This month Disney introduced the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot. The event takes place Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:45 PM- 9:20 PM.
Admission to the party includes sweets from many of the nations featured in the World Showcase. Enjoy baklava from Morocco, shortbread cookies from the United Kingdom, tiramisu from Italy and a variety of ice cream treats. The party also features sparkling wines as well as standard beverages.
The event area is located across from the Mexico pavilion at the Port of Entry shop that resembles a customs house. The view is stellar…in fact in the past this was my favorite spot for viewing IllumiNations because of the wonderful view of World Showcase.
The cost of this experience is $49 for adults and $29 for children (you also need a valid park admission) and it is recommended that you reserve your spot 180 days prior to your vacation.
Is the Party Worth the Price Tag?
During peak park attendance dates this would be a nice option for families wishing to get a decent view of the fireworks; however there are many locations throughout The World Showcase Lagoon to see IlumiNations.
The party would be the perfect location for a special event celebration like an anniversary or birthday.
The downside is that this experience can be rather costly. If you have a large family, you may want to consider a private fireworks cruise that brings you into the World Showcase Lagoon. You can snuggle under some blankets, sip on provided beverages and enjoy an unobstructed view of IllumiNations.
If you would like to see the fireworks from a prime locale, think about making your dinner reservations at a restaurant on the water close to the IllumiNations start time. This way you can enjoy the show and use your Disney Dining Plan to cover the cost!
There are several restaurants with excellent water views of the show. Note: When making your dining reservations you must ask the representative for a seating close to the start of IllumiNations.
The new Spice Road Table in the Morocco Showcase has outdoor café style seating right on the water.
La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico Showcase has tall windows that overlook the Lagoon. This is the perfect place to enjoy some margaritas and dine on fabulous cuisine.
Tokyo Dining is located on the second floor of a lovely pagoda and has a spectacular view of the fireworks. The window seating is limited; however this is a bucket list quality experience.
Create Your Own Event
Grab a margarita from Mexico or a beer from the UK cart and a treat from one of many little sweet shops in the World Showcase. (Check out the bakery in France)
Scope out a bench by the lagoon and listen to the sounds of the IllumiNations pre-show while enjoying your snack party. During our last trip we found a nice little place between China and Germany that had a bench and nice stone wall to lean on during the show.
Whatever option you choose…you will be sure to have a fabulous time. This show is unlike anything else in the parks and is truly a magical close to your Disney Day.