First of all, you'll want to note when booking that there are two options for the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party. While both begin with a dessert smorgasbord at Tomorrowland Terrace, there are two different viewing locations when it comes time to watch the show. The first is to remain on the Tomorrowland Terrace where seating is available, but, from some reviews I've read, viewing can sometimes be a bit "off" as you are looking at the castle from an off-center location. The other option, which we happened to select, was the Garden Viewing. This takes you front and center with a prime location to watch the nighttime spectacular. This is the same as the old FastPass+ viewing location if you ever used that during Wishes. With the limited number of tickets sold, there is so much room available, you won't be crowded at all!
Stepping back to the beginning, when you arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace, you are greeted by a cast member who checks you in and gives you a wristband depending on your viewing location. On the night of our party, the fireworks were scheduled to begin at 9 and our dessert party began at 7:45. No worries if you're not there right on time though as it's simply an open buffet. The desserts were quite delicious and there were certainly plenty to choose from. My personal favorites were the chocolate covered strawberries and the chocolate fountain with fresh fruit and marshmallows. There was also a beverage station that featured a selection of juices, including the ever popular POG juice (pomegranate, orange, and grapefruit). There was also a selection of hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate - which was very popular on our December night as temps were in the 30s during the dessert party. Another added perk during dessert time is the private bathrooms for the party!
Around 8:45, we made our way down to the reserved viewing location. It felt great to be able to walk up to a prime spot without having to be sitting and saving our seats for 90 minutes! The show began promptly at 9 and it was AMAZING! I'll have a separate post devoted to the show itself, but the new Happily Ever After is not one to miss. As I mentioned earlier, we had so much room around us, Brody actually held his own dance party throughout the fireworks. When the show ended, cast members showed us to the back of Main Street USA to exit. While this is not a reserved exit for those in the show, it's a handy tip to remember if you're near Tomorrowland Terrace to view as there were a lot less people heading that way then the normal crowds on Main Street USA. You still merge back with the crowd at the train station to then exit the park, but it gets you down there much quicker.
|View from the Garden Viewing Location|