Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has made a triumphant return after a two-year hiatus! Alongside this beloved party, a sister event is making its grand re-debut: Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Dessert Party, which takes place during the Halloween Party. Much like the traditional Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert party offered during showings of Enchantment, this Halloween banquet offers guests a view of Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular and unlimited themed snacks and drinks. It is safe to say paying for an expensive party-within-a-party is in the realm of Disney madness, a realm into which we ventured on our last vacation when my family booked this exclusive dessert party to celebrate my parents’ anniversary.
There are two options for fireworks viewing areas, including Tomorrowland Terrace and the Plaza Garden, the patch of faux grass in front of the Plaza Restaurant. With the first option, guests may watch the fireworks from their table at Tomorrowland Terrace, which garners a higher price of $115 per person instead of $99 per person with the Plaza Garden package. We chose the former to avoid sitting on the ground for an hour before the show started.
We could check in around 8:15 pm, and the event officially began half an hour later. After a Cast Member escorted us to a table, we perused the generous spread: “Walt’s Favorites,” specialty desserts for the 50th Anniversary, fruits, cheese, various beverages, and sweets with a spooky flair.
I sampled a variety of Halloween desserts, including a pumpkin cupcake, a pistachio crunch bar, and a Cruella cookie. As a self-declared PSL girl, I gravitated toward the pumpkin toffee cupcake. The cake was moist with a warm pumpkin spice flavor befitting the autumnal season, which the toffee buttercream complemented well. The pistachio crunch bar proved worthy of its name; it was delightfully crispy with an irresistibly nutty sweetness and a chocolate spider. Cruella DeVil lent her signature spots to the dark chocolate cookie, a scrumptious, albeit basic treat. These desserts weren’t extraordinary, but I enjoyed them nonetheless.
Paper wristbands allowed us to enter and exit the dessert party, so after sampling these confections, we wove through the crowds to Main Street USA. We were able to snag a sensational spot just before Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade arrived. Besides the treats, this was the best part of the dessert party. However, this was where the Pixie Dust began to dissipate.
Much to our chagrin, a cluster of trees blocked most of our view of Cinderella Castle. We could see about half of this show’s impressive projections, and we could only catch a glimpse of Jack Skellington if we leaned to the side and peeked between the trees. Although our view of the fireworks themselves was incredible, we missed the projections that make this spectacular unique.
Don’t get me wrong, I had fun munching on Halloween treats and sipping sparkling apple cider while fireworks bedazzled the night sky, but I wouldn’t recommend this dessert party. Even if it is to celebrate a special occasion, paying upwards of $100 per person for an obstructed fireworks view is certainly not worthwhile.
Save your money and hunker down in the hub with your own smorgasbord of Halloween goodies for your perfect fireworks view. Besides, the Halloween Party lasts a mere three hours; instead of languishing on Tomorrowland Terrace, trick or treat until your bags burst, and savor your time at this spooky soiree!
Katrina is a bookish writer and unapologetic Disney enthusiast. She can't imagine anything more wonderful than a day at the Most Magical Place on Earth with her family. When she's not occupied with her studies, she writes, reads, daydreams about wandering World Showcase, and wishes she were riding Cosmic Rewind.