The best thing about Disney World's fireworks spectaculars? The shows are jaw-droppingly fantastic. The worst thing? After a long day in the parks, the last thing you may want to deal with is crowds.
If you're looking for a really special, low-stress experience to cap off your day, consider attending one of the ticketed dessert parties held during the fireworks spectaculars. Not only will you get a marvelous and exclusive view of the show, but you'll be treated to a yummy array of sweet and savory treats and beverages. It's a splurge-worthy, blessedly relaxing way to wind down the day with your family without having to deal with the masses.
These parties are offered on select days depending on the time of year, beginning an hour before the fireworks shows. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
Here are the options:
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Where: Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
When: One hour before the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
How much: $53.24 for adults, $31.94 for children, tax included
Enjoy an exclusive view of the Wishes fireworks over Cinderella Castle plus delicious desserts and beverages. Expect a selection of themed desserts including chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, seasonal fruit and cheese, Disney character-themed cupcakes, and more. Throughout the evening, you can enjoy hot drinking chocolate and signature lemonades as well as coffee and tea.
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Where: Epcot's World Showcase Plaza (next to Port of Entry and adjacent to the Mexico Pavilion)
When: One hour before IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
How much: $49 for adults, $29 for kids ages 3-9, tax included.
Under an evening sky ablaze with awesome pyrotechnics of IllumiNations, you can experience an internationally inspired lineup of confections including baklava from Morocco, tiramisu from Italy, chocolate ganache tarts from France, churros with caramel and chocolate sauces from Mexico, fruit crumbles from the United Kingdom, and more. There's also an assortment of beverages including sparkling wines. The one drawback is that there is no seating.
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Where: Seven Seas Lagoon
When: Set sail from the Ticket & Transportation Ferryboat Dock one hour before the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
How much: $99 for adults, $69 ages 3-9, tax included.
Witness the fireworks from aboard Disney World's iconic, double-stack ferryboat. Treats include delectable sweets such as “The Grand” key lime tart; pineapple upside-down cake from the Polynesian Village Resort; spiced flourless chocolate cake from the Contemporary Resort; “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts; mini “fireworks” cupcakes with a pop; Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier; no-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta; and a fruit-and-cheese spread. Toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses.