When I was planning our first family trip, I stumbled on something that was just called “The Dessert Party.” I asked a few friends who had been to Disney, and no one had heard of it. I had to find out more!
I finally did find information and the official name – Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party. It’s a mouthful. No wonder I’d just heard it referred to as “The Dessert Party.” [Edited March 20, 2015 - According to Disney Parks Blog, this party is changing to Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party in July, 2015.]
Here’s the lowdown: The Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant (a Quick Service restaurant in Magic Kingdom) hosts a dessert party during the Wishes light show/fireworks. It’s a complete dessert buffet, available by reservation only, and you must pre-pay. Reservations are quite limited, because seating is only available on the patio. Used to, these reservations were opened up a month at a time, approximately 60 days before the beginning of the month. Yeah, do that math. Now, I’m hearing the reservations can be made 180 days in advance, just like other ADRs.
The pros: Desserts! We didn’t have to find a spot for Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade because we could see both right from the Tomorrowland Terrace. And desserts! Our reservations were guaranteed, and we enjoyed the park right up until our seating time. Did I mention desserts? We not only had seating, but a table as well, which is much more than you’ll find pretty much anywhere else in the Magic Kingdom during the parade/light/fireworks shows. Oh, and desserts. And? The kids loved it. Ok, Chris and I enjoyed it, too.
All the desserts are mini sized, so I didn’t feel bad about loading up my plate…a couple of times. I was sharing with Honor. No, really, I was.
The cons: It’s kind of pricey. For our family of three (Two adults and one child; Honor was under 3, so we didn’t have to pay for her), it cost around $65, and we had to pre-pay, so there was no wiggle room for plan changes. Reservations can be difficult to get since they are so limited. Just because you have a reserved table doesn’t mean someone won’t stand at the railing in front of you. We were on the front row of tables, but people did stand at the rail in front of us. There was enough space so that our view wasn’t blocked, but it was kind of annoying.
Ice cream after bedtime? Yes, please!
Personally, we really enjoyed it, and were glad we budgeted for the extra expense. Honor was not a fan of fireworks at the time, so we weren’t really sure how she would handle them if we were just sitting/standing somewhere to watch them. Being on the patio made her feel more secure and not worry as much about the noise. We were far enough away for her not to be bothered, but close enough to have a great view. And not having to fight the crowd or find a spot a long time before the show started was really great.
The desserts weren’t spectacular, but they were decently yummy, they were fun, and there was a good variety. The mini size of everything made them easy to handle and easy for the kids to eat, too. It was a welcome refresher after spending evening in the park.
Will we do it again? Fireworks, absolutely. Dessert party, maybe. It’s one of those things we enjoyed, but we don’t feel like we have to do again. At the same time, we wouldn’t be opposed if it fits in the budget.
Have you been to the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? Tell us about it!