Near enough to disneyland to love the fireworks...
Re: No more pirates?
The pirates are being phased out slowly. They made a pretty huge cutback out on the island for the summer and it doesn't look good for them come september.
The stunt show left last summer because it was really expensive and twice as awful. People would watch it from the mainland, not actually hear what was going on (fortunate for them) and feel it wasn't necessary to come out to the island.
It doesn't look like the Pirates Lair overlay is going away any time soon, though the entertainment offerings are well on their way out.
The Pirate's Show was pretty awful so no loss there. It would be kind of pointless to have a Pirate's Lair without any pirates running about... I hope Disney upkeeps and updates what's there and does not just let it all rot again...