Is the Happily Ever After Dessert Party Worth the Cost?

by | May 24, 2023 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

We’re sharing our experience at the Happily Ever After Dessert Party, including what was available and whether it was worth the cost.

If you’re ever looking to make a nighttime spectacular extra special at Disney World, you can do so by booking a Dessert Party! These parties are an additional cost on top of your ticket, but they give you a chance to enjoy some special treats, as well as priority seating to watch the fireworks. At Magic Kingdom, there are a few different options for the Happily Ever After Dessert Party — the Pre-Party, the Seats and Sweets, and the Post-Party.  I recently booked the Post-Party for the Happily Ever After fireworks, and I’m sharing my experience on what it was like and whether it’s worth the additional cost!  

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What Is The Happily Ever After Dessert Party?

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The Happily Ever After Dessert Party offers three different options – the Pre-Party, the Seats & Sweets, and the Post-Party. Each of the parties offers preferred viewing for the fireworks, along with a selection of desserts to enjoy before or during the show.

The main difference between the parties is when you can enjoy your desserts. For the Happily Ever After Pre-Party and Seats & Sweets, you can enjoy desserts at Tomorrowland Terrace prior to the start of the fireworks. The Post-Party includes desserts after the fireworks instead. The other difference is the area for firework viewing. For the Pre-Party and Post-Party reservations, you will be led to a reserved standing area in the garden near the central hub. For the Seats & Sweets Party, you will be able to stay seated inside Tomorrowland Terrace.

These differences also mean there is a slight price difference between the parties. The Pre-Party and Post-Party tickets cost $99 per person (or $59 for kids aged 3-9), while the Seats & Sweets is a bit extra at $114 per person (or $69 for kids aged 3-9).

All three parties include a spread of delicious desserts, a variety of cheeses, beverages, and an assortment of beer or wine for guests 21 and older.

Is The Happily Ever After Dessert Party Worth It?

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Now, I can only speak to the Post-Party as that is the only Fireworks Party I have done, but when I say it is worth every penny, I truly mean that.

For starters, you get a secured spot for the fireworks, which allows you to claim your spot up to 60 minutes before the fireworks begin. Now, since the Pre-Party and Post-Party share a reserved section, the Post-Party Guests get first dibs as the Pre-Party Guests are enjoying their desserts. That means you really get to pick any spot you want.

In addition, once you claim your spot, you are allowed to sit on the ground while you wait for the fireworks to start. This is huge compared to having to find a spot on  Main Street, U.S.A., and then being forced to stand for the entire time prior to the fireworks starting. Having the party ticket allows for feet resting time, and who doesn’t want that? 

Then, the fireworks spot alone is a prime spot! There really aren’t many people inside the garden, so you can stand a few feet back from other guests. This allows you to be able to see Cinderella Castle even more clearly. Tinker Bell even flies right over your head at the end of the show, making Happily Ever After that much more magical.

After the fireworks, you can indulge in all-you-can-eat desserts, from chocolate-covered strawberries to chocolate tarts to fresh fruit and even cheese and crackers! The party also offers a variety of soft beverages, such as water infused with lemon, iced tea, milk, and even the famous POG juice!

But that’s not all because the party also includes all-you-can-drink champagne, wine, and beer (yes, you read that correctly). The party typically stops serving an hour after the fireworks end, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy everything the party has to offer. 

And when I did the Post-Party, the Park closed at 10 PM, but the party did not end until 10:45 PM. So when we left, we were able to enjoy a nearly empty Main Street, U.S.A., soaking up all the magic and taking one-of-a-kind photos. All in all, I highly recommend the Post-Party for those looking to take in the magic of Happily Ever After in a more relaxed (and delicious!) atmosphere.

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After being an out of state Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for 6+ years, Kelly decided to make her lifelong dream become a reality as she packed up and moved from New Jersey to Central Florida. Now that Disney World is in her backyard, you can typically find her hanging out with the 999 happy haunts, watching the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, or sipping on Joffrey’s while people watching on Sunset Boulevard. Thanks to her passion of both Disney and journalism, Kelly has been reporting on a wide variety of topics for the last 12+ years and has written for several publications including BuzzFeed, NJ Digest Magazine, and The Blast.
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After being an out of state Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for 6+ years, Kelly decided to make her lifelong dream become a reality as she packed up and moved from New Jersey to Central Florida. Now that Disney World is in her backyard, you can typically find her hanging out with the 999 happy haunts, watching the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, or sipping on Joffrey’s while people watching on Sunset Boulevard. Thanks to her passion of both Disney and journalism, Kelly has been reporting on a wide variety of topics for the last 12+ years and has written for several publications including BuzzFeed, NJ Digest Magazine, and The Blast.
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