A horrible quality cell phone selfie photo of our family at MNSSHP watching Wishes together! 🙂
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.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is a MUST see during any trip to the Magic Kingdom! But did you know you don’t have to be inside the Magic Kingdom to appreciate this fireworks show?
You can view this show for FREE from several other locations on property. Two of my favorite are from the beach at the Polynesian Resort and the roof of the Contemporary Resort. Not only can you see the fireworks from these locations, you can also hear the music! Disney pipes in the music to this show on the beach and on the roof!
I don’t know about you, but when our family wants to watch a nighttime show or parade at Walt Disney World, we line up in PLENTY of time! Sometimes this means over an hour! The most popular nighttime events at the parks are Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Illuminations at Epcot and Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom. Once families reserve their “spot” someone has to sit on the curb, the bench or the sidewalk to save this coveted spot until show time. However, did you know there are better ways to spend this time at Walt Disney World? Instead of waiting on a curb, make reservations for a special dinner or dessert party where your family can get reserved seating for these shows! That way you can spend that time on attractions!
At Hollywood Studios, you can make reservations for the Fatasmic Meal Package at select restaurants in the park. You can make lunch or dinner reservations at The Hollywood Brown Derby or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano or a dinner reservation at Hollywood & Vine on days when Fantasmic is scheduled. You can pick up your VIP voucher at the time of your meal reservation. When you present your voucher, you will be directed to reserved seating beginning 30-45 minutes prior to show time. (Other families without the vouchers will wait much longer to get into the amphitheater and may not have the best view.)
At Magic Kingdom, families can end their day with the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. An hour before Wishes, your family can enjoy a self serving buffet full of delicious desserts and drinks with the purchase of a separate party ticket. Adult tickets are $25.99 and children are $13.99. The best part of this experience is when Wishes starts, you’ll be right where Tinkerbell flies!
You can call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) to make dining reservations for the Fantasmic Meal Package, Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party or Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party. Make sure you make your Hollywood Studio’s reservations on a day when Fantasmic is showing!!
Every trip to Walt Disney World is unique. So many things can change from trip to trip: weather, seasons, hotels, restaurants, party members, special events, etc. But, there are some things that are always constants for our family. Here is a list of our MUST HAVE experiences in the Magic Kingdom, no matter what time of year we visit, who is with us, or what we have planned!
- Make it to Rope Drop… at least once!
- Take our time walking down Main Street USA.
- Eat at least one meal at Casey’s Corner.
- Ride the Peoplemover, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise (preferably at night), Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan.
- Walk through the castle.
- Eat something Mickey shaped.
- Meet characters.
- Watch at least one parade.
- Watch Wishes!
- Eat a Cinnamon Roll from Main St. Bakery
- Walk the path along the river from Frontierland to Liberty Square.
- Look for Hidden Mickeys.
- Buy at least one toy from the park that we won’t ever play with once we get home!
Thanks for the theme Deb! If you want to share your own Night Time Magic Photos, link up at Focused on the Magic!
Head over to Chip and Company to read my latest post on “How to get the BEST view for Wishes and Fantasmic!”