As far as the WDW "extra adventures" go, the Wishes Dessert Party is the most basic. You show up an hour before the fireworks, indulge in a dessert buffet, then sit back and watch the show. Sounds perfect and relaxing, right? But the truth is, there are some big problems with this event.
For starters, the pricing starts at $15 and goes up to $35.99 per person, depending on how close you want to be to the front of the terrace. We wanted the best view possible, so we shelled out for the choice seats (so the total was over $100, which is expensive, considering everyone else sees the same 15 minute fireworks show for free). Fine. While the dessert party officially starts an hour before Wishes, they ask you to get there in advance of that time to "line up," which is dumb, because you just paid all this money for a reserved seat. So fine, we wait.
So we wait, and then we are allowed in and we find our table, which I suppose was in the "front" because there wasn't another table in front of us. Now, the main draw of the Wishes Dessert Party is that you can relax and watch Wishes, right? But the roof of the Tomorrowland Terrace hangs out past the floor, so actually, you can't see the fireworks if you are sitting down. Even when you've paid $35 a person, you still have an obstructed view. And those who pay $15 might as well be sitting in the bathroom - those seats can't see squat. Also annoying: people began "saving" spots along the rail, which meant that we too had to "save" a spot for our tripod, and then we always had to keep one eye on it, to make sure it didn't disappear. Not particularly relaxing.
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One more thing about the view - everyone who goes to WDW has an opinion as to where the best place to watch the fireworks is. (Personally, I'm a fan of parking it right in front of the Crystal Palace.) The vantage point from the Tomorrowland Terrace is nice, but it's far off center so you lose a lot of the symmetry in the show. I definitely wouldn't recommend this for a Wishes first-timer, but we did get some cool pictures:
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All in all, I'm glad we tried it, but it wasn't worth the money. There are far better vantage points to watch the fireworks for free, and the food wasn't really at the level it needed to be to justify the cost. And there are no extras with this experience - no character greetings or little souvenirs, which was also kind of a bummer. Plus, you're in the Magic Kingdom - who wants to wait around for two hours waiting for the fireworks to start when you could be riding Space Mountain?
Have you participated in the Wishes Dessert Party? What did you think?
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