Pirates Dinner Adventure-Buena Park
What: Pirates Dinner Adventure
Where: Buena Park
For: All Ages
Pirates Dinner Adventure was one of the shows that we’ve been wanting to watch for a while. We took Skylar a few weeks ago and it was not only entertaining, but they promoted a bunch of audience participation as well. This is a great place to go for special occasions or for a family night out that’s only 30 minutes away from Los Angeles.
When you walk into the facilities, everything is pirate themed from the photo ops at the front to the stores and cast member clothing. You’re assigned a color of a pirate to cheer on (we were yellow), and depending on the package that was purchased you will also get a headband of the appropriate color. For adults there is a full-service cash bar (note: they try to sell you cups with their logo and just asked us if a certain size of drink was ok instead of telling us we had to pay for the cup. This made each of our drinks $20…but we did get a glass souvenir cup that we will use at home).
A variety of complementary appetizers are served by cast members walking around the patrons, and guests are asked to arrive about 45 minutes to 90 minutes prior to showtime. Pirates are introduced about 30 minutes prior to showtime, and there is an acrobatic aerial performer as well. When your color pirate is introduced, you will follow him into the dining area where audience members sit in a semi-circle tiered arrangement around a full-sized wooden pirate boat sitting in a moat filled with water. You can ask for booster seats for younger kids.
The show was very fun and about 90 minutes long. It was filled with comedy, singing with audience participation, acrobatics, and (fake) fighting. We really felt like we were cheering on our pirate. The dinner and show balance was wonderful, and we were able to enjoy our meal throughout the show without having to worry about anything.
Skylar playing follow-the-pirate.
Twice they asked for the kids from the audience to join them. The first time the kids went onto the actual ship and played a follow-the-pirate game. The second time the kids dressed up in soldier garb and ‘defeated’ the loch-ness monster. Skylar had a blast going up both times and showed off her paper pirate hat that she was given.
Skylar ‘defeating’ the Loch Ness Monster.
After the show ends, the pirates and princess stand outside the doors to the dining area for photo ops.
We ate tomato soup with chicken, shrimp and veggie skewers, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. The food was pretty good and exceeded my expectations. There are also child, vegan gluten-free and vegetarian dining options.
Ethan and I didn’t finish our meal, but Skylar wasn’t fond of the chicken nugget/mac and cheese/fruit/potato combo that she was given. I tried her meal and it tasted like everything was heated up in a microwave, so I understood why she didn’t want to touch it. Waiters walk around constantly filling up your water, coffee, soft drinks (included) and cocktails (extra-cocktails were cheaper to buy inside than pre-show).
There is a time during the show that the pirates read off all the birthdays and special occasions that the audience is celebrating. This takes about 5 minutes and is announced during time dinner is served, so it goes with the flow of the performance. Most of the audience there was celebrating something. The rest of the audience were families peppered with a few schools. Overall, this is a place to go for any reason for all ages.
Skylar with the Blue Pirate and the Princess after the show.
We waited for a Groupon special to pay for admission. It was $101 for all three of us. Drinks brought us up another $40 for a total of $141. We also tipped the waitress when the show was finished. All in all, it was definitely worth the money paid with the Groupon. Considering that regular priced tickets for adults are $61.95 and kids ages 3-11 is $36.94, I would suggest to wait for a Groupon or Living Social deal. If you sign up on their website, they will also e-mail you promotions (and give you free entry on your birthday).
For all upgrade options, navigate over to the website to check out the different packages. You can also request a group quote by submitting an inquiry on the website or calling their toll-free number.
Pirates Dinner Adventure Information
7600 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
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