
Arr! It’s a pirate’s life for me!
Kim LaPaglia is the Editor (and resident superhero) here at the Disney Food Blog, a Disney World Mom’s Panelist, and the owner of the blog Castle Concierge.