Once Wishes was announced to be leaving the Magic Kingdom back in May, it also took the Wishes Dessert Party with it. I never had a chance in the past to attend the party, but was always jealous of the people who got to watch the fireworks from a near perfect area, eat all the yummy desserts, and just relax while everyone else mulled around trying to find a spot for their family to watch in front of the castle. Happily Ever After began its run and brought along a new party; still with the desserts but now themed for the new show. I booked a reservation for my mother and I to celebrate Mother's Day on our June trip.
Our reservation was at 7:45, but we were allowed onto the patio at about 7:20, where we were escorted to our table and given a wristband that would allow us in and out of the party area as needed. The patio also has its own restroom, which is awesome when all the bathrooms in the park around fireworks tend to get packed full.
The spread of desserts at the party is unreal. They offer you a flute of sparkling apple cider once you arrive, and have loads of cupcakes, macarons, fruits, ice cream, and an assortment of drinks to try out.
All of the dessert carts were totally rebranded for the new show, and are totally cute!
They had pre-prepared plates for the kids with brownies, rice crispies and more with melted chocolate dipping sauces, complete with Mickey straws to go with the drinks.
They also offered trays of fruits and cheeses as some healthier choices for guests. It was nice to have some fruit with all of the cupcakes and cookies!
One of the first desserts I tried was the Oreo Mickey Treat, which is an Oreo cookie topped with a cookies and cream mouse and a few chocolate discs. These were so delicious and I wish I had snagged a few more while we were there.
I love red velvet, and they had cupcakes themed with the colors from Happily Ever After! They were so cute and iced perfectly with yummy frosting.
They also had mini cheese cakes and strawberry tarts. I did not try either of these treats, but my mom loved them. It's nice to have some desserts that aren't just cupcakes!
They also had an assortment of macarons in all sorts of flavors. These desserts are really trendy right now, and I loved how colorful they were.
They also had some smores inspired tarts! These were also adorable and super yummy!
The last cupcake that they offered was a classic cupcake with purple frosting and chocolate chips on top. The icing on this cupcake was a little on the heavy side and wasn't my favorite, but they were still cute and yummy.
While I'm not really one for chocolate covered fruit, the chocolate covered strawberries that they had were huge, and beautiful. My mom enjoyed a few of them since the party has a dessert buffet!
In addition to the apple cider, they also provide coffee, tea, lemonade and iced water to drink. I'm sure that if you preferred a different beverage that the cast members would be happy to get it for you. The service from the cast members at this event is unparalleled and over the top amazing. They make you feel so special as soon as you arrive and throughout the entire event as well.
Once it was about 8:30 or so, they began to escort us over to the garden where we would be watching the fireworks from. The reserved location is to the right side of the hub with a near perfect view of the castle. Since the whole area is reserved, there is plenty of room to walk around or sit to watch the fireworks. This is such a treat because the hub is usually packed so tightly with people that you're up against total strangers.
Cast members stand near the entrance of the area in order to keep guests clear from the area who did not attend the party. While everything around us got crazy, we got to sit and relax while we waited for the fireworks. It was nice for my mother who is a photographer to have lots of space for her tripod and to not have to worry about it being knocked over by another guest not paying attention.
Overall, my experience with the Happily Ever After Dessert Party was incredible and I would totally recommend it to anyone looking for a special treat while on vacation. While it can be a bit pricey, I felt that it was totally worth the expense.
Have you tried the Happily Ever After Dessert party? Did you love it too? Let me know in the comments!