Pirate Adventure

47 Days: A Pirate’s Adventure

Pirate Adventure

Look for hidden treasure in Adventureland in A Pirate’s Adventure!

Pirate Adventure

The motto of every Pirate in training!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day47 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Each day is a day closer towards the big excursions, and I am excited about this one because it is an experience that I’ve never looked into, and Sophie hasn’t done it either.  I think things like A Pirate’s Adventure were born out of the success of the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, which, of course, has since been replaced by Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.  A Pirate’s Adventure hasn’t been along very long, just about a year I believe, and is focused entirely in Adventureland, as you would imagine, but it sounds like a lot of fun for kids — and perhaps even their parents — to enjoy!  Here are the rules of this here Pirated Adventure:

A Pirate’s Adventure Treasure Hunts:

  • There are five treasures hidden throughout Adventureland.  Your goal is to grab a special magic talisman to read 5 treasure maps to find the hidden treasure!
  • Race against Captain Barbosa to find the Treasure of the Pacific!
  • Beat the British in the Treasure of the Indian Ocean!
  • Make a special spell to hide the port in Treasure of the Caribbean!
  • Locate a pirate ship to find the Treasure of the Arctic!
  • Battle with Blackbeard and win the Treasure of the Mediterranean!

Each of these adventures takes about 20 minutes, and you can stop and start throughout the day, so think about this as an alternative Magic Kingdom adventure for you and your kids!  Have you ever done this?  Is it fun?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!


#DisneyTrivia: Pirates of the Caribbean!


Continuing our look at Pirates of the Caribbean!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia segment!  Since today is #Day69 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, we are continuing our look at the Pirates of the Caribbean today, with some interesting facts and figures about this Disney Classic!

Pirates of the Caribbean Did You Know…

Did you know these facts and figures about Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • The name of the pirate ship is the “Wicked Wench.”
  • Originally Pirates of the Caribbean wasn’t going to be a Disney World attraction because of the thought of how close it was to the Caribbean, but this was changed.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean opened on December 15, 1973 — 7 years to the day that Walt Disney passed away.
  • Last year was the 40th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction!
  • The version at Disneyland has two drops, whereas the version at the Magic Kingdom only has one.
  • If you eat at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, you will be overlooking the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

I could go on and on about the attraction, it is one of my favorites, but for right now, I want to know, who did you vote for in the March Magic tournament?  The Caribbean Pirates of Disneyland or the Gracie Manor Hitchhikers of Walt Disney World?  I voted for the PIRATES!  Go Pirates!

Thank you for stopping by today!  My friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog are excited that you take time each week to join in the fun!  Do you have a blog? If so, write up a trivia post and add it to our list!  Check out the rest of the entries, but make sure you go out and have a great Disney Day!

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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!


Disney Birthdays – it’s a big deal!


Celebrating your birthday at Disney includes special desserts — even for breakfast!

Hello everyone!  Today is my birthday!  I turned 46 years old today — and I realized the other morning that this is the 35th year since my very first trip to Walt Disney World, way back in 1979!  Wow, time flies, and so much has changed since that first visit — but one thing remains — Disney Birthdays are as cool now as they have always been!

Officially, I have never been to Walt Disney World for my birthday — although, the official Disney policy is that you can celebrate your birthday up to 6 months after your birthday, or you can celebrate your birthday up to 6 months before your birthday — so all of us, if we choose to, could celebrate our birthday no matter when we visit!

Celebrating your birthday as a Disney Birthday means wearing a Happy Birthday button — having strangers wish you happy birthday! — having Cast Members wish you a happy birthday — having characters wish you a happy birthday — and, in some cases, even getting special desserts at a restaurant when you eat there!  For example, take a look at the special treat that Sophie got when we ate at the Cape May Cafe for her birthday — oh, and by the way, did I mention that we were having breakfast that morning there?

In addition to special desserts, you also sometimes get great birthday cards at these restaurants, signed by the characters that came to visit you!  How cool is that?


Sophie celebrated her 9th birthday with Mickey & Minnie at Mickey's Backyard BBQ!

Sophie celebrated her 9th birthday with Mickey & Minnie at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!

In 2010, Sophie wanted to eat at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for her birthday, so that’s what we did!  Sophie loved seeing Mickey & Minnie all decked out in their western garb, and they both loved seeing Sophie’s new t-shirt that she created with Minnie Mouse!

The Birthday Button is the start of a great Disney Birthday!

The Birthday Button is the start of a great Disney Birthday!

Having your birthday button decorated with your name makes it easy for people to wish you a happy birthday!  Sometimes, though, water rides, heat, sweat, and stuff like that can cause your name to wear off — if that happens, see if you can get one of the Disney Animators to redraw it for you — we had this done at Hollywood Studios — the artist just said “here, let’s fix that for you!” — and we still have that button to this day!

Sometimes great Cast Members will give you a surprise treat!

Sometimes great Cast Members will give you a surprise treat!

The Pirate bandana — and eye patch and sword in the next picture — were given to Sophie when we rode the water taxi from Port Orleans French Quarter to Downtown Disney.  The Pilot noticed Sophie’s button as we were getting off, and he wished her a happy birthday, then said hold on for a moment, went into his locker, and came out with that for Sophie!  It was so unexpected, it truly made her day!


Sophie sporting the eye patch and sword to go along with her Pirate bandana!

Whether it be a simple ‘Happy Birthday’ from a Cast Member — or total stranger — or something more like the gift Sophie received from the Pilot on the Water Taxi — just the fact of celebrating your birthday as a Disney Birthday truly makes your celebration that much more fun.  Thank you for stopping by!  How do you celebrate your birthday at Disney — if you have?  Let us know in the comments, and remember everyone — go out and make every day a Disney Day!

71 Days til Disneyland – Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island sounds a lot like Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom, but it does have a few differences.  The primary difference, of course, is that Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom is more about Tom and Huck’s stories of Injuns, and the Pirate’s Lair at Disneyland is about, well, Pirates!

Despite that difference, the rest of the island is fairly similar.  You take a raft ride over to the island, and then you get off and go explore the island.  Check out the Pirate’s Lair, see what Dead Man’s Grotto (similar in my mind to Injun Joe’s Cave) is all about, and find the pirate loot at the Treasure Dig.

As the Disneyland website indicates, this attraction is good for Kids, Pre-Teens, Teens, and Adults, and is one of those types of attractions that you can use as a relaxing getaway from the crowd attraction.

What do you think of the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island?  It is day 71 in our Countdown til Disneyland series!  To see the rest of the entries, just click on the link to see the entire list to date, and thanks for stopping by!

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