In this post you will find approximately 150 pictures from the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. This was part of my birthday weekend extravaganza at Walt Disney World over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. Other posts from that weekend include the Magic Behind our Steam Trains Tour, Long Lost Friends Week, and Cars Family Suites at Art of Animation.
I’ve had at lot of people ask questions about this voyage, including whether or not you’re able to see the fireworks really well on it. The answer is a resounding YES! Your best bet is to sit on the left side of the boat and have your camera ready. I took over 500 pictures to narrow it down to the ones you see here.The event requires no park admission, has a dessert reception, and takes you to some of the best Wishes viewing you’ll ever see! You also get to meet three favorite characters, sing along with your pirate host, and play trivia for fun and prizes. I can’t wait to do this one again – I got so caught up in things, I shot the entirety of the fireworks with the wrong lens!
Check the captions for more detailed explanations of what’s going on in each picture. I hope you like it!
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The voyage starts in the convention center of the Contemporary.
It’s pretty easy to figure out when you’re at the right place.
Pirates afoot! Err… awheel!
Ye scurvy dogs!
This ticket corresponds to your boat and row number. We’re on Hook’s boat – meaning we follow the Hook flag out to our boat come loading time.
The reception is full of good stuff!
Also, full of pirates…
…and pirate cake!
This pirate looks like he ran away from Norway Pavilion, to me.
A sampling of some of the treats.
Clearly the cousin of the Norway pirate.
Gold coins are really awesome dark chocolate.
UNLIMITED. MICKEY. BARS.
YES. UNLIMITED. YOU NEED THEM.
Our crewmates are loading up before a night of pillaging.
GOLD!!! These coins were given to Scrooge McDuck at the Long Lost Friends meet and greet the next day. There’s your cool fact.
You get a sweet bandana to show you’re one of the crew.
The table is straight from a pirate ship.
Waiting in line for our photos with Hook and Smee.
Then, Hook and Smee decided to wait in line for photos with Hook and Smee. Hilarious.
YAY! We were two of the last few people to get our photos.
Trekking out to the boats… The boats are at Contemporary’s usual dock.
The boats, as you can see, are special for this event.
In a rare flash photo from me, you can see how the boats have tall canopies for excellent viewing and also are rigged for sound.
Our boat – Hook.
First one on!
My view as my passengers loaded.
My crewmates start arriving.
The sound tech’s seat at the rear of the boat.
The boat is accessible – there’s room for 3 or so wheelchairs/scooters on the rear deck, with companion seating.
My crewmates start to board…
…one of my younger crewmates carried the Hook flag all the way to our boat, so people would know where to go!
Here’s Patch – he leads us in song, merriment, and trivia.
Patch also helps us heckle passing boats, knowing full well that the occupants of the other boats are having so little fun compared to us.
Heading out to the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Hello Space Mountain!
Patch is asking people if they’re celebrating anything – these people had been married 50 years, I believe.
Clapping and singing with Patch.
End of the Cinderella Castle projection show… that means Wishes starts soon!
Contemporary and a private fireworks cruise rental.
The Smee boat nearby.
The next several dozen pictures are self-explanatory. And I hope you ignored other people who said you couldn’t get any good fireworks photos!
Great show! Heading back in!
Hello, Monorail Black… we’re just passing by.
Patch has questions for us! All sorts of Disney pirate-related trivia. I won a sword and DizParksFan won a hook.
One of those boats full of people having less fun than we are…
Approaching Bay Lake Tower…
Back to the Contemporary dock.
Wait! Who’s that?!
I contemplated getting arrested/banned from the parks. I thought better of it.
Oh, just strolling through Contemporary with a pirate.
The parting shot.