Disney World's Pirate's League Makeover

Here's everything you need to know about this swashbuckling character makeover

Pirates League Makeover
••• Get a complete pirate transformation in about an hour at the Pirates League. © The Walt Disney Company

The Pirate's League at Disney World offers visitors the chance to become a real pirate for a day. Located next to the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom, the League does for pirates what the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique does for princesses.

The Pirate's League offers makeovers to visitors of all ages; it is not unusual to see a teen or adult in the makeover chair, particularly on days when the park is hosting Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

All pirate trainees receive a makeover worthy of Jack Sparrow himself, including face paint, accessories, temporary tattoos and other surprises. After the makeover is complete, your pirate will be whisked away to a private naming ceremony and photo session. Makeover packages range from $39.95 to $99.95 for boys or girls and include makeup and plenty of fun accessories.

When and Where to Go

The Pirates League is in the heart of Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom theme park. Head towards the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the League is just next door.

Set an early appointment for the Pirates League so you'll be able to enjoy the makeover all day long. Reservations are required, walk-in appointments are rarely available. Allow at least an hour for the makeover process, depending on how crowded the location is and which package you choose. 

The Pirate's League offers two different makeover packages, the "First Mate" and the "Empress." Each package is $39.95 plus tax and includes everything but a costume.

You can purchase a boy's or girl's costume in the adjacent store, or bring your own from home. The Captain Hook's Deluxe Package includes a costume and can run as much as $99.95.

The Pirate Transformation Process

After checking in at the podium, you'll be asked to choose which pirate package you want.

The First Mate is geared more towards boys, with removable fake teeth and plenty of scars, while the Empress is designed for girls and features nail polish and a feminine pirate makeover.

Once you decide, you'll be whisked away for makeup, accessories and (temporary) tattoo application. Depending on the makeup artist, expect to spend about a half hour in the makeup chair.

After makeup and accessories, you'll be indoctrinated into the secret world of pirates and given your very own pirate name. You'll get a certificate to take home featuring your new name and position in pirate society.

Tips and Advice

  • The makeup used for the pirate makeovers is the same type used for face painting in other park locations. It does not come off easily, so plan on being a pirate for the next 24 hours.
  • This is an excellent place to go just before Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, but others will have the same idea, so book your reservation far in advance if you want a makeover for this event.
  • A Disney Photopass photographer will be on hand to document the pirate transformation; these photos can be purchased on-site or after you arrive home.
  • If you can't get enough pirate fun, check out some of the best pirate-themed places and attractions in Disney World.

    Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert