I keep seeing... "has anyone done The Pirates League" threads, so I thought it would be good to get everything in once nice centralized area like the BBB. I can give the basic information, but encourage anyone who has done the experience to post a review! OFFICIAL DISNEY WEBSITE Reservations: Call 407-WDW-CREW Reservations are available 180 days in advance (+10 if staying at a Disney resort) Reservations are NOT available on-line, and will NOT appear on your on-line itinerary. General Overview: The Pirates League is open daily from 9:00a - 4:00p (last appointment at 3:30). At 4:10 there is a daily Buccaneer Brigade experience. YOUTUBE VIDEO OF BRIGADE. NOTE: If you want to participate in the parade, make your appointment no later than 2:45. MNSSHP: Appointments are typically available until 7:00 on party nights, but will not be available until closer to the party dates. Larger Photo of All Looks FIRST MATE package $34.95 and includes the following: Choice of facial effect: Hook, Cursed, Multi-eye Jack, Black eye Jack, or Blackbeard Reversible bandana Earring and Eye Patch Sword and Sheath Pirate Teeth Pirate Pouch Temporary Tattoo Unique Pirate Coin Necklace Personalized Pirate Oath Official Pirate Name Image of Cursed, Multi-eye Jack, Black eye Jack & Hook from Stitch Kingdom Image of Blackbeard from DPB EMPRESS package $34.95 and includes the following: Lip Gloss and Nail Polish Reversible bandana Earring and Eye Patch Sword and Sheath Temporary Tattoo Unique Pirate Coin Necklace Personalized Pirate Oath Official Pirate Name Image of Empress from DPB MERMAID package $39.95 and includes the following: Luminous mermaid makeup and makeup palette Hairstyle and color-changing hair clip Distinctive color changing mermaid necklace Nail polish Mermaid sash Image of Mermaid from DPB MERMAID DELUXE package $74.95 and includes the following: Luminous mermaid makeup and makeup palette Hairstyle and color-changing hair clip Distinctive color changing mermaid necklace Nail polish Mermaid sash Mermaid costume t-shirt and tutu Image of Deluxe Mermaid from DPB JAKE package $29.95 and includes the following: Jake and the Never Land Pirates bandana with faux hair Sword and sheath Pirate Pouch Unique pirate coin necklace Image of Jake from DPB JAKE DELUXE package $44.95 and includes the following: Jake and the Never Land Pirates bandana with faux hair Sword and sheath Pirate Pouch Unique pirate coin necklace Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume T-shirt Image of Deluxe Jake from DPB CAPTAIN package This package was discontinued in January 2010. Pirate Paint Pirate Masters use Ben Nye MagiCake Aqua Paints. For more info on the paints, visit BEN NYE'S Website. Pirate Garb (costumes) Pirate Garb is available at an additional cost, prices vary: Boney Pirate (hat included) - $65 Captain Jack (hat included) - $65 Maiden Dress (hat included) - $60 Garb shift (hat NOT included - option for adults/child, in image it's the boy on the right) - $35 Links are from other DISboards reports/reviews. NOTE: Garb and faces do not have to match. You can get the Boney face with the Captain Hook Garb, etc. Pirate Portrait Everyone will have an individual picture taken near the end of the experience. The photo will be printed and available to purchase. Photopass+ includes a 5x7 Portrait. The Gunners (photographers) will select a photo from the Secret Room which will be available for purchase. The cost is $33, includes 3 prints of the same photo and a map case. If the photo package is purchased, the additional portraits may be added to a Photopass Card at Town Square Theatre or on-line. Photopass cannot be utilized if no photos are purchased at the league. Gunners are not present during the actual transformation, so there will not be any pictures taken until the very end. If you have a couple people going through the process together you can request a group photo, but they may not be able to accommodate based on how busy the League is. Also, the lighting for the picture was designed for one person, adding many more people is going to start putting shadows onto faces. FAQ What is the age range? Minimum age is 3, there is no maximum. Many adults do participate in the experience! Why is the minimum age 3? This limit is from the pirate paint manufacturer, the paint is not tested on children under 3. Also, the merchandise (i.e., the eye patch and earring) is for children age 3 and up. My child is under 3, what can he or she do? Legally speaking, TPL will never paint on a child under 3 (it doesn't matter if their birthday is tomorrow, today they are 2). Therefore, if your child is under 3, they will not be able to make a reservation. If there is walk-in availability, they may be able to take children under 3, but will NOT apply the face paint. It becomes the same as the No Face Option listed below, there is no discount for this option. I want to change the package I booked, how far in advance should I call? You do not need to call at all, you haven't actually booked a package at all and will be asked during check-in which package that you want. Why do I have to give a Credit Card when booking an appointment? The Credit Card guarantee is to help prevent no shows. You are not charged for the experience until after wards during the check out process. Guests that do not show for their appointments are charge $10. You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance. How long does the experience take? It averages 30-45 min once in the chair. Add additional time to get dressed and be prepared for a wait. For planning purposes, 90 min should be good. Do I need to bring a comb? When making a reservation, you will be told to bring a comb/brush. In truth, neither are needed. What is done with hair? If a girl's hair is DOWN with the Empress/Mermaid, it will be twisted back. If her hair is up, it will not be touched. Hair is not touched for the other looks. Where is The Pirates League? It is located in the Caribbean Plaza within Adventureland. The physical entrance is between The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the Pirates Bazaar merchandise shop. It's a little hidden away, but if you ask any pirates in the area they should be able to point you into the right direction. Can I tip the Pirate Masters? Pirate Masters can accept tips, cash only. Tipping is subjective, but I encourage it if you had a positive experience! Can I bring costumes from home? YES!! It is best to change into the costume before checking in. If the league is slow then they may allow you to use the Powder Rooms, but if it's busy they will not. There is no time to change between the pirate paint and the portrait. Is the Pirate Paint hard to remove? Mostly no, but for the black, yes. The best way to remove the paint is with a foam cleanser makeup remover, baby wipes or shaving creme. Liquid makeup removers are pretty worthless. Are the costumes hot? Yes. But most kids do not care and will wear it all day anyway. The heaviest costumes are the Boney and Captain Jack. The Hook undershirt is a tank, so it's easy to just remove the jacket. The Garb shirt is pretty thin and popular for summertime. What happens if my kid is too scared? Book the appointment anyway. If your trip allows it, bring your kid by a day or two in advance so he/she has a chance to look around as a preparation. If the time comes and he/she is too scared, the appointment can be cancelled at NO CHARGE. TPL will not charge based on a scared child, they charge if a family does not show up at all. Better safe with an appointment because there are busy times TPL will not take walk-ins. Can we do the experience without face paint? Yes. Recognizing that some people want to be pirates, without all the paint, you can request no face. Since the cost of the package is for the merchandise, NO discount is given to those without a face. Is an appointment required? Yes. The Pirates League can be booked 180 days in advance. Due to the popularity of the 4th movie, the League is booking up about 2-3 weeks in advance. If you are unable to make an appointment you can attempt to walk-in, but the majority of people are turned away. Each morning the reservations are re-evaluated for the day and some additional slots may be open (sometimes just one or two, sometimes it's closer to eight or nine). These slots are filled on a first come first serve basis. If you walk-in right at 9 they will schedule you for later in the day, based on the openings. By 9:30-10:00 all of these slots are typically filled and no additional walk-ins are taken. My party is greater than 2, why can't we get in at the same time? Based on chair availability, only two people are allowed in the same time slot. Many people are able to book appointments side by side while others may have a longer gap (30-40 min) between appointments. Pirates will try their best to take in the entire group together. If the group is greater than 4, they may request the group to be broken up into smaller groups (typically based on how it will be paid for). Can I watch my family/friends if I'm not becoming a pirate? Certainly!! You're also welcome to take pictures. Please note, the secret room can only hold 6 people at a time. An option is to split up multiple pirates so that the group can enter the room in smaller crews. If there is only one pirate, the group cannot be split, unfortunately some will have to sit out. What Pirate Characters are available for a meet and greet? Jake meets at Disney's Hollywood Studios, outside of the Disney Jr. show; as well as at Play 'n Dine for breakfast and lunch. Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Peter Pan appear for Meet and Greets during the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. Additional reservations & cost are required. Across from the League you can watch The Pirate Tutorial with Captain Jack Sparrow, but he does not take individual pictures or sign autographs.