We return to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to reevaluate the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party with Terrace Viewing, now that the price has gone up and beer and wine are included.
There are a number of dessert parties centered around seeing the Happily Ever After Fireworks, most of which include different viewing areas offered at different price points. Some even include the same viewing area with buffet access at different times.
Of course, we’ve reviewed the “Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise,” which is unique in that it begins and ends outside of Magic Kingdom, at the Transportation and Ticket Center. It also offers a worse fireworks viewing experience than you could probably get from taking the regular ferry over to, and back from, Magic Kingdom at fireworks-time. The $99/adult and $69/child cost is now about the same as the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party that we’re about to embark on. The Ferrytale Cruise used to be unique in that beer and wine were included, but that’s no longer the case as we’re about to see.
We return to Disney’s Riviera Resort to visit the indoor and outdoor lounges of Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, the new 10th floor rooftop restaurant at the Disney Vacation Club tower.
Topolino’s Terrace opens at 5pm nightly and offers an elegant signature dinner experience with seatings through 9:30pm.
For breakfast, Topolino’s serves a sit-down character meal that you may be interested in as well. You can pull up my review of that experience here. It’s certainly among the most glamorous and low-key ways to meet Mickey and the gang, but some people may still prefer the boisterousness and variety of food that something like the classic Chef Mickey’s buffet offers.
For at least as long as this website’s illustrious existence, The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom has been a great spot to stop for a sandwich or burger for not a whole lot more money than you’d pay at a quick service like Cosmic Ray’s. To say that there’s a hidden gem in a theme park visited by 20 million people per year is probably not accurate, but Plaza isn’t going to be the first restaurant that most people discuss when Magic Kingdom dining comes up. Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Crystal Palace are probably your top three hype machines. And there’s always Tony’s Town Square. To say that Plaza is the most overlooked restaurant might be more accurate, even if reservations for it are typically difficult to come by, due in part to the small seating areas. The fact that the entrance is located around the corner, just off the main drag, may bolster our position that you could very easily visit Magic Kingdom and either not pass it or not realize what you’re walking past.
Plaza Restaurant has undergone a number of menu changes over the last couple of years, seemingly shying away from the $13 to $17 sandwiches and burgers that had kept guests looking for an economical sit-down meal satisfied. During that time, Plaza had kept many of the less-expensive sandwiches on the lunch menu, while increasing price points and moving towards fancier items at dinner. More recently, the restaurant has moved to one, combined lunch/dinner menu:
We pick things up on the morning of Saturday, January 25th, 2020 outside of Mission: SPACE at 12:04pm. So far, my day has gone well. I’ve been able to accomplish:
- Soarin’ Around the World: 8:57 – 9:18am
- Living with the Land: 9:19am – 9:37am
- The Seas with Nemo: 9:44am – 9:53am
- Journey into Imagination with Figment: 10:18am – 10:45
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival: 10:47am – 11:19am
- Mission: SPACE with FastPass+: 11:45am – 12:04pm
My longest wait so far has been at Journey into Imagination with Figment, of all places, where my wait started outside the building and lasted about 17 minutes.
Most of Future World East is walled off, including the old Universe of Energy and Wonders of Life/Festival Center Pavilions.
We pick things up from Part One, where we got reacquainted with what to expect from the rope drop opening experience from the main entrance, given the current state of construction and the introduction of the Disney Skyliner. With Test Track down for refurbishment until late February, the only rope drop priority in Future World is Soarin’, which we also experienced in the first part of this series with just a short 3-minute wait. We’re now heading to Living with the Land.
While not historically a priority, the Chiquita-sponsored boat ride typically posts a peak wait of 50 minutes around noon, with an average wait of an even 30 minutes between 11am and 1pm. From Part One, you might remember that all of Living with the Land’s FastPass+ inventory was gone for the entire rest of the day around 10am, which means the maximum number of people with priority access will be returning to the meandering greenhouse boat ride during the majority of the day, in turn reducing the number of standby riders who are able to ride per hour.