All-Family Holiday Gift Idea: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

There are some activities that I do as a parent because I know that my kids will love them and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, next to Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California, is one of them … or so I thought. This family-friendly pirate adventure show is not just for kids; it’s an adult crowd pleaser too.

Plan to spend about three hours at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.  It’s a two-part show consisting of a 90-minute pre-show and a 90-minute pirate show and dinner.


The Pre-Show

While purchasing a ticket guarantees your entrance into the show, no seats are assigned until you check-in so arrive early for the best seats.  The round 700-seat theater is divided up into colored sections and the first three rows are reserved for premium packages and upgraded seats.

Hot passed appetizers are included with the show ticket and served while guests meander through the pirate-era feeling waiting rooms where there are a couple of souvenir shops and face painting available. Parents can find their own adult souvenirs at the bar where blue and pink and red fruity drinks are served in fish bowl and pirate boot glasses. Beverages during the pre-show are not included in the ticket price.

Action-Packed Pirate Show

At check-in guests are given a colored bandana that matches their pirate and their seating section.  Some wave the bandana madly during the show while others wear it like a headband.  When the pre-show ends guests follow their pirate into the theater to their seats and the action begins immediately with cheering and instructions shouted from their pirate – audience participation is required!

The action is non-stop with group games and on-stage activities.  Volunteers are randomly chosen for games and activities and the pirates do a good job of picking volunteers from different sections and not just the front rows.  The show does not seem scary for kids but it can get loud and while much of the show is action packed there are also parts that highlight acrobatics and are quieter.

The Port of Call Feast

The show includes a three course port of call feast.  Expecting airplane quality food, it was a surprise to be served a fresh green salad and a tasty half of chicken (these are pirate portions!) with crisp fresh cooked broccoli and apple cobbler with ice cream for dessert.  There is also a pork option and a kids’ chicken nugget dinner available.  Non-alcoholic drinks are included with dinner.

The Scoop

The pre-show can get long with kids as the main entertainment is souvenir shopping but the 90-minute pirate show packs a punch and has adults and kids riveted in their seats.  The food is so much better than you think it will be and the drinks are quite tasty, but you’ll need a lot of pirate’s gold at the bar.

A Great Gift Idea!

We received complimentary admission to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure from Cloud 9 Living for review purposes. Cloud 9 Living offers experience gifts around the country. These gifts range from race car driving, to city tours, to being a fighter pilot for the day, i.e. not your usual gift suspects. The pirate adventure show is a terrific all-family gift idea.

Pirate dinner pricing  for 1 adult and 1 child through Cloud 9 is $145. Note, when you purchase through Cloud 9 you get a VIP seating experience in the first three rows. There are other options available on the Could 9 website.

Check out Cloud 9 Living’s Nine Days of Christmas sweepstakes for an opportunity to win one of nine different experiences including Fighter Pilot for a day and White Water rafting.

Photos by Kristi Marcelle

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  • We visited this attraction, and we were very disappointed, as they were very rude to my son in a wheelchair. Told him to get out of his chair, and we left before the show even started, such a shame 🙁

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