Updated for 2016!
What’s better than a great view of “Wishes” fireworks? How about a table reserved just for you, those fireworks plus unlimited dessert and beverages! If that sounds pretty good, then the Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks Dessert Party might be the next choice of entertainment for you and your family.
We have a guide to keep you up with this Wishes Dessert Party, because now there is more than one fireworks party in another location. This sweet party is on the Tomorrowland Terrace.
What You Get…
1. A buffet of tempting treats. Help yourself to tables overflowing with pastries, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and more mouth-watering desserts, as well as a variety of refreshing hot and cold beverages. (See the list below.)
2. Your own reserved table.
3. Fireworks that fill the sky over Cinderella Castle. From your reserved table or outside on the covered patio, enjoy a nearly unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the skies above. Watch the mesmerizing Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, which happens to be the biggest and brightest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom history, and don’t miss Tinker Bell as she flies right above this building.
The price in 2016 is $53.24 for ages 10 and over and $31.94 ages 3-9 with tax included. This cost has risen from $25.55 for guests ages 10 and over and $13.94 for guests ages 3 – 9. When prices went up by double, new foods and drinks were added, and the table decorations were upgraded, but many commenters said those small changes hardly justified such a price hike.
But despite being about food, the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party really is all about the experience, the location. I mean, what adult can really eat over $50 in dessert at one sitting? I think this would be a fabulous event for any Disney Princess to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary. What a spot to get engaged!
Getting a reservation may be the snag in your party plan, so make sure to call at 180 days out, and call as early in the day as you can.
While no exact menu is posted for certain, this is a list of desserts many Cheapskate Fans have said is fairly consistent.
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries
- Disney character-themed cupcakes
- Chocolate mousse
- Ice cream
- Chocolate Truffles
- Fruit Tarts
- Fresh Fruit
- Glazed Donut Holes
- Mango Shots
- Pistachio Creme Brulee
And on to the drinks…
- Sparkling cider
- Hot drinking chocolate
- Signature lemonades
- Iced Tea
This location can accommodate most special dietary needs. Advance notice may be required and is definitely a good idea to make sure you have something you can eat. You should indicate any special dietary need at time of reservation booking.
For you dessert lovers, you know you can taste it now…
A cancellation policy applies and will result in charges if you cancel with insufficient notice. Cast members will explain the specific policies related to this facility when you make your reservation booking, and if they forget, ask them about it.
You must have Magic Kingdom park admission to attend this event, which is not included in the price of the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party.
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
Call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least two weeks prior to arrival to reconfirm the fireworks schedule.
You can check availability (using this link) on the Disney website, using a system that looks like this:
Or can have one of our Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations in Florida travel make reservations for you when they book your vacation. Their excellent travel planning services are free of charge.
Information To Know
The Time: The nightly Dessert Party celebration begins one hour before the start of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, and the party goes on for about 30 minutes after Wishes begins.
Arrival: Disney highly recommends you consult the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular schedule one week before your reservation date and again upon arrival at Magic Kingdom park. After reconfirming the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular showtime, you should arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for check-in 60 minutes prior.
The Weather: If bad weather pops up, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular may be changed or canceled without prior notice. The Tomorrowland Terrace covered patio area is utilized rain or shine, so while your snacks will be set, rain may negate the fireworks. Bad weather is obviously beyond Disney’s control.
Pictures: A PhotoPass photographer should be in attendance, so take advantage if you use this service and get some great pictures with the fireworks in the background.
The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.
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Several of our readers stopped by to tell us about their experiences.
Elizabeth, “I did this a few years ago, and–though expensive for “just dessert”–it was SO worth the money. Tinkerbell flew right over our heads! Absolutely one of my best WDW experiences ever.”
Linda, “We did this on our most recent trip. Since I have a real “affection” for sweets, I have to say that these were probably the most delicious I’ve ever had at Disney World. However, as delicious as they were, there is NO WAY you can possibly eat enough to get your money’s worth. A few bites of each is about all I was able to handle as they are just so rich.
But I’m definitely glad we did it, and will probably do it (or the one over at Illuminations in Epcot) again. Other than price, there were two negatives. A lot of very tall adults crowded the railing when the castle projection began and I noticed one young boy of about 8 standing back because he couldn’t see. (I myself, being rather short was not able to have a great view either as I could not get near the rail either). But for the fireworks, it didn’t matter, since they were high in the sky.
The other negative was that you really can’t see much of the Main Street Electrical Parade (which takes place during the Dessert Party also) from this vantage point. So if we did it again, I’d try to schedule a 2nd night at MK for that alone by using the Park Hopper ticket option.”
Is this something for my family? No, because I am too cheap to pay almost $300 for five people to eat dessert. With some Disney events, it’s not so much about the price as it is paying for the experience. And with only about 50 people in attendance along with you, this seems like one of those events not many people actually get to enjoy each night. Paying more for dessert than you would at home to enjoy the event is called a Disney Experience.
If I can ever plan a trip to Orlando without any of my kids, this is something I totally would to splurge on.
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Have you been to the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? We asked our Facebook fans to tell us about their experience, good, bad, or otherwise at this dessert party. Here’s what they told us:
Also, be sure to read the comments posted below from other readers who have been to the party. It’s always good to hear what other people thought, even if you decide not to take their advice!
There’s also another location to enjoy sweets and drinks and Wishes fireworks:
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you snapping pictures of Tinker Bell flying overhead, a chocolate covered strawberry in hand…
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