January 2021 Update: We know these are trying times. Many of us are facing new challenges, and we are all living under a new normal. As many of you know Walt Disney World reopened on July 11th and there are many questions left unanswered for the future operating procedures. Here at The Park Prodigy we are committed to bringing you the most up to date information when planning your next trip. It’s important to note that based off of the reopen Florida tasks forces guidelines we do expect the park experiences to be different for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, attractions, experiences (such as shows, parades and fireworks), services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases and provide applicable refunds.
At this time Disney is not holding any Walt Disney World Dessert Parties. We will provide more information as it becomes available. We still want to leave this post up as a guide for future trips and cannot wait until we can enjoy a Disney Dessert party again!
If there’s one thing we highly recommend splurging on during peak season at Walt Disney World, it’s attending a Disney World Dessert Party! Offered at each of the four Disney World theme parks, Disney Dessert Parties are a truly magical way to enhance your experiences at the nighttime parades and fireworks shows.
These exclusive events provide an intimate Disney experience for guests of all ages, and provide Walt Disney World fireworks reserved seating. This can be a great time saver as we typically recommend showing up 45 minutes before the fireworks show to grab a spot.
However, with 9 Dessert Parties to choose from, finding the perfect one for you and your family might seem like a difficult decision. That’s where we come in! To make your decision easy, here’s our complete guide of the 9 Dessert Parties offered at Walt Disney World.
We find it important to start with the process to book your Disney World Dessert party, as this is most likely why you landed on this page. Disney dessert party booking windows have typically fallen within the same time period as regular dining reservations. (60 days at the time of this writing) However what we have found is this is not always the case.
Our number one tip would be to be patient and persistent if you have your heart set on a specific Disney dessert party. Just keep checking and calling the Disney dining reservation line 407.WDW.Dine.
There are times too when you will see the Disney dessert party dates start to appear but you can’t make a reservation yet. Simply follow up and log back onto the double check the next morning and you should be able to book your Disney dessert party.
Another tip that we want to point out regarding booking your Disney World dessert party is you must prepay for your reservation. So to streamline the process be sure to have all of your payment information ready!
Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom currently offers three Disney Dessert Parties to choose from. Each of the three parties are located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, and include the same food and VIP viewing experience for the Happily Ever After Fireworks. Below is our Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review!
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of delectable desserts including character themed cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate mouse, and ice cream. Guest’s will also have the option of beverages from hot chocolate, teas, coffees, lemonade, cider, and water.
Guests will then be escorted to the exclusive Plaza Garden viewing area right before the fireworks show! You can either stand or sit in the Plaza Garden area, and please note that only Dessert Party guests will be allowed in this exclusive section. It’s also important to note this Disney Desert Party is slightly less expensive than the other Magic Kingdom dessert parties.
Dessert Party Cost: $59.00 per Adult and $35.00 per child (ages 3-9).
This Disney Dessert Party offers the same exact buffet as Plaza Garden, but you’ll pay a slightly higher price to watch the fireworks from your table. Although this option comes at a higher price, the VIP views with this experience don’t get any better. Plus, if it happens to drizzle during the fireworks, you’ll be completely covered!
Dessert Party Cost: $79.00 per adult & $47.00 per child (ages 3-9).
Feast after the fireworks with this intimate option. Offering the same buffet as the two other Dessert Parties, you’ll be granted exclusive access to the Plaza Garden to watch the fireworks, then head over to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Dessert Party Cost: $69.00 per adult & $41.00 per child (ages 3-9)
Snacks included the following options inspired by the different lands of the Magic Kingdom:
Although we love the Disney Dessert Parties, we understand they might not be the best fit for every family. It really all depends on your taste buds and budget for your upcoming trip. As discussed, we find the dessert parties to be extremely helpful in grabbing a great view for the fireworks without having to show up super early. The truth is you can’t go wrong, weather it’s enjoying one of the three Magic Kingdom Dessert Parties or grabbing a snack on Main Street U.S.A.!
Whatever you do, don’t let this one go! This EPCOT dessert party is a magical experience offering Frozen themed desserts, VIP seating at Epcot Forever Fireworks and a full, all you can eat menu of hot items, savory bites, top notch treats and mind blowing action stations. An assortment of adult beverages are also included in the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, guests will be escorted to Epcot’s Frozen Ever After Ride after watching the nighttime show.
Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Cost: $79.00 per adult & $47.00 per child (ages 3-9).
Considering how difficult it can be to snag a Fastpass+ for the Frozen ride, we think this is a great option during peak season. However given how big World Showcase is, this dessert party does not have the same fireworks viewing advantage as the Magic Kingdom. It’s still an awesome event for every sweet tooth in your family!
Unfortunately Disney has made the tough decision to cancel the Rivers of Lights nighttime show at Animal Kingdom. It does not come as much surprise, however one of the downsides is there will be one less dessert party to attend. It’s important to note that we are not sure if Disney has any plans on replacing the River of Lights Dessert party. However we would find it difficult for them to sell this event at this price with no nighttime show.
We are going to leave the description up just incase Disney does decide to keep this as a regular dessert party once these events are being held again!
Just like EPCOT’s Dessert Party an assortment of adult beverages are included in your admission.
Animal Kingdom Dessert Party Cost: $79.00 per adult & 47.00 per child (ages 3-9).
We simply aren’t huge fans of the River of Lights show. We also feel the bonus ride and larger spread makes Epcot’s Frozen Ever After Dessert Party a better value. Unless you have some die-hard Animal Kingdom lovers in your party, we’d choose another one
The Star Wars a Galactic Spectacular Dessert party at Hollywood Studios is an absolute must-do for Star Wars fans! The all-you-can-eat menu is very similar to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot with the addition of some galactic themed delights. Like the EPCOT and Animal Kingdom parties this event does include adult beverages. Plus, the Hollywood Studios dessert party comes with a Star Wars souvenir Chewbacca Stein!
Guest’s will be escorted from the Star Wars Launch Bay to a VIP viewing area to watch A Galactic Spectacular.
Disney Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party Cost: $79.00 per adult & 45.00 per child (ages 3-9).
This is the perfect event for every Star Wars lover in your family for obvious reasons! Although there are better nighttime shows than A Galactic Spectacular, Disney makes up for it with the Star Wars themed desserts.
Unlike the other Disney Dessert Parties, this unique experience is not an all you can eat buffet. However, you won’t have to save your spot in the bleachers an hour before Fantasmic begins which is a plus. Your seat is reserved, and you’ll be served a box of specialty dessert items which include chocolate dipped strawberries, cheese and crackers, and make your own worms and dirt for kids. Adults will also receive a specialty drink in a souvenir cup.
Fantasmic Dessert Party Cost: $39.00 per adult & $19.00 per child (ages 3-9)
Our thoughts on the Fantasmic Dessert Party
This is the most affordable Dessert party option and is a must do during peak season. We typically recommend our guests arrive an hour before Fantasmic begins. This will allow guests to spend more time on rides and enjoying the park. For that reason we simply love this party!
Disney has also been known to host special event dessert parties for guests visiting during certain holidays. Below is a list of the current specially held parties at Disney World:
Guests attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can opt in for a special dessert party the night of their event. These events are very similar to the other Magic Kingdom dessert parties discussed above except they are only held on select special event nights.
There are currently two MVMCP Disney Dessert Parties:
The pricing options for both parties do range from $69-$84 for adults and $41-$50 for kids aged 3-9. Just like all other Disney dessert parties these prices are an additional charge and is not a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party ticket. Although we do love the fireworks at this event we simply don’t find the dessert party worth it at this price point. Especially when you consider that free cookies are included with your MVMCP ticket.
It’s important to note that each of the Disney Dessert Parties mentioned above are extremely popular so advanced reservations is a must! A valid Walt Disney World ticket is required for entry
You can make your reservation on the my disney experience app or by calling 407.WDW.Dine.
A: It’s important to note that Disney’s policy states fireworks are not guaranteed as part of the Disney dessert party experience. On the rare occasion that the fireworks are rescheduled or canceled guests will not be eligible for a refund. However guests would still be able to enjoy all of the treats included with your Disney dessert party admission.
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