Pirate Erin was tasked with helping turn me into a Pirate Empress. She applied my Empress make-up, lip gloss, and nail polish. I also was sporting a fabulous empress face jewel. And of course, I had to have my first pirate tattoo to be admitted to the Pirates League. Erin also instructed me that all pirates have to name their first tattoo. Fred became fast friends with my right hand that day. Erin finished off my pirate empress look with a pirate bandanna, an eye patch, and a gold hoop earring clipped on for good measure. My extra face jewels, nail polish, and lip gloss went into the booty bag that we each received.
My son opted for the Multi-Eyed Jack and my husband the Smokey-Eyed Jack. My daughter decided to go the Empress route, but with bolder colors than what I had chosen.
Once we were done with our pirate transformation, we had to recite the pirate oath, which is completely secret and completely something Captain Jack would write!
The pirates presented us to the gunner who outfitted us with a sword belt and sword. And only then, when we were properly adorned as members of the Pirates League, were we allowed in the secret treasure room.
All I will say about the secret treasure room is that it completely met my expectations, which were pretty high because I was so excited to be there! We had our pictures taken and collected a bit of booty before leaving by the secret door to return to the entrance of the room.
The pirates checked us out and gave us our certificates showing we were members of the Pirates League and a secret code to decipher using our treasure booty.
This was an immensely fun experience for the whole family. It took about an hour once we checked in, but it was completely worth it. My son's 14th birthday was the day we were there. The pirates all sang a version of "Happy Birthday" with a lot of "Yo Ho" built in there. My son totally enjoyed it!
Both my teenagers enjoyed this experience. This is not just the answer to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for little boys; this truly is an experience for everyone in your family.
Our one issue that we had was in makeup removal. I didn't have makeup remover with me as I don't wear makeup on vacation. It took a bit of effort to get all the makeup off of everyone once we were done, but more so for my son's Multi-Eyed Jack design. I do suggest having makeup remover with you if that's not your habit to pack it on vacation.
The First Mate and Empress Packages are priced at $49.95 each plus tax. There is a Captain's Package that includes a costume priced at $125 each plus tax. Be sure to ask if any discounts such as DVC, Annual Passholder, etc. apply to your party.
Advanced Reservations are recommended at 407-WDW-CREW (407-939-2739), but walk-up customers were being taken care of as well.
As we sailed away from the Pirates League, we knew it would not be our last glimpse of that secret island of adventure. We can't wait to join Captain Jack's band in the future.
About the Author: Mary Albright is a return PassPorter News Guest Contributor. Married with two children, she lives in Minnesota and works as a Virtual Assistant. She has visited Walt Disney World more than 15 times since 2000. She has two trips in the works for June 2010 and December 2010.
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