Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Review

"Ready to begin..."


"...let the wonder take hold!" Go ahead and put on the Happily Ever After soundtrack, because in today's blog post we've got fireworks and desserts!


We decided to splurge for our first viewing of Happily Ever After from inside the park and book the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party. Be sure to watch the video for the full vlog & review!


There are two versions of the Fireworks Dessert Party: both have the same exact buffet selection of treats - the main difference is where you're sitting. We did the Plaza Garden Viewing version which was about $20 cheaper ($59 for adults and $35 for children).


Both dessert parties are in the Tomorrowland Terrace - the "Garden Plaza Viewing" version has tables set-up in the upper area, where you can't see the fireworks from your seat. So when it's time to see the show, cast members escort you over to the HUB grass area which is reserved just for you.


The dessert party with "Tomorrowland Terrace" in its name is in the lower section, where many of the tables do have a view of the fireworks - but not all of them. We were in this area when we tried the Wishes Dessert Party years ago and found that most people ended up leaving their tables and jockeying for a spot along the railing - thus even if you have a table right near the railing, people will probably stand in front of you, blocking your view. The overhang from the building also blocks some of the view, especially if you're sitting down. This version of the Dessert Part now costs $79 for adults and $47 for kids.

 

If you read my previous review of the Wishes Dessert Party, you'll know that while I was a little disappointed that the viewing wasn't stress-free, I did absolutely love the desserts. Unfortunately in this review, things are in reverse: I really liked the HUB grass viewing. I was not impressed by the desserts.


The old desserts were absolutely outstanding - the new desserts, I thought, were just ordinary. Very sugary, not really any interesting flavors. I did like that they had grey stuff on the oreos with Mickey ears. The treats were OK, but not really worth the calories.


I would not normally bother with cheese cubes or fruit at a dessert party, but they were really cleared out! In addition to the buffet of desserts, you do have beverages: POG juice, lemonade, milk, tea and coffee. There's also a non-alcoholic sparkling drink.

Beyond the lackluster quality of the desserts, the other major frustrating thing about the dessert portion of the evening was the seating area. It was a mob scene. You can check in 75 minutes before the start of Happily Ever After - we arrived just after 8, and practically every table was taken. The tables were SO close together, they really pack you in like sardines. People do start going over to the HUB grass pretty early, but the cast members don't bother to clear the tables, so you're sitting amidst the wreckage of half-eaten cupcakes and dirty cups. It didn't feel like an exciting party atmosphere, as it has felt in the past.


I was worried the HUB grass would feel jammed the way the seating area had, but there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out. We didn't walk over until 8:40/8:45 and had no difficulty finding a spot. It was nice that everyone sits leading up to showtime too. Apart from one awkwardly-place light pole (you can kinda see it in the photo above, to the lower right), it was an excellent view!

Is the Dessert Party worth the price? I would say no. It's a pity that while the price has gone up, the dessert quality has gone down. I'm glad we tried it once, and that reserved viewing is pretty great, but we won't be doing it again.

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