Review: “Frozen” Premium Package and Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We’ve got a holiday surprise for you today… . I’ll give you a hint — it involves Frozen, dessert, and more Christmas lights than you can possibly imagine!

Well, maybe it’s not really a surprise — after all, you already saw the title at the top — but still!

Osborne Family Lights

Osborne Family Lights

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World to check out some of the early holiday decorations and events, I bought a ticket for the Frozen Holiday Premium Package. This package includes reserved viewing in the Premiere Theater for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”, plus a unique Holiday Lithograph and Frozen Pin. There’s also a Frozen Dessert Party — which includes an all you care to enjoy spread of sweets and beverages. And the party was taking place right underneath the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in a reserved area!!

Can I be honest? I really didn’t care about the Frozen stuff. I don’t have a “Frozen-aged” kid at the moment, and while I saw the movie, I didn’t need to see it a bajillion times. So the big reason why I booked this party — besides wanting to show YOU guys what it was all about, of course — was to get a VIP vantage point for the Osborne lights.

Seriously, most of the time when I go to the Lights, I’m shoulder to shoulder with everyone else there. It’s PACKED many nights, so I was thinking it might be worth the money for the dessert party if I’d be able to enjoy the lights without re-living my “on-the-subway-going-to-work-during-rush-hour-in-NYC” days.

Unfortunately, the evening that I attended the event, the weather was…well…crap. One of those Orlando days when it just pours…and pours…and pours…with no break at all.

Anna and Elsa Cupcakes!

Cupcakes AND Lights?!?

BUT — the show must go on. And so, with the dessert-eating portion of the event moved to a covered location (Studio Catering Co.), we still had the opportunity to view the Osborne Family Lights. But they were not “dancing” due to the weather and TORNADO WARNINGS (wha???!!!???!?!). And, did I mention it was pouring? So it wasn’t all that hard to find a spot to watch whatever WAS happening out there, since everyone else was smart enough to go back to their hotels during said tornado warnings.

Fortunately, our friend, Mealtrip, took some pics on his Frozen party night that show you what the event looks like when the weather behaves itself!

Let’s head back to the Streets of America for a close up of the festivities.

Atmosphere

If you’ve purchased tickets for the Frozen Holiday Premium Package, you’ll want to head to Guest Services first, where you’ll pick up your credential. Hold onto this. It gets you into the different experiences included in your package.

Frozen Dessert Party Credential

Frozen Dessert Party Credential

Consult the back of the badge for a map of the route you should take to get to the area where the party is set up.

Back of Credential with Map

Back of Credential with Map

In addition, you’ll find a rip-off coupon-type thing at the bottom of the credential; you’ll need this to pick up your Special Pin and Lithograph. I waited until the end to pick mine up so I wouldn’t risk setting it down someplace, but I’ll go ahead and show it to you now.

Pin and Lithograph

Pin and Lithograph

So, in order for this to make sense, I’m going to show you what the Frozen Dessert Party should look like — and then what it looked like for me.

Normal Frozen Dessert Party Setup

When it’s not raining, you can expect to attend the Frozen Dessert Party in a special reserved area on the Avenue of the Americas. For those who know DHS well, it’s called the “teardrop.”

Here’s a shot of the seating area at dusk before the lights came on. You can already see the crowds building in anticipation of the lights coming on.

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

And once they’re on — lookout! This area can become extremely crowded. And that can become the opposite of fun very quickly. But the seating area of the dessert party gives you a fair amount of elbow room to enjoy the display.

Seating with the Lights On

Seating with the Lights On

Another View of the Lights and Seating

Another View of the Lights and Seating

Tables and Lights

Tables and Lights

Here’s a shot of a Beverage Table.

Beverage Table and Gorgeous Lights

Beverage Table and Gorgeous Lights

Tables laden with sweets are positioned with plenty of room surrounding them so they’re easily accessible.

Part of the Set Up

Part of the Set Up

Once the guests arrive, you can really get a feel for the less crowded vantage point. And, yes, I imagine that if this was what my experience was, it would have been worth the money JUST for the better Osborne access.

After the Guests Arrive

After the Guests Arrive

And with your credential, you can head and join the throngs for a bit to get the full effect, and then return to the comfort of your seating area. And hey, enjoy another Cake Pop while you’re at it. :-)

Guests Enjoying the Seating Area

Guests Enjoying the Seating Area

So…not bad, right? Well let’s see what happens when it rains.

Alternate Frozen Dessert Party Set Up for a Rainy Evening

I said it was raining, right? Yes. Like, think monsoon. There was no way that delicate pastries were standing up to the elements. And so, the party was moved to a sheltered location — in this case, Studio Catering Company.

I’m not going to lie to you. This was a MAJOR bummer. First of all, Studio Catering Company doesn’t really give off a festive vibe. In fact, it’s kind of…well…ugly.

Although the red and yellow color scheme clashed majorly with the decorations, I tried to focus on the festive touches.

Okay. There were no festive touches.

Seating

Seating

The Beverage Set Up was far less captivating without that big, golden, twinkly tree.

Set Up

Beverage Set Up at Studio Catering Company

But the lights were still there, thankfully. Even though many of them were turned off, and none of them — as I said — were dancing due to those tornado warnings and rain.

Osborne Lights

Osborne Lights

And the wet pavement added a little extra sparkle! See? I can look on the bright side. ;-D

Osborne Lights -- Extra Shiny in the Rain!

Osborne Lights — Extra Shiny in the Rain!

And rain or shine, we can all achieve a little perspective on things we should be hoping and wishing for, yes?

Osborne Lights -- Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth

Be sure when you take your next trip through the Lights to keep an eye out for Hidden Mickeys!

Osborne Lights -- Bicycles

Bicycles — and a Little Something Extra

But since we were getting a little damp out there, it was time to head back to the eats.

Eats

The catering team did manage to make the best of the table decor, so you definitely get the Winter theme where the food is concerned.

Dessert Display

Dessert Display

There were a lot of different drink options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. I also appreciated that the specially-themed drinks came in both hot and cold varieties.

Let’s check out the non-alcoholic specialty drinks first. The Coronation Cider was Apple Cider mixed with a bit of Caramel Syrup. Think LeFou’s Brew, but not slushy in consistency.

Coronation Cider

Coronation Cider

Olaf’s Winter Sunset, a mixture of Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava Juices, is pretty much Lilikoi Juice, Jungle Juice, POG juice, what have you.

Olaf's Winter Sunset

Olaf’s Winter Sunset

If you prefer something warm, you can try Wandering Oaken’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It’s basically Hot Chocolate with White Chocolate Syrup, with the Peppermint Flavor coming courtesy of little Candy Canes that you can add to your cup.

Wandering Oaken's Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Wandering Oaken’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate

And now for the Grown Up Drinks.

Kristoff’s Icy Summer features Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Toasted Marshmallow Syrup. Please don’t get this if you go to the party. It was truly vile.

Kristoff's Icy Summer

Kristoff’s Icy Summer

There’s an adult Cider option as well — Southern Isles Cider features Bourbon, Apple Cider, and Caramel Syrup. Much better.

Southern Isles Cider

Southern Isles Cider

Peppermint Sauna Hot Chocolate adds a little Bailey’s Irish Cream to the mix.

Peppermint Sauna Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Sauna Hot Chocolate

In addition to the themed drinks, there were a few more traditional beverages as well — Coffee, Hot Tea, and cans of Soft Drinks. There was also plenty of water.

Hot Drinks Table

Coffee and Tea

Canned Soda Available

Canned Soda Available

Now that we’ve taken a look at drinks, let’s check out dessert. Most of the spread consists of mini pastries, but there’s at least one larger scale option thrown in.

There are Anna and Elsa Cupcakes, in Vanilla and Chocolate, respectively.

Anna Chocolate Cupcakes

Anna Chocolate Cupcakes

Elsa Vanilla Cupcakes

Elsa Vanilla Cupcakes

And Olaf has his own dessert too — Cake Pops! Featuring both Chocolate and Carrot Cake.

Olaf Carrot and Chocolate Cake Pop

Olaf Carrot and Chocolate Cake Pop

I’ve gotta admit…the Little Guy was pretty delicious.

Olaf Cake Pop -- Inside

Olaf Cake Pop — Inside

You’ll also find another nod to Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post with a Double Chocolate S’mores Tart.

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna Double Chocolate S'mores Tart

Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna Double Chocolate S’mores Tart

Sven apparently enjoys Key Lime Tarts? Well. Okay.

Sven Key Lime Tarts with Red and Green Glitter

Sven Key Lime Tarts with Red and Green Glitter

Cream Puffs get a glittery topping.

Snow Queen Blue Glitter Cream Puff

Snow Queen Blue Glitter Cream Puff

A Fondue-Infused Brownie seemed like a cross between Warm Pudding and Cake. And I do apologize for the picture, but there was never, ever a moment that this didn’t look disgusting during the party, so I did the best I could. ;-D

Chocolate Fondue Infused Brownie

Chocolate Fondue Infused Brownie

Toppings for the Brownie included Whipped Cream and Berries.

Whipped Cream for Brownie

Whipped Cream for Brownie

Berries for Fondue Brownie

Berries for Fondue Brownie

There were also Gummy Worms. Because…I don’t even know because. I think worms and dirt?

Gummy Worms for Fondue Brownie

Gummy Worms for Fondue Brownie

Living Rock Bon Bons were cute little Krispie Treats with colorful Chocolate Topping.

Living Rock Bon Bons

Living Rock Bon Bons

And guests watching carb or sugar intake could enjoy the Kristoff No Sugar Added Lemon Curd. These were my favorite, because lemon curd.

Kristoff No Sugar Added Lemon Curd

Kristoff No Sugar Added Lemon Curd

And that was a wrap! Desserts consumed, I decided to take advantage of the smaller-than-normal crowds and check out the lights up close once more.

Overall

So, I was pretty disappointed when the party was moved under shelter.

Don’t get me wrong; Disney did the right thing. But I would really have appreciated a little more effort on their part to make the experience at Studio Catering Company a little more…magical. Throw some covers over all of that yellow and red. Jazz up the space a little more. You’re Disney! I know what you’re capable of. And we pretty much knew for days on end that it was going to rain, rain, rain that night.

I have to say that for me, this package really didn’t live up to the cost of the ticket. I may have felt differently had the weather been better, or had I had a kiddo who LURVED Frozen. But since inclement weather is always a strong possibility, I’d like to see the events team come up with a much more robust Plan B.

Now, if you DO have a Frozen-loving kiddo (or if you can’t get enough Frozen goodness in your life yourself), or if you’re willing to gamble on the weather and grab a ticket to get a great VIP view of the Osborne lights — especially during the super busy holiday weeks — you can pick up tickets for the package here. Pricing runs $89 for adults; $59 for kids, and dates are pretty much through January 4th (minus December 10th). See more details here.

Now I’d like to hear from you! What do you think of the Frozen Dessert Party spread? Comment below with your thoughts!

Comments

  1. Timb says

    That’s crazy! We were there around 6:30pm and saw the lights dancing, but it was pretty miserable weather all day. We went from there over to Ohana (where we stayed until around 10:30). Completely missed that there was a tornado warning! Spooky.

  2. Sue says

    No carrot cake cookie? No mini butterfinger cupcake? I thought it would look more like a “best of HS” dessert spread and instead it’s more like the dessert section of a Disney buffet restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I’d try at least a bite of everything, but when the most unique offering is a cake pop, I’ll pass.

    For my family of five (me, DH, two tweens & a kindergartener) it would be $415. I’d rather have an extra night at our hotel. Or 90+ Disney cupcakes.

  3. Julie says

    the night we attended (last Friday) we were also moved due to weather and we were offered tons of Mickey frozen treats in addition to your offerings. Mickey ice cream bars, frozen lemonade bars, Mickey ice cream sandwiches etc.

  4. Kathy says

    This is very cute and the treats look amazing, but the price. It is so much! The event is an hour and a half long and they are serving cupcakes and hot cocoa. You could stay at a nice resort, FP the Anna and Elsa sing-along, buy a cupcake and hot cocoa and still be ahead. It reminds me of the StepMother dessert party at the castle during Mickey’s Not So Scary. Thanks for sharing the pictures, sorry it rained!

  5. says

    Sue — You need to come to the Disney Food Blog Snack Attack! We have carrot cake cookies and Butterfinger Cupcakes there! :-D It’s an Illuminations Dessert Party in Epcot each Fall :-D

  6. Lisa says

    Thank you so much for posting this review, especially what happens when it rains. I have seen so very little reviews. We have tickets in January. It looks exactly as advertised. We are Frozen loving group that has never seen Osborne Lights. This looks straight up our alley. I appreciate this blog post so very very much. Plus I have a daughter that wouldn’t mind putting gummy worms on mostly all of that, thank you for taking a picture of the worms.

  7. says

    It sounds like it might be worth the money if you had good weather, but the rain really ruins everything. I know Disney can’t control it but I wish they would still have made it up to you in some other way – lord knows they could afford to do something! Were the alcoholic drinks included in the price? That, with the litho/pin, reserved seating, and dessert, actually makes it seem like not a terrible deal.

  8. Sarah says

    I can’t help but compare this one to the Illuminations Dessert Party which also included prime viewing for a light show, alcohol, and what I thought were more interesting desserts for half the price. For an extra $50 here, it appears the only extras you’re getting are a pin and small lithograph, and decent seats for a show that’s not that difficult to get into anyway.

    The party looks nice, and it appears they have a good setup (when the weather is decent), but this one seems a little overpriced in my opinion.

  9. Julie Barnett says

    I’m glad to see they now have seating, at the desert party we went in August this year didn’t have seats any it was a real problem, especially for young kids who had been walking round all day, so everyone ended up sitting on the floor in the dirt ! :(

  10. Re @Brazil says

    Thanx for the post!
    Here in Brazil Frozen is such a fever!!! I can’t stand going to another Frozen themed birthday party!!! But, my nieces birthday theme in January will be… Frozen O.o So, your post gave me new ideas for the party treats.

  11. BJ says

    Are they no longer offering the Mickey ice cream bars and. Mickey ice cream sandwiches during the Frozen Party???

  12. may says

    thanks as always for the great review! We did the illuminations dessert party last month and were BLOWN AWAY by it! True not chairs, but we were totally fine! Having that front and center view, combined with the amazing desserts (MUCH better than this spread!) and alcohol for about 1/2 the price. This party was a big ‘ol Disney fail! They should have axed all the frozen stuff and made it an Osborne party! ;) Sorry the weather stunk – seems like that would REALLY be a big bummer… but at least you had a dry spot to enjoy from.

  13. JamieInJax says

    The no-rain version looks really cool. There should have been an option for a raincheck/refund/park credit for that $89 price tag! Not a real big Frozen fan, so that doesn’t appeal to me. But love the light show (if the lights are actually blinking) and the desserts would be a HUGE bonus!

  14. STL Mom says

    We had tickets for the 12/5 party. We, too, were seated in the Studio Catering Co. with no glimpse of lights. My biggest issue was that it was NOT raining on our night. Nope. Big, bright, full moon. Epic fail Disney. Mickey bars were never offered to any of us. The desserts were just ok given the price tag. The ‘VIP’ seating at the sing-along was anything but VIP. People with FP+ had better views than we did. I won’t make the same mistake twice.

  15. Beth says

    The prices are way too expensive in my opinion. You can go to the castle & have a really delicious dinner for $250-$350 for 4-6 people. (I haven’t been there since 2009 so unsure of price changes at this moment) and then you not only get a meet & greet with Cinderella, free professional photos with the princess, dinner inside the beautiful castle, appetizers, your choice of dinner (they offer a few different selections), dessert, dinner includes a singing show with the fairy godmother & the mice, the portions are good size & the dinner for children is decent, and you get front row seating for Wishes light show or whatever light show they have at the castle that season. Definitely a little expensive but at least you’re getting a really good memorable experience for your money. That’s actually where we spent Christmas in 2009 but we could only get in for lunch. Dinner timed right gives your front row light show seating! Just a fun tip & one I normally wouldn’t share but if it means one of you getting to enjoy something that is this spectacular, I’m all for it. :0)

  16. Jackie says

    I’m so glad to see a review of the Frozen Holiday Package, there aren’t ANY that I’ve seen so far. We have tickets for next Monday the 15th so I’m hoping the cost is worth it. We have 2 young Frozen-crazy daughters so I splurged for them, otherwise this would have been a definite NO because of the price. My other concern is that there doesn’t seem to be many gluten-free dessert options. I hate to pay what we did for tickets and the kids can’t enjoy the desserts :(

  17. Maureen says

    I think I need to stop reading about Frozen events, cupcakes, whatever. I loved the movie, saw it twice in the theater-but I don’t think there has ever been a movie that Disney has overexposed in this way. For my own sake, and my love of the movie and the music-no more for me.

  18. Sue says

    I thought as did our entire party of 5 that this Frozen Party was wonderful.
    I enjoyed the singalong and the outside seating and atmosphere was fabulous and the DESERTS were AMAZING!!!

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