69 Days: Pirates of the Caribbean


Pirates of the Caribbean, #Day69 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  We are now officially at #Day69 in our countdown, and for this day, we are taking a look at Pirates of the Caribbean, that attraction located in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!

This is an attraction that I really like because it is usually a quick line, not much waiting, it is cool and comfortable, it has great scenes and action, a drop, and this attraction has led to a whole series of movies!


The detailing in the queue is a great part of Pirates of the Caribbean!

In many ways, the queue is what really makes this ride.  There are so many intricate details involved in this queue, everything from the lights and the guns and the jail cells (did you know that in the jail scene, the skeletons are staring at the chessboard because it is in a stalemate situation?  That’s why they died, they kept looking for that next move!)

But, of course, the best features of Pirates of the Caribbean is, of course, the ride itself!  It is such a winding, meandering path, with a town scene, a jail scene, a scene involving the attack on the fort, and lastly, Captain Jack Sparrow sitting with all of his treasure around him!

So tell me, what do you think of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction?  I hope you like this classic Disney attraction!  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!


My Disney World bucket list

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

I have been to Disney many times (at one point my daughter actually said “Do we have to go to Disney World AGAIN”, she has grow into a Disney fanatic like her mother) but there are still many things I would like to see, places to eat and resorts to stay in. Today I put on my dreaming hat and think about what I want to add to my Disney bucket list.

I have stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn but I want to stay at another deluxe resort. My current dream resort is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  I like that it’s close to Magic Kingdom without being on the monorail (I would probably be distracted by the monorail gliding by). I like the theme of this hotel, the US National Parks are interesting to me and there is a recreated Old Faithful (complete with eruptions). The lobby is amazing and the stream starts in the lobby and flows out and into the hotel’s pool. I also feel like the Wildness Lodge has a more relaxed vibe that many of the other deluxe properties (in fact, my distaste for the thought of walking through the Grand Floridian lobby in my bathing suit is why I stayed at the Boardwalk as opposed to the Grand Floridian). On top of that, Wilderness Lodge has one of the most entertaining restaurants I have eaten in (see my review of Whispering Canyon Cafe for details).

Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirate League

Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirate League

Next on my bucket list is joining the Pirate League in the Magic Kingdom. Patrons can choose a pirate or mermaid look. You will get a pirate “make over” and training from Captain Jack while he regales you with tales of his high speed adventures. There are adventures to be had from there. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is not an option for me as this experience if for girls from ages 3 through 12 only.

I have added Spirit of Aloha, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. All three are dinner shows that have unique  themes and related menu items. The Spirit of Aloha is at the Polynesian and is a luau with luau theme food. Both Hoop-Dee-Doo and Mickey’s BBQ are located at Fort Wilderness.  The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a wild West theme show with fried chicken and ribs. Mickey’s is a good old bbq; Disney characters join into the fun and engage guests in dancing. All 3 sound like great fun and all 3 are on my Disney bucket list.

Some of my other bucket list items are a fireworks cruise (in Epcot), the Pirate and Pals Fireworks cruise which sails on Bay Lake during the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks show (Captain Hook and Smee join you) and dinner at the California Grill during the Wishes show. I’d like to stay in a “Royal” hotel room at the Port Orleans Riverside and a Pirate room at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Of course, those are the bucket items that are possibilities. Here are some additional entries but these are wish list items instead. I want to spend a night in Cinderella’s Royal Suite (in the Castle of the Magic Kingdom), maybe a dinner at Victoria and Albert’s and hopefully a spring training game with the Atlanta Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. How about you? What’s on your Disney World bucket list or Disney World dream list?

The missing three hours — what my girls would do at Disney World!

My Dreams of Disney
Stephanie, Sophie, and Cindy

Yesterday, for the Magical Blogorail, we wrote our monthly loop, and this month’s topic was what you would do if you had three hours alone with no family at Disney World.  If you want to read the entire loop, check out this post here, but if you didn’t see my post and want to read just that one, click here.

When I told my wife about it, though, she immediately had her own ideas of what she would do with that three hour block of time, so that led me to asking Sophie what she would do, and that led me to texting my niece Stephanie to find out what she would do.  So today, I’m bringing you “What my girls would do at Disney World,” or, if you prefer, “Three hours alone at Disney, part two!”

Since Cindy came up with her list first, I’m going to put her ideas first.  Let me tell you right now, the list she came up with was so much more incredibly imaginative then my list!  Take a look at the things that Cindy would do.

Cindy’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. Cindy would experience the Magic Kingdom at night, and the first thing she would do would be to fly like Tinkerbell on Tinkerbell’s zip line!
  2. Next, Cindy would head over to Dumbo and ride it with Mickey Mouse.
  3. After that, she would ride Peter Pan’s Flight with…Peter Pan!
  4. Then, since this is a goofy kind of ride to Cindy, she would ride Big Thunder Mountain…with Goofy!
  5. Heading over to The Haunted Mansion, it seems to be a natural fit to ride that ride with Flynn Rider.
  6. For her next ride, she would ride Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow!
  7. After all those rides, Cindy would want her favorite snack, so she would make some of the wonderful Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars with her favorite character — Daisy Duck!
  8. Last, but certainly not least, Cindy would close out her three hours by throwing a block party with the (character) gang in Liberty Square!

Next up is Sophie.  Here are the things that she would do during her three hours.

Sophie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. First of all, Sophie would experience her three hours at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, during nighttime hours.
  2. The first thing she would do would be to ride all of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters, so that would be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain, although I think that she would add Splash Mountain to that, even though it isn’t a roller coaster.
  3. Then Sophie would ride the monorail to Epcot, but she would ride in the front of the monorail!
  4. Then, when she got to Epcot, she would enjoy all of the Future World attractions, and then she would visit Mexico, Norway, and France and enjoy the things that are available there.

Lastly,  it’s time to unveil the things that Stephanie would do with her three hour time block.  It took a little bit to get her going, but once she did, I couldn’t shut her up! :)

Stephanie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. Stephanie would first learn how to do a dance like the dancers do during the shows in front of Cinderella Castle!
  2. Next, Stephanie would wear a princess costume, and get her picture taken to prove she’s been a Disney Princess!
  3. Then, she would get her picture taken with every character to get revenge with her brother and sister (the first time they went to Disney, Brett and Leslie got pictures with almost all the characters, while Stephanie only got one picture with Minnie Mouse.)
  4. Next it would be time for some snacks.  Stephanie would eat the big popsicles, eat ice cream, and have a huge cinnamon roll from the Main Street Bakery!
  5. Last, but certainly not least, Stephanie would have all the Disney Princesses help plan her dream Disney Wedding with her!  Can you picture my niece Stephanie getting married at Disney World, only to have all the Princesses be her bridesmaids? How cool would that be?!

So there you have it, friends, and see, these ideas were so much more creative then my ideas!  What ideas would you have for your three hours?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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