Inside the Magic of Disney’s Pirates League

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Giving would-be buccaneers a chance to live the adventure, Pirates League first docked in Adventureland at Walt Disney World (FL) during the summer of 2009.  This Magic Kingdom based transformation experience set sail with a trio of swashbuckling selections: First Mate, Empress, and Captain.

Cleverly hidden between Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar and Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates League now offers eight enchanting opportunities of maritime make-over magic.  Combining costumes, make-up and props artists aid eager land lubbers in their quest for high seas-centered cosplay.

A Pirate’s Life

Capturing the excitement of classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and film franchise, feeding the passion for pirates has never been easier. By way of the Pirates League, along with Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial, aspiring buccaneers have ample access to the pirate’s life at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Behind oversized doors with the words, ” Join the Crew” and “A Pirates Life for Me,” the Pirates League welcomes new recruits. Upon entering, guests are greeted with a gleaming treasure trove of pirate plunder and “artifacts.”  Once the proper package is selected, the excitement begins. After a hefty spin of the wheel, the perfect pirate name is procured.  And after an appropriate nautical name and desired appearance have been selected, creative cast members perform their make-up magic.

In celebration of a new crew member, a mighty, “Yo-Ho!” heralds the new pirate, empress, or mermaid’s  arrival once the transformation is complete.  Next, it’s off to the super-secret pirate room for a special surprise.  A pirate’s oath, photo op and parade around Pirate’s Plaza completes the Pirates League experience.

Pirating Packages

No two swashbuckling adventurers are alike. Thus, Pirates League offers several selections to give guests plenty of pirating possibilities.  Eight exciting variations, to be exact:

“The First Mate Package
$44.95

  • Facial makeup and hair to become Ghosted Pirate, Zombie, Captain Hook, Blackbeard or Black Eyed Jack
  • Sword and sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Reversible bandana
  • Earring and eye patch
  • The Pirates League bag
  • Temporary pirate tattoo
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Pirate’s key
  • Official pirate name
  • Personalized pirate oath

The Captain Hook Deluxe Package
$99.95

  • Captain Hook costume (youth sizes only)
  • Captain Hook facial makeup and hair
  • Sword and sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Reversible bandana
  • Earring and eye patch
  • The Pirates League bag
  • Temporary pirate tattoo
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Pirate’s key
  • Toy hook

The Empress Package
$44.95

  • Vibrant makeup, lip gloss, nail polish and face gem
  • Sword and sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Reversible bandana
  • Earring and eye patch
  • The Pirates League bag
  • Temporary pirate tattoo
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Pirate’s key
  • Official empress name
  • Personalized pirate oath

The Mermaid Package
$44.95

  • Luminous mermaid makeup and makeup palette and nail polish
  • Mermaid hairstyle and color-changing hair clip
  • Distinctive mermaid necklace
  • Mermaid sash
  • Mermaid bracelet

The Mermaid Deluxe Package
$84.95

  • Mermaid costume (youth sizes only)
  • Luminous mermaid makeup and makeup palette and nail polish
  • Mermaid hairstyle and color-changing hair clip
  • Distinctive mermaid necklace
  • Mermaid sash
  • Mermaid bracelet

Uma Package
For a limited time, transform into Uma—the daughter of Ursula—inspired by the character from Descendants 2.
$19.95

  • Sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Vibrant makeup, lip gloss and face gem

Skulls & Scurry Package
$18.95

  • Sword and sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • “Scar” facial effect

Scurry Glam Package
$24.95

  • Sword and sheath (The Pirates League logo sash)
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Glam makeup, lip gloss and face gem”

Disney.com

Treasure-worthy Tips

  • Reservations for the Pirates League are STRONGLY suggested as this popular pirate experience fills up fast. These can be done up to 180 days in advance by call 407-WDW-CREW.
  • Budding buccaneers must be at least 3 years old and all minors must bring along an adult.
  • Arrive early, at least 15 minutes before transformation time.
  • Costume availability (size and style) may be limited. Pre-purchasing one from Shop Disney may help ensure a perfect fit.
  • Theme park admission is required.
  • Most mates, empresses and mermaids are thoroughly thrilled with their new look. If possible pick an appointment early (park opening) to allow the proud pirate to parade in style as long as possible.
  • At the end of the day, a return to the “real world” is inevitable. Bringing make up remover (baby wipes also work well) can make dispelling the magic easier.
  • Take plenty of photos. Ambient low lighting sets the perfect atmosphere. If possible, avoid flash photography for better images.  Make sure to capture a “normal” look photograph before the process begins.

(a hearty helping of gratitude to WDW Prep School for sharing several of these terrific tips)

 Set Sail for further oceans of fun

There be pirates on board! Additional adventures await on board Disney Cruise Lines.  At the appointed time, the Princess-powered Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gets boarded by buccaneers to become the Pirates League.  During select “Pirates of the Caribbean” nights, Pirates League offers its treasure trove of transformative temptation for would-be buccaneers of all ages.

Similar to Cinderella Castle’s (and Disney Spring’s) Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirates League offers magical make-overs that inspire young imaginations. This enchanting experience requires a bit of planning. However, parading as an empress, pirate, or mermaid while enjoying a Walt Disney World Resort or a Disney Cruise Line escape is sure to leave lasting memories for a lifetime.

Source and images: Disney.com, Disney Wiki, WDWPrepSchool, YouTube, ITM Archives

2 Comments

  1. Mungy Williams

    The list of offerings you have is not up to date. Some of them aren’t offered anymore. Maybe get with the league for a more up-to-date list before posting an article!

  2. MG

    Thank you for your concern. The information on various packages was taken directly from Disney websites

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