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Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt: A Pirate’s Adventure

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If the rides, the shows, and the character meet and greets at Disney weren’t enough, then you’ll be happy to know that the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt, A Pirate’s Adventure is now back up and running for kids (and adults) to enjoy.

If you have some time in between rides or if your little ones are too small to actually enjoy the the rides, then the scavenger hunt is a great way to keep them entertained while visiting Magic Kingdom. 

In this article, I’m going to give you all the details about the scavenger hunt, including how you can participate, how the hunt works, and whether or not it is actually worth your while. 

Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt: A Pirate’s Adventure

Is There a Scavenger Hunt at Magic Kingdom?

It’s only good news for pirate and scavenger hunt lovers as Magic Kingdom has returned with its A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas scavenger hunt. The hunt, which takes place in Adventureland, is action-packed and takes approximately an hour to complete. 

A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom, Arabian pots in  a bazaar.
Look carefully, there is a gold emblem clue on the bronze pot on the box..

If you or your little ones haven’t yet put your pirate skills to the test, then I highly recommend taking an hour out of your day to complete the scavenger hunt. It’s a great activity for those who have completed most of what there is to do in Disney, and in my opinion, it’ll keep your kids engaged and excited throughout its entirety. It was one of things we really loved doing on our first Disney trip as a family!

There are several quests to choose from, each taking you on a journey to different clues.

A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom hut
The hut where you will choose your map for A Pirate’s Adventure

How Does the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt Work?

For those interested in joining the scavenger hunt, then you first need to head to the hut that is opposite the Tortuga Tavern restaurant. The hut has a sign stating A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas, so you should be able to find it without any trouble. 

From there, a cast member will greet you, get you all checked in, and hand all of the participating pirates a treasure map. There are numerous trails to do in the hunt – each with different treasure maps to collect and keep.

A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom
Inside the hut deciding on a treasure map with the interactive screen.

The cast member will tell you where you need to begin on the map, and then from there, the rest is up to you.

When you find the locations on your map, you’ll either need to tap your Magic Band or regular park ticket to the clue, or you’ll need to find a hidden button before continuing on and following the rest of the clues. Once you’ve finished the scavenger hunt and found the treasure, you’ll then need to head back to the hut where you first started. 

What Happens When You Finish the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt?

Upon your return, the cast member will hand you a treasure card and ask if you want to complete another map. You can choose to walk away after one round, but if you or your kids were having fun, then it’s worth sticking it out for round two. 

Currently, the scavenger hunt is open from 12 PM to 6 PM, but it’s best to check the Disney World website for updated schedules. And although you may think that a scavenger hunt in a child-orientated theme park would be easy, the Imagineers actually made the hunt fairly difficult so even adults will be challenged and entertained.

A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom skull treasure chest
A skull treasure chest clue.

You can find scavenger hunt locations both inside and outside, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. You’ll be surprised to know how many locations you’ve walked past previously without ever even noticing. 

A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom clue being found.
A clue has been found!
A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom tapping Magic Band
Next tap on the clue to see if the next step is revealed
A Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom clue is found - a lock on a statue
Success! The next clue is found!

If you do happen to find a location particularly difficult, then you can ask a cast member for a clue, and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

Do I Need a Magic Band for the Scavenger Hunt?

You can participate in the scavenger hunt by scanning your Magic Band or by using your regular park ticket. The cast member at the scavenger hunt booth will usually only request one ticket or band for your entire party, so make sure you have one on hand if you do wish to partake. 

Is There a Scavenger Hunt in Disney World and What Is It?

If you enjoyed Magic Kingdom’s A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas scavenger hunt, then there are also a few other hunts throughout the Disney parks that you can participate in. 

kidcot fun stop at Epcot

Epcot

Epcot, with its 11 country pavilions, is home to the Kidcot Fun Stops. To get involved in the Kidcot Fun Stop scavenger hunt, you can pick up a Ziploc baggie suitcase at any of the 11 countries before making your way to the remaining country’s pavilions or kiosks.

Kidcot stickers, fact card and bag

At each station, you’ll receive a traveler’s card that contains facts about the country pavilion you’re visiting and a coloring scene that you can color right away or take home for an after-park activity. 

At certain times of the year, there are other Scavenger hunts too, including Easter Eggs, and Remy figures from Ratatouille.

Animal Kingdom

What better way to explore the Animal Kingdom park than participating in the Wilderness Explorers nature-themed scavenger hunt just like Russell from the movie UP!

To get started on the hunt, you can talk to a cast member at any of the Wilderness Explorer Outposts that you can find dotted throughout the entire park. There are over 25 badges to collect by completing tasks like observing animals and learning all important wilderness skills. It is pretty tricky to complete it all in one visit though!

Disney Resorts Have Scavenger Hunts too!

Some of the Disney resorts also have themed scavenger hunts that anyone can participate in for free. What I love about these hunts is that you don’t need a park ticket and you also don’t have to be a guest at the resort to join in on the fun. 

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge: Head to the front desk at Jambo House to pick up the scavenger hunt clues.
  • Art of Animation Resort: Collect a map at the resort’s front desk and make your way around the resort. 
Caribbean Beach Resort Pool at Disney World
Caribbean Beach Resort Pool
  • Caribbean Beach Resort: Between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM, head over to the Fuentes Del Morro Pool and ask a cast member for your first clue.
  • Polynesian Village Resort: Pick up a scavenger hunt list from the front desk on Tuesdays at 5 PM and make your way around the resort snapping photos to win first prize.
  • Pop Century Resort: Hit up the front desk for your map to the Pop Century scavenger hunt.
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside: From 9 AM to 5 PM, head to the Riverside Levee Marina to collect your scavenger hunt map before heading on a photo safari.
  • Wilderness Lodge: There are two traditional Mickey scavenger hunts at the Wilderness Lodge. You can partake in them by making your way to the front desk of the Wilderness Lodge and then over to the resort’s Disney Vacation Club Boulder Ridge Villas to complete round two. 

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