You have to arrive 1/2 before your scheduled tour. There is face painting and pirate attire, or you can arrive dressed in your own pirate costume (I forgot my kids Pirate pieces at home).
I thought all it included was a tour of mansions and a little bit of story time in Pirate paraphernalia. I was wrong. The ship is really cool, with the ability to shoot water from multiple cannons. There was music, narrative to get the kids ready for battle, juicy stories of the mansions and owners and an actual Battle at Sea against another Pirate. I was glad to see that there was more, because I didn't really think about this attraction. I didn't even bother to check their website prior to the trip, because I wanted to keep an open mind. I expected to be bored and for it to be all about the kids. But, I had fun!