It was nearly an embarassment of riches this past weekend, being invited to do the Universal VIP Tour with Orlando Fun Tickets AND then being invited to also participate in the Pirates Adventure Dinner Show .
The Pirates Dinner show is actually down Carrier Drive, just off of of International Drive. I was hoping to get there early to take photos, but I got there just in time to meet everyone.
There is a giant boat outside, it’s hard to miss!
The lobby area:
There was a little bit of a show going on in the room after the lobby – we were taken back to a quieter VIP room, and I didn’t see much of what was going on. I did try taking photos of a Pirate figure and was told I couldn’t (there is a section reserved for only their photographers – it sounded like the photographers were contract, but not sure).
A bar area in the main room (before getting let into the show):
Everything is pretty dark – including the VIP area and dinner show room, so trying to get good pictures (sans flash or tripod) was a bit more challenging.
When Eric told me that we were getting the VIP upgrade, I was a little concerned that I wasn’t going to see everything as other guests saw it. But I don’t feel that way. We could leave the VIP lounge if we chose to, and we weren’t seated completely up front, nor was our meals different. So I felt better about that! I’m not sure if I’d recommend the VIP upgrade (currently a $25.00 plus tax option per person), unless you want to meet cast members. However, that was really fun!
We were soon ushered into the show area:
I had one glass of wine, in a small plastic cup :):
As I’d mentioned, there was no flash photography allowed – so I took a lot of photos hoping to get a handful of clear ones! If there was a storyline, I didn’t follow it. My favorite part of the show was the acrobatics parts. We were told by the show director that many of the actors had been from Universal and other area theme parks and attractions.
There are a variety of packages you can upgrade to – and a couple of them include having your birthday/engagement, etc. mentioned from the stage.
There was a choice of salad or soup. Also included were Coke products – pitchers of Coke, Sprite, also sweetened (no unsweetened) ice tea. My salad:
More of the show:
We had a couple of choices for dinner. The meal was not pre-plated, so we could ask for rice instead of potatoes, etc. I had chicken, potatoes and vegetables. The food was a nice surprise for me – not fancy, but I enjoyed my potatoes much more than I did at Le Cellier in September. The chicken was decent, and I was expecting untasty boiled vegetables (which happens a lot when vegetables are made for a lot of people), but they were good.
More of the show:
We had a couple of choices of dessert. I ordered small creme puffs with ice cream. The other choice was cobbler with ice cream.
Eric had ice cream, a smiley face (he’d already eaten the nose):
The show is interactive, and at least 2 of our group was invited to join in (I don’t have those pictured, I only saw their backs in the dark!)
Eric from Orlando Fun Tickets enjoying himself:
We had the chance to meet and take photos with cast. Eric:
Heather and Courtney (Courtney is the Orlando Fun Tickets intern):
The group shots, aboard the stage (included in the photos is Jim Hill from JimHillmedia.com , Kevin Yee from Miceage, and Russ from Orlando Rocks :
Thank you to Orlando Fun Tickets and the Pirates Adventure Dinner Show for hosting us, it was a fun time!