New Pirate & Mermaid Experiences, Plus Other New Offerings at Walt Disney World®!

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

ARRGH! Ahoy, there Mateys! Reservations are now open for a new group experience that invites guests ages 4-12 into the world of pirate feasting and treasure seeking, high-energy sailin’ and swashbucklin’ fun. Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew teaches youngsters the pirate ways and then lets them follow clues that will lead to hidden treasure and being named to Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew. Once armed with clues, young buccaneers will search through the resort and set sail on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake. Once the treasure is uncovered, everyone will join in a Pirate feast that includes selections such as 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 priced at $55 per child (plus tax); the adventures begin April 28.

Mermaid School

Guests can become part of Ariel’s world at the new Mermaid School at select Walt Disney World resort hotels. In this experience, guests ages 4 and older can enjoy an hour-long class where they’ll be fitted with a swimmable “tail” and led through activities teaching them how to swim in a pool 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/person (plus tax). Bookings will open mid-March.

Cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Reservations are open for rentals of the new poolside cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. These private hideaways exclusive to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts provide guests with a bevy of services, including:

  • Padded furniture (chairs and couch)

  • Dedicated Disney cast member service

  • Cocktail service

  • Mounted television with cable access

  • Complimentary sunscreen and other skincare products

  • Mini-refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda and water

  • Complimentary fruit tray

  • Plush towels

  • Lockable cabinet

  • Charging outlets for mobile devices

Exclusively for guests staying at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, reservations for half and full day rentals are now open for dates beginning March 17.

New Art Programs

All-new master classes led by professional artists at select Walt Disney World resort hotels will have guests creating their own masterpieces. Classes range from $35 (plus tax) to $50 (plus tax) per person, offered to ages 12 and older for most experiences.

The lineup will include:

  • Win, Paint, Show at 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.
    NOTE: children’s painting class is $30 per person (plus tax); designed for ages 6 and older; accompanying parent required.

  • Painting in the Vineyard, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

  • Canvas and Wine Glass Painting on the Boards, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Fishing Excursions

Whether a seasoned sportsman or amateur angler, guided excursions or dockside fishing in the waterways of Walt Disney World Resort are great fun for guests of all ages. Aboard a 21-foot SunTracker pontoon (up to five guests) or a tournament-style NITRO bass-fishing boat (for one or two participants), teeming Disney waters are an angler’s dream. Outings (two or four hours) are catch-and-release. The fleet has been joined by a new NITRO ZV21, operating out of the Magic Kingdom marinas.