If ending your day at Magic Kingdom with a fantastic, stress-free, unobstructed view of Happily Ever After after enjoying unlimited beers and wine, cheeses, and desserts sounds like a perfect evening, then attending a fireworks dessert party is by far the most perfect option for you.
Yes, it does come at a hefty price-tag, but if you prioritize having a great view to watch the fireworks, then it definitely can be worth the money if done correctly.
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Review
I recently checked out the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Pre-Party – here are my honest thoughts:
Dessert Party Options
There are currently three dessert party options offered – Pre-Party, Post-Party, and Seats and Sweets.
- Pre-Party = you enjoy your drinks and snacks prior to the fireworks (standing room in the Plaza Garden)
- Post-Party = you enjoy your drinks and snacks after the fireworks (standing room in the Plaza Garden)
- Seats and Sweets = you have reserved seating during the fireworks on the restaurant’s patio while you eat and drink
How much does it cost?
We opted for the Pre-Party which costs $92.95 per adult (ages 10+) and $55.39 per child (ages 3-9). And just an FYI, the Post-Party costs the same.
Since it was only my wife and I, the total was $198 after tax.
Like with any dining reservations, you can book this fireworks dessert party up to 60 days in advance so it’s always important to plan accordingly.
As long as you cancel before 7 days, you are entitled to a full refund.
One thing to remember is that you need to have a theme park reservation and valid park admission.
The Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party is located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. The location is the same for both the pre-party and post-party.
There’s a patio section of the restaurant but that’s reserved for the guests that purchases the Seats & Sweets party tickets.
With the Pre-Party, you can check in up to 90 minutes prior to the start of Happily Ever After.
At check-in, we were given a wristband and then escorted to our reserved table.
At the Pre-Party, you can enjoy an unlimited offering of delicious desserts, a variety of cheeses, fresh fruit, and refreshing beverages, including beer and wine for guests over the ages of 21.
We were seated in the upper portion of the restaurant at a reserved table where we could come and go as we pleased since all the desserts and drinks were self-service.
Dessert items included cookies, macarons, cake pops, cupcakes, butterscotch pudding, cake bites, and chocolate overdo strawberries to name a few.
The chocolate covered cake bites were my go-to snack for the night.
Non-alcoholic drinks included POG, strawberry lemonade, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, water, and milk.
For adults, there was an assortment of beer and wine such as chardonnay, red wine, moscato, brut, Bud Light, and Blue Moon.
I opted for Blue Moon and moscato for the entirety of the evening.
The reserved fireworks viewing is by far the best perk of this dessert party.
After we finished snacking and drinking, headed down to reserved viewing area and grabbed a spot in the Plaza Garden.
There wasn’t a bad view in sight and it was surprisingly very spacious in there. You definitely don’t feel claustrophobic in there.
Honestly, the main reason I purchased this ticket was to relieve all the stress of trying to find a decent spot to watch Happily Ever After. It was totally worth it.
Is it worth $93 a person?
The only way it’s technically worth the $93 a person is if you can drink 9 beers or glasses of wine. There ain’t no way that you’ll get your money’s worth by eating.
That said, in my mind, you aren’t paying for the desserts and drinks, but instead paying for a reserved spot in the Plaza Garden to watch the fireworks.
If paying $93 per person for reserved fireworks viewing feels reasonable, then the unlimited beer, wine, and desserts is an added bonus.
Pre-Party vs Post-Party
If I had to do it over again, I would choose the Post-Party in a heartbeat.
The Post-Party allows you to check in at the Tomorrowland Terrace 60 minutes prior to the start time of Happily Ever After. You can then head to the reserved fireworks viewing area in the Plaza Garden, secure your spot, and chill. After the fireworks, you then head back to the Tomorrowland Terrace which is where you’ll have your unlimited choice of desserts, cheese, beer, and wine.
On the other hand, with the Pre-Party, you get to check-in 90 minutes prior but this is also the same time that you have to eat desserts and drink. The downside of this is that you kind of have to rush your eating and drinking in order to get down to the reserved area because the folks from the Post-Party basically had first dibs.
It really just felt rushed.
I totally see why it’s harder to find reservations for the Post-Party.
The Happily Ever After dessert party is an pricey way to view the fireworks from a reserved area on the hub grass. But if you prioritize comfort and convenience, it can be worth while, especially if you drink.
Unfortunately, if you don’t drink alcohol, this party may seem like a waste of money only because there is absolutely no way for you to get your money’s worth from eating all of the snacks and hors d’oeuvres in a 90 minute window.
Would I do it again? Yes and No. I would do the Post-Party 100% of the time and skip the Pre-Party option.
It was a pretty cool experience that I was glad to be able to check off my bucket list.