When a pirate approaches you and invites you to tour their newest recruiting station, you don’t say no. Well, you could say no, but it will be the second-to-last thing you’ll ever say (the last being ‘ouch’) — DVC they are not.
Located deep in the heart of the unforgiving jungles of Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, the Pirates League offers a unique opportunity for the young and not-so-young alike to join the crew of the mighty Captain Jack Sparrow: explore exotic lands, meet new people and pillage and plunder them.
It seems that after having their fun in town, the crew set their sights (and canons) on the local office of the East India Trading Company. In fact, your first indication that you’re about to abandon all hope is a chunk of the fateful pirate ship outside, complete with the victorious canon. Let it be known that pirates are not without a sense of humor, however, as you can see that they put their own spin on the EIT Co. logo.
Hopeful recruits (shame on you all) will first check in at the Quartermaster’s Desk found right outside of the League and will be provided with a muster form for them to complete, specifying the desired options applicable for their package of choice. Sample photos of the options are also at the ready so that there be no surprises.
Before a recruit may enter the Pirates League, s/he must first give the secret password. I could tell you what it is, but then they’d have to kill me. Once the recruit has proven him/herself to be legit (as legit as a future pirate can be anyway), s/he will enter the reception area of the former East India Trading Company. The EIT flag can still be found hanging unscathed, but it’s soon obvious enough that pirates don’t TiVo Martha Stewart. In fact, they still haven’t bothered to remove the first canonball that missed its target and landed squarely in the wall (perhaps this is what’s known in pirate decor as an accent). There’s certainly no question that the next canonball hit its mark dead-on, blasting a large hole through the wall, but we won’t be getting through there just yet.
First, a pirate needs a proper pirate name. The name you’re born with is fine for most landlubbers, but it doesn’t quite cut it when you’re trying to keep up with the Sharktooths and the Whaleboneses. Arbitrarily choosing a name is fine for the straight-laced ninnies of the mainland, but pirates prefer the more organic method of dice. So the recruit will step right up to the wheel and spin the chest around twice to ensure a good jumble. The roll of the dice coupled with the month of the recruit’s birth determine how the recruit is henceforth re-dubbed.
With all formalities in order, the recruit is ushered into the once tea storage room, now hastily made over into a pirate’s transformation chamber where magic and make-up combine to turn innocent youth (and adults) into ruthless pirates. One can’t help but notice the under-use of the color pink and the general disarray of the room with trophies scattered about and not a single matching piece of furniture, but this is what you get when your sense of fashion is dictated purely by seizing whatever strikes your fancy. There’s even still quite a few crates from the East India Trading Company still strewn about.
Only the few who have proven themselves worthy to become a member of Jack Sparrow’s crew proceed further to a secret chamber accessible only through a hidden door. I was afforded the opportunity to take a peek inside where oaths are administered and portraits are taken, but heed my warning: this room is diabolical. There are things that go on in this room that even the heaviest of heart can’t stomach. In fact, if I were to show you just one tiny pixel of a photo of this room, your toes would immediately curl so much, so fast, that you’d immediately roll over and land face first into the ground.
In reality, while the official pirate portrait is taken in this room, other photography is strictly prohibited. I can tell you it’s an amazingly cool room that definitely overwhelms the visual senses. I’m afraid you’ll have to commit yourself to a life of piracy if you want to see its contents.
Here’s our Pirates League photo gallery which we hope you enjoy. As always, you can click on individual thumbnails to view larger versions, or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow:
Now I can’t show you photos of any new recruits for fear of exposure (but mostly fear of walking the plank), but I can offer the following sample photos courtesy of the Pirates League’s public relations office:
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A very special thank to you to the crew at the Pirates League who were as gracious and helpful as pirates can be and made the delightful experience thoroughly immersive. The Pirates League is a sure-fire hit.