Vampirates, a spirited and spooky version of Pirates Dinner Adventure near International Drive, has returned for Orlando audiences. Running select evenings through October 29, this production is full of amazing stunts, catchy music, breathtaking acrobatics, and audience participation. Add in a delicious three-course meal and kid-friendly Halloween vibes, and Vampirates offers an evening full of ghostly fun for the whole family!
We were thrilled to attend a special media night performance of Vampirates. The show was a blast to experience, and we can’t wait to tell you about it. Thank you, Pirates Dinner Adventure, for inviting us out!
About Pirates Dinner Adventure
For 25 years, Pirates Dinner Adventure has delighted tourists and local with its year-round swashbuckling dinner shows and special seasonal productions (like Vampirates and The Pirate Who Stole Christmas). Distinguished by its interactive nature and state-of-the-art performance technology, Pirates Dinner Adventure has become an iconic piece of the Orlando attraction landscape.
Arrival to Pirates Dinner Adventure
It is recommended that guests arrive for their Vampirates experience at least 60-90 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is assigned on a first come, first served basis – so earlier arrivals will presumably secure the most favorable tables. When you walk in to the building, you’ll wait to check-in at the front desk. After giving your name and locating your reservation, you’ll receive a paper receipt showing your theater section and seating assignment.
After checking in, you and your family will have the opportunity to pose for a souvenir photograph before briefly heading to a highly-themed holding area.
In this room, you’ll wait for a tour guide to take you into the main hall and show you around the available preshow activities.
As previously mentioned, Pirates Dinner Adventure asks guests to arrive between 60-90 minutes before their scheduled showtime. But what will I do with all that extra time? you might be wondering. Pirates Dinner Adventure provides a large main hall with multiple activities and options to explore while waiting for your epic meal and show experience!
Every attraction has a gift shop, and Pirates Dinner Adventure is no exception. The preshow period is a great time to browse the available selection and purchase any wanted toys, clothing, or other souvenirs.
If you’re a weapons collector, armored combat enthusiast, or simply want to see a real sword – head to the armory. They have a beautiful assortment of full length swords and other handheld knives. And, yes, they are all real!
Kids can hunt for real treasure at the Mining Sluice! Grab a bag of mining rough and search for buried gems. Miners can keep any booty they manage to uncover.
And finally, parents and adult guests can find pirate-inspired refreshments at two stocked and themed bars!
The Vampirates Experience
A few minutes before showtime, the theater doors will open and you will be ushered into a grand, 700-person auditorium with tiered seating. Show your check-in receipt to a friendly crew member, and they will help you locate your table.
I’m willing to bet that the Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater is unlike anything you’ve seen before! The stage is a modified replica of an 18th century Spanish galleon, sitting in the center of a 300,000 gallon water tank. There are multiple levels of platforms, complicated rope bridges and swings, retractable sails, water effects, row boats, projection mapping details, and so much more in this technologically advanced and majestic show venue.
The Story of Vampirates
As the lights dim and your show begins, you’ll first watch a short video explaining the backstory and setting the stage for the night’s performance. Here’s a summary of Vampirate’s plot, as told in a statement from Pirates Dinner Adventure:
You and your family are cordially invited to the annual Halloween Ball, a gala filled with celebration, games, songs and fun. But beware! Danger lurks just outside the safety of Treasure Bay. A ruthless crew of Vampirates, led by the dark soul of Captain Sebastian the Black, have set sail with one thing on their mind – the Solzana’s Eye.
This necklace possesses magical powers beyond imagination, and in the hands of Captain Sebastian the Black, will allow him to escape the curse of the night to sail the seas during the day, creating more destruction and spreading fear. The only way to defeat the Vampirates and bring peace back to Treasure Bay is with your help.
**One Quick Note: While Vampirates is a Halloween show, the scary themes and monster imagery are minimal and very kid-friendly. If your child can handle loud, sudden noises (like gunshot sound effects), moderate darkness, and the mention of vampires, then they are probably ready to handle this performance. But as always, parental discretion is advised.**
Once the video ends…get ready! This show is nonstop action from start to finish! While I don’t want to give away any plot spoilers, I will tell you that Vampirates uses a spectacular combination of acrobatics, sword fighting, stage combat, comedy routines, musical numbers, aerial acts, and lively games to tell its engaging story. In fact, there are so many different types of performance styles and storytelling methods that every single member of the family is bound to find something they really enjoy. And as a fan of live theater, it is really awesome to see so many different elements blend together to tell one, cohesive tale.
Something that really sets Vampirates apart from other local dinner shows is the sheer amount of audience participation and interaction (particularly children). So many kids were invited to take active roles in pirate games, climb onstage for a pirate oath, or even assist in the show’s ultimate battle and final conclusion. Unlike other productions that only pick a few children for a special experience, every single young audience member had the opportunity to participate. As a parent, I deeply appreciate that no child was left out of the experience!
Your admission to Pirates Dinner Adventure includes a scrumptious three-course meal, including a salad, choice of entree, and special dessert.
Our first course consisted of a Caesar Salad with croutons, parmesan cheese, and tasty dressing.
For the entree, guests can choose between a pork loin dinner, roasted 1/4 chicken meal, or vegetarian pasta. I selected the Captain’s Chicken served with Yukon Gold potato purée and seasonal vegetable. My meal was satisfyingly filling and very flavorful. I definitely enjoyed the dish.
The third course, Princess Anita’s Royal Dessert, is a chocolate brownie drizzled in white icing and covered in sprinkles.
If you’re unsatisfied with any of the above choices, Pirates Dinner Adventure does offer multiple upgrades for each available course. You can order additional appetizers (like cheese sticks and chicken wings) before the start of the show. Or by paying a little bit extra, you can substitute a premium entree (like beef tenderloin or grilled salmon) or dessert (like cheesecake or Caribbean Moonshine Cake).
Freaky Thoughts: Vampirates at Pirates Dinner Adventure
Between the preshow activities, three-course meal, and action-packed 1.5-2 hour show, Vampirates by Pirates Dinner Adventure is a full evening’s worth of entertainment for the whole family. Kids will enjoy the lively pirate games, colorful costumes, and audience participation. Adults will love the delicious food, catchy songs, amazing acrobatics, and inclusive atmosphere. I highly recommend Vampirates for local families and tourists looking for a fun night on the town!
To learn more about Vampirates and other shows at Pirates Dinner Adventure, check out their website!
Know Before You Go
- It is recommended to arrive 60-90 minutes prior to showtime to secure the best available seat.
- Vampirates will run between 1.5 to 2 hours, so plan accordingly!
- Despite its Halloween theme, this show maintains a kid-friendly atmosphere.
- Vampirates does include loud music, gunshot effects, and fight scenes. Please use discretion when bringing sensory sensitive children or adults.