Momma Told Me: You just can't beat dinner and a show!Growing up, and living in Southern California I am spoiled with a veritable collection of tourist geared activities and attractions. Of course, anyone who is a native will tell you just living 10 minutes outside of 'the big city' (Los Angeles) can mean an hour or more of driving. Unfortunately, with out home some 40 miles from most of the main attractions, this means 2-3 hours of travel time in traffic. This means I have, sadly, visited but a fraction of the family entertainment available to us, despite spending the past 27 years of my life a stones-throw away. When I was a child, my parent's vacation destination of choice was Disneyland. Overcrowded, even as a 4 year old, I never cared for it much; but I did have a fascination with one ride- The Pirate's of The Caribbean. I would wait patiently for over an hour in the hot Summer sun for 2 minutes on that interactive excursion.
Guests have their choice of bottomless beverage, (vegetable) soup or garden salad with ranch, a half chicken with rice and vegetables or ham and potatoes, and a brownie a-la-mode dessert with cup of coffee, for fare. While the portions were generous, and I could not clear my entire plate, the half chicken I had chosen was a bit dried out and tough. I can only imagine the logistics of personally serving 150 guests a timed buffet style meal, but found this a little disappointing. All other elements of the food was spot on in texture and temperature, and quite delicious. I get the impression food options are subject to change with the season or show, as the online menu included apple crisp, rather than a brownie; so do check with your local venue ahead of time to be sure. A steak entree upgrade can also be added on to your initial ticket price, if desired.
Dinner Adventure. I do not have a reference for previous show, but the new Rise of the Sea Dragon program is entirely interactive and impressively engaging. That is to say I suspect I could visit several nights in one week and always find a new feast for my eyes. The cast is surprisingly animated, and the stage is rarely without multiple points of interest. Pirates interact and engage in the corner over here while the main story plays out in the middle of the stage, and side characters bicker in the foreground. The show is truly a 360 experience, with 6 unique 'hero' pirates to cheer for, each with wonderfully developed personalities.
Before the show had even begun the pirates could be seen making the rounds along the floor engaging patrons, and interacting with the children. A few times I observed two pirates meet in passing and ad-lib some dialog with period vocabulary peppered in- it was thoroughly entertaining, and truly brought the experience to life. The story, a classic tale of good versus evil, tell the tale of a captured princess and her royal gypsy aboard evil Captain Pirate Sebastian's ship. With the intent to force the gypsy to summon the fabled Sea Dragon, guardian of a secret cove of immense pirate treasure, Sebastian raids the royal court and takes 150 captives (the audience). Throughout the 90 minute show it becomes apparent that love has blossomed between the captured princess and Sebastian's pirate son (Blue), and a mutiny is set in place leading to an electric battle sequence and the rise of an animatronic/puppetry dragon. (But not before the 'captives' are sworn in as pirates, themselves).
I wish I could accurately squeeze all of the points of amazement into this post, but my words are long winded, and my amazement is vast. This show quite literally had everything. From wonderfully developed characters, and the actors behind them, to constant crowd engagement and social commentary (such as quips on Taylor Swift and even Spongebob Squarepants). Sparks literally flew during sword fights, the center of the stage opened to reveal a trampoline for aerial stunts, pirates fought on a rotating ladder while the cast broke out in catchy song, and I found myself eagerly anticipating the 'Rise of the Dragon,' which did not disappoint! I must say, however, the show stopper of this evening was the talented acrobatic 'Gypsy,' who charmed the dragon to life with her breathtaking duo act, in which she literally spun 20+ feet above the stage suspended by her skull alone. I have seen such acrobatic aerial art on TV before, but to be so close to this beautiful and dangerous act was in no way short of mesmerizing.
Current show admission starts as low as $41 for adults, and $28 for children, including complimentary appetizers and a 3 course meal; well worth it for the evening of immersive entertainment! Weekdays offer evening shows alone, while patrons can enjoy an earlier show on the weekends, if planning a vacation of multiple excursions. Shows are constantly being refreshed, and the actors are subject to change, so the experience is always a new one, especially with 6 unique pirates and color coded seating sections. For now, unfortunately, the biggest drawback with Pirate's Dinner Adventure is that there are only 2 locations to visit, nationwide. So be sure to stop by when you are passing through; and, locals, make it a point to visit! Check back during Blog POP! School Rules for a special 2 pass giveaway to the Pirate's Orlando or Buena Park locations!
What Daughter Says: Expand your dinner horizons with an interactive dining experience and 3 course meal at Pirate's Dinner Adventure.