Do you love sweets and fireworks? If so, you might want to consider trying the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party in the Magic Kingdom. We made reservations last September for our honeymoon, and it was the perfect way to spend our last hour in the Magic Kingdom.
You need an advanced dining reservation to attend, which can be tricky to get. Unlike the restaurants, where reservations open 180 days out, there is no definite day that reservations open for the dessert party. In general, Disney Dining opens the reservations a month at a time, usually about two months ahead of time. For example, all September 2011 reservations opened on July 13.
There are not a lot of seats at Tomorrowland Terrace, making it a bit competitive to get in, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the reservations and when they open up. (Tip: if you’re a member of the DIS forums, they have a dessert party watch thread that will keep you updated on when reservations open.)
Now that the boring logistical stuff is out of the way, let’s go on to the good stuff: desserts and fireworks!
First, the desserts. They are presented in a buffet, and you are able to get as much as you want throughout the evening. When we attended, they had chocolate-covered strawberries, mini fruit tarts, mango shooters, mini key lime pies, chocolate mousse, truffles, rice krispie treats, brownies and more. There was also an ice cream section with a variety of toppings. For beverages, they had coffee, tea, water, iced tea and lemonade.
Almost everything that we tasted was absolutely delicious. It was a very warm September night so occasionally a few items that should’ve had crisp crusts got a little soggy but nothing too bad. The staff was also excellent and kept the buffet well stocked. I never saw them run out of anything.
For me, it was very filling. I wanted to try some of everything, and there was a lot of food! I had anticipated this so we had an early dinner around 4 p.m., but it was a large dinner, and by the time we arrived at 9 p.m. for the dessert party, I was still rather full. In retrospect I would want to eat a much smaller early dinner. I’m even the type of person that wouldn’t have a problem with eating just desserts for dinner!
You are assigned to a table when you come in, so you can enjoy your dessert with a nice view of the castle. However, once it’s time for the fireworks to start, pretty much everyone stands up and goes to the railing, effectively blocking your view if you’re sitting down.
It’s a bit unfortunate that you can’t relax and stay seated while watching the fireworks, but if you want a good view you’ll have to claim a spot on the railing about 20 minutes before they start. However, it’s truly worth it because the view is great. There aren’t so many people that you feel cramped, and standing for 20 minutes is better than camping out on Main Street for more than hour, in my opinion. You can hear everything clearly and see all of the fireworks.
Another nice bonus is that after the fireworks ended, they didn’t immediately usher us out. We were allowed to stay for another 15 minutes, finishing a cup of tea. It allowed us to relax and also to wait for the crowds to thin at least a little bit before heading toward the exit.
The most major complaint I’ve heard about this dessert party is the price. It’s about $25 per person depending on the season. Definitely a bit steep if you’ve got a big family or group, especially because you’re not getting an actual meal.
However, they give you a ton of desserts (enough to make a meal out of if that’s your thing). Plus, you are paying for the view of the fireworks as well. For me and my husband, I felt it was totally worth it. It’s not something I would do every time I go to the Magic Kingdom, but I’ll definitely be back in the future. My dad loves desserts so it’s a must-do when I go with him next April!
The food was great, the view was great. The only negatives were having to stand up at the railing to watch the fireworks and trying to snag a reservation beforehand without having an exact date that they would open. It still beats any other experience I’ve had watching Wishes, so I give the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party a big thumbs up!
Have you ever enjoyed the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
Becky Ginther is a future children’s librarian and all-around awesome chick. You can read about her quest to view, rate and review as many Disney movies as possible. Or you can catch up with her travels on Examiner.com, where Becky is a “young adult” travel blogger.