Walt Disney World's Latest Upcharge Extra: Watch the Fireworks from the Ferryboat
Looking for yet another
dessert party at a Disney theme park? Walt Disney World unveiled its latest today, a dessert party on one of the Seven Seas Lagoon ferryboats, from which you can watch the nightly fireworks show over the Magic Kingdom.
The "Ferrytale Wishes" cruise departs from the Transportation and Ticket Center one hour before the show, during which time guests can enjoy the various treats Disney will put on this dessert buffet, including:
- 'The Grand' key lime tart
- Pineapple-upside-down cake from Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
- Spiced flourless chocolate cake from Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Cinderella's Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier
- 'Main Street' Mickey Balloon tarts
- Mini 'fireworks' cupcakes
- No-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta
- Fruit and cheese spread
The price is $99, $69 ages 3 to 9. Alcoholic beverages will be offered, but it is not clear from Disney's press release if they are included in the price of the buffet.
Disney already offers a Wishes dessert party at the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom, and fans long have staked out spaces to watch the nightly fireworks from afar in the California Grill restaurant atop the Contemporary Resort, from the beach at the Polynesian, and from the ferryboat dock at the TTC.
The new dessert cruise puts a price on one of those experiences, with the benefit of adding drinks and desserts to the deal. The big question for fans will be how this new upcharge experience affects the operations of the Magic Kingdom ferryboats. The hour leading up to Wishes isn't exactly the busiest time for fans exiting the park, as most stick around for the show. Some do come into the Magic Kingdom from other parks during that hour, but TTC transportation typically can handle that demand without having to go to full capacity.
The moments immediately after the show tell a very different story. That's one of the busiest times of the day for transportation out of the Magic Kingdom, and with the seemingly increasing unpredictability of the monorail service, the ferryboats often bear the majority of the load. If Disney can offload the dessert cruise guests quickly and press all ferryboats into service getting guests out of the Magic Kingdom, it's no-harm, no-foul for guests who choose to skip this option. But if it takes a boat out of commission during the busiest time of the day, "Ferrytale Wishes" might elicit some curses instead.
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Well, I guess we now know where Disney is investing its time and money in the Orlando parks. They must believe that they have maximized the value of their investment and now must find ways to increase consumer spending from a static crown.
Pass. Even if it were $5, it's more fun to be closer to fireworks, not farther away.
Ferrytales sounds off. It should be the "Fairy" or "Fireworks" boat. It should offer something in addition to the dessert itself like a tour.
Just got back from Disney... and my family of 6 did the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package (which may now not be available anymore). It included a dessert party and special cordoned-off firework area to watch the fireworks at Hollywood Studio. The dessert party included free alcoholic drinks for the adults and a variety of sodas, juices, and tea for the kids. In addition, you had reserved viewing of the Frozen parade in the morning (which included all-you-want free drinks and ice cream) and reserved front-row seating at the sing-along. All this for only $69 a person. And the fireworks were some of the best I've seen in a long long time... timed to a whole Frozen themed show at the end-of-the-day. Pretty good price for what you got. And even though Hollywood Studios doesn't have much to offer nowadays... this whole day event was our favorite of the trip.
Since it departs from the TTC, it seems to me that you wouldn't need a theme park ticket. Possibly a parking charge.
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At least you can park for FREE at the adjoining hotels.
What hotels offer free parking?
Am I really the first person to bring up the fact that there are no restrooms on the Seven Seas Lagoon ferryboats? Most adults can deal with that, but small kids often don't share that they need to go potty until the very moment and if that moment is early into the dessert cruise, it could be a very unpleasant experience. I'm just saying...
This is outrageously overpriced considering you can watch the fireworks for free from the Ticket and Transportation Center, where they pipe in the music, or make a dinner reservation at a restaurant in the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary and watch the fireworks from there.
Given that you've always been able to jump on the ferry boat just before the fireworks start for free, this is a complete cash grab and an expensive one at that.
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