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New pirate and mermaid experiences coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

by Brittani Tuttle

A variety of new experiences will soon make their debut at Walt Disney World Resort hotels, including all-new pirate experiences and mermaid school!

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New experiences are coming soon to select Disney resort hotels!

Take a look at each new guest offering, as shared by Disney Parks Blog, below:

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Avast! Reservations are now available for a new group experience that will invite young recruits ages 4-12 into the world of pirates and treasure-hunting. The new Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew at Disney’s Beach Club Resort will teach young ones the pirate way, and let them search for clues to hidden treasure – and even be named to Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew.

Armed with their clues, pirates will search through the resort and set sail on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake in this new seafaring adventure at the resort. Once all the treasure has been found, everyone will join together for a pirate feast that includes offerings like Cannon Meatballs with marinara or macaroni and “gold” sauce for entrees, along with a treasure chest treat or fruit for dessert.

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew is $55 per child plus tax, and reservations begin on April 28. To learn more or to book this experience, call (407) 824-KIDS.

This experience is a replacement for the limited time Pixar Play Zone, which ended on March 30. The Game Station Arcade will return and operate daily in the space previously occupied by Pixar Play Zone.

Mermaid School

Guests can become part of Ariel’s world with the new Mermaid School at select hotels. Guests ages 4 and older can take part in this hour-long class where they’ll be fitted with a “tail” and led through activities that teach them how to swim like a mermaid.

Mermaid School will be offered on select dates at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Classes are $50 per person plus tax, and bookings will open in mid-March. To book, call (407) WDW-PLAY.

Cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Reservations are now open to rent the new poolside cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. These private hideaways are exclusive to the resorts and offer the following:

  • Padded furniture (chairs and couch)
  • Dedicated Disney cast member service
  • Cocktail service
  • Mounted television with cable access
  • Complimentary sunscreen and other skincare products
  • Mini-fridge stocked with complimentary soda and water
  • Complimentary fruit tray
  • Plush towels
  • Lockable cabinet
  • Charging outlets for mobile devices

These cabanas are available for half- and full-day rentals starting March 17, and can be booked by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

New Art Programs

Brand-new master classes led by professional artists are coming to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels! Classes range from $35-50 plus tax per person, and most experiences are open to guests ages 12 and older.

The programming lineup includes:

  • Win, Paint, Show – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Wild About Painting – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Painting on de’ Bayou (adults), Painting by the Lagoon (kids) – Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
    • Children’s painting class is $30 per person plus tax, and is designed for ages 6 and older. An accompanying parent is required
  • Painting in the Vineyard – Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • Canvas and Wine Glass Painting on the Boards – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Bookings are set on select days for each resort, and can be reserved by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

Fishing Excursions

Guided excursions and dockside fishing in the waterways of Walt Disney World Resort are great for guests of all ages. Climb aboard a 21-foot SunTracker pontoon (up to five guests), or a tournament-style NITRO bass-fishing board (for one or two guests). Outings are two or four hours longs and are catch-and-release. The fleet has been recently joined by a brand-new NITRO ZV21, which operates out of the Magic Kingdom marinas. To learn more or to book your own excursion, call (407) WDW-BASS.

To learn more about other unique offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, visit DisneyWorld.com.

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