A Pirate's Life For Me!
This last week was the final Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial show. This was a fun stage show at the Magic Kingdom where THE Captain Jack Sparrow would teach the audience how to be proper pirates. And now that the show has ended it has left a lot of people trying to guess what they will do to replace it, why it was cut, and if there will be a new Captain Jack Sparrow meet and greet. I have also heard people around the park sad or disappointed because they, or their child, wanted more pirate themed activities - and they feel like now there is just the Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride! But never fear me mateys! There be a-plenty o’ Pirate fun to still be had at the Magic Kingdom if ye know where to look for it. And I got me spyglass and know just where to look. Argh!
Ahem… inside the Magic Kingdom you can play A Pirates Adventure ~ Treasure of the Seven Seas. This game has a similar, be it much more piratey and much less card based, feeling to The Sorcerers card game. You sign up very quickly with you magic band at a small building between the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and Splash Mountain. Once signed up you and your family, or whoever you are swashbuckling with, will be given a pirate map. Then you saunter off to the different locations on the map and are thrown into a pirate treasure hunting story. Throughout your journey you will run into skeletons, famous pirates, and cannon fights! Each map takes about 20 minutes to complete and has you run all around Adventureland. You can definitely complete it faster. Or slower; especially when your four year old pirate captain refuses to let anyone else look at the map and demands they know where they’re going, then gets everyone lost.
This game is a great way to immerse your little or big pirate in the magic of Disney. A few helpful hints for anyone looking to go on a treasure hunt:
Survive the Florida heat. This game is a great way to use your time when the lines are very long. But you can end up running around out in the heat if you do this during midday. Some of the adventure will have you inside air conditioned stores a whole bunch. But most of the activities are outside. If you are like me and carry an umbrella for the sun than this is a perfect activity for around noon to 2 when the lines are super long. If you don’t, then wait until it cools off a little. But don’t wait too long because this game shuts down at 6 pm.
Keep track of what they give you. You will receive a map to play this game. When you have completed your first treasure hunt return to the little hut / house where you started and you will receive a card that has the name of your acquired treasure on it. If you want, you can now go on a second treasure hunt with a new map. When you complete this one you will be given a special prize. The day we played that prize was a FastPass…. totally worth it! We were told that you get a prize every time you complete two maps. There are 5 maps total, and when you finish your fifth and show them all the treasures you’ve acquired you get an additional prize and a special card for completions…. so long story short don’t trash the maps or cards.
Are your children easily frightened? This is just a disclaimer that I wish someone had mentioned to me. This game could be a tiny bit scary for some of the younger kids; mainly if they are afraid of semi-loud noises, smoke, or skeletons. My daughter is easily bothered by noises, so she didn’t like when the cannons would fire. They’re fake, make a dull thud, and shoot smoke - but she was concerned they might hit her (they don’t) There are other loud sounds, shouting, and definitely a good amount of skeletons. They don’t do anything too fighting (just appear inside chests or talk) but just something to think about if you have a young child.
Over all this is a great time! Fun for everyone and you get to be pirates for a little while. This is yet another time when Disney has been as magical as can be. I love this game and really hope more people will get to enjoy it!