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Exciting New Experiences Coming Soon to Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Ahoy Disney Addicts! Does your little one dream of sprouting a tail and swimming like a mermaid or joining a pirate crew to find hidden treasure? Dreams do come true at Walt Disney World! Exciting new experiences are coming soon to select Walt Disney World resort hotels that will make for some very happy little swashbucklers and mermaids at heart! In addition to pirate and mermaid adventures, there are also new offerings such as art programs, fishing excursions and so much more. Let’s dive in and discover all the details.

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Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

Captain Hook is looking for new buccaneers! Does your little swashbuckler have what it takes to join Captain Hook’s pirate crew? Now open for booking, Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew at Disney’s Beach Club Resort invites your young pirates-in-training (ages 4-12) to join in on all the fun. Pirate recruits will learn all the pirate ways as they follow clues and find hidden treasure to become part of Captain Hook’s crew. These young pirates will search the resort as well as board their pirate vessel (a pontoon boat) and sail around Crescent Lake as the treasure hunt continues. Once the adventure is over and the pirate treasure is found, the new members of Captain Hook’s crew will feast on such pirate favorites as Cannon Meatballs or macaroni and “gold” sauce! Priced at $55 per child plus tax, Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew sails away starting April 28! To get more information on this adventure or to book call (407) 824-KIDS.

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Mermaid School

Calling all mermaids, school is now in session! Mermaid School is a dream come true for your mermaid enthusiast in the family as they get to magically “transform” into a mermaid! In this hour-long class, guests ages 4 and older will be fitted with a swimmable “tail” and learn to swim like a mermaid. Your little mermaid at heart will delight in the activities as they feel like a real mermaid in this new opportunity offered on select days at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort, and Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Guest participating in the mermaid school do not need to know how to swim and will be fitted for a life jacket if needed. However, it’s important to note that at the end of class “mermaids” will collect treasure from the bottom of the pool, those wearing a life jacket may find it difficult to participate for that portion of the program. Bookings will open in mid-March and can be made by calling (407) WDW-PLAY. The cost of the class is $50 per person plus tax.

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Art Programs

Let your inner artist out as you create your own masterpiece at new art programs offered at several Walt Disney World resort hotels. Led by professional artists, these art classes are mostly for guests 12 and older (with a few exceptions) and prices range from $35 plus tax to $50 plus tax per person. These classes will be held on select days and can be booked by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

According to Disney Parks Blog, some of the classes include:

  • Win, Paint, Show at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Wild About Painting, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Painting on de’ Bayou (adults), Painting by the Lagoon (kids), Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort. Children’s painting class is $30 per person (plus tax); designed for ages 6 and older; accompanying parent required.
  • Painting in the Vineyard, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • Canvas and Wine Glass Painting on the Boards, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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Fishing Excursions

Do you have anyone in the family who loves to fish, or maybe someone who wants to try fishing for the first time? With the new fishing programs offered at Walt Disney World, you can fish dockside or join a guided fishing excursion. In this new opportunity, board a pontoon boat or even a tournament-style bass-fishing boat in a catch and release program that is perfect for the whole family. Book your (two or four hours) fishing excursion today by calling (407) WDW-BASS

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Cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Guests staying at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts can now relax poolside in a private cabana. You can reserve your cabana starting on March 17 for half or full day rentals. Feel like the ultimate V.I.P with these new services, which Disney Parks Blog reports will include:

  • Padded furniture (chairs and couch)
  • Dedicated Disney cast member service
  • Cocktail service
  • Mounted television with cable access
  • Complimentary sunscreen and other skin care products
  • Mini-refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda and water
  • Complimentary fruit tray
  • Plush towels
  • Lockable cabinet
  • Charging outlets for mobile devices

Guests who are staying at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts can call (407) WDW-PLAY to book.

What do you think? Are you excited to try any of these new experiences? One of the many things I love about these new opportunities is that they can all be done without a theme park ticket. My family loves to take a break and have a “day off” from the theme parks in the middle of our vacation. By taking a “day off” you can relax a bit from the often-hasty pace and miles of walking during a theme park day. We enjoy shopping and eating our way through Disney Springs, relaxing at our resort pool and exploring different resorts that are on Walt Disney World property. Now, with these new offerings, we have even more fun exciting ways to spend a “day off” at Walt Disney World.

Photo Source: Disney Parks Blog

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