Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise

One of the highlights that make each Disney Cruise special is Pirate Night.

Pirate Night is a great party atmosphere on the Disney Cruise ship that extends throughout the whole ship. Guests and Disney characters dress up in pirate gear to play games, sing songs, have a pirate-themed show, enjoy fireworks and a special pirate-themed buffet.

Mickey's Pirate Night with people dressed like pirates on the pool deck of a Disney Cruise

Going on Disney Cruises is an event our family LOVES. Here are some general tips that we hope are helpful to you: Do’s and Don’ts for a Disney Cruise and a Review of Castaway Cay.

Pirate Night on the Disney Wish

The Wish has its own unique pirate show called Pirates Rockin Parlay Party. It’s based around 80’s rock.

Pirate night kicks-off by meeting pirate characters around 5p.m. Captain Hook, Smee and sometimes Jack Sparrow come around to meet guests.

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On our August 2022 cruise we had pirate night after being at Nassau during the day.

The restaurants all serve pirate themed food. Here is the menu that is served across the entire ship for this one night.

themed pirate night menu on Disney Wish

After dinner a hired entertainer from America’s got talent was on the main stage. Then after both dinner seatings there was a pirate party on the top pool deck.

There were not games as in the past, just a fun show that you can sing along and dance along to.

The evening concludes with fireworks on the starboard side around 10:45p.

In the main lobby the chandelier does a special pirate night themed tune at midnight.

Pirate Night on the Disney Dream

Pirate Night activities begin in the late afternoon by meeting traditional characters like Mickey & Minnie Mouse and Donald & Daisy Duck in pirate garb.

Captain Hook, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Peter Pan also come out to meet and greet guests only during Pirate Night.

Be sure and check the daily schedule, on your “Navigator” because there may be pirate crafts or other afternoon activities.

One of the most memorable moments of our 3-night cruise was this little sibling drama where the big brother took the special gold earring from the little sister right next to Jack Sparrow. And she unleashed some wrath that may have startled Captain Jack just a bit.

Kids meeting Captain Jack Sparrow during Disney Cruise Pirate Night

After meeting a few characters we went to dinner, Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean Show which included games on Deck 11, then back to the main theatre for another show.

Finally, we went back up to Deck 11 to take in a few more songs like “What would you do with a lazy pirate?” where kids get to answer the question and see their answers up on the screen.

The evening continues with fireworks at 10:30 p.m. called the Buccaneer Blast, and a Pirate themed buffet in the Cabanas area.

Disney always goes above and beyond to get the details just right.

My husband especially loves the turkey legs that only appear on the pirate buffet.

Collage of Pirate Night Buffet & Buccaneer Blast Fireworks on Disney Dream cruise ship

As a family, we were exhausted and ready to get to sleep immediately, but there is an adults-only area that is alive and bustling late into the night.

Pirate Games

Our kids especially enjoy playing the pirate games and playing with their light-up swords on the pool deck. There is fun music and the pool is covered up to make room for a bigger party.

Games include throwing the “bomb” shaped black ball into the ship, tossing X shaped bean bags into the treasure chest and chucking rings onto a sword.

Variety of pirate games on the pool deck of Disney Dream on Pirate Night

How to Make a DIY Pirate Outfit on a Budget

Knowing that Pirate Night is a fun part of Disney Cruises we wanted to participate without blowing our budget.

We got plain white t-shirts in the $5 range. Using coupons at Hobby Lobby or ordering sizes of white shirts on Amazon works well.

I used fabric scissors to cut irregular triangle-shaped pieces out of the bottom hem and along the bottom of the sleeves.

The vast majority of people dress up in some sort of pirate-themed attire. We saw a few people on the ship with this DIY pirate costume.

Lots of people buy a pirate outfit like this one for kids or this one for women. You can even take a shortcut and wear a shirt like this if you’d like.

DIY Outfits for Pirate Night made from white t-shirts with a red belt and black pants

Tips for Making an Easy Pirate Outfit

  • Cut irregularly shaped triangles along the bottom of the shirt and bottom of the sleeves.
  • Remember that pirates are probably more impulsive and unpredictable than the type-A perfectionist…I had to catch myself when cutting up the shirts not to make them look too nice.
  • I would avoid cutting around the neck as the pieces may fold over and lay oddly or pull if cut too deep
  • The red sash can be made from scraps of fabric, a red scarf, an old red t-shirt or anything red that you’d like
  • When purchasing red fabric use a blended fabric and rub your fingers together along the cut edge of the fabric on the bolt. If it frays on the bolt it will also fray around your waist. If it doesn’t fray on the bolt, it won’t fray on your waist.
  • We took a measuring tape and estimated the length of our belts before purchasing or cutting the red fabric
  • These swords, eye patches, and earrings made Pirate Night a lot more fun for our family.

Most people DO dress up and there are multiple ways to participate in Pirate Night! If you plan to look like a pirate put on your gear by 5 p.m. to have the most fun!

Pirate Night attire ideas made from white t-shirt, red belt and black bottoms

Disney Cruise Pirate Show

The show is especially fun and includes all of the classic Disney touches. The characters dressed in pirate themed costumes sing and dance along with the crowd until some Disney pirates try to take over the ship.

Look up high and all around to see how the pirates get to the stage.

Never fear, it’s Disney so we know the good guys will win!

Disney characters presenting a show during pirate night on a cruise

All of the activities make Pirate Night a can’t miss activity on the Disney Dream and from what I hear on all of the cruises!

Other Tips & Tricks for going on a Disney Cruise

Our family also enjoys doing the Castaway Cay 5K, here are notes from a non-runner’s perspective. And here’s an article on our overall experiences on Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay.

Here is an extensive article about our experiences in this Disney Cruise Transportation to Port Canaveral Review.

Here is a review of our 3-Day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas that we hope helps as you plan a vacation.

Overwhelmed by all things Disney? We typically stay at Pop Century Resort the night before our cruise. If our budget allows we try to visit the Magic Kingdom and go to Be Our Guest, here are some notes Do’s & Don’ts for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Want to try something outside of Disney here’s notes on our Washington D.C. Family Vacation.

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  1. So fun! I was hoping you’d share some trip details. I need to get a trip on the books!

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