When the Happily Ever After fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World replaced Wishes just over a year ago, the responses were all over the map. Some were deeply saddened; others were ready for a change. But one thing was for sure: there would be fireworks.
Lots and lots of fireworks.
But what we really wanted to know was how soon could we book a Happily Ever After Dessert Party? We took you inside the party last July, and it was a tasty, colorful affair. Held on the Tomorrowland Terrace — with the less expensive option of viewing from the Plaza Garden in the Hub — the Dessert-First Happily Ever After Dessert Party is packed with eats, views, and some super friendly Cast Members.
So when Disney announced an AFTER fireworks party also to be held at Tomorrowland Terrace but occurring after the final blasts have died off, we — and our faithful DFB readers! — had some questions. In particular, we heard from several readers who wanted to know what the Plaza Garden Viewing was like now that two groups of party-goers would share the space.
In my experience, the Plaza Garden Viewing was not terribly crowded. Before the show began, most guests were sitting on the turf, relaxing. When the show began, everyone stood to watch. But when I arrived at the After Fireworks Party, there weren’t a ton of attendees. So the conditions on the ground for viewing the show likely depend a lot on how many tickets are sold to each of the parties.
But the view is as fabulous as ever!
So what sort of treats can guests of the After-Fireworks Party enjoy, late into the night? Tasty things both sugary and savory, as it turns out!
Desserts are very similar — basically exactly the same — as they are at the pre-fireworks dessert party.
Per usual, guests can dig into Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. These are massive and everything you expect them to be. I like the added touch of the Happily Ever After logo printed on the base. The Cheesecake Brownie Bites are a delicious combination of creamy and sweet.
For something on the lighter (well, fruitier…) side, guests can enjoy a Pineapple Delight (basically a pineapple compote with thick whipped cream) and a Strawberry Tart.
Red Velvet Cupcakes are topped with bright yellow cream cheese frosting, and Mickey smiles back from the Oreo Treats. Not gonna beat around the bush: the Oreo Treats are a little lame, but they’re sugary and chocolatey and have Mickey on them, so they’re not all bad.
There’s lots of Fresh Fruit to enjoy. At my party it was a spread of watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and red grapes. The Macarons are a nice touch in pistachio, lemon, raspberry, vanilla, and coffee flavors.
The Happily Ever After After-Fireworks Dessert Party also features some customizeable eats, including this Create Your Own Cupcake station. Select a vanilla or a chocolate cupcake, swirl on some frosting, and decorate as you wish!
A cast member (YAY NENE!) is on hand to help scoop up ice cream for you at the Create Your Own Sundae station.
You’ll find Cookies, Brownies, and Krispie Treats awaiting your vanilla ice cream (or enjoy them as is!).
Nene, the awesome cast member, made me her specialty brownie-cookie sundae. And I pretty much can’t get enough of the whipped cream, so this was a winner.
There’s also a fun S’mores on a stick treat, which combines a roasted, chocolate-dipped marshmallow (cast members are on hand to roast them for you!) with chocolate shavings, sprinkles, and graham cracker crumbs. So fun to eat!
And, you know, there’s this. It’s a colorful and delicious plate of treats. Not necessarily what one typically eats after a nighttime fireworks sesh, but when in Disney, dessert me!
But what am I forgetting… Oh, right — there’sooeygooeytoffeecake!!!
You didn’t catch that? THERE’S OOEY GOOEY TOFFEE CAKE, and you can eat as. much. as. you. want. (Yes, yes, that’s the same Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake that we love to love over at Liberty Tree Tavern!) And it’s as awesome as ever and the best thing I put in my mouth at the party. C’mon — IT’S OOEY. IT’S GOOEY. IT’S TOFFEE CAKE!
This version is ooier and gooier than what you get at Liberty Tree, and that, in my book, is a PLUS!
Ahem, yes, let’s continue. There are a few savory options at this party, two of which are a little unusual for a Disney dessert party. Cheese Cubes are not so unique, but cheese is always welcome in my book, and it’s a good option for those watching their sugar.
Spinach Dip and Crackers is a great addition to the party — with the crackers performing double duty with the cheese if you want! And there’s tons of spinach in the dip, so it’s healthy, right? The weird thing about this, though, was that the spinach dip was super cold. I didn’t love it.
The Taco Spring Rolls were surprisingly delicious. One of my favorites from the evening!
To go with the spring rolls: a tasty Chipotle Dipping Sauce!
That’s it for savory bites, but they provide a good contrast to all the sweets. Of the two more unique options, the spring rolls were the clear winner.
There are plenty of beverages to quench your thirst, including milk, water, and unsweetened tea. (Pick up some sugar nearby if you want it.)
There’s coffee – caffeinated and decaf — plus hot water (for tea bags) and hot cocoa.
For a fruity drink, stock up on POG juice (passion, orange, and guava juice combo — AKA Jungle Juice), lemonade, and strawberry lemonade!
And for a real celebratory drink, pick up a Sparkling Apple Cider.
The cost for the After-Fireworks Dessert Party is $69 for adults and $41 for kids and includes unlimited eats and drinks, plus Plaza Garden Viewing for the show. Disney lets party-goers know they can check in up to ninety minutes before Happily Ever After begins, but if you do, you’ll basically be hanging out in the Plaza Garden for a while.
Overall, the After-Fireworks Dessert Party offers a good variety of eats and terrific reserved views from the Hub that don’t require you to stake out a spot far in advance. I expect on nights when both parties are sold out, the crowd in the Plaza Garden Viewing area could be uncomfortably large, so that’s something to consider.
The food was decent — standard Disney dessert party fare. I liked the addition of the savory items; they made a bigger difference to the overall value than expected. But I think the ooey gooey toffee cake was the clincher. So if you’re a fan of that stuff, this party might be worth it for you.
Looking to enjoy fireworks and a delicious meal? Check out the DFB YouTube video of the Best Disney World Restaurants with a Fireworks View!
Have you attended a dessert party at Walt Disney World? Tell us about your experience in the comments!