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Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise Review

This is my first attempt at doing an actual review of a Disney event. We recently enjoyed Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise, but I had a very hard time finding any reviews here on youTube. It is one of the lessor known events at Disney World, but well worth the time. If you like Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom, you will like the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise. The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise is fairly straightforward. You meet at a designated place at the Contemporary Resort (usually the second floor conference center area) to sign in & get your banana (the ID for the event) There are props for photos scattered about and some puzzles for the little ones. Patch the Pirate and his non-identical twin brother Pirate Patch invite guests into a ballroom for pirate grub and a meet before setting sail. Guests are strongly encouraged to eat all they can & pack more on the boat to enjoy. We had Mickey Ice Cream sandwitches, cake, chips & salsa there. We stuffed several bags of popcorn, pretzels and cotton candy along with some chocolate coins in our bag for enjoyment later. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee come out for a meet & greet with PPFC guests. When the line is almost complete, Patch and Patch return to divide guests up onto two different boats. The characters lead you off to the boats, complete with some antics on the way. After you set sail, the Patch on your boat entertains with stories, song and celebrations of birthdays/anniversaries/etc. The captain positions the boat in the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon. The soundtrack to Wishes is piped in and it is the clearest I've ever heard it. The captain keeps the boat centered for an outstanding view of the fireworks. On the cruise back to the CR, Patch entertains with Disney trivia and awards prizes to the kids. Each child gets at least one gift from the on board treasure chest. Back at the dock, there is one final surprise waiting for guests. Peter Pan greets you at the dock on your return and is available for autographs and photos. DD loved meeting Peter. We forgot her autograph book (of course we did - after all, getting rare autographs was half the reason I booked the PPFC). So, Peter signed the inflatable pirate sword she "won" from the pirate treasure chest on the cruise. It was a wonderful experience. My husband laughed himself silly. Our Patch was a very talented entertainer. DD fell asleep between DH and myself on our long bench on the fireworks watching boat during the fireworks, but woke up again when the captain turned the lights back on after the show. She had a blast doing the trivia with the other kids on the cruise back. I strongly recommend the PPFC to anyone who likes the cheesy Disney entertainment and/or has an emotional reaction to Wishes. It's great fun.
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