Step Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!

From the desk of our fabulous guest author Rachel Horsley:


Our family’s visits to Walt Disney World® Resort are packed with attractions (rides), fireworks, shows, and parades. While we love the “headline attractions,” our family has learned some of the best memories can be made “off the beaten path.” One of our family’s favorites is Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial. The small, unassuming, stage across from Pirates of the Caribbean® is the setting. A rope placed before the stage subtly beckons young buccaneers to step up for the 20-minute show.

Tutorial Wide Shot
Show times for Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial are listed in the daily Times Guide. And, although nothing guarantees selection, I recommend getting there at least 5 to 10 minutes early and
standing front and center for your little scallywag to have the best chance at the stage.
Captain Sparrow’s mate, Mack, arrives first to get the show started. He calls for folks to join the gathering around the stage and introduces the arrival of his illustrious captain.
Together, they walk the crowd through a few exercises (do you know your port from your starboard?) and get everyone warmed-up for the tutorial. After some additional group instructions Captain Sparrow selects his newest crewmembers.
Each of the lucky (future) pirates joins the team onstage to learn the basics of swordplay (using a friendly foam cutlass) by working through some moves with Mack and Captain Sparrow.
After successfully completing the tutorial, Captain Jack’s newest crewmembers are joined onstage by every aspiring young swashbuckler in the crowd who wants to participate (although I imagine, at busier times of the year, space on the stage may be limited). All the young pirates swear an oath before getting their very own Apprentice Pirate certificate.
The talented team of Captain Jack and Mack make this show a fun time for old seadogs and young scallywags alike!
A few tips for the tutorial:
  • It can get hot at the stage (there isn’t any shade) so have an umbrella and/or a bottle of water ready for the wait.
  • The advice so nice I’ll give it twice: get there early!
  • A Disney PhotoPass photographer is on hand to capture all the fun. After the tutorial, he/she will distribute special PhotoPass cards. The card is complimentary and if you have Disney’s Memory Maker, all the digital photos are included!
  • My little pirate was wearing a bright red bucket hat the first time he was selected. The second time he’d just had a makeover at the Pirate’s League. He raised his hand, jumped up and down, and really got into the crowd-participation part of the tutorial. Stand out, be noticed, and be enthusiastic. It certainly can’t hurt!
  • And last, but not least, don’t be a codfish! Go with the flow and have a swashbuckling good time!

So, if you and your little buccaneers are ready to set sail for adventure (Adventureland, that is!), step right up and make some memories at Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial!

About our guest author:
Rachel is mom to an energetic little Disney fan and wife to a very supportive convert. She’s a full-time media professional who, in her spare time, is often found reading, writing, or dreaming about Disney Parks. Rachel has contributed for, been published in Parents and Kids Magazine of Rochester, and is excited to guest contribute for Magical Memories With the Mouse. Follow Rachel’s Disney adventures via @RachelHorsley on Twitter.
Many thanks to Rachel for her post!!!

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