Argh Goes the Pirate, Ooh Goes the Boy!


I try to make special time with each of my children individually. Sometimes that means climbing into bed and reading a book. Other times it means playing basketball at Mission Bay. Occasionally, for an extraordinary treat, we steal away and take a trip alone. All of these moments are precious.

Last week my eight year old bundle of love and I drove up to Anaheim to see Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and spend the night in a froo-froo hotel. For an eight year old, froo-froo means room service and on-demand movies. Come to think of it, my 40-something definition isn’t a whole lot different. We left San Diego a little after 3 o’clock and hit the Sheraton Cerritos just before 5; giving us  enough time to grab a snack and lounge around before heading out for our big night. The show started at 7:30pm; we arrived at 7 which apparently is late for this crowd because we were the last ones in. We were escorted to our ship by Antonio the handsome and debonair pirate.  My son remarked that he looked scary; I thought he looked delicious.  We both followed in excited anticipation, boarded our ship and were ready to sail.  A servant took our drink orders and generously brought us an entire pitcher of sodas.  A three course meal ensued including salad, choice of entrees and warm apple cobbler with caramel sauce (yum yum).

The show was a hoot. It was much more comedic than I expected, with plenty of ball breaking jokes.  The humor was clean enough for tots but naughty enough to make an eight year old chuckle under his breath. Our pirate was a real fiend and battled well. We watched the other pirates perform amazing acrobatics and the audience had a blast; cheering and jeering all the way through. Being a travel writer, my children have done and seen it all and I am one tough cookie when it comes to commercial entertainment so it is no small thing when I tell you my son has not stopped talking about this show and we both want to go back!

Tips from me to you: Arrive an hour ahead to check in and enjoy the pre-dinner festivities; you can get discounted tickets in advance on the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau website (click here); if you want to do more while you’re in the area, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Knotts Berry Farm and Medieval Times are all on the same street as Pirates.


~ by flipflopfannie on January 13, 2009.

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