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We are interested in doing this for my soon to be 6 year old for his birthday. My concern/question is this--what happens if he doesn't want to get on the boat? He is not a clingy kid, but I fear that when it comes time to separate from us, he might hesitate. I am assuming Disney has a plan for this--just wondering if anyone has participated in the experience and has any advice.
We did this at CBR several years ago when our son was about your son's age. He was so excited--had his pirate costume on. I think I was more nervous about him going than he was. The husband and I waited at the nearby pool.
One thing we did was watched as the boat had had children in it on another day. The boy was curious and the boat was inviting which solved all problems of hesitation.
My boys did this about 10 years ago and absolutely loved it. It did help that they went together, not sure if the little one would have done it without his brother. Side note, little one would never eat peanut butter and jelly together on a sandwich until the Pirate Cruise ( they served Uncrustables), and for years after the Pirate Cruise he called all pb&j’s “pirate sandwiches “!
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I think he'll enjoy it - but if you are really worried, we did a family Pirates and Pals cruise 2 years ago, and that was excellent! I highly recommend it! We got desserts, as well as met Mr. Smee and Captain Hook before the boat ride. Got a lovely ride around the lake before Wishes and when we got off, there were photo-ops with Peter Pan. And our pirate was phenomenal!
They have recently cut back on the Pirate Adventure Cruises. They have not been going out of the Grand Floridian lately.
We too have done the Pirate & Pals cruise (3x now) and we have always loved it. I find it to be completely worth the price and the kids always come away with a small trinket from the trivia game. My only advice is to pack a small bag to carry some snacks on board as they encourage this but do not offer any containers or suitable cups to transport the items.
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