By Jayship Earth
If a pirate tutorial, pirate makeovers and the attraction that started it all, Pirates of the Caribbean, weren’t satisfying your eye-patched, peg-legged, swashbuckling needs, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas is the newest addition to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. Debuting in 2013, A Pirate’s Adventure is an interactive pirate themed game that takes players on a scavenger hunt around Aventureland. The game is fun, easy to learn, and only takes less than 30 minutes to complete a single mission.
The fun begins at the A Pirate’s Adventure shack located near the Adventureland/ Frontierland border. The game can be played by a single person, or as a whole group. Guests of all ages are invited to sign-up by using the touchscreen kiosk inside. Guests hold their Key To The World card or Magic Band to a golden talisman to start. Soon they are prompted to grab one of 5 different maps and begin their quest.
Once you have your map in hand, you will be directed to find a your first symbol. Each map features an overhead view of Adventureland and points to different symbols that can be found in certain areas. Once you locate your first symbol on the map and travel to its real world location, you will find a collection of pirate props, such as canons, treasure chests and gun powder barrels. The props blend pretty seamlessly into the existing environmental theming and can be tricky to spot at first. Once there, guest need to hold their park pass or Magic Band to the symbol to trigger their next step.
Once a location is “activated”, the environment will come to life; canons will fire, fuses will light and skeletons will rise from their watery graves. It might be easy to miss the animated action, as they are not always happening in front of you. Soon, you will be directed to find the next symbol on your map, where similar things will occur. Not every symbol on the map will be used, and each mission consists of 3 to 6 symbol stops. The game has 5 different maps available; Heads You Lose, Guardian’s Curse, Haven Defense, A King’s Ransom and Blackbeard, each with its own unique story line. Once your quest is complete, you have the option to jump right into the next one, or treasure hunt another day. You may keep your map afterwards; they make great souvenirs.
The game is a fun distraction to break up a day in the Magic Kingdom, and is perfect for killing time while you wait for Fast Pass reservations. A Pirate’s Adventure is open everyday, from park opening to close. The game is suitable for all ages, but younger guests may need an adult buccaneer to be their first mate. The missions last about 15 to 25 minutes, depending how keen of an eye you have, and are great for enjoying a dole whip or popcorn while you explore Adventureland with your pirate crew. The game is challenging enough to be fun for children and adults alike, and really offers a unique, interactive in-park experience.