Special Ticketed Events and Tours at Walt Disney World

Did you know that Walt Disney World offers special tours and events for guests? These special events and tours do cost extra, but many people believe it’s worth it for the behind the scenes information and unique experience they provide. Reservations are required for most tours and can be made by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. While the cost will depend on the tour, all will require you reserve your tour or event with a credit card. Guests will have to show an ID when they check in for their tour. Also, most tours will require a theme park ticket and that is not included in the cost. But if you are looking for a special experience or if you are a seasoned Walt Disney World guest, the tours or special events will offer a new way to enjoy Disney. Also, be sure to ask if the tour offers a discount if you belong to the Disney Vacation Club, have an Annual Pass, or a Disney Visa Card holder. Not all tours or events offer discounts, but it doesn’t hurt to ask in case your tour does! We always look for ways to help save money on a Walt Disney World vacation.

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A Cheapskate Prince$$ Guide: Top 10 Freebies at Disney World

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A Disney World vacation can be so expensive! It is nice when you find some freebies at Disney World. We have put together our Cheapskate Princess list for the Top 10 Freebies that you do NOT want to miss. Remember you can always fill out a quote request form here to get started planning your next Disney World vacation.

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See Princess Elena at Magic Kingdom and Other News Around the Mouse this Week

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Disney Junior’s Princess Elena of Avalor has arrived at Magic Kingdom Park! For a limited time, enjoy the “Princess Elena Royal Welcome” presentation on the Castle Forecourt stage several times daily.  During the ceremony Cinderella and Prince Charming introduce their special guest and Disney’s newest princess from Avalor. Princess Elena will arrive to fanfare accompanied by a contingent of regal banner carriers and musicians. Check your daily park schedule to see the times you be a part of the royal greeting. [Read more…]

Astro Orbiter: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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One of my son’s favorite rides at Magic Kingdom is the Astro Orbiter. This ride sits high above Tomorrowland and you have to take an elevator to get to the ride. Once you are upstairs, you are given a rocket to ride in and pilot. It goes around and around and you can control how high you fly – like Dumbo and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Riders maneuver the ship by pulling and pushing the lever inside the ship and this allows the ride to go up and down.

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Disney’s Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party: A Cheapskate Guide

Disney Tomorowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

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.

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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.

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Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party seating

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The Price

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.

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hot chocolate at Disney World Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

The Menu!

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
  • Brownies
  • Cannolis
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Cookies
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Glazed Donut Holes
  • Mango Shots
  • Pistachio Creme Brulee

And on to the drinks…

  • Sparkling cider
  • Hot drinking chocolate
  • Signature lemonades
  • Coffee
  • Iced Tea
  • Milk
  • Water

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.

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chocolate cheesecakes at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Disney World

Making Reservations

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:

check availability Disney World Wishes dessert party

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.”

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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.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Party location

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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:

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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:

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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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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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