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Dessert party alternatives – PREP113

Dessert party alternatives – PREP113

The dessert party options at Disney World are often expensive or have better alternatives for about the same price. I’ve got ideas on that for you today.

I also have a quick photography tip, and recent news to share.


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Dessert party alternatives

Magic Kingdom
Instead of the Ferrytale Wishes Dessert Party ($99/adult) or the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party ($49/adult), consider dining at California Grill or booking the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage ($69/adult).

Rather than booking the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party, find a good spot to view the show or book a dining reservation at a restaurant with a view.

Hollywood Studios
There are sometimes dessert parties offered at Hollywood Studios and you should be able to do the various components of those packages a la carte pretty easily, including getting the specialty cupcakes at most of the Quick Service restaurants.


  • Soarin’ will be closed January 4-summer 2016
  • Minnie’s dinner at Hollywood & Vine will now be available as a long-term option
  • Same-day Amazon delivery is now available in Orlando (check out these other ways to get groceries during your trip)
  • The musical act in Morocco has left and a new musical act is there through January 2
  • The miniature railroad in the Germany section of the World Showcase has reopened
  • Design-your-own MagicBands will be coming soon to the Space Mountain gift shop
  • Skipper Canteen appears to be opening just before Christmas

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Thursday 29th of October 2015

I did the Wishes dessert party at Magic Kingdom this past March before they renamed it and increased the price. There are many cool packages in Disney, and you only have so much money so you have to think if something is worth it. My family and I really enjoyed the party. And I don't regret doing it (it was also less expensive then0. But if you are picking and choosing, I think some of Shannon's suggested alternatives are better. For one, you can't see the parade from the party (unless it has moved). Also, you're not guaranteed a great view of the fireworks. I'm shorter and got stuck in a spot where a huge tree blocked my view of the castle. Considering how much money you are paying, I think getting desserts from one of the quick service restaurants and finding a spot along the parade route might be more enjoyable.


Monday 26th of October 2015

Do you know who is included with the Minnie and Pals dinner? Curious if Daisy and Minnie will be together. Thanks!


Sunday 25th of October 2015

Garden Grill? I thought that was in Epcot. Do you mean California Grill?

Heather Thomas

Sunday 25th of October 2015

Sorry! Yes, California Grill. The show notes have been edited.


Sunday 25th of October 2015

In the section about Magic Kingdom did you mean California Grill instead of Garden Grill?


Sunday 25th of October 2015

Did you mean California Grill instead of Garden Grill for viewing Wishes? Thanks again for the great podcast! It's always full of great information and tips.