Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 25, 2010
    Cynthia from NJ 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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    planning trip end of Sept beg of Oct...interested in info about the cruise to see the fireworks by the Magic Kingdom. Is it worth it? Traveling with husband, my mom and a 3 yr old and 1 yr old.. Thanks - love the panel.

    I'm always leery of answering "is it worth it" questions because each family is so very different and what one family values might be entirely lost on another.  That said, I am happy to report that my family of 6 (kids aged 15, 11, 9 and 3 plus my daughter's 14 y/o BFF) had the opportunity to experience the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage last October and we had an absolutely fabulous time.  You can read all about what the event includes by clicking on the link I provided above. 

    My kids were thrilled with the welcome reception that took place at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  There, we had the chance to meet and greet Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee; I got some great photos!  Next, we headed down to the marina where we boarded our boats and met 'Patch,' our pirate host.  He was the friendliest variety of pirate (very un-Capt. Hook'ish) and he delighted us with his swashbuckling lingo and Disney trivia.  Guests who were celebrating on board our vessel were treated to some special attention.  Once we dropped anchor, we were presented with a great view of both the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom fireworks.  The music was 'piped' onto our boat so that we didn't miss a single aspect of the experience.  As we headed back, Patch surprised the children on board by awarding them prizes when they correctly answered (which they always eventually did!) Disney-related trivia questions.  And to top off the evening, we were greeted at the marina by a certain boy who refuses to grow up!

    Like I said, the 'value' of such an experience is in the eye of the beholder (or purse-string controller as the case may be), but I can attest to the fun to be had and the magical memories that can be made should you give it a go and set sail on the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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