In September, we took our pirate obsessed 3-year-old to the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage. Though the event is definitely geared more towards little ones, we found that this hard ticket event really has something every member of the family can enjoy! Taking place at the Contemporary Resort on select nights Pirate and Pals offers an unparalleled view of The Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks.
We arrived a bit early and were greeted by a smiling pirate offering us the chance to go on a treasure hunt- if we dared. Unable to turn down such an enticing offer, we accepted the challenge and set off on a scavenger hunt throughout the Contemporary Resort. We followed the clues that took us all over the concourse level. I won’t give away too much here- that would spoil the fun- but we found the hunt to be just challenging enough for kids and plenty entertaining for adults. When we returned with a completed “treasure map” our little swashbuckler was given a prize.
Shortly after our return, we were greeted by Pirate Patch who ushered us into one of the resorts convention halls that had been lightly decorated with a pirate theme. The mood was festive and songs from Jake and the Never Land Pirates played happily in the background.
Captain Hook and Smee were on hand to meet each of the newest members of the pirate crew. As they are both favorites in our house, this was our first stop. My son volunteered for Hooks crew which made for a very fun interaction. I wasn’t able to get my camera out fast enough so I was extremely grateful that Photopass photographers were there to capture my sea pups first encounter with the Ol’ Codfish himself!
Then it was on to the dessert buffet! Judging by his multiple trips, this was my husbands favorite part. The buffet offered a good selection of cookies, bite-sized cakes and tarts, brownies and even prepackaged frozen treats like the classic Premium Mickey bar. Did you just say all you can eat Mickey Bars? Why yes. Yes I did. I have no regrets either. Unsweetened tea, bottled water, canned soda (Coca-cola of course!) and the ever-popular POG juice were also included. While everyone was eating Hook and Smee mingled with their scurvy new crew.
After about 30 minutes Pirate Patch was back to regale us with a few tales of his pirating adventures on the high seas. We then made paraded our way through the Contemporary resort led by Hook and Smee. The kids all marched up front and really seemed to think the looks we got from passers-by was hilarious.
Aboard the ship, Pirate Patch introduced each family and entertained us all with pirate jokes, swashbuckling tales, and even a piratey sing-along while we sailed to the center of the Seven Seas Lagoon for the main event.
The fireworks were absolutely breathtaking from the water. While I love seeing Happily Ever After from Main Street, something about this experience with the juxtaposition of the lights from the train station viewed together with the fireworks made the entire experience seem even more magical. The music was piped into the boat and due is to the exceptionally clear night, the castle projections were even visible from our vantage point.
As if the experience couldn’t get any better when we returned we were greeted with a surprise guest! I’m not going to tell you who, but you can make your guesses in the comments.
Reservations for this high spirited event are highly recommended as it does tend to sell out. Tickets are $67.24 for salty sailors age 10 and up and $40.76 for the little scallywags.