Magic Kingdom Dessert Party – All About Disney World’s Sweet Fireworks Finale
Looking for an especially sweet ending to an already magical Disney day? A Magic Kingdom Dessert Party may be for you! Added on to the evening fireworks show, this sugary soiree doesn’t only include a spread of tasty treats. It also comes with reserved viewing to take in the sparkling scene. But what kinds of Walt Disney World dessert parties are there? Where are they? What’s included? How much do they cost? And, most importantly, are they worth it? Not to worry! We’re here to answer all of your most pressing questions—and help you decide if a Disney dessert party is right for you and your next vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth. Let’s get started!
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Basics
We love all of the nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World. The excitement and nostalgia of Epcot Forever, the technicolor fun of the Wonderful World of Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And don’t even get us started on Fantasmic! All of them are incredibly magical in their own special way. However, at the end of a long day of whimsical attractions, hanging out with Mickey Mouse and rubbing elbows with the Disney Princesses, there’s something especially enchanting about the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Maybe it’s the pyrotechnics glittering over Cinderella Castle, the colorful projections, the catchy soundtrack (we love you, Jordan Fisher!) or a mix of all three. To quote Aladdin, they’re “shining, shimmering, splendid.” And if you ask us, there’s no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones who feel that way, and, as a result, there can be some huge crowds to contend with, especially if you want an awesome view. Luckily, Disney is here to help you with that with their Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties.
Magic Kingdom Dessert Parties: What and Where Are They?
As you can probably tell from the name, fireworks dessert parties are sugary shindigs that take place—you guessed it—during or around the same time as Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular. Of course, as this is Disney (and Disney likes to make money), Magic Kingdom dessert parties are separately ticketed events. In other words, they aren’t included in your regular theme park admission. So, if you want to experience this extra-sweet finale, you’re going to have to pay for it (more on that in a bit).
However, should you choose to splurge, you’ll be treated to plenty of, well, treats, as well as some savory items, a selection of beverages (including a few with alcohol for those of age) and reserved viewing to take in the glitzy display. Intrigued? If a Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party sounds like it’s right up your alley, you should know that there are three different dessert party options to choose from: a Pre-Party, a Post-Party and the Seats & Sweets Party.
Regardless of which dessert party option you choose, each takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, which is located near the entrance to Tomorrowland. Just hang a right once you reach the top of Main Street, USA, and you’ll find it over in the corner past The Plaza Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor and the bathrooms. If you make it to the hub and the Partners statue, then you’ve gone too far.
Each of these Magic Kingdom dessert parties is a little bit different, with varying timing and perks, so keep reading to find out which of the three parties is right for you.
Just like the name suggests, the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Pre-Party takes place before the nighttime spectacular begins. So, shortly before showtime, you would start over at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to enjoy your fill of desserts and drinks. Then, once the dessert portion ends, Cast Members will escort you over to the Plaza Garden viewing area to enjoy the show.
One thing of note: Pre-Party guests tuck into treats at the same time and place as Treats & Seats Party guests, then they share the reserved viewing section at the Plaza Gardens with folks from the Post-Party. This is an important aspect to keep in mind when choosing which of the three parties you want to do, as we’ll get into later. Also, bear in mind that seating is not included with the Fireworks Pre-Party. While you can sit on the fake grass inside the Plaza Garden and wait for the show to start, you will stand up once the fireworks actually begin.
Cost: $99 for adults (ages 10 and up), $59 for children (ages 3 to 9); tax included, gratuity not included or required
Fireworks Viewing Location: Plaza Garden
The Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Post-Party is like the Pre-Party in reverse. So, Post-Party guests will start their dazzling dessert bash with the fireworks first before being escorted by Cast Members over to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to finish things off with sweets and sips at the after-party. It’s important to note that while Pre-Party and Post-Party Dessert Party guests share Plaza Gardens, fireworks after-party folks get first dibs at the viewing area. This is a crucial aspect to keep in mind if you’re trying to decide between the two.
Cost: $99 for adults (ages 10 and up), $59 for children (ages 3 to 9); tax included, gratuity not included or required
Fireworks Viewing Location: Plaza Garden
Seats & Sweets Party
As the name indicates, the Seats & Sweets Party is the only Disney dessert party at Magic Kingdom Park to come with a place to sit down and watch the fireworks show. For this sweet soiree, dessert party diners start and end the evening at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. There’s no moving to a different viewing area, no having to stand once the fireworks start. Simply grab all the treats you can manage, take them to your table and enjoy the fantastic fireworks extravaganza.
Cost: $114 for adults (ages 10 and up), $69 for children (ages 3 to 9); tax included, gratuity not included or required
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: When Are They?
All three dessert party options are available every night of the week unless there is a special event happening that requires the park to close early, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. As for when they begin, Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party start times vary based on when the actual fireworks start and which option you choose: pre-party, post-party or Treats and Seats. Check-in at Tomorrowland Terrace for the dessert party before the fireworks starts 90 minutes ahead of showtime. In contrast, partygoers headed to either the treats and seats dessert party or the fireworks after-party need to arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace 60 minutes before the show starts.
Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Cost
We’re just going to come right out and say it. No matter which one you choose, tickets to a Tomorrowland Terrace dessert party don’t come cheap, especially as they come at an additional cost on top of your regular theme park admission. Depending on which fireworks dessert party you want to go to, you should plan to spend anywhere from $99 to $114 per adult and $59 to $69 per child for young guests ages 3 to 9. These are among the more affordable options. If you decide to book one of the alternative Magic Kingdom dessert parties, like the Ferrytale Fireworks cruise, you could pay as much as $130 per person.
Disney Fireworks Dessert Party: What’s Included?
So, what comes with a Disney dessert party to sweeten the deal and make it worth the high cost of admission? Let’s take a peek at all of the perks.
Dessert Party Treats at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
As this is a dessert party, you will obviously get to indulge in delectable desserts of all kinds. In fact, the easiest way to think of a Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party is as an especially sweet buffet overflowing with sugary treats for partygoers to enjoy. Desserts on offer include items like chocolate silk tarts topped with whipped cream in a chocolate tart shell, chocolate-covered strawberries, cupcakes and cookies of all kinds, creamy butterscotch pudding or devil’s chocolate pudding and donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar served with a fruity topping. If it’s available, we also recommend the Chilling Chamber Pop, which is like a cake pop in push-up form.
If you’re looking for more after all of that chocolate silk pie and butterscotch pudding, you can also snack on more savory bites like cheeses and bread, as well as a selection of fresh fruit. (You know, for those who like a little nutrition with their dessert.) The unlimited desserts and snacks are accompanied by a selection of refreshing beverages, such as strawberry lemonade, POG juice (passionfruit, orange and guava), sparkling cider, milk, iced or hot tea, coffee and water. Lastly, adults who are of age can unwind with a boozy beverage like wine or beer.
Reserved Fireworks Viewing
Aside from all of the delicious treats and savory snacks, the other big benefit of booking a fireworks dessert party is, of course, the reserved viewing of the Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular. As we mentioned earlier, the specific viewing location varies based on which dessert party is booked. Like the name suggests, the Treats and Seats Party is the only option where you can sit down to enjoy the show.
You’ll be taking in the show from right there in Tomorrowland Terrace, which, for reference, faces the right corner of Cinderella Castle from an angle when looking at it from the front. You’ll also want to note that the restaurant itself has a bit of an overhang from the ceiling. So, depending on where your table is located, you may not be able to see the full height of the fireworks as they blast above. You will get a front-row seat to one of the most exciting parts of the show, however: Tinker Bell’s flight from Cinderella Castle to right over Tomorrowland Terrace.
In contrast, for those choosing the pre-party or after-party, Plaza Garden viewing is standing-room only. While you can certainly sit down on the artificial turf before the fireworks start, you will need to stand up once the show begins. On the bright side, while you won’t be able to sit, it does enjoy a prime position at the top of Main Street, USA. While not quite as close as the Partners statue, it still offers a centered view of Cinderella Castle that isn’t too terribly far away.
Fireworks Dessert Parties at Magic Kingdom: How to Book
Does all of this sound like a pretty sweet deal? If you want to add a Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party to your Disney trip, we recommend that you reserve a spot early. Although some same-day reservations may be offered, they are subject to availability. On top of that, this popular dining experience can book up quickly. So, book your spot as soon as possible using either the Walt Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app. Advance reservations typically open up at 6:00 AM, 60 days ahead of time.
Other Fireworks Dessert Parties at Disney World
Still not sure if a Disney dessert party is right for you? Here are some other options to consider located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Other Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties
Believe it or not, you don’t actually need to be inside the Magic Kingdom theme park to enjoy the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Delicious desserts and awesome views of the nighttime spectacular can be had from outside the park, too.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
For a truly unique way to take in the Disney magic, consider the Ferrytale Fireworks cruise. This on-the-water Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party takes place out on Seven Seas Lagoon aboard the same ferryboats that ferry guests to and from Magic Kingdom each day. Unlike a regular fireworks dessert party, the Ferrytale Fireworks cruise is a complete experience.
After checking in at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), guests are treated to a selection of cheeses and delicious desserts prepared especially for the event, many of which are inspired by the show. Plus, nothing says party like fizzy drinks. So, along with with all of the typical beverages, 21-and-up guests can also sip on champagne. But that’s not all. Guests can also turn non-alcoholic drinks into cocktails with the addition of rum. What’s more, along with the sweets and sips, sailors can also embark on a blacklight-powered scavenger hunt in search of truly hidden Mickeys (they glow in the dark!). Then come showtime, “Mickey Vision” glasses turn the sparkling pyrotechnics into anything-but-basic Mickey-shaped stars.
The Ferrytale Fireworks dessert party cruise costs $130 for adults and $100 for children and is available on select Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Celebration at the Top – Sip, Savor, Sparkle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Want to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the show? Then the Celebration at the Top at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort is for you. This isn’t exclusively a Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party. Instead, partygoers feast on a complete spread of dishes and desserts, from sushi and small bites through to petit fours. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also included.
Along with the food, the real highlight of this fireworks party is the aerial overlook of the nighttime spectacular from the rooftop restaurant, which offers some of the best fireworks views at the Disney World hotels. While it might not be as immersive as watching on Main Street, USA, it’s just as magical in its own way. Plus, since California Grill is a signature restaurant, this is also a great option for those who are celebrating a special occasion.
The Celebration at the Top fireworks party costs $129 per person and is available on select evenings.
Holiday Dessert Parties
The only things more enchanting than the Magic Kingdom fireworks are the nighttime spectaculars offered during the holidays. And best of all, many of them offer a Disney dessert party to take in the festive display.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Looking for an extra sugar rush after all that trick-or-treating? Make your Halloween even sweeter by booking Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks dessert party. Offered at Tomorrowland Terrace in Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this fireworks dessert party is exclusive to Halloween party guests. Similar to any other Magic Kingdom dessert party, attendees can choose between either Plaza Garden views or premium seating at Tomorrowland Terrace.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Craving even more holiday cookies? Tuck into even more yuletide treats at Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks dessert party. Available only during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, this sweet soiree also takes place at Tomorrowland Terrace, with fireworks viewing offered either right there at the restaurant or from the Plaza Gardens.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
In certain years past, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has also offered its own fireworks show during the holiday season called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! It also came with its own fireworks dessert party, which features festive treats like a yule log and even a character appearance by Chip ‘n’ Dale. So, be on the lookout to see if it makes a return for 2023.
Previous Dessert Parties at Other Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Although they haven’t been offered recently, Disney World dessert parties have also been held at the other theme parks, too. Sadly, they aren’t available right now. However, it is certainly possible that they could make a comeback sometime in the future. Past dessert parties at Disney World include:
Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot
River of Lights Dessert Party at Animal Kingdom
Star Wars Galactic Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Are Disney Dessert Parties Worth It?
Now, the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Are Disney World dessert parties worth it? Like most things at Disney World, that really depends on you, specifically your budget, plans for the rest of the day and overall priorities. As we said earlier, dessert parties aren’t what we would call affordable, particularly for families who are already shelling out a ton of cash for several tickets to the theme parks. And it is possible to enjoy views—for free—that are even better than what you can get at any of the dessert parties. That said, you will need to carve out a decent chunk of time from your day to secure one of these spots.
However, if you have room in your budget and you want pretty great fireworks views without having to contend with the crazy crowds or spend your already precious time holding down the fort until the show starts, then a fireworks dessert party can be worth it. If we had to pick favorites, the after-party is probably the best deal of all the options. While it is standing-room only, post-partygoers get the first crack at the reserved viewing section. That means that it’s possible to secure a place toward the front before all the pre-party folks make their way over. On top of that, it’s also one of the “cheapest” options. So, if you’re trying to decide which one to go with, this one gets our vote.
Well, fireworks fans, that brings our Walt Disney World dessert party guide to an end. Have you ever gone to one of the fireworks dessert parties at Disney World? Do you think it’s worth it? Let us know in the comments! Then, find out how you can save some cash on your next Disney vacation with our discount theme park tickets.