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A Pirate Makeover at The Pirates League Disney World Tips and Review

Are you planning a trip to the most magical place on earth?  Disney World Vacation Planning can be overwhelming with all the magical experiences to choose from.  If you have a pirate fan in your family make sure to join the Pirates League at the Magic Kingdom, a Disney pirate experience that offers unforgettable memories.
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Join the Pirates League and Become a Pirate at Disney World

We had visited Walt Disney World several times before learning about the Pirates League in Adventure Land at the Magic Kingdom.  It felt like a hidden treasure the first time we went, we had known all about becoming a princess and a knight at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but this wasn’t of interest to my boys.  However, the Pirates League was a perfect dress up attraction for my Pirates of the Caribbean fanatics!  I am sharing where it is, how to make reservations, the packages they offer, how much this experience costs, and of course my Pirates League review below, so you’ll be ready to become a pirate or mermaid, that’s right you can get a mermaid makeover at the Magic Kingdom too!
 
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WHERE IS THE Walt Disney World PIRATES LEAGUE

The Pirates League is located right next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Adventureland at The Magic Kingdom.  As you enter Magic Kingdom go straight down Main Street USA towards the Cinderella Castle, once you enter the central plaza there are 4 entrances into each land.  You’ll want to take the first entrance on the left to enter Adventureland, and follow the road through the land till you reach the Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the left.  The Pirates League did feel as though it was tucked away when we first visited, however, the check-in desk is located outside of the door next to the ride entrance and Pirate Boutique which helped us figure out where to start our makeover experience.

HOW TO Make Pirate League Reservations

I highly recommend making reservations before getting to Disney World.  Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance and makeover time slots fill up fast.  You can schedule your pirate or mermaid makeover by calling Disney World at (407)WDW-STYLE or through the reservation system on the Disney Website

Both times we have visited The Pirates League they were booked up completely, and I was very thankful to have had made the reservations in advance.  Once you have your reservations, simply arrive at your scheduled time and head to the check-in counter. 

The Pirate League Packages

There is a large selection of pirate and mermaid makeover packages, each one includes accessories, cool pirate makeup or mermaid face design, and some packages even include costumes.  A makeover at the Pirate League cost between $18.95 and $99.95.
The Current WDW Pirates League Packages you can choose from are:

The First Mate Package ($44.95)

Facial makeup and hair to become Ghosted Pirate, Zombie, Captain Hook, Blackbeard, or Black Eyed Jack.
Sword and Sheath
Reversible bandana
Earring and eye patch
The Pirates League bag
Temporary pirate tattoo
Unique pirate coin necklace
Pirate’s key
Official pirate name
Personalized pirate oath

The Captain Jack Deluxe Package ($99.95)

Captain Jack costume 
Facial Effect
Sword and Sheath 
Reversible bandana
Earring and eye patch
The Pirates League bag
Temporary pirate tattoo
Unique pirate coin necklace
Pirate’s key
Official pirate name
Personalized pirate oath

The Pirate Redd Package ($44.95)

Pirate Redd braid hairstyle
Pirate Redd makeup, lip gloss, nail polish and face gem.
Sword and sheath
Reversible bandana
Earring and eye patch
Pirates League bag
Temporary pirate tattoo
Unique pirate coin necklace
Pirate’s key
Personalized pirate oath

The Deluxe Pirate Redd Package ($99.95)

Pirate Redd Costume
Plus everything included in the original Pirate Redd Package

The Skulls & Scurry Package ($18.95)

Sword and Sheath 
Unique pirate coin necklace
Pirate Scar Makeup

The Scurry Glam Package ($24.95)

Sword and Sheath 
Unique pirate coin necklace
Glam makeup, lip gloss and face gem

Pirates League Mermaid Makeover at Disney World

The Mermaid Package ($44.95)

Mermaid makeup application and makeup palette to take home. 
Nail polish
Mermaid Twist hairstyle
Color-changing hair clip

Mermaid necklace and bracelet
Mermaid sash

The Mermaid Deluxe Package ($84.95)

Mermaid Shirt and Tutu
Mermaid makeup application with a makeup palette to take home.
Nail polish

Mermaid Twist hairstyle
Color-changing hair clip
Mermaid necklace
Mermaid bracelet

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Tips for The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom

Book Your Reservations EarlyAs I said earlier reservations fill up fast, so try to book your makeover as close to the 180 days out as possible to get the day and time you want.  I would suggest making your reservations for early in the day so that your little pirates and mermaids can enjoy their makeover for as long as possible.

Allow enough time in your planning – The makeover takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on which package you choose.  Make sure you don’t book dining reservations or fastpass+ plans to close to your Pirate Appointment, you want to be able to fully enjoy the experience without worrying about getting to another area of the park.

Arrive Early – On busy days the check-in line can grow, so I suggest arriving around 20 minutes before your reservation time

Pack Makeup Remover – Pack some makeup remover wipes in your suitcase, the face paint can be hard to fully remove at the end of a long park day however makeup remover wipes helped us turn our pirates back into boys before bed.

Buy a Pirate Costume or Themed Shirt Before You Go – If you want to go with the budget friendly pirate makeover packages, pick up a cheap costume online or a Pirate themed shirt at the Disney Store before you visit.

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A PIRATES LEAGUE REVIEW – Our Experience

Once we arrived in Adventureland, we checked in outside and chose the pirate package we wanted.  During our first visit, it was a cold January day so we went with the deluxe package which included the pirate costumes.  However, when we did The Pirates League again during the summer months, it was just too hot to wear the costumes through the park on an August day in Orlando.  If you’re visiting during the hotter months I would say save your money and go for a smaller package that is just as adorable! 

The first year, I was also planning a princess and pirate-themed birthday for the twins so the costumes got a lot of love even after we left Disney World.

For this experience, they had us set up in a changing room before meeting our Pirate Master, so the boys could change into the cool new uniforms.

Next, the kids received their official Disney pirate names and signed the large pirate book.

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After the little pirates were named and in the official pirate book, we got to move along into where all the fun begins. 
The Pirate Master introduced themselves to the boys and talked about what kind of Pirate Face Paint they wanted.
Anthony wanted a complete pirate transformation.
 
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Aidan, on the other hand, is not a fan of face paint, the idea of it usually causes a complete meltdown.  However his pirate master was amazing with him, she took it very slowly, really connected with him and he ultimately agreed to a little cut on his cheek, which he was very proud of.  He kept asking to look at it for the rest of the day.  These are the types of memories autism moms dream of when planning Disney vacations.  
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Pirates-League-Magic-Kingdom-AutismOnce the boys looked the part it was time to take their Pirate Oaths, which they both giggled though!
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After your pirate transformation, and you’ve taken the pirate oath, you are able to enter the “secret” room to learn about a hidden treasure and get pictures taken.
 
Once the boys were official pirates and new all about the pirate’s secret treasure, it was time to check out, where the boys received their Pirates Pledge with their pirate names on it.  This is an adorable keepsake, that the kids loved showing everyone.
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I highly recommend visiting the Pirates League during your trip to Magic Kingdom. The boys had so much fun, and their faces throughout the entire experience were priceless.
 
 

The Pirates Special Treatment

This was so much fun and like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the fun doesn’t end after the makeover!  On all the Disney buses they played a special announcement saying there was a pirate on board and all the cast members called them Pirates throughout the day.

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The Pirates League is another one of those incredible Disney experiences that are unique and cool, which make memories that last a lifetime!

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  1. Your kids surely must have had a lot of fun! Everything was very realistic, and even the make-up seemed real. They must have definitely felt like pirates for a day! Nice idea for a dress up party. Thank you!

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