Disney Enchantment Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Review

With the debut of the new Disney Enchantment fireworks show, Disney has also brought back their Magic Kingdom Dessert Party offerings. While there are technically three Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties, the biggest difference is when you want to enjoy your desserts and drinks. The dessert parties are part of a host of Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary dessert celebrations. The parties began on October 3, 2021. We’ll break it all down in our Disney Enchantment Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review!

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Pricing, Times, and Options

As we touched on earlier, there are three different Magic Kingdom Dessert Party options, but they are all quite similar. All include the dessert buffet and unlimited beverages. Here’s a breakdown:

Disney Enchantment Pre-Party

Admission is $99 per adult (ages 10 and up); $59 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax included. Gratuity not included or required.

Check-in for the Disney Enchantment pre-party is 90 minutes prior to the start of Disney Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

Guests will watch Disney Enchantment from the Plaza Garden viewing area, and is reserved standing-room only. Here’s how Disney describes the party:

Sweeten your evening at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park with 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included. Then, before the show begins, Cast Members will escort you to a reserved standing viewing location in one of the plaza gardens with prime viewing of Disney Enchantment.
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Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats

Admission is $114 per adult (ages 10 and up); $69 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax included. Gratuity not included or required.

Check-in for the Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats is 60 minutes prior to the start of Disney Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Terrance Restaurant.

Guests will watch Disney Enchantment from the lowest deck of the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Here’s how Disney describes the party:

After a day of Magic Kingdom Park fun, enjoy 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included. Experience the fireworks views from the comfort of dedicated reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.
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Disney Enchantment After-Party

Admission is $99 per adult (ages 10 and up); $59 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax included. Gratuity not included or required.

Check-in for the Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats is 60 minutes prior to the start of Disney Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Terrance Restaurant.

Guests will watch Disney Enchantment from the Plaza Garden viewing area, and is reserved standing-room only. Here’s how Disney describes the party:

Like the Disney Enchantment Pre-Party, this experience includes reserved standing viewing of Disney Enchantment in one of the plaza gardens. After taking in the sights and sounds of the spectacular, visit Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for a spread of 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included.
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Reservations for the parties opened on September 17th and quickly sold out, but there might be some day-of walk-up availability and reservation that are canceled will be added back into the inventory, so it’s worth it to keep checking.

Dessert Party Know Before You Go

A little bit of housekeeping:

Reservations
Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made. Same-day reservations can be made on a limited basis and are subject to availability.

Showtimes
Please check the entertainment schedule or the mobile app for the performance schedule.

Ticket and Disney Park Pass Theme Park Reservations

Guests will still need both theme park admission tickets and Disney Park Pass reservations – neither are included with the purchase of a Magic Kingdom Dessert Party reservation.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Check-In

Guests will check-in for all three dessert party options at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. This space will serve as the hub for your evening and where you’ll enjoy the desserts and drinks.

Tomorrowland Terrace is located in the southeast section of “The Hub” – the plaza area in front of the Cinderella Castle.

If you’re walking from Main Street USA towards Cinderella Castle, you’ll hang a right at the end of the Main Street USA buildings.

If you’re already in front of Cinderella Castle, walk back towards Main Street, but take a left before you get to the start of the buildings.

Cast Members in the area will be able to direct you towards Tomorrowland Terrace, which has a sign noting that this is the location where the dessert party will take place.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review

There are a couple of different check-in podiums – find the one with the dessert party name that you’re attending. In our case, we did the Disney Enchantment After Party.

Plaza Gardens Viewing Area

For two out of the three dessert parties, guests will watch Disney Enchantment from the Plaza Gardens east viewing area. Dessert party attendees will look for Cast Members with wands to direct them along the short walk between the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant and the Plaza Gardens viewing area.

While the desserts and drinks are certainly going to be a draw for guests, it might not be possible to overstate just how nice it is to have a reserved viewing area. Here’s a look at crowds on Main Street USA around 45 minutes prior to the start of fireworks.

And here’s a look at the Plaza Gardens viewing area from around the same time.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review

As with any projection/fireworks combination show, you’ll want to see Cinderella Castle. It’s for this reason that we didn’t book the Treats & Seats version of the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party. For the Treats & Seats version, you’ll have to sit at a designated table and watch the fireworks from there. While there is probably some value in being able to eat a chocolate-covered strawberry and drink a Blue Moon while fireworks explode in the night sky, we imagine that most people will want to be able to see more than just the top portion of Cinderella Castle. There’s also the chance that you get a less than ideal table and you get an obstructed view.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Fireworks View

Back to the Plaza Gardens reserved viewing area, here’s a look at the view of Disney Enchantment.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review

While the view of Cinderella Castle and the fireworks views were good, you could only see a portion of the Main Street USA projections. We haven’t watched from Main Street USA yet, but we can’t imagine that you’re missing much if you can’t see the building projections.

Disney Enchantment After-Party Seating and Set-Up

Following the end of Disney Enchantment, guests who purchased the After-Party package will make their way back to the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to enjoy desserts and drinks on the upper level of the three-tiered dining location.

A quick note on timing. We were on the left third of the Plaza Gardens viewing area, which meant that two-thirds of the garden had to empty before we could. It’s not a super crowded situation until you actually leave the Plaza Gardens. Cast Members will have the same light-up wands that they did to direct you into the garden viewing area, but this short walk can be very crowded as you cross paths with non-party guests who are trying to leave the park.

Here’s a look at what you can expect as non-party guests head for the Main Street bypass exit in the distance. This was probably the only unpleasant part of the night, but it’s only a couple of minutes and I’m not sure what Disney could do differently given the importance of the walkway to regular crowd flow.

Ok, now that we’ve made it through the crowd, we’ll check in again where you’ll be asked to show your After-Party wristbands and asked how many guests are in your party. There are a variety of table sizes and you should not be seated with other guests.

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party review

A serve-your-own buffet of desserts is available for guests, as well as a grab-and-go lineup of alcoholic beverages. Here’s an overview before we jump into the specifics.

An assortment of beer and wine drink selections are available for guests ages 21 and over. Cast Members will check your age at check-in and assign you a special wristband that will let Cast Members at the beverage station know that you’re of age.

Drink Menu

Non-alcoholic options are available as well.

Dessert Menu

Now that we’re seated, let’s take a look at the desserts and drinks offered to guests at all three Magic Kingdom Dessert Party offerings.

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Assorted Cheese and Crackers

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

Fresh strawberries are covered in a shell of chocolate and a fun Disney World 50th Anniversary design!

Tres Leche (Pinocchio Village Haus)

Coconut Cake soaked with Four Milk Mixture

The tres leche delivered a classic tres leche flavor via the frosting on top, but the cake portion ended up being a little dry for our taste – especially for a tres leche. Coconut shavings on top were more subtle than we’re used to coconut being, but that ended up being a good thing as it allowed the dessert to be more balanced in the end.

Devil’s Chocolate Pudding (The Friar’s Nook)

Chocolate Filing, Crumble Brownie, Milk Chocolate, Whipped Cream

A fun, somewhat standard chocolate pudding offering that ends strong with a brownie crumble at the bottom. Grab a few!

Butterscotch Pudding with Caramel Popcorn

The butterscotch pudding was a unique choice that ended up falling a little bit flat on the popcorn side of things. Butterscotch flavoring in the pudding was spot on, but where things started to break down a bit is the popcorn itself. Due to the nature of this being a buffet, these are made en masse and sit out for a certain amount of time. As a result, the popcorn was soft to soggy after sitting on top of the pudding. It’s possible that you might get a good one though, and if the popcorn is fresh/not soggy, this is a cool dessert.

Firehouse Doughnuts (Tony’s Town Square)

Ricotta Doughnuts rolled in Cinnamon Sugar served with a Strawberry topping

These were the winners of the evening and the only thing that we’ll miss from the dessert party. A strawberry topping is available to add to the plate, but the doughnuts stand strong on their own. A heavily sugared exterior immediately collapses to a wonderfully soft interior.

Chilling Chamber Pop (Sleepy Hollow)

Vanilla Crumbs, Caramel Buttercream, and Graham Cracker Crumbs

We were happy to see no cupcakes on the menu, but the Chiling Chamber Pop was the closest that we got to a traditional cupcake flavor. The vanilla crumbs and graham cracker crumbs provide the base “cupcake” cake flavor, and the buttercream acts as a rich “frosting”.

Chocolate Silk Pie (Casey’s Corner)

Chocolate Tart Shell, Chocolate Filling, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Shavings

Chocolate. That’s all you need to know.

Oreo Cheesecake Mousse (Cinderella Royal Table)

topped with Crumble

This was probably the closest that we got to a traditional “grey stuff”. An oreo flavoring persists and the crumble pearls add a nice crunch to each bite.

Disney Enchantment Dessert Party Alternatives

In addition to the in-park parties, there are two notable dining events that take place outside of Magic Kingdom.

Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors and Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

A sophisticated evening awaits at this event, where guests are welcomed to the private Sonoma and Napa Rooms at California Grill to sample a selection of specialty drinks, sushi and small plates that pay homage to the original menu from the resort’s opening in 1971. After an elevated cocktail hour, step outside to the observation deck on the 15th floor for a unique viewpoint of Disney Enchantment, complete with the synchronized music. The event continues back inside after the show with petit-fours, cordials and coffee.

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

Set sail from the Transportation and Ticket Center on one of the iconic ferryboats for a magical evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Once onboard, taste a variety of bite-size signature sweets including build-your-own mousse, key lime tarts, cupcakes and specialty beverages with and without alcohol. Kids can even participate in an ultraviolet scavenger hunt. During the cruise, guests can observe the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks accompanied by stunning water views

Is the Disney Enchantment Magic Kingdom Dessert Party Worth It?

So much of a Disney World upcharge value is found in convenience. Generally, you’re not going to find a “deal” at a dessert party in terms of consumption, but rather you’ll find that Disney has identified a pain point and put a price on it.

In this case, whether or not you’ll find value in the Disney Enchantment Dessert Party will largely depend on your tolerance for crowds and the value of time spent searching for a fireworks viewing area. In the opening days of Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, Disney has generally blocked access to Main Street USA viewing areas about 20-30 minutes before the start of the show due to capacity concerns. If you want an ideal viewing location, you’ll have to devote 2+ hours to finding and saving your spot. Once you’ve found a spot, you get to turn a child or spouse into a server to fetch a churro or the like.

With a dessert party, you’re not going to have to fight for a prime viewing location. You will have a table to yourself to enjoy desserts either before, during, or after the fireworks. Better yet, if you choose the “after” option, by the time you’ve gotten your fill of desserts, most of the crowds will have dissipated and your journey back to the hotel or home should be much easier.

For those reasons, the dessert party was something that we enjoyed and can recommend for your vacation.

As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks!

Mike
Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

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