There ain’t no party, like a Disney dessert party! That’s how the song goes right, Lee? The sun is setting and the night is upon us, just like a good meal, there is no better way to wrap up a Disney day than with a sweet treat. Throw in some fireworks, and now we’re playing with fire! Pun intended. Should you add a Disney dessert party to your next trip? Grab some napkins, we’re going to need them to tackle this smorgasbord of delectable desserts.
What Is It?
Party time! “Boots and pants, and boots and pants!” No, no, not that type of party, but you can fist pump if you’d like. We’re talking about a Disney dessert party. The event brings together three great things: food, drink, and Disney nighttime spectaculars! All of the Walt Disney World theme parks offer a Disney dessert party on nights when the park’s nighttime spectacular is performed.
The events are about an hour and fifteen minutes, and either occur before or after the nighttime spectaculars. You pick up your event ticket upon checking in to the event, there is no need to go to Guest Services or your resort prior to heading to the event. Cast members will help guide you around the park and to and from the different locations.
Each Disney dessert party is built around sweet and savory treats, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a reserved viewing location for the park’s nighttime spectacular. That’s right, no need to camp out for a spot to see the fireworks. On top of the base offering, each park puts its own unique spin on their Disney dessert party.
- Stars Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – includes meet and greets with Star Wars characters like Storm Troopers, Kylo Ren, Chewie, and BB-8. As well as a Star Wars themed novelty.
- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! – During the holiday season, the Star Wars party is replaced with a holiday party. The event character meet and greet changes to Santa Goofy.
- Magic Kingdom: Happily Ever After – Offers options around viewing location, standing or seated, as well as dessert before or after the event.
- Frozen Ever After – includes a ride on Frozen Ever After after Illuminations Reflections of Earth.
The Animal Kingdom does offer a Disney dessert party with Rivers of Light with no additional features beyond the standard offering.
Passholder Insights: If you’re unable to get a Frozen Ever After Fastpass, the dessert party could be a good alternative, if it works with your plans.
Is The Price Right?
We’re glad you asked, Bob! Pricing for a Disney dessert party varies depending on which location and option you go with. Prices range from $69 to $79 (plus tax) per adult and $41 to $47 (plus tax) per child.
Passholder Insights: We would not recommend a Disney dessert party as an alternative to a meal. We would recommend a lighter dinner or larger lunch prior to the event.
Is It Worth It?
On to the good stuff! A Disney dessert party is a good value for everything it includes, from the sweet and savory treats to the drinks, and reserved viewing locations. If you enjoy multiple adult beverages (they tend to be on sweeter side), and sweet treats then the Disney dessert party is for you! At Disney there is nothing more valuable than time, and the dessert party saves you tons of time on having to stake out a spot for the shows.
Passholder Insights: The best values tend to be the Magic Kingdom where seating is very limited or Epcot where it includes a Frozen Fastpass.
For us, it’s not the right fit, as we’re not huge fans of sweet things, and the savory food options are limited. Think of this more like a few heavy hors d’oeuvres and a ton of dessert options. Plus, the drinks are sweet and we’re more the dirty martini type. However, we definitely saw the value of the reserved viewing location and took advantage of this during the holiday season. If you’re heading to Walt Disney World during one of the busier times of year, it’s worth it. We got peace of mind knowing we had a great spot for the nighttime show while we enjoyed a few drinks and treats while chatting with family.
We’d definitely recommend the Disney dessert party for the right families, just don’t forget the toothbrush!