Last fall, our family took the best Walt Disney World vacation ever! We were able to do so much in just a week. Even with this being my 20th trip, I was still able to do new things each day. One of the new things we tried was the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. (Warning! This post has lots of pictures!)
This voyage requires a separate ticket outside of your park admission and it’s located at the Convention Center in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We made our reservations for the voyage 180 days out, just like our dining reservations. While the price is high, if you can swing it, I would! We had so much fun! As of 9/20/15, the cost is $41 for children and $69 for adults. For a family of 4, this will cost over $220. Steep? Yes, but well worth it!
This event begins an hour prior to the scheduled Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. On our specific night in November, Wishes began at 9:00pm. We were told the event at the Contemporary Convention Center began at 7:45 but were asked to check in at 7:30. Since it was a later start, we chose to have dinner at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian and rode the Monorail over to the Contemporary Resort for our Fireworks Voyage.
We knew we were there when we found THIS sign! We were so excited! We obviously knew we were doing this Voyage months before our trip, so I packed my boys pirate attire and we scheduled a visit to The Pirate’s League for C-man earlier that afternoon. He looked great, even though he didn’t want to wear all of the accessories (sash, earring, eyepatch and bandana) from the makeover!
Along with the photo ops, there were tables of activities for the kids. One table (above) had jigsaw puzzles of pirates which were about 25 pieces so kids could easily complete it in the allotted time. There were also coloring sheets and a pirate game sheet along with red, blue, and green crayons (below).
They served water, lemonade, punch, tea, and coffee- all you could drink. It was all self serve. Grab a cup, add some ice, fill your cup. There were no alcoholic drinks at the party.
As for snacks, there were PLENTY! We filled up at ‘Ohana for dinner, so we didn’t take advantage of the snacks like we should have! Next time, I’ll eat a light dinner or an early dinner so we’ll have room for all the snacks and desserts at the party. Some of the snacks on the table above are fruit, popcorn, pretzels, chips and salsa, and chocolate gold doubloons.
There were also two large sheet cakes with the Pirate and Pals logo. I was not able to get a picture of the cake before it was cut into so many pieces. Again, you could get as much as you wanted! It was a yellow cake with white icing.
Another favorite with our family was the treasure chests full of cotton candy! We each took a bag of the cotton candy and at the end of the night, before we got on the boat, and we grabbed a few extra for later. Guests were allowed to take as much of the food as they liked on the boat and drinks with a lid could be taken as well. For the amount you paid for this event, don’t feel guilty for stashing a bag of popcorn or cotton candy for later!
When our bellies were full of snacks, we decided to visit with the characters. We were actually last in line. I was too busy chasing boys, eating, opening and taking pictures to be first in line! We spent quite a bit of time with these two. We took a family picture and pictures with just the boys. They even signed our autograph books and “joked” around with us.
Since nobody else was in line to meet these two, I decided to have a solo photo shoot!
Right as we were finishing our pictures with Hook and Smee, Patch and Patch came back in the room. They asked us to get the card we received at check in and see if we were on the Hook boat or the Smee boat. The divided the group into these two groups.
We were on the Smee boat with Patch. He was very enthusiastic and happy we were all here! He held the Smee flag in the air and asked each of us to follow him to the boat. We walked through the Contemporary out to the boat dock near the pool on Bay Lake. We still had our stroller parked in “Stroller Parking” and were told the strollers would be moved and waiting for us when we returned and exited the boat.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular was amazing from the water! As always, Disney did an excellent job. They had the music from the park piped in to the boat. We could see and hear everything just like we were inside Magic Kingdom.
All three of my boys were mesmerized by the show and loved every minute of it!
- Again, eat a light or early dinner so you’ll have room for all the treats!
- Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to insure you have time to check in and not miss the party.
- Odd numbered rows have a better view of the fireworks. We were lucky to have these seats assigned to us. You can always request an odd row when you make reservations and see what happens.
- Make sure young ones (and old ones!) use the restroom prior to boarding the boat. There are no restrooms on the boat.
- Check the “Know Before You Go” section on the Disney web page for the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. There is a wealth of information regarding cancellations, inclement weather and more.