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June 11, 2009

Disney Name Tags

When I worked at Disneyland and was conducting Orientation (Traditions) classes for new hires, I would start the training session by telling my pupils that everyone in the company goes by their first name. This rule applied to the lowly guy who picked up horse poop along the parade route all the way up to the CEO, which was Donn Tatum at the time. The only exceptions to this rule were Mr. Toad, Mr. Smee, and Mr. Lincoln.

When I worked at Club 33, I often came in contact with company executives - and I was expected to call them by their first name. Saying "Good morning Mr. Tatum" was a no no.

The reason for this policy is simple. Walt wanted his cast members to treat the "customers" (a banned word at Disney) like they were "guests" in their own home. He wanted a casual informality at Disneyland. Everybody is friends at a Disney theme park. He also wanted the cast members to know that all of their jobs were important when it comes to creating the "show." It doesn't matter if you wash dishes backstage or conduct VIP tours for heads of state; everyone's efforts are needed, important, and valued. Being on a first name basis with all was a leveling tool.

To promote this first-name policy, everyone in the company wears a name tag. It's considered part of your costume. Even backstage, where guests never go, everyone sports their name.

I always liked this policy. First, I'm horrible with names and it made it a lot simpler for me when I was getting to know a new cast member. Also, this informality made it easier for me to talk to my boss. Calling your supervisor by his or her first name helps break down barriers. And finally, from the guest's point of view, this casualness creates a relaxed atmosphere. When a guest sees your name tag, they're far more willing to strike up a conversation with you because you seem more approachable.

Here's what my name tag looked like in 1971. Pretty boring.


Disneyland Name Tag


At Club 33 my name tag was a little more elaborate. They still use this same design today.


Club 33 Name Tag


And here's what the Walt Disney World name tags looked like in 1971. Once again, pretty boring by today's standards.


Origianl WDW Name Tag


The first real change came to the name tags in 1976. In honor of the bicentennial, Disney was promoting a new pageant, America on Parade, and decided to use the name tags as a marketing tool. After that, it became common place to advertise the latest happening on these plastic wonders.


America on Parade Name Tag


Nowadays, name tags display a city (or college for those on the College Program). Each cast member is allowed to select a "home town" when they're hired and can change this location at any time. The city selected doesn't have to be where they were born or where they last lived, but simply a place that holds significance for them.

Here is the current name tag being used at Walt Disney World. Notice it promotes the "Where Dreams Come True" ad campaign.


WDW Current Name Tag


Something I wish had been around when I worked at Disneyland was the "Earning My Ears" ribbon.


Earning My Ears Ribbon


This wonderful piece of trimming attached to a name tag immediately tells the world that the cast member doesn't have all the answers, that he or she is still in a learning mode. And it's not just worn by new hires. When someone transfers from one job to another, they once again don this announcement. The amount of time this ribbon is worn varies depending on the complexity of the job.

Besides giving the cast member a little breathing room while they learn their new role, it's also an excellent conversation starter. I know whenever I see this ribbon, I take extra time with the cast member and ask them questions like, "How's it going?" "Are you overwhelmed?" Stuff like that.

Another pin you might see, although not on a name tag, is the Disney Trainer pin. The cast members who wear this badge are designated instructors in a certain discipline and have completed classes in a given field.


Disney Trainer Pin


After a cast member completes a year of employment, they are given a Service Award pin that they may place on the right side of their name tag. After that, they receive a new pin after completing segments of 5 years. Below are pictures of 1 through 40 years.

Service Anniversary Pins

Service Anniversary Pins

Service Anniversary Pins


Cast members are not required to wear their Service Anniversary pins. So just because you don't see one, don't assume that you're dealing with a newbie. They might have worked at Disney World for years.

There is one other embellishment that you might spot on the left side of some cast member's name tags. This is called the "Partners" pin and it designates that this individual has won the "Partners In Excellence" award.


Partners In Excellence Pin


The Partners In Excellence award celebrates those cast members, both onstage and off, who exemplify the Disney spirit. The recipients of this award must achieve and sustain excellent job performance as measured by three criteria: Guest Satisfaction, Cast Excellence, and Business Results.

To be eligible for this award a cast member must have worked for the company a minimum of three years. Then they must be recommended by a fellow cast member or their supervisor. Once a year, all of these recommendations are reviewed and a portion of these are actually accepted and the cast member is informed that he or she has been nominated to receive the award. The nominations are then reviewed again and a select few receive the Lifetime Achievement Award called Partners In Excellence.

In 2007, 3,816 people were recommended. Of that, 2,934 were nominated and 515 actually won. When you consider that Disney World employs over 60,000 people, it is an honor to receive this award.

The Disney name tag has a lot of tradition behind it. It indicates much more than just a person's moniker. It means that an individual understands what the "Disney-way" is all about and they will do their best to make sure you enjoy yourself while visiting.
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Addendum:

After this blog was posted, one of my readers, Ben, sent me the following link.

http://www.nametagmuseum.com/

Check it out. You'll find a wonderful history of Disney name tags.

Thanks Ben!

June 13, 2009

Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner – Disney's Hollywood Studios

"Min and Bill" was an MGM movie released in 1930. It starred Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery and tells the story of a dockside innkeeper (Min) who, while raising her adopted daughter, has an ongoing love/hate relationship with a boozy fisherman (Bill) who lives at the inn. Dressler won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Min in 1931.


Min and Bill Movie Poster


The tramp steamer, S.S. Down the Hatch, that houses Min and Bill's Dockside Diner represents the waterfront theme seen in the movie. The architectural style of the building is called "California Crazy." It became popular in the 1930's and the concept was to catch the eye of the consumer and create a lasting impression.


Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner


Dinosaur Gertie's on the other side of Echo Lake is another good example of this style.


Dinosaur Gertie's


Min and Bill's Dockside Diner is a great place to stop and catch your breath. A number of umbrella-covered tables are nearby and offer excellent people-watching opportunities.


Min and Bill's Dockside Diner


Here is the current menu. As you can see, the offerings are simple, but I've got to tell you, the pretzels are pretty good.


Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Menu


But the real reason I'm writing about Min and Bill's Dockside Diner has nothing to do with the above. It has to do with more Disney trivia just waiting to be discovered.

This "building" is supposed to represent a cargo ship. If you look around, you can see freight ready to be loaded aboard.


Cargo


To the left side of the ship are a number of large crates.


Cargo


Take a look at who these wooden boxes are addressed to.


Citizen Kane Cargo

It's a Wonderful Life Cargo

Casablanca Cargo

Gone With The Wind Cargo

The Producers Cargo


For those of you who aren't movie buffs, these are characters from the films Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, and The Producers (respectively).

So there you have it, more details.


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Addendum:

The insignias over the S.S. Down the Hatch alternate between flags and pennants. The flags represent letters, the pennants represent numbers.

The flags spell out: D O C K S I D E D I N E R

The numbers are: 7 8 2 5 6 2 8 9 6 3 5 4 (I think -- I was looking at a picture and the wind was blowing, making it difficult to read some of them.)

I'm no cryptographer. If someone else knows the significance of these numbers, please let me know.

June 19, 2009

Boulangerie Patisserie

One of my favorite spots at Epcot, and probably a favorite of many of you, is the Boulangerie Patisserie located in the France Pavilion. What better place is there to indulge in such decadence? Artistic delights to tantalize the taste buds.


Boulangerie Patisserie


Located toward the back of the France Pavilion, this is the spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre, one of the trio of chefs who oversee "Chefs de France" and "Bistro de Paris" was responsible for many of the creations available at Boulangerie Patisserie. Sadly, he passed away this past January, but his temptations live on in this wonderful sidewalk café.


Boulangerie Patisserie

Boulangerie Patisserie


Be forewarned, this eatery becomes busy early in the day and remains so until closing. Either arrive at opening, or be prepared to wait in line.

Most people miss the small baking displays near the doors they're so busy to get to the gooey concoctions. It's worth your time to take a moment and look at how beautifully this café is decorated.


Boulangerie Patisserie display

Boulangerie Patisserie display


Once you're fully inside this pastry shop, your eyes widen and your mouth begins to water. Ahead are cakes, tarts, turnovers, éclairs, cream puffs, and much, much more. The Napoleon is my favorite, but I always get powdered sugar all over myself. After you've made up your mind, all you have to do is point and a charming French cast member will be happy to place your selection on a paper plate and tray.


Display Case

Pastries

Pastries

Pastries

Pastries


Although luscious desserts are the primary draw at Boulangerie Patisserie, a cheese plate and various meat-filled croissants and baguettes are also available. These are perfect if you're in the mood for a light meal.


Cheese & Sandwiches


Here is the current menu.


Boulangerie Patisserie Menu


There are two sides/lines and two cash registers. It's at the register that you order your beverage. Besides the usual Coke products, cappuccino, espresso, and a few other tasty concoctions are for sale.


Two display cases

Register and drink station


After you pay, don't forget to pick up napkins, knives, forks, spoons, and other necessary condiments found on an antique table near the exit.


Condiments


There are numerous tables right outside the Boulangerie Patisserie. On a pleasant day, it doesn't take too much imagination to make believe you're actually in Paris enjoying your taste treat on a quiet street.


Outdoor Seating


However, these tables fill up quickly and sometimes it's difficult to secure one. If you discover that all of them are occupied, don't despair, more are available just inside the Souvenirs de France shop. Actually, on a hot day, these inside tables are a better choice than their outside counterparts as you'll find air conditioning waiting for you here.


Souveniers de France

Indoor Seating

If you look around the interior of this shop, you'll find it's been designed to look like a train platform. This is also the same shop that the Impressions de France movie exits into. But this takes place on the other side of this large room so these occasional crowds should not interfere with your meal.


Interior of Souveniers de France


I have to believe that 95% of you have already experienced Boulangerie Patisserie and this blog is nothing more than a pleasant reminder of a pleasant spot. But for that other 5%, this needs to be a "must see" on your next visit to Epcot. I can pretty much guarantee that once you try it, you'll become a regular customer.

June 25, 2009

Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge Winery Logo


Last year I wrote a blog about the Morse Museum which features one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass in the country. Today I'm going to write about another local, non-Disney attraction. As before, I'm aiming this information to those of you who have visited Disney so often that you mouth the words along with Ben Franklin and Mark Twain in the American Adventure. You could skipper a Jungle Cruise boat because you know all of the jokes by heart. And you know the difference between an okapi and a bongo you've ridden Kilimanjaro Safari so many times. In other words, to those of you who could use a break from the Mouse.

The Lakeridge Winery is located about 35 minutes northwest of Disney World in the community of Clermont. As the name implies, the vineyard is perched on a ridge overlooking a lake. A total of 127 acres of gently rolling countryside make up the estate. The setting is tranquil and is exactly what you would expect from such a facility.


Lakeridge Winery Entrance Sign

Lakeridge Winery Main Building


When you enter the visitor's center, you find yourself in a welcoming gift shop filled to the brim with merchandise and wine. You can easily spend twenty minutes checking out all of their wares. In one corner you'll find a number of gourmet items to accompany your next wine party. These are the type of food supplies that you won't find in your local grocery store like exotic salsas, flavored oils, and fancy crackers just to mention a few. A number of cookbooks are also available.


Lakeridge Winery Gift Shop

Food Items and Cookbooks


In other sections of the shop you'll discover wine paraphernalia. Every kind of cork screw you can imagine, and some you can't, are on display. Wine racks, decanters, and glasses of every description are available. Cheese slicers, mortar and pestles, and of course, Lakeridge Winery T-shirts can be had.


Wine Paraphernalia


In the back corner of the store is a case displaying the many awards the winery has won. Also in this section of the room is a window that looks into the laboratory where samples are tested for sugar, acid, and pH balance, among other things.


Lakeridge Winery Ribbons and Awards

Laboratory


The rest of the shop is devoted to wine. A number of racks display their offerings with a price list and description overhead. You can either pick up individual bottles or if you're really thirsty, cases can be found underneath the shelves. You can also mix and match cases with several varieties. The more you buy, the bigger the discount.


Wine Rack with Bottles of Wine

Wine Rack with Bottles of Wine


For those of you who decide to buy a case or more, red wagons are available so you can pull you purchases out to the car.


Red Wagons


Tours are given every thirty minutes - on busy days, sometimes every twenty. Since there is enough merchandise in the shop to keep you busy until the tour begins, you don't need to worry about timing your arrival at the winery.

My friend Donald and I were there on a Monday and things were rather slow. As it ended up, we were the only two people on the tour. Our guide was informal and made us feel welcome. We headed upstairs and the tour began in a small theater. Here we saw a fifteen minute video chronicling the history of the winery and we learned a little bit about grape harvesting and processing. I know the benches look hard, but don't worry, they are padded on the seat and back.


Theatre


When the video finished, we were escorted into the "barrel" room where fermenting takes place in stainless steel tanks. Our guide then provided us with a detailed explanation of what goes on during this portion of the wine making process.


Barrel Room and Stainless Steel Tanks

Barrel Room and Stainless Steel Tanks


The next stop was on a balcony that overlooks the vineyard. If you think the lake looks rather pitiful, you're right. It does. The drought in Florida has taken its toll. We were told that in an effort to conserve water, all of the vines are irrigated with either a drip or mist system. This uses 1/10 the amount of water of that of conventional irrigation.


Balcony

Vineyard and Lake


Also from this vantage point we could see the grape harvester, crusher-stemmer, and presser. The presser uses a large balloon that inflates and deflates numerous times to gently squeeze the juice from the fruit.


Harvester

Crusher-Stemmer

Grape Press


Back inside we find the bottling, corking, and labeling machine. All of the wine produced here is bottled here as well. Also in view is the warehouse.


Bottling Machine

Cases of Wine


The walking tour takes 20-30 minutes. Since there were only the two of us, and we've been to many wineries in the past, we didn't have many questions. But questions were certainly encouraged on this casual tour.

When we returned to the shop, it was time for wine tasting. Our guide spent the next fifteen minutes pouring us seven different samples and explaining their differences. Keep in mind, these are "samples." You're only getting a small taste of each. I suppose in total we were given one full glass if you combined them all.


Tasting Room

Wine Glass and Crackers

Pouring Wine


The primary grape grown at the Lakeridge Winery is the Muscadine. This is a sweet variety that is well suited for the hot Florida climate. Several hybrid grapes have also been developed that do well in this region and are used in several of their selections.

A banquet room is available for special occasions and you can choose from several local caterers for food service.


Banquet Room


The winery offers a number of festivals and events during the year. Everything from jazz and blues concerts to wine-stomping contests takes place in a grassy picnic area adjacent to the main building.

I purposely did not go into detail about the wine making process or the varietals produced here. I wanted to leave something for you to discover on your own when you visit.

Lakeridge Winery is open Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-5pm.

From most locations at Walt Disney World, travel south to US-192 and head west toward Tampa. At US-27, go north toward Clermont. In approximately 21 miles, make a U-turn at Libby No 3 Road - you are now traveling south on US-27. The winery will be on the right side of the road. You can't miss it.

The tour, parking, and tasting are all free. Shipping is available.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
19239 U.S. 27 North
Clermont, Florida 34715
1-800-768-WINE

For more information about the winery and the special events held here, check out their extensive website.

http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/index.php

I'll leave you with two pictures I took from the parking lot.


Vineyard

Vineyard

June 28, 2009

Hall of Presidents Reopens

I was invited to a special preview of the new Hall of Presidents show today (June 28, 2009). The actual grand opening is July 4th. Here's what I experienced.


Hall of Presidents


The first thing you'll notice is that the name of the attraction now has a subtitle -"The Hall of Presidents - A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders."


Hall of Presidents Sign

Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents Sign


Beneath the porch is a new "countdown" clock indicating how many minutes until the next show begins. Hopefully this will save the cast members from having to answer this question innumerable times a day.


Countdown Clock


I didn't really notice any changes to the cast member's costumes, but to be honest, the old ones weren't burned into my memory so I can't be sure.


Hall of Presidents Costume


For the most part, the interior waiting area has not changed significantly. As always, the first thing you'll notice upon entering this room is The Great Seal of the United States.


Waiting Room

Great Seal of the United States


On the back wall you'll find the new title of the show.


Hall of Presidents - A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders


When you visit, be sure to check out the display cases that contain actual artifacts from previous presidents. One of the many items of interest is a Tea Caddy/Game Box used by George Washington at Mount Vernon.


Presidential Display Case

Washington Tea Caddy


Many of the same portraits that we're familiar with still hang on the wall.


Presidential Portraits

Presidential Portraits


The biggest change to the waiting room is the addition of a display showcasing dresses of three first ladies, Nancy Reagan, Edith Roosevelt, and Elizabeth Monroe (dress pictured).


First Lady Display Case

Monroe Dress


In the past, those traveling in wheelchairs entered the theater first to allow them a chance to get situated before the rest of the crowd. Now, wheelchairs line up on the right side of the waiting area and enter the theater with everyone else and are directed to a special area toward the back of the room.

Because this was a preview, Disney asked that no photography of any kind be used during the performance. So, from this point on I have no pictures to share with you. Once the show has its grand opening, things will return to normal and photography should be allowed as long as you don't use any flash equipment.

Spoiler alert! I'm going to do my best to describe the new show. For me, there was one "surprise" that caught me off guard and moved me to tears. If you want to experience this unexpected moment for yourself, stop reading now.

President Obama

Wow!

First, the movie is digitally projected. In other words, there is no film to become scratched and faded. The movie is crystal clear and the colors look vibrant. Next, the sound system is all new and everything was digitally recorded. Once again, voice and music sound better than ever.

Morgan Freeman narrates the show which begins with a brief discussion of the war for independence and George Washington. We're told that by Washington refusing to become king and then stepping down after his second term, he helped set our country in the direction that any man, not just the gentry, could rise to the highest office in the land.

To prove this point, the next president highlighted is Andrew Jackson. A common man that played a pivotal part in our country's early years.

Next slavery is discussed, and with this, Lincoln becomes the focus of the film. After several minutes, the center screen rises and we see an Audio-Animatronics figure of this great man, sitting all alone on stage. He rises and delivers the Gettysburg Address. This was a stirring moment and I wasn't the only person wiping the tears from my eyes. At the conclusion of his speech, the screen lowers and the movie continues.

As the film progresses in time, paintings are replaced by photographs and then videos as Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush are all briefly discussed or highlighted. A sharp eye will notice a picture of a high school-aged Clinton meeting Kennedy.

Many of the paintings used in the film are familiar to us from the previous show, but many of them are new. Also, only three of the five screens are used in this new feature, but that's entirely okay. You don't miss them at all.

When the film concludes, the curtain rises on all 43 presidents. As always, this is awe inspiring. The roll call commences and the new lighting system highlights each president. Their position on stage has been rearranged so the audience can follow the introductions better.

When the roll call concludes, George Washington stands and talks about the importance of the presidential Oath of Office that all of the men here on stage have taken. He then gestures to Obama who recites this oath. Interestingly, this was recorded in the Map Room, the same room he retook the Oath of Office after a slight mishap occurred during the actual inauguration.

When Obama finishes, Morgan Freeman gives him a second, more elaborate introduction. Obama then delivers another short speech about the significance of the American dream. The show concludes with a stirring rendition of "America the Beautiful."

At this point, the theater erupted into applause and many were wiping tears away. I knew a number of people in the audience today. After the show, we discussed what we had just seen. It was unanimous. Disney has done an outstanding job of reinventing this attraction. The Audio-Animatronics figure of Obama is stunning. Please, please put this on you "must see" list on your next visit to Walt Disney World. You'll be glad you did.

For more information about how this show was created, click here for an official Disney press release.

June 30, 2009

Pirates League

Avast ye mateys, Captain Jack Sparrow is on the lookout for additional crew members!


The Pirate League Logo

The Pirate League Sign


It seems that while some of Captain Jack's men were on a plundering raid, they came across the warehouse of the East India Trading Company. Deciding that this would be easy pickin's, they aimed their canon at the door. Unfortunately, they missed their target and their canon ball lodged itself into a stone wall. But their second shot was better directed and knocked down the door.


Wayward Canon Ball

Knocked Down Door


After the booty was safely stowed aboard there ship, Captain Jack surveyed the empty warehouse and decided that this would be the perfect spot to recruit and train new pirates. Being the hearty soul that I am, I signed up to become a swashbuckler.

My adventure began outside of the East India Trading Company - oops, The Pirates League. This is located near the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. It was here that I picked the pirate-look I would live with for all eternity. I was allowed to choose from the following: Cursed Pirate, Smokey-Eyed Jack, Multi-Eyed Jack, Black-Eyed Jack, and Captain Hook. If my sister had been along, she could choose from any of the above plus Empress for a more feminine look. I chose the Cursed Pirate.


Pirate League Entrance

Pirate Facial Choices


After making the necessary arrangements, I went inside. Here, some of Jack's pirate folk greeted me with a hearty "aargg." While looking around I found some pirate accoutrements for sale if I was inclined to part with some pieces of eight.


Pirate Greeters

Pirate Accoutrements


The first thing all shipmates-in-training must do is discard their old name for a new pirate identity. This is done with the greatest of skill and precision. First, I was asked to blow on two dice, one black and one white. Then these dice were carefully placed in a treasure chest that was attached to a ship's wheel. I was then asked to give this wheel two complete turns. When finished, the dice were removed and the numbers read aloud.


Pirate Name Selection


Another, nearby pirate took these numbers and consulted some ancient parchments associated with my birth month. After careful consideration, a name was chosen for me -- Benjamin Damploather.


Pirate Name Selection


Next stop was one of the ten Muster Stations where I met my trainer. Her name was Brenna and she spoke perfect pirate-ese. I was seated in a chair and made comfortable. Brenna then reconfirmed my pirate selection and started to work on my makeover.


Muster Stations

Benamin Damploather


During the makeover, Brenna engaged me in conversation. But keep in mind, Brenna is an eighteenth-century pirate. She doesn't understand modern English words. When she asked why I wanted to become a pirate, I explained that I was here to experience the training program, then write a blog about it on my computer. This totally confused her. She had no idea what a blog or a computer were. So after some thought on my part, I told her that I would be using my quill pen to ink some scrolls which would be distributed to all of you using magic beyond her imagination. This seemed to satisfy her.


Makeup Application

Makeup Application

Makeup Application

Makeup Application


After the makeup had been applied, I was given a bandana and a painless tattoo.


Donning a Bandanna

Tattoo Application


Brenna told me that Captain Jack required her to take three weeks of training before allowing her to transform new recruits into swashbucklers.

When my makeover was complete, Brenna gave me a pirate's booty bag. In it, she placed my earring and false teeth as she isn't allowed to place these items on the trainees. However, a parent or friend can assist you if you'd like to don them for your upcoming portrait.


Pirate Booty Bag

Benjamin Damploather


The makeover took about thirty minutes. At its completion, I pledged allegiance to Captain Jack and took the Pirate's Oath.


Pirate Oath


I was then escorted to another section of the warehouse where I was given my sash and sword by a different pirate. With the sword came a command that I was not to slash, poke, jab, prod, slice, cut, or carve my siblings, parents, strangers, birds, animals, or Disney property. After agreeing to this condition, I was asked if I'd like to see Captain Jack's secret treasure room with the condition that I would not take any pictures or ever reveal what took place inside this inner sanctum.

So if you want to know, you'll have to become part of Jack's crew.

After leaving the mysterious room, I was given a packet that contained my pirate's oath, complete with my pirate's name. Also included was my pirate photo.


Pirate Photo and Oath


Reservations for Pirates League are strongly suggested. They can be made 90 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-CREW (939-2739). A credit card is needed at this time to secure the reservation, but is not charged until the actual event. Ten doubloons will be applied to your card if you cancel less than 24-hours in advance. Guests are requested to bring a brush, but this really isn't needed for boys and men with short hair. Captain Jack does not allow his trainers to have brushes but some Empresses require them in order to pull their hair back.

There are three packages available. The First Mate and Empress packages each cost 50 doubloons plus pirate tax. This includes a choice of one of the six facial treatments, a tattoo, a photo and an assortment of pirate accouterments. The Captain's package costs 125 doubloons plus pirate tax. It includes all of the above plus an appropriate costume. The age limit is 3 and above. Those 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

I asked if trainers accepted pieces of eight for their services. I was told that this is never solicited, but Captain Jack does allow his mates to accept doubloons if the trainee feels that he or she received a job well done.

While being made up, I saw three brothers as well as a father and son take the oath. They all seemed to be having a good time. I know I did. But this was just the beginning of my adventure. The subsequent walk through the Magic Kingdom is where my decision to become a pirate really began to sink in. You'd think these tourists had never seen a dead man walking before.


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