While planning our trip I couldn’t find a whole lot of information on the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Cruise (PPFC), so here’s my mini-trip report for those who are interested. We took the PPFC in June 2017. Our family was me, DH, DS7 and DS4.
It starts in a banquet room in the Contemporary resort. We checked in and were given pirate bandanas for each of us to wear to be identified as a member of the cruise and were given our boat and row assignment. We also received a piece of paper with a bit of a scavenger hunt on it. We went upstairs to the level where Chef Mickey’s is and were able to complete the scavenger hunt in about 10 minutes. Once we brought it back down to the host stand our sons were able to pick a prize from a treasure chest.
After a bit, we were let into the banquet room by our two pirate captains, Captain Patch and his brother, Captain Patch.
Inside the room was pineapple cake, chocolate coins, cotton candy, some pretzels and chips, tortilla chips and salsa, ice cream bars, and a few token pieces of fruit. There was also water, lemonade, fruit punch, tea and coffee to drink.
Captain Hook and Mr. Smee visited the room for a meet and greet. There was a Photo Pass photographer there too. Our DS4 has always been skittish around characters, but loves Peter Pan. He was clearly torn between being afraid of Captain Hook and wanting to meet him. After a bit of bribery, he actually did take a picture near Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. The photographer was really good at encouraging him without pushing too hard.
After that the Captains Patch lead a parade out to the boats.
The boats then went out into the Seven Seas Lagoon past the Grand Floridian, to the front of the Magic Kingdom. While waiting for HEA to start, Captain Patch held a Disney trivia contest. Prizes were various pirate paraphernalia. The pirate hooks were a big hit with our boys.
Once the fireworks started they played the simulcast of the HEA music. You could see that the castle changed colors but could not see the details of the projection clearly. The fireworks were clearly visible.
After HEA the boat headed back to the Contemporary dock and the trivia continued.
Once back at the dock we were able to have a meet & greet with Peter Pan in the Contemporary gardens. There was also a Photo Pass photographer here.