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  • On Apr 1, 2023
    Carly from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Wondering when the Captain Hook pirate crew will return? There are so many opportunities to meet princesses but my boys are not interested in princess. It would be nice to see more meet and greets or character meals geared towards boys.

    Hi, Carly!  Welcome to planDisney!

    As the mom of one pirate and one princess, I'm always on a treasure hunt for Walt Disney World Resort experiences that appeal to a wide range of interests.  I'm happy to share some ideas for magical experiences that your boys might enjoy.

    Currently, Captain Hook's Pirate Crew is listed as "temporarily unavailable" on the Walt Disney World Resort website.  I have not heard when Captain Hook might begin looking for new recruits again, but if you follow the Disney Parks Blog, you'll be sure to hear if there is any news about this activity returning.

    In the meantime, if your boys might be interested in helping Captain Jack Sparrow on a mission, I would recommend A Pirate's Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas.  This interactive scavenger hunt takes place in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom Park.  Just stop by The Crow's Nest located near Pirates of the Caribbean to pick up a talisman and a secret treasure map.  There is no additional fee beyond your park admission to participate in this activity, and there is no time limit, so you can complete your pirate missions at your convenience.  

    If your boys are hoping to visit with some of their favorite Disney friends during your trip, they are in luck!  You can take a look at this list of character experiences to see who your kids might be interested in meeting.  You can also filter the list of Walt Disney World Resort restaurants to show all of the character dining experiences.  Some of my family's favorite non-princess character meals are at Garden Grill Restaurant, Chef Mickey's, and The Crystal Palace.  I highly recommend making a breakfast reservation for The Crystal Palace.  Not only will you get to meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends, but you'll also get to try the churro Mickey waffles on the breakfast buffet.  They are delicious!

    If you have any other questions, please stop by and visit us again.  Wishing you and your boys the best vacation ever!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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