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Hostel Living: Dating and Avoiding Being Homeless

So I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hostel experience.  It’s like living in a big shared apartment with a bunch of random people.  You live together, cook together and pair up and explore cool places together.  If you’re young and single it’s a great way to get an easy date with someone and you can just go off and do whatever:  hike, surf, parasail, etc, etc, etc.  Hostels negotiate pretty cheap deals with tour operators, etc, etc so if you’re broke (in college or just bound by a slave wage from the day gig) you can explore the world pretty cheap at $30 a night or so for a shared dorm room to about $80 a night for a private room.

If you’re prospectively homeless and are a socialite of sorts get a room in a hostel and take a cheap paying dayjob to foot the bills (or join the hostel staff) and you can just mingle and make friends, dates or potential clients and just have unlimited fun adventures.

Food?  Shoot, because of the diversity and everyone cooking together I’ve been snarfing swedish meatballs, Thai food, European style noodles, etc, etc, etc.  This is Day 3 here for me and the total cost to me for meals?  $20.00.  Everyone always cooks more food than they can eat so they wind up sharing with everyone and people refuse to take your money when you offer to give them to chip in, lol.

As for the types of people I’ve met, during my time here I’ve met tons of 20-somethings, 30-somethings and 40-somethings:  kids still in college, stressed out workers, traveling couples on their great world adventure.  And yes, I have collected a ton of numbers, FBs, LinkedIns and Twitters and now have friends around the world I can always hit up in later years for additional adventures.

Tonight’s adventure:  Karaoke Bar with my new found friends hailing from around the globe.  #winning

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  — William Shakespeare  #quote

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Maui Spring Break 2014: North Shore Maui Hostel

So for this adventure I decided to give hostel traveling a try.  I had never gone through a hostel before as my normal traveling companions would consider it “roughing” it but since I’m traveling alone I thought, “hey, why not?”

Hostel traveling is COOL.  If you’re into chill laid back communal living hostels are your thing.

You meet and live with people in a dorm like environment.  You cook meals together and you meet like minded folks to try out different activities.  This particular hostel has van service and rental services or partnerships for just about any adventure you want be it surfing, snorkeling, etc.

Hostels are ideal for low budget travelers.  This one ran about $30 a night and with shuttle service wherever you can skip the car rental if you don’t mind waiting for vans.  Meals? Because you cook together I just chipped in 5 bucks into the pot and got 3 meals out of it snarfing down pancakes and fruit for breakfast, swedish meatballs and rice for lunch and Thai food for dinner.

But that frees you up to converse with other travelers from around the globe.  Today alone I met guys from the Mainland destressing from the day job and co-eds on Spring Break from Europe.  I’ve learned a few words in Germand and Dutch.  Most importantly I’ve met potentially lifelong friends who you can always keep in touch with on FB or SMS or if you’re into business contacts — LinkedIn.  That’s something you don’t normally get going the hotel route as you normally just keep to your own.

 

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction — Orlando/Kissimmee

On the final night of our week in Orlando we checked out the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction. Overall it was a GREAT experience.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

To start things off there was a pupu buffet once you enter the building.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

And a cash bar full of some awesome drinks!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Once you get into the arena there’s a Pre-Show whereby the horses come out and do some quick demos for you.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Show

The show itself is a horse show full of both horse and human performers doing various stunts wrapped around a loose storyline.

The Storyline

Scheherazade’s your normal girl who discovers on her 18th b-day that she’s actually a Princess. Her faithful guardian, Uncle Abra is actually her father’s magical genie Abra Cadabra who was charged to protect her from the attention of the evil Prince Vaneer.

Scheherazade quickly learns that the tales Abra Cadabra have told her since childhood are all true. She also finds out that she has her own Genie, Hocus Pocus, who Abra Cadabra introduces to her. Finally, she learns that the good Prince she always dreamed of is out there searching for her as well.

The Show Format

As an improviser, the show format very much reminds me of Living Room Harold format. Sheherazade, Abra Cadabra and Hocus Pocus talk briefly to move the storyline along (“remember that time when, etc, etc, etc”) and the horses act out the various scenarios that our three protagonists discuss. The genies’ powers either create or act out the storyline through the horses.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Acts

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

There are several acts during the show such as the initial ride out of the horses.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The bareback acrobat act (really cool stuff! dude is TALENTED).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The flaming ring jump act (a standing acrobat riding on the horses back jumps through the flaming hoop and lands back on the horse).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Audience Participation. After the Acrobats finished their routine a lucky audience member had a chance to participate in the show. Our lucky winner was Nora from North Dakota making her first trip to the United States (joke by Hocus Pocus). All was going well for Nora (who did pretty decent though holding on for dear life on the horse) until her pants ripped while riding and the audience arena wide were flashed poor Nora’s panties. Poor Nora was unaware until Hocus Pocus pointed it out to her after Nora dismounted and Hocus quickly tossed her her jacket to cover up. Poor Nora was last seen running from the arena back to North Dakota after Hocus pointed out her wardrobe malfunction. 😦

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

From there we were treated to the dancing Spanish horse.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Cowboys and Cowgals

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Native American Rider (who looked as blond hair/blue-eyed as the next person) riding to Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” (because Ami chants are indigenous — though to Taiwan and not North America)

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

From there our story wraps up as Abra Cadabra prepares to leave Sheherazade in care of Hocus Pocus, his work done, and Sheherazade anxious to start her life with the good Prince Khalid. However, the evil Prince Vaneer appears jealous and vows that no one will have Sheherazade if he can’t have her.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Fortunately with a little Abra Cadabra and Hocus Pocus Prince Khalid arrives, Sheherazade is healed and they live happily ever after (or something like that!).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

End scene, roll credits, let the horses out!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Food

Remarkably the servers here actually come on out and take and deliver your orders very shortly after you get seated (pleasant surprise) as most shows I’ve been to they wait till the show actually starts.

Menu’s here if you wanna take a quick look.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Menu rocks as you get a fresh salad, an entree, dessert and drinks.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Sirloin Entree

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Chicken Breast Entree

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Strawberry New York Cheese Cake Dessert

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Brownie Dessert

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Verdict

Overall it was a great show. If you love horses this is definitely a must. Show was entertaining between the story, costumes, acrobat, horse tricks, etc. The food and service was good. Can’t go wrong!

How does this rate against the Pirate Dinner Show we saw earlier in the week? For my taste, the Pirate’s shows more my speed (I’m a guy, I love action) but both shows are great and recommended.

Full set of photos from the evening are here.

Official site of Arabian Nights is here.

Day 7: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Day 7 in Orlando was Shell’s birthday and being a huge animal lover there was no better place to spend it then at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

First up was a b-day breakfast with our good friends the Goldstein’s over at Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

They have an extensive breakfast buffet.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Being African safari inspired one interesting dish was an African styled corned beef hash dish. It was a little spicy but VERY delish. It kinda reminded me of guisantes, just with corned beef.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

My plate (Round 1 of 3).

Disney's Animal Kingdom

And then some b-day treats for the b-day girl courtesy of the house

Disney's Animal Kingdom

After that it was onto board the Disney Bus and get on our way to the Animal Kingdom.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Initial Comments:

Since we took the shuttle from a resort to the park we got off near the entrance in the shuttle area. If you’re driving it’s similar to what we observed at the Hollywood Studios. The lot is so IMMENSE they have a tram to take you from your section of the lot to the entrance.

Second, this park is HUGE. By estimates of our friend Joe who was taking care of us on our trips to Disney, the place is 2X the size of the Magic Kingdom. Walking in the place it easily is. The park is SO HUGE that during our time there (we were there about 4 hours or so) we only got through one section of the park (I estimate maybe a 10th of it). This is inclusive of walking or tram times, waiting in lines, etc, etc, etc.

Two of the things we were interested in doing was watching the Finding Memo mini-musical which we weren’t able to due to time limits (we had a dinner show to get to) and the musical wouldn’t get out in time for us to get there. We also wanted to do the safari but again, due to time limits (the line was an estimated 90 minutes) we wouldn’t have enough time.

What we did wind up doing was walking through the park. We strolled quickly through Africa.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

An African percussion band was performing.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

From Africa we took the tram to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

There was a zoologist exhibiting cute animals

Disney's Animal Kingdom

and a really cool petting zoo area.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Besides that though there were some really cool photo ops with some displays

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Not too mention, a tremendous photo op with the Animal Kingdom Princess herself Pocahontas (because indigenous peoples are close to nature or something).

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Give that girl credit for standing there all day made up smiling for pictures with thousands of tourists day in and day out. Don’t think I could it (my feet would be killing me, not way I could keep a smile). Not sure where she was from though as she had a really interesting accent.

Of course there was also a photo op with Rafiki himself!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

I wonder if the guys under masks secretly scowl to themselves about us crazy tourists? 🙂

With time running out we had to forgo seeing other attractions (lines were killer) so it was off to cool off and stave off hunger with some turkey legs and smoothies at Trilo-Bites

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Overall, it was a nice and fun day in the park. It was a little disappointing we only scratched the tip of the iceberg. For our next go around visiting the park (someday in the distant future) my approach would be to just stay on property and devote full days to the park (sunrise to sunset) to see everything. Another approach would be to try to book off season in the winter (less lines and heat).

We’ll be back Disney! That’s a promise!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Full photos from the day can be viewed here.

Day 6: Islands of Adventure Redux

Day 6 was saw us spending the day again at the Islands of Adventure catching up on all the rides we didn’t get to experience on our first day so for me it was getting a chance to jump on all the rides on Marvel Super Hero Island and at Toon Lagoon. Due to time constraints I didn’t get a chance to get on any rides at Jurassic Park but it was all good as I got more than my thrill on with our Super Heroes and old school Toon inspired rides.

With FlexPass in hand it was off thru the park for me zooming ahead to the front of every line to get my ride on!

First stop, of course, was Marvel Super Hero Land which features 4 different rides: The Incredible Hulk Coaster (self-explanatory), Storm Force Accelerator (Tea Cup ride), Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall (Space Shot ride) and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (3D-Simulator ride). I must say, all four rides are pretty bad @SS.

First up, the Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

By far, this is the craziest coaster I’ve ever personally been on. The amount of loops and turns on this is just crazy!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

The idea behind the ride is the amount of G forces you feel simulates the power and intensity of the Hulk himself. The waiting area as you make your way up to the ride of course is painted all green and simulates part of Bruce Banner’s lab. Of course you’re regaled to episodes of the Hulk cartoon during your long wait (or short wait if you’re like me and pony up for the FlexPass).

Check the video below for some “action footage” of the coaster in action.

The Storm Force Accelerator was up next.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

The story behind this one is Storm and the X-men are battling Magneto and the Accelerator (powered by us) is helping to augment Storm’s powers to defeat Magneto so we get to help save the day!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Storm Accelerator

After getting my dizzy on between the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Storm Accelerator it was off to being launched into orbit at Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom's Fear Fall

The story behind this ride is Dr. Doom’s designed a diabolical machine to collect energy from people’s fear which will augment his powers and help him to take over the world, muah-hahahahahaha! (He explains it to you himself as you make your way through waiting area which simulates the Latverian Embassy).

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom's Fear Fall

I don’t know about fear but it is a nice rush as you get shot up into space and you do get a great view of Orlando as you make your way gently down back to earth.

Bonus was getting a photo op with a costumed Dr. Doom nearby (he was nowhere to be seen my first day at the park).

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom

The final attraction for me on Super-Hero Island was The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D-Sim ride.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Now THIS was a cool ride. The SIM itself I’d put right up there in the coolness factor as the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

The line through the attraction is basically a mock-up of the Daily Bugle as you make your way through printing presses and J. Jonah Jameson’s voice is piped in over the PA system harassing you to get good photos of that no-good Spider-Man in action. The SIM ride is awesome once you get on it as it’s basically a wild ride through the NYC skyline as you follow Spidey as he battles his extensive gallery of villains like Doc Ock, Hobgoblin, Electro, Scream and Hydro-Man.

Once we got out of the ride we had a chance to catch the costumed heroes all pull together for a pretty darn cool motorcycle show of sorts on the main mall through the island.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Super-Hero Rollout!

Now that’s a photo op! And then it was off to shopping at the Marvel Alterniverse Store

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Shop

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Shop

and getting some grub at the Captain America Diner.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Captain America Diner

The diner basically serves burger fare but for me the coolest thing about it is its extensive wall and ceiling mural art of the Avengers past and present which is totally bad a$$!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Captain America Diner

After lunch it was back out onward to Toon Lagoon.

Toon Lagoon basically has two rides and two attractions. The rides are water-based (GREAT for cooling off in the HOT Orlando sun): Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barge (a river-raft ride) and Dudley Do-Right’s Rip Saw Falls (a log ride). The attractions are Me Ship, the Olive (a kid’s playground) and Mat Hoffman’s Aggro Circus (a BMX show). My only interest was the water rides since we weren’t packing kids and I had no interest in a show.

First thing for me to take on was Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barge!

On the path to Popeye and Bluto’s was Wimpy’s burgers!

Toon Lagoon

Toon Lagoon

The story behind this ride is, of course, Popeye trying to save Olive Oyl (yet again) from that brute Bluto. The ride itself was awesome with ample opportunities to come out smoking wet! The raft’s themselves do have a covered compartment in them to hold small personal items (wallets, phones, etc) that you don’t want getting wet so that’s a cool bonus! Bluto’s voice is piped in gratuitously over the PA system harassing you the whole time.

I loved it and my hot sweaty body appreciated the experience!

After that I was off to take on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls!

Toon Lagoon:  Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

The story behind this ride, of course, is our favorite Mountie trying to save Nell from the nefarious Snidely Whiplash. The waiting area is Snidely’s evil lair where you’re regaled to classic Do-Right cartoons on monitors as you make your way to the logs.

The ride itself is awesome (and long making the wait worthwhile). Being a long ride you get to experience the evolving storyline as Snidely attempts to blow things up (especially Do-Right) to his eventual capture. The punchline after Do-Right saves Nell? She loves the Horse 🙂 The moral of the story? A Mountie always gets his man but not always the girl 🙂

Toon Lagoon:  Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

And after two wet and wild rides I was finally nicely cooled off after walking and waiting in the hot Orlando sun for the better part of a day.

All Wet

Of course that didn’t stop us from a final stop at Hogsmeade over at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a one last final cup of Butter Beer on our last day at Universal!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter:  Butterbeer!

Butter Beer

We wrapped up Day 6 with more Impact wrestling but that’s for another post 🙂

Full set of photos can be found here.

Day 4: International Drive

For Day 4 we had to make a change of plans.  Our original plan was to tour Epcot (the one thing **I** was personally really interested in being a big culture buff and tech geek) but after two days of non-stop walking and standing and heat the wife’s body was screaming tap out so instead we shifted our focus to shopping at the malls and getting some Mainland culinary coolness in.  (Conspiracy theorist in me says she planned it this way being a shopoholic and not having a ton of love for museums but I know she’s in total pain and has a hard time with the walking and heat so it’s all good).

For myself I enjoy vacations that are balls to the wall on the go always seeing and doing something, as that’s pretty how I like to approach life.  Her style tends to be more chill, relax and do whatever and/or do nothing at all.  I’m all cool with chillaxing but when you drop a couple of Gs and endure a day long plane ride to go somewhere I prefer to maximize the investment and do and see everything you can before time runs out and you need to hop the plane back home.  In ways our travel styles aren’t really that compatible but what’s most important is we have our time together so anyday spent in the company of the wifey at leisure is a good day. And today definitely qualified as a good day

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel (our first actually, we’ve managed to sleep through the complimentary continental breakfast everyday this week so far believe it or not!) it was back to bed for a few more zzzzz for her and some FB time for me and then it was off to the Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive for some shopping.

Orlando Premium Outlets

I’ll readily admit, being a human clothing rack while she tried on all kinds of crazy outfits and hauling shopping bags through the Mall behind her isn’t exactly what I envisioned as a vacation (but I always do so anyway wherever we go for a vacay) as it’s something I do all the time at home but it makes her happy and if she’s happy then all’s good.

After shopping it was time to beat the heat and lo and behold we came across a Sonic!   Having seen the commercials for years and years and never being to one before we just HAD to pull over and try the place out.

Sonic:  International Drive, Orlando

The staff probably thought we were nuts as we parked in the lot and walked in wondering how/where to order but we eventually made our way back to the car and put in our order on the intercom thingy in our stall.  

Sonic:  International Drive, Orlando

Sonic:  International Drive, Orlando

A few minutes later and the car hop gal skates out with our chili tater tots and slushes.  Shiz was good!

Sonic Chili Tater Tots

More cruising around International Drive followed.  This being our one free day (itinerary is packed the rest of our trip with CAN’T MISS events) we definitely wanted to get in some foodie action at a bigger restaurant.  For myself I always try to track down a good churasscaria in whatever town I’m in, assuming there is one.  Folks may remember my D.C. trip in April ended with a trip to Fogo de Chao for some great grub.  Here in Orlando the name is Texas de Brazil and lo and behold we drove right by it on International Drive so that’s where we took in a late lunch/early dinner!

Texas de Brazil:  Orlando

If you’re not familiar with churasscaria it basically is a Brazillian style of steakhouse where the servers come up to your table with different cuts of meat that they’ll offer you and can’t for you right then and there for your plate.  Cuts include various types of steak, pork, chicken, lamb and sausages.  My vegetarian friends are probably gagging right now (sorry guys!) but for the carnivores in the house, how can you NOT love a place where the juiciest cuts of meat walk up to you and asks, “would you like to eat me?”  Much like their approach to jiu-jitsu and capoeira, them Brazilians know how to eat their meat!  Must visit one day… (Add to Bucket List).

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil

If the never ending carnivore train at the churasscaria isn’t your thing, they also do have a HUGE salad bar you can partake it.  Lest you think it’s all meat, we did get our ample share of ruffage in as well.  The sides served with the meat at Texas de Brazil were mashed potatoes and fried bananas.

Another cool bonus? They served a brazillian soda called Guarana which is a cross between a Red Bull and a Sprite.

Texas de Brazil

Overall, the dining experience was just as I remember at Fogo de Chao, the exception being no fried bread as a side dish (THAT was good) but overall, it was a great meal.

At this point just stuffed dead of meat we called it a day and headed back to the hotel for a major kanak attack.

Day ended with a late night dinner with some friends who live in Orlando at this cool Mexican Grille called Lime Fresh.  As always, it’s just nice to partake in some great company over some great food.

Fresh Lime

Fresh Chips

Salsa

Fresh Lime Burritto

Overall by any measure, it was a nice, relaxing day with the one I love.  Am I bummed I missed out on my chance to see Epcot?  Sure, of course I am.  Am I upset?  No, not at all.  It gives me a good excuse to come back again 🙂

Full set of photos from today are here.

Pirates Dinner Adventure — Orlando

I love dinner shows while traveling.  You need to eat anyway and you travel for pleasure so other than wanting to save some cash because you’re broke (or cheap) WHY NOT take in a dinner show and knock out two birds at once (meal and entertainment)?

Admittedly, this is only the second interactive dinner show we’ve ever attended.  The first was the Tournament of Kings show at the Excalibur in Vegas way back when in 2004.

I was very psyched for this show when I did my Orlando research and read up on it.  We’ll be taking in this show and the Arabian Nights Dinner show a few nights from now so look for a review on that show as well.

Onwards with the review/recap!

Pirates Dinner Adventure

The Pirates Dinner Adventure show proper runs about an hour half from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  You can check out the official website here for more information and to buy tickets.

Pre-Show

Recommended arrival time is 90 minutes before the show which is basically cocktail hour and gift shop time. A “pre-show” starts at 7:00 p.m. with a warm up magic routine and the lead characters whose experiences you follow make their introductions.

The pre-show routine features a magic routine (of sorts) featuring the Gypsy Magician and Gypsy Girl doing an aerial silk routine followed by a shot out of the cannon bit.

Gypsy Magician

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Gypsy Girl Going Aerial

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Cannon Routine

Pirates Dinner Adventure

From there we’re introduced to the two main protagonists of the tale, Dr. Kate something something who’s an archaeologist of sorts and her assistant. Their area of research focus? The pirates who roamed the area. In their research they stumble across an old tome talking about Poseidon’s Curse on a lost pirate ship and how to break it. Lo and behold, the ship makes its return tonight…

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Pirates Dinner Adventure

And as Dr. Kate runs off after the mysteriously reappearing Pirate Ship the stage is set for us to finally enter the dining arena following our colored escorts! (Seating is down by color notated on your dinner tickets and you enter by following your escorting flag bearer).

Pirates Dinner Adventure

The Arena

Once in the arena things are impressive! The center of the arena is the set of the pirate ship and the guest sections are colored for a member of the pirate cast: Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple and probably another color or two that escapes me. The set-up is similar to what I remember for the Tournament of Kings where you sat in a section by country and cheered for your country’s Knight. Same deal here as you get to cheer on your Pirate during the competitive portions of the show.

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Pirates Dinner Adventure

The Interaction

The show’s advertising touts it as THE MOST interactive dinner and they have a pretty good claim to it! There are several portions of the show where audience members do get to either interact with the pirates or come up on stage. Heck, ***I*** got to be a part of the show interacting with the cast during one of the competition scenes seconding our pirate during a contest against the other pirates. Other opportunities for interaction: a “swearing in” ceremony where the kids in the audience get to go up and swear in the audience as members of the pirate crew, a scene right before a mutiny scene, and the grand finale.

The Storyline and Action

The Storyline basically follows the adventures of our two protagonists as they attempt to help the pirates break Poseidon’s Curse to free themselves from eternal limbo. In between they get to meet the cast of pirates and become embroiled in a plot of treachery. Lots of swashbuckling action and merriment abounds as the pirates duel each other and compete against each other in challenges (BIG PLUS for this martial arts and Ninja Warrior aficionado!). Other merriment occurs as the cast sings and dances. The Gypsy Girl returns a few more times to do some aerial routines (silk or otherwise) and a power track/trampoline comes into play for some additional fun. So perhaps you can say this is a cross between a “Cirque du Soleil, Musical, Drama, Martial Arts flick — with dinner?” Sounds good to me!

The Meal

Your basic ticket gets you a nice 3 course meal.
Course 1: Soup or Salad (soup of the night was a Vegetable Cream Soup, totally delish! Not sure if the soup changes each night).
Course 2: Featured Entree is chicken and pork loin with rice and potato wedges. For extra cost you can upgrade your meal to (in increasing order of expense): Salmon, Filet Mignon or Lobster. (Check out the website for more info).
Course 3 — Dessert: Ice Cream with apple crisp.

Pirates Dinner Adventure

The Verdict

I dug the show! Food was good. Storyline was great. Action was great! (Shoot, ***I*** wouldn’t mind sword fighting/acting for a living!). The show had a little bit of everything to whet/satisfy the palette. Some action, some romance, some Cirque-style goodness, some cheesy comedy, some song and dance all wrapped around a decent story.

Pirates Dinner Adventure

I highly recommend it if you’re in Orlando. A sister show in the franchise is also in Buena Park, CA.

Full set of photos is here.  Note:  photography is NOT allowed during the arena show proper.  Photos in the arena were taken either prior to the show or after the concluded as everyone made their arena exit.