NOTE: I will not guarantee that your experience with parade will match mine. Headless Horseman marched by as I was walking down Main Street.
I reserved the Happy Hallowishes Dessert Party package solely for the purpose of reviewing it for you. I’ve never really been a fan of upsell dessert parties. The only one I’ve found enjoyable was the Villains Soiree at the 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. So, please understand that my review will attempt to be factual, but could be slanted toward not really caring for these expensive events
When I registered, it told me to check in before the party began to pick up my credential. The information said it was the little Will Call booth they used last year for the Soiree. Fortunately, it didn’t have a long line at 6:30pm because it was wrong.
I was pointed to this tiny blue check in stand beside Guest Services. You’ll find this to the far right of the entry area before the Mickey touch points. I can’t guaranteed you’ll find a Jedi, Tigger or Mrs. Incredible though. Just look for the tiny blue stand and a nice Cast Member.
The Cast Member looks up your name and highlights you, then hands you a credential. You’re told, “The details are on the back.” I noticed that the wristbands for the night matched the sticker on my credential.
The back said to check in for parade at 8:00pm. Really? I can’t follow directions very well, so I ignored that time. I knew the parade wouldn’t reach Town Square Flagpole until at least 8:55pm and I wasn’t going to waste another full hour of party time. I could do that myself without paying an extra 80 bucks. The online information actually tells people to arrive at 7:30!
The first part of the special package was to view the parade from Town Square. I arrived at 8:45pm and showed my credential and the lady instructed me to find a spot anywhere in the flagpole area. I sat right beside her on the curb facing Town Square Theater. It was a nice place to see the parade, but I actually prefer Frontierland. Feels creepier to me.
If you choose to do this experience, make a beeline to the Mickey Mouse meet for no wait. If you wait 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll wait 30 minutes for Mickey!
You have about 20 minutes before the dessert party and fireworks begins at Tomorrowand Terrace. As I made my way there, I found a line of people already waiting. I’m not terribly sure why they made us stand around. We could have seen the Villain Show from a far distance from our seats instead.
There’s a wide variety of tiny cupcakes and desserts as well as a cheese and fruit selection.
You can choose from various juices, milk and water. There’s another station for coffee and tea.
Looks kewt, right?
There’s a lot of chocolately and sweet stuff to choose from, but none are labeled. If you want to know, you’ll need to ask the CM’s who are there to assist you.
Worms and dirt!
After you check in, you are given a glass of cold APPLE CIDER. It is not alcoholic. The CM escorts you to your preassigned seat and offers you a “Happy Halloween” toast. I know it’s part of the party, but it still feels odd hearing that in the heat of September.
You cannot keep this glass! I actually saw a polite CM track someone down to retrieve it. The lady said she would rather keep this plastic glass than the one given us below. The people were actually plotting a way to take one from someone else’s table. Really?
When you arrive at your table you find a little lantern and skull faced cup filled with candy for each person. You CAN keep this cup and they won’t use your RFID band to track you down in the park and retrieve it.
Here’s my little plate with tiny desserts. Is this worth $69? Oh, I was paying for the reserved parade spot that told me to arrive too early and the odd view of fireworks and the cup of candy too.
In all fairness the desserts were fresh and tasty. They were well themed with candy corn, ghost, spider and monster themes. I ended up downing like 3 glasses of milk to complete a few of these.
I was video recording the fireworks for you. I used my new Sony RX10 M2 and was pleased with the video quality. It even took a decent photo while shooting video. I was holding it in my hands too.
Here’s a full video of the fireworks from this view. They are still doing work on the castle tourets, so there’s a giant box blocking some of the castle. Additionally there’s a smaller box they are using to control the projection effects on the castle.
Would I do this again? No.
Why? I wouldn’t be interested in spending an extra amount of money on a few yum yums, a cup and some candy. I prefer to stand on Main Street between Casey Corner and the hub to view the fireworks. I don’t like to skewed view. You’ll use a minimum of 30 minutes at the Dessert portion to get any sweeties. The reserved parade area was helpful, but I was glad I didn’t waste an extra hour there. Both parades were really full. I would grab a 1st parade spot in Frontierland 45 minutes early or 2nd parade spot 30 minutes early. The Cast Members were very kind and helpful, but I don’t have the funds to spend an extra $250 on top of the $250 to bring my family to the party.