Pirates Dinner Adventure
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
By Lisa Fritscher
Dinner Adventure has earned a well-deserved reputation as “the world’s
most unique interactive dinner show.” Over 150 guests are invited right
into the middle of the action donning costumes and taking roles in the show.
Even children can be a part of the excitement, rowing dinghies in a race around
the lagoon or boarding the galleon in a heart-pounding attempt to rescue the
Your adventure into pirate history and lore begins as you arrive. You will
be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds that greet your senses. A small stage
and a cash bar serving all manner of pirate cocktails are present in the main
room, while a gift shop and pirate museum beckon just beyond. Go ahead and
visit the gift shop and museum now, before things really begin.
Although there are no authentic items present in the pirate museum, the reproductions
are beautifully crafted. The museum is full of information detailing the life
and times of some of history’s most famous pirates. The gift shop is
stocked with a surprisingly large array of pirate memorabilia both comical
and historically accurate, in a wide range of prices.
Soon after your arrival, you will be summoned to Princess Anita’s appetizer
buffet. Salads and snacks are plentiful, but be sure not to eat too much.
There is still an entire feast to be enjoyed! In the meantime, enjoy seeing
and being seen. The pretext for the evening is that you are an invited guest
at Princess Anita’s royal banquet. Preshow entertainment takes place
on the small stage and may include such entertaining feats as snake handling
and acrobatics. Throughout this part of the evening, audience interaction
The festivities come to an abrupt ending, however, when the banquet hall
is stormed by pirates. Before you know it, the princess and all of her guests
(including you!) have been kidnapped. The group is then led as captives into
the main theater.
At this point, you will board one of six pirate ships for the main event.
Your ship will be under the control of its own mascot pirate for whom you
will cheer throughout a series of competitions. All eyes will be drawn forward,
however, to the imposing ship in the center. An authentic replica of an 18th
century galleon measuring 46 feet long is anchored in the middle of a 300,000
gallon indoor lagoon. The night sky overhead is illuminated by stars and moon.
You feast is served. Enjoy a fresh garden salad along with your choice of
three delectable entrees -- lemon pepper chicken, pork tenderloin or garlic
lobster and shrimp. Accompanying your entrée are mixed vegetables and
your choice of West Indies rice or roasted red potatoes. Dessert is Princess
Anita’s famous apple pie a la mode. Vegetarian and children’s
meals are also available upon request. Your feast includes unlimited beer,
wine, soft drinks and coffee during the show. The rest of the time, a cash
bar is open.
The Broadway-quality musical show is performed in, on and around the pirate
galleon. Swashbuckling swordplay, razor sharp wit, pyrotechnics and breathtaking
stunts combine to create a truly magical pirate adventure. As during the preshow
entertainment, audience interaction is plentiful and strongly encouraged.
150 guests will have the opportunity to actually become part of the show,
putting on costumes and taking on important roles. They will join a dozen
actors, singers and stunt performers as they live out their pirate dreams.
After the main show ends, be sure to stick around. The Buccaneer Bash is
a hopping after-hours pirate party. See and be seen, order fancy pirate cocktails
from the cash bar, and dance the night away with pirates and royalty alike.
A great ending to a wonderful evening, the Buccaneer Bash is a terrific place
to collect autographs too.
Pirates offers a special Christmas Adventure over the holiday season (2006
dates Nov 25 to Jan 6). The normal preshow buffet is enhanced by traditional
holiday elements, featuring turkey and chestnuts. The main show takes on a
holiday overlay, with an exciting and dramatic battle to save Christmas. If
you’ve never seen Pirates Christmas Adventure, it is definitely something
to add to the calendar no matter how many times you have seen the original
Surprisingly, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has received mixed reviews
from those who have attended. Some feel that the food is disappointing or
uninspiring. Others find the food both plentiful and delicious. Uneven service
has also been noted, with some sections receiving wonderfully attentive delivery
and others waiting a long time for their food. Some have also noted difficulty
in seeing well from the side most seats in each section. Most agree, however,
that the show itself delivers.
It appears that any difficulties are due to a bit of unevenness in hiring
staff. Pirate’s offers a whole new concept in dinner theater and it
is understandable that occasionally things may go wrong. However, Pirate’s
truly aims to please, so if you find anything unsatisfactory be sure to speak
with management for resolution. The show is wonderfully engrossing and exciting
and the vast majority of the time the food is delicious, well prepared and
All in all, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is well worth the price of admission.
Discounts are sometimes available, so be sure to ask what might apply when
you make your reservations. On the night of your show, arrive early enough
to enjoy the museum and gift shop prior to the start of the preshow entertainment.
Then sit back, relax and have fun as your childhood pirate dreams unfold before
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