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  • On May 3, 2015
    Susan from ON 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 are visiting WDW on Oct 23/15 for a week and the Pirate Cruise is something my 9 year old daughter with Down Syndrome would enjoy. On line indicates it is for children only. Is there anyway I could escort her on the excursion to support her?

    Ahoy Susan! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    When I checked into the Pirate Adventure Cruises, I contacted guest services. They contacted the actual excursion and it was confirmed that this adventure is only for children. My thought is that the boats used for this excursion are quite small and I feel like they may not be equipped to carry both adults and children.

    Now I myself love Pirates and I have thought of a couple of different things that you can do to fulfill your sweet daughter’s Pirate adventures! My favorite Pirate experience is getting a Pirate makeover at The Pirates League in Magic Kingdom Park. She could choose to be transformed into a Pirate Empress or even a Mermaid! I would recommend if she is up for it, bringing a Pirate or Mermaid Costume from home to complete the makeover. Prices for this makeover are similar to the Pirate Adventure Cruise.

    Another favorite of mine is the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. Your adventure will begin at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and you will start off with a refreshing beverage and snack. You will listen to tales of a Pirates life. You may even get to meet a couple of Pirates along the way! Your view of “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” is so amazing and if the weather cooperates you can even watch the Electrical Water Pageant! If your daughter is sensitive to loud noise, I recommend picking up a pair of noise cancelling headphones (we use the Peltor brand that can be found on Amazon) for the fireworks.

    I hope that I have helped you to find a great alternative for your daughter! Wishing you and your family a swashbuckling good time!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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