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Book New Pirate & Mermaid Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

A variety of new experiences – from art classes and fishing excursions, to pirate experiences and mermaid schools and more – are already, or will soon be, available to book at Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Here’s a look at each new guest offering:

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

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

Ahoy, mateys! Reservations are now open for a new group experience that invites young recruits ages 4-12 into the world of pirate feasting and treasure seeking, high-energy sailin’ and swashbucklin’ fun. The new Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew at Disney’s Beach Club Resort teaches youngsters pirate ways, and lets them follow clues that will lead to hidden treasure and being named to Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew. Armed with clues, young buccaneers will comb through the resort and set sail on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake, in the latest seafaring adventure at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Once the treasure is unearthed, all 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. For more information or to book a reservation, call 407-824-KIDS.

Mermaid School

Guests can become part of Ariel’s world at the Mermaid School at select Walt Disney World resort hotels. 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). Reservations are now open through 407-WDW-PLAY.

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, where guests can indulge in the lap of luxury. 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

These new cabanas are 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 through 407-WDW-PLAY.

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 artful lineup will include:

Bookings (select dates per resort) are available through 407-WDW-PLAY.

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. For more information or to book an excursion, guests can call 407-WDW-BASS.

Parks, attractions, entertainment or character experiences may change operating hours; close due to refurbishing, capacity, weather, special events, character availability or other reasons; and otherwise change or be discontinued without notice and without liability to the owners of the Walt Disney World Resort.


  • Re: Mermaid School I just spoke to Sig Services and the child can swim only during the class time, no longer, and only the child who is in the class (I specifically asked about myself and other smaller children). I’m honestly not sure how they would enforce it? But she did confirm that my smaller children MUST sit and watch only.

  • Gong to FL this year and heading into the mermaid school class. My friend is going to book it for me.

  • Any plans to bring these classes to Disneyland? I’d love to try the painting and mermaid classes, but won’t make it to Florida for a few more years.

  • The Mermaid swimming classes (specifically at Art of Animation)…do you have to be guest there? Or can you stay off site and come to hotel for this class and for swimming a little while?! Thanks!

  • Is there a schedule of the class days and times posted anywhere? I would really love to plan for the Paint, Win and Show at Saratoga Springs for my trip.

  • Excited about these new offerings! Can you please confirm how many guests the new NITRO ZV21 boat can accommodate on a fishing excursion? Is it limited to 1-2 like the other NITRO boat?

  • I encourage guests to try the fishing excursions, it’s a great experience. Although you need to wake up pretty early, for any fishing aficionado (or anyone for that matter), it’s quite a fishing trip. You don’t have to bring anything, your guide knows the best places to fish around the waterways, he even can take your fish off your hook to keep your hands cleaner! This was a great add-on to one of our recent WDW trips, highly recommended!

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