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5 Disney Cruise Pirate Night Tips

One thing you will be able to enjoy on most Disney Cruises is Pirate Night. Disney Cruise Pirate Night is a themed evening when you will be able to let your inner pirate out by dressing up in pirate attire, feasting on Caribbean food, and taking part in a Pirate dance party!

Disney Cruise Pirate Night

What You Need to Know about Disney Cruise Pirate Night

While it might be called Pirate Night, the pirate fun is an all-day event! You will find Pirate Crafts, Pirate Trivia and other Pirate-inspired events during the day.

Depending on when you have dinner, you might see the Pirates of the Caribbean stage show (on the pool deck) before dinner or after.

You won’t want to miss the chance to see all your favorite Disney characters dressed as pirates performing pirate dances and doing a short performance.

Dinner will feature Caribbean-inspired Pirate fare like Treasures of the Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallops, Jack Sparrow’s Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Ribs or Pirates Gold-en Pot Stickers.

Disney Cruise Line Fireworks at Sea

The night ends with fireworks over the ocean and a dance party!

5 Disney Cruise Pirate Night Tips

There is so much to enjoy and I know you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. Here are some tips to help you celebrate!

1. Bring your own Pirate Night Costume & Gear.

You will first want to make sure that your Disney Cruise will have a pirate night before going out and buying your pirate gear.

You will find that almost everyone dresses up in one form or another.

Some wear full-on Disney Cruise pirate costumes, while others just wear a Disney pirate t-shirt or a pirate dress.

You will not look out of place at all if you choose to dress up.

If you happen to have a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board, you will find that it will help you and your child become a pirate!

Just be sure to make your reservation for Pirate Night in advance as it does get booked fast!

Pirate Bandannas on a Disney Cruise

Forgot your pirate attire? No worries! When the Disney Cruise room steward makes up your stateroom, he/she will leave you a Disney Pirate Bandana for each member of your party.

Pirate Gear on a Disney Cruise

Of course, you can also purchase some pirate gear on board, but realize that you will pay a premium and the selection will be somewhat limited.

Mickey Mouse Pirate Meet & Greet
Courtesy Disney

2. Take advantage of Pirate Meet & Greets.

You will find that just about everyone is dressed up for Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise. What makes it even more fun is that you will also find all your favorite Disney pirates on board for meet and greets.

You will find Mickey & Minnie dressed as pirates, Jack Sparrow and even Captain Hook and Mr. Snee!

3. Be sure to show up for the Pirate Night dinner.

You will find that all the restaurants in rotation have transformed into a pirate-themed restaurant.

Pirate Night Menu

Each has the exact same Pirate Night menu.

Even your Servers will all be dressed in their finest Pirate Garb.

One thing that you can only get during this meal is the souvenir kid’s pirate drink cup that lights up. Usually, the price of the souvenir cup is around $6.

Pirate Party on a Disney Cruise

4. Get to the “Pirates in the Caribbean” Deck Party early.

Outside on the main deck, you will find that the pool has been covered up and the stage has been set for the “Pirates in the Caribbean” Deck Party.

Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise

During the interactive stage show, you will spend some time dancing, singing and will get a chance to see your favorite Disney characters dressed up in their Pirate Outfits.

Get there early to grab a seat up front or find a great viewing spot from the balcony.

While this show is upbeat for the most part, smaller children might get a little frightened by the fight scenes or by the firing of cannons.

Just prepare them ahead of time by letting them know that it is all pretend.

Disney Cruise Line Fireworks at Sea

5. Watch the Fireworks

One of the things that is unique about Disney Cruises is that they have fireworks at sea!

This typically happens on Pirate Night and will be directly following the show.

While you can see them from the bottom deck, the best place to see them is on the top deck!

Have you had a chance to experience Disney Cruise Pirate Night? What did you think?

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Nelda Jones

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

We are in Disney wonder out of San Diego. Will we have a pirate party night?

Donna Manheim

Saturday 9th of July 2022

So much fun!


Monday 25th of November 2019

Do they have light up pirate cup for kids at all dining places or certain one. We r on dream


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

They will have them at all restaurants on Pirate night.

Denise Clark

Wednesday 12th of July 2017

We are on a Disney Norwegian cruise next August do they have pirates party


Tuesday 25th of July 2017

I believe that they have a Frozen night instead of Pirate night on the Norway Cruise.


Sunday 18th of September 2016

We are second seating for First Disney Cruise. So dinner will be after the show. Does that mean we will miss the Pirates show?


Monday 19th of September 2016

Disney is really good about making sure that everyone gets to see each show. Typically there are two times to accommodate both seatings. One is around 7:45 (no fireworks) and the other is closer to 9:45 (with fireworks after). This is of course based on the time of year and ship.

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