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  • On Mar 20, 2013
    Lisa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning to do the Pirates & Pals Voyage on Sat Oct 12. Early in the day we will be in Downtown Disney & would like to make dinner res. at the Rainforest Cafe. What time should we eat to make sure we get to the Contemporary in time for the c

    Hi, Lisa!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage is a swashbuckling seafaring adventure that your family is sure to enjoy! Theme park hours and entertainment schedules are posted online 6 months in advance to aid guests in planning dining reservations, vacation itineraries and special events like the Pirates & Pals cruise. The schedules are currently available through September 18. When the October schedule for Magic Kingdom is posted next month, you'll be able to see the start time on October 12 for Wishes, the nighttime fireworks spectacular.

    You'll need to arrive at Disney's Contemporary Resort for your Pirates & Pals adventure 90 minutes before Wishes is set to begin. (For example, if Wishes begins at 9:00 PM, you should arrive by 7:30 PM to check in for your cruise.) Be sure to allow 1 to 1-1/2 hours for travel by bus from Downtown Disney to the Contemporary. I have to caution you that Downtown Disney gets very busy on Saturday evenings, so you'll want to make an advance dining reservation for the Rainforest Cafe at your 180-day window prior to the first day of your stay. You can book your dining online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 

    Another option would be to have lunch at the Rainforest Cafe and then an early dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants located right inside the Contemporary. I highly recommend the California Grill and Chef Mickey's!

    It's a pirate's life for you, Lisa! Aaargh! 

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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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