EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 12, 2013
    Kim from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We want our boys to do the pirate adventure cruise. There is 1 at our hotel, caribbean. Do you recommend one over another or are they all pretty much the same? Also is it better to go to parks on extra magic hour or the next day when less crowded?

    Hi, Kim! Thanks for visiting us here on the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Your boys are going to love discovering all the clues that lead to the treasure chest brimming with pirate booty on their Pirate Adventure Cruise experience! Kids often say that the cruise was a highlight of their Walt Disney World vacation. 

    There are a total of four Pirate Adventure Cruises offered, each featuring a specific story line (but pretty much the same booty and snacks), which depart from Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside and Disney's Yacht Club & Beach Club Resorts. Since your family will be staying at Caribbean Beach, I think it's easiest to have your kids go on the cruise that departs from your resort, if only for the sake of convenience. The cruise lasts about 2 hours, so while your boys are off scouting for treasure, the rest of the family can explore the resort, have a snack or just kick back at the pool. 

    Now to answer your question about Extra Magic Hours (EMH)...my advice is to take advantage of Morning EMH if - and only if - your family are early risers and can get to the park by the early opening time (usually 8:00 AM). The theme park with Morning EMH will get quite crowded by lunchtime, so if you've got the Park Hopper ticket option, I would suggest hopping over to a different park for lunch and afternoon touring. Personally, I would avoid any park offering Evening EMH unless there are teens in your family. In my family's experience, we have found that it is best to skip the park with Evening EMH and visit the following day instead when it is usually less crowded.  

    Wishing you a magical, treasure-filled vacation! 

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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