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“Good Show - eat before you go though!!!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Pirate's Dinner Adventure
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Pirates Dinner Adventure Orlando
Ranked #17 of 71 Concerts & Shows in Orlando
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Pirate's Dinner Adventure is an interactive Pirate stunt show that puts you right in the middle of all the action. Over 100 people from the audience is used during the show every night. Voted by Orlando Sentinel readers as Orlando's BEST DINNER THEATER 2011, and runner up Best Themed Restaurant 2012. Visit us for a night of swashbuckling adventure and family fun!
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“Good Show - eat before you go though!!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

We visited the show and really, really enjoyed it - for entertainment value it really is fantastic!

You go in and are given a cultass and a hat - smile and you have a startled looking photo as initially you have no idea what is going on. The pre show was really good, a great wee variety of different acts.

The show itself is great, you get divided into teams and shout for your pirate....... really good fun and fantastic for the kids.

It is dark, too dark in the arena to see what you are eating........ so I did not eat the food as it was not nice at all! Thee drink you get is a bit of a swizz too, that is where they make their money to be honest. Seriously, eat before you go as you will be hungry when you leave.

Visited July 2011
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“Excellent entertainment for the whole family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

The entire family loved it. Lot's of excitement. The cast was awesome, very interactive with the audience. The bartender, waiter, sales people were all very friendly and helpful. Would deffinately return and also reccomend this show to our freinds and family.

Visited March 2012
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“ENERGETIC, ENJOYABLE, AND ENTERTAINING!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

Being the first dinner show my family and I have been to, I was impressed with the efficiency and enthusiasm of the cast and crew. The seating was clean, the food was decent and the show was fun and entertaining for everyone. The audience is able to get into the show, literally, and helps with the overall atmosphere. This was a lot of fun for my family and I recommend checking it out!

Visited March 2012
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“Medieval Times' Poor Cousin”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

I took my daughter to the Pirates’ Dinner Adventure while we were on vacation in Orlando during spring break. If you’re not sure what the Pirate's Dinner Adventure is, think Medieval Times, but with Pirates. More cheesy and a little less organized than Medieval Times, and a little lower quality, but you get the picture. When you book your tickets, you will be told to arrive 1 hour early for the set-up and “pre-show entertainment”. This this is where the Pirates’ Dinner Adventure has one up on Medieval Times. At both shows, you enter into a courtyard kind of area and, you guessed it, you’re surrounded by souvenir and gift booths/kiosks. There’s not much to do but stand around (there are few if no seats at either place)… or browse the shops. And if you have kids in tow (and you probably will, otherwise why would you even go to these kinds of places?), they’ll immediately start whining and begging for a souvenir. That’s what these kinds of places count on – that you won’t have the patience or fortitude to resist a kid in full tantrum mode.

Surprisingly, Pirates does the hour wait much better than Times, even though the surroundings aren't quite as well done as Medieval Times. They actually have entertainment pretty much from the moment you walk in, right up to the time you’re asked to move into the arena for the main event. Times has the knighting ceremony and that’s about it. Once that’s done, cue the kiddies to start begging. Pirates also has free appetizers available where Times does not. Granted, there’s isn’t a ton of stuff to choose from and the apps are pretty basic, but at least they have a little something to offer the hungry patrons stuck in the courtyard with no escape. If you’re willing to splurge, you can upgrade to the VIP package, which will cost you an additional $25 per person. We upgraded simply because we had a coupon, but otherwise we wouldn’t have shelled out the extra bucks. What do you get for the extra money? Well, you get front row seating, access to the VIP Lounge before the main show where you will get, free of additional charge, a large selection of appetizers (both hot and cold), your own bar and bartender, exclusive use of the VIP restroom and, most importantly, table and chair seating during the pre-show. You can watch the pre-show away from the peasants through a one-way mirror. Oh and you also get a souvenir paper hat and pirate beads waiting for you at your table. Is all this worth an extra $25 per person? No. Unless you‘re starving and plan to fill up on the upgraded appetizers (which were very good, by the way), don’t waste your money. The main show is all stadium seating anyway, so being in the front row doesn’t make much difference. You don’t get asked to participate just because you’re in the front row. Participants are pulled from pretty much everywhere in the audience.

For the main show, you’re lead into the same kind of arena as Times, only instead of sand and horses in the center rink like at Times, there’s a huge pirate ship in the center. The ship is surrounded by water, which is kind of cool, but you need to get past the smell first. I don’t know if the water is filtered and exchanged very often, or if all they need to do is add chlorine or salt, but it smells kind of mouldy. But it doesn’t take long to get used to the smell – at least it didn’t for us. The show is very interactive, and they involve members of the audience from beginning to end, especially the kids, which was actually pretty funny. The storyline is good (princess kidnapped by pirates, what else?), the story was easy to follow and the singing wasn’t bad. It’s not all pirates fighting either – they have a kind of “pirate games” where you’re expected to cheer for your pirate (just like you cheer for your knight at Medieval Times), and this is where members of the audience get pulled out to help their pirate win (tossing bean bags up to the pirate, pulling on a pulley rope, etc.) the games.

All in all a pretty entertaining evening. They do give you loads of food, but it’s really nothing special. It’s not that the food was bad, but it could have been warmer and was a little bland. The food at Times tastes better and is of higher quality, but there’s less of it and there’s not as much choice. Here you get your choice of soup or salad to start, a quarter roasted chicken (from HUGE chickens, I’ve never seen such big quarter chickens), some roast pork with mushroom gravy, Caribbean rice (it’s like Mexican or Spanish rice), some roasted potatoes and veg. And apple crumble with ice cream for dessert. See what I mean about the VIP package? Don’t waste your money on the upgrade because you really won’t need to fill up on those VIP appetizers. They also have chicken fingers available for the kids instead of the quarter chicken/pork. My 14-year old asked if she could have the chicken fingers instead of the roast chicken, and they accommodated her no problem. We also got two pitchers of soda just for the two of us. They get bonus points for that and giving chicken fingers to my daughter even though she’s obviously way past the child menu age.

So overall, a pretty good evening. They had a little trouble with a couple of the pirates’ microphones, but that can happen anywhere. Would I go back? Yes. Would I pay for the VIP upgrade? No.

Strong points:

- the show storyline and getting the audience involved
- really taking the time to involve all the kids, even dressing them up as the princess’s guards and having them “rescue” the princess by shooting at the pirates (this was hilarious)
- the amount and selection of food
- the pre-show entertainment
- the free appetizers for all guests
- the pirate ship in the arena (kids will LOVE this)

Weak points:

- the cost
- the cash grab at the pre-show (including souvenir glasses for any drink you order)
- the food prep and temperature
- the smell in the arena
- extra cash grab during the show (bringing you a picture they took at the entrance and asking you to pay for it – you don’t have to, but still)
- extra cash grab at the end of the show (server leaving a cash tray with a pre-printed note recommending that we tip and how much is “standard”)
- having to pay for parking (we didn’t drive, but for the patrons who did, I can see this being an issue)

Visited March 2012
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“Not as bad as everyone's making it out to be.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

You really have to put this into perspective before you go. We came across this place while using our concierge to get tickets to Typhoon Lagoon. There was a package discount for the tickets, and you would get the dinner adventure as well. I have a six year old son who is ridiculously into pirates, and if it were "lame" as he puts it, he would have no problem saying so. We took a cab, so I am unsure of the parking costs, if any. Basically it's like a Medieval Times but with a Pirate spin.

The Pirates (all by color, yellow, purple, blue, red, orange and green) have their sections and you cheer for your pirate. The experience starts with a waiting area/bar with a pre-show. Then they call you in by color with a song about your pirate to get to know him, which is cute and funny and then you're huddled into the theater and seated.

While you're getting seated, the Pirates choose people in their sections, and quite a few people are chosen, to help with parts of the show, they are surprisingly good with the kids, and were just as excited as they were while showing them parts of the stage. Then the show starts. There's pyrotechnics, smoke blasts, and the stage/pirate ship is fully used in all aspects and levels, all the way to the ceiling. The pirates jump and swing by ropes over your head, they're jumping and tumbling and hanging and shooting, and it is very interesting to watch, even as an adult. It's actually hard to eat in time because you're watching the show.

The food isn't awesome, but in reality it's not that bad either. You get a choice of cream of vegetable soup or salad, chicken or pork. I chose the chicken, and it is a chicken thigh and leg, and the portion was larger than I expected. The dessert, although a little mismatched (apple pie ala mode with chocolate syrup on top) was still very good. The server (ours way "Daisy") was nice and attentive, and always had a smile.

This is a very interactive show; not only was my son chosen for several parts/contests in the show, my husband and our friend were also chosen(they took the dads out and dressed them up and made them part of the show too) so for a few minutes I was sitting there all by myself, but to watch them all in the show was hilarious. It's cheesy, but it humorous and cute.

I am a thespian in hobby, and I only say that because I felt the acting was quite good, the princess didn't do too hot of a job, she just kept walking around with no emotion, but the pirates got VERY into character and made it a lot of fun, and the Captain's Wife was my favorite, she was great with the kids and was the best performer out of them all. The acrobatics were decent as well, but there were a few times I was waiting for her to hit the floor, it was a little choppy. The kids were all "oohh" and "ahh" over it, so that's what matters.

After the show, there is a "Pirate bash" and the kids can take pictures and dance and party with the pirates, which I thought was a nice touch, I mean, I was expecting the "pay, eat, leave" thing, and it was nice to see them still intereacting with the kids. Yes, they give you a little tray asking for a tip, but it also explains you didn't pay for a tip with your ticket, and suggests a tip. not gonna lie, i was taken aback by that, but the fact that our server was attentive and did an amazing job, we had no problem tipping her a little more than suggested. I was offended, however, when I walked past another section, and the bus boy was complaining to the server that someone left a $3 tip. It's unfortunate that someone left you a crappy tip, but we all need to remember tipping is based on service, not expectations. I'm guessing his attitude didn't change when he saw the tip. But anyway...

In a jist: if your kids like pirates, this is a fun thing to do while in Orlando. It's kind of on the other side of town, but my kid had a blast, and it was maybe $26 a person with the discount, so try to find out if you can get a discount through your concierge at your hotel. It's worth it either way, there's lots of pictures to take and it's a great experience for kids.

Visited March 2012
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