The Pirates Dinner Adventure – Buena Park, Ca.

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Last night as a surprise Valentines treat for the girls, we went out to a dinner theater – The Pirates Dinner Adventure. We in for more than bargained for!

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We went to Pirates Dinner Adventure Web Site and Found this page before making reservations.  Don’t order your tickets online, if you respect your wallet, and definitely don’t buy them at the window. Each month the dinner theater places these tickets on sale. By calling them on the phone, we saved nearly $100.oo over the list price for this show for the four of us. The only way to get guaranteed first or second row seating is to call them on the phone reserve and prepay.

Now that we have the preliminaries out-of-the-way, and you know how to save some serious loot, we can discuss the theater. They told us on the phone to show up 1.5 hours before show time. They said the would be snacks (They used a fancy word like odours, but that is not a word that represents my social class.). Hearing they would have snacks and fearing LA traffic, we took them at their word and arrived 1.5 hours early.

Check in was rapid and we got into the main hall, where they took our photo and tried to sell it back to us. Then they offered us weird meat balls on a round bread like thing, and some other strange finger foods. Fortunately there was a man standing in one of the gift shops offering celery, carrots, and broccoli, Now that’s a snack! We cleaned him out. Not much else to do, we sat down in a room that looks like my moms living room, and the kids got really bored! Nothing happened for the entire hour and a half. I am thinking, that they were hoping we were Bipolar and would enter into a manic moment at some point in the hour and a half  they made us wait and we would clean out the bookstore. Unfortunately for them, they make medicine for that now, and we did not bite.  So we sat there and watched our assets grow.

Our Advice to anyone contemplating attending the show, show up about 30 minutes before a weekday show, this should be more than ample time to get through the ticket line, and your kids will not threaten mutiny.

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Finally a well dressed man pops out on to the bar and starts screaming at us. He was yelling too loudly for me to make out what he was saying, but it must have had something to do with us following very rude young men with flags colored to match the color of the tickets we were holding to the show. Given that, we decided that we did not care what the called us, as long as they were going to feed us.
Finally a well dressed man pops out on to the bar and starts screaming at us. He was yelling too loudly for me to make out what he was saying, but it must have had something to do with us following very rude young men with flags colored to match the color of the tickets we were holding to the show. Given that, we decided that we did not care what the called us, as long as they were going to feed us.
We were seated in the first row dead center of the stage. The seats, don’t get better than this. The seating is well laid out, so even if you do not get a front row seat, none are so far away that the show would lose its effect.
We were seated in the first row dead center of the stage. The seats, don’t get better than this. The seating is well laid out, so even if you do not get a front row seat, none are so far away that the show would lose its effect.
This is a theater in the horseshoe. It is not a theater in the round like most, this is a definite horseshoe. The shape works well since the bar in the other room is where the Captains quarters door on the ship actually leads, and seating people in the bar would be rather disadvantageous.
This is a theater in the horseshoe. It is not a theater in the round like most, this is a definite horseshoe. The shape works well since the bar in the other room is where the Captains quarters door on the ship actually leads, and seating people in the bar would be rather disadvantageous.
About the time our dinner arrives a man jumps out and starts screaming at us. I have no idea what he said, he was screaming too loudly for me to hear him.  Dinner on the other hand was great, we had pirate place mats, our silver wear was placed as a skull and cross-bones. When the server came, we had the option of soup or salad. I had the vegetable soup, Athena and the girls had the salad. After a bit, they brought out chicken and orange rice. The light show was going on, and as the light colors were changing the rice glowed in the dark and looked like it was running around my plate, that made the rice difficult to catch. There was so much food, that one would have to be a pig in order to eat it all. They gave us each half of a rotisserie chicken. The dinner was so good, there was no meat left on the bones of that chicken, and not one kernel of rice to be found when I was done with it.
About the time our dinner arrives a man jumps out and starts screaming at us. I have no idea what he said, he was screaming too loudly for me to hear him. Dinner on the other hand was great, we had pirate place mats, our silver wear was placed as a skull and cross-bones. When the server came, we had the option of soup or salad. I had the vegetable soup, Athena and the girls had the salad. After a bit, they brought out chicken and orange rice. The light show was going on, and as the light colors were changing the rice glowed in the dark and looked like it was running around my plate, that made the rice difficult to catch. There was so much food, that one would have to be a pig in order to eat it all. They gave us each half of a rotisserie chicken. The dinner was so good, there was no meat left on the bones of that chicken, and not one kernel of rice to be found when I was done with it.
They did a great deal of jumping, climbing, fighting and flying, just as any good pirate would do.
They did a great deal of jumping, climbing, fighting and flying, just as any good pirate would do.
They pulled the kids, and two adults from the audience and brought them aboard the ship. They were all sworn in as pirates! Now for the surprise, the male adult human, tricked the female adult human into dressing as a pirate wench and coming to the show with him. She thought she was going to a costume dinner I think. She seemed distraught being the only dinner attendee dressed as a pirate. We were wondering why he duped her like this, until now. They dismissed the children, then he got down on one knee and proposed to marry her. She started jumping in hysterics, the pirates translated for us and told us that she said yes.  It was so sweet, that even my eyes began to water. 20 years ago this coming Valentines day, I proposed to my wife, and she looked at me and said “I’ll think about it”. I had to wait three days to get an answer, and I think you all probably know what her answer was. I have never regretted marrying Athena, I would do it all over again in less time than it takes for a heart beat to pass. I tried to get married that fast the first time, when I woman has to think about it, she has to think about it,  but you can take her decision to the bank. Guys listen up!  There is nothing like spectacular proposal to sweep your girl off her feet.
They pulled the kids, and two adults from the audience and brought them aboard the ship. They were all sworn in as pirates! Now for the surprise, the male adult human, tricked the female adult human into dressing as a pirate wench and coming to the show with him. She thought she was going to a costume dinner I think. She seemed distraught being the only dinner attendee dressed as a pirate. We were wondering why he duped her like this, until now.
They dismissed the children, then he got down on one knee and proposed to marry her. She started jumping in hysterics, the pirates translated for us and told us that she said yes. It was so sweet, that even my eyes began to water.
20 years ago this coming Valentines day, I proposed to my wife, and she looked at me and said “I’ll think about it”. I had to wait three days to get an answer, and I think you all probably know what her answer was. I have never regretted marrying Athena, I would do it all over again in less time than it takes for a heart beat to pass. I tried to get married that fast the first time, when I woman has to think about it, she has to think about it, but you can take her decision to the bank. Guys listen up! There is nothing like spectacular proposal to sweep your girl off her feet.
This lady likes to dance and fly on ropes, and ribbons. They call her wench.
This lady likes to dance and fly on ropes, and ribbons. They call her wench.
She put a strap over his head, then over her head. If  he so much as tips his head, she’s dead. There are no safety nets or devices.
She put a strap over his head, then over her head. If he so much as tips his head, she’s dead. There are no safety nets or devices.
Gratuatis sword fight
Gratuatis sword fight
When all else fails and dating is not working out, just grab a lady and exercise your second amendment rights.
When all else fails and dating is not working out, just grab a lady and exercise your second amendment rights.
The fight gets heated, and the girls have been shanghaied into the life of piracy. Holly is giving the call to the cannons.
The fight gets heated, and the girls have been shanghaied into the life of piracy. Holly is giving the call to the cannons.
She gives the signal to fire.
She gives the signal to fire.
The girls take the ship
The girls take the ship
I could hear very little of the play, but all my ladies heard enough to follow it. I liked all the food and the action on stage. The play was great fun, the food was good, and My three Valentines were very happy. A man can hardly ask for more.  If you are in town wondering what to do, see this show. (Note: it a cartoonish production, so suspend ideas you might have about realism and disbelief. It is not the Pirates of  the Caribbean, and as I keep telling everyone, I am not Jack Sparrow!) Good Evening and Good Night…
I could hear very little of the play, but all my ladies heard enough to follow it. I liked all the food and the action on stage. The play was great fun, the food was good, and My three Valentines were very happy. A man can hardly ask for more. If you are in town wondering what to do, see this show. (Note: it a cartoonish production, so suspend ideas you might have about realism and disbelief. It is not the Pirates of the Caribbean, and as I keep telling everyone, I am not Jack Sparrow!)
Good Evening and Good Night…
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