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Old 07-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #106
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Disney will tell you that the Dessert Party will begin about 1 hour before the fireworks begin. When we were there, we expected to be let in around 9pm, and they allowed us in around 8:40. I've heard other reports of 8:30 sometimes. I'm guessing it all depends on when they have everything ready, and also perhaps how long the line may be. This is my own personal speculation.

Again, the time of your reservation makes no matter as to the time you can enter the party. Even though you have a 9:20 reservation, you could still be the first one in line and enter when they open the gateway to the party. I know this because that was the time of our reservation, and we were the first in line.

It's just my wife and i, and we were ready to relax, so we were actually there about 8pm or so. There was another couple there about 5 minutes later, and more came about 5 minutes after that. It's all in what you want to do.

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This is good to know. We really want to do the dessert party on our next WDW trip so I am trying to get some more information and helpful tips.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:47 AM   #107
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Here's another way to gauge when you should arrive at the party.
If you look at the pictures at the beginning of this post (up to where people are watching fireworks), they were taken at 8:55pm. We were allowed in at 8:40.

As you can see, there are a number of people already there, with desserts in hand. This was 5 minutes before the "one hour before the start of the fireworks suggestion".

This is why i first stated about 1.5 hrs. I apologize for the 45 minute suggestion; as i do feel you should arrive sooner. I was placating to those that felt it wasn't necessary to arrive early to the party.

I guess i'll answer the "when do i get here" question with...how important is the dessert party for you and your family? Everyone is going to have a different response. Some will want to be there well in advance, some will mosey on in at one hour. We noticed that some came in just before the fireworks started , and every time in between.

When we first went, we had no idea that they opened it up earlier than the one hr mark. My wife and i always side on getting to all of our destinations on the early side. We're at Disney 2-3 times each year, and take a very relaxed approach in the parks. But that's our style, and wouldn't want to impose our schedule or style on anyone here.

So, As Disney suggests, they will open 1 hour before the fireworks... What you decide to do from that point will be up to your personal vacation style.
Hope the pictures and advice helps.

Oh..and i agree with Quin...please remember that Reservation time has no bearing on when you can enter the party... Not sure how to make that a sticky.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #108
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Someone had asked on another thread about tipping....

To my knowledge, there is no tipping at the party. You are not given a specific waitperson, and as i mentioned on the other thread, i haven't seen anyone there being tipped. Most everything there is self service.

EDIT TO ADD August 10: I MADE A MISTAKE!!!! I just noticed that the thread on tipping at the Dessert party was locked. At the time i wrote this, i wasn't aware of the limited discussion of tipping on the boards. Please take this information said above as it is, and please allow for no more discussion on tipping on the thread... i'd like the thread to stay open.. With much appreciation,
Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #109
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Just got ressies for the DP for July 26th! I can't believe it! I am sooo excited! So, do you have a really good view of Tink flying out of the castle? My DD was almost 3yo when we went to WDW and she still talks about seeing Tink flying out of the castle. We were at hub for that show but it was so unbelievably crowded. I just did not want to deal with that again.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #110
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Tink flies just a few feet over the party, great view.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:14 AM   #111
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I'm hoping to score a reservation for December 1st!!! can't wait until I can book!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:23 AM   #112
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I was able to get tix for August on a night where Wishes is being shown at 10pm. only a couple of days ago. In fact, there are a couple of shows at 10 during our vacation week and there appears to be plenty of availability on those nights. Could it really be due to the hour difference?
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how do you know when its open to book??
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how do you know when its open to book??
Generally booking the party is about 2 months prior to your visit. There is a thread at the top of my signature where there is more discussion concerning this
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:51 PM   #117
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Does anyone know if they would care if we brought a bucket of popcorn in with us? I love desserts, but I can get "sweeted out" if I don't have something salty to eat too. I was thinking I could get a bucket of popcorn before we get in line, then we could have that to eat along with the desserts.

My reservation is at 8pm for 9pm fireworks, so if I get in line by 7:30, that should be fine, right?

Thanks for this thread! It is so helpful!
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Does anyone know if they would care if we brought a bucket of popcorn in with us? I love desserts, but I can get "sweeted out" if I don't have something salty to eat too. I was thinking I could get a bucket of popcorn before we get in line, then we could have that to eat along with the desserts.

My reservation is at 8pm for 9pm fireworks, so if I get in line by 7:30, that should be fine, right?

Thanks for this thread! It is so helpful!
I don't see the popcorn being any problem. (my personal opinion)

For a 9pm fireworks, anywhere between 7:30 and 8 should be fine
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Someone had asked on another thread about tipping....

To my knowledge, there is no tipping at the party. You are not given a specific waitperson, and as i mentioned on the other thread, i haven't seen anyone there being tipped. Most everything there is self service.
Last July I attended one of the viewing parties...I tried to tip one of the servers/bussers...but he declined the tip and said it was not needed...oh well...!!!
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Just booked!!!

I have been wanting to try this for some time! We have a family trip with 9 of us going ...just booked Oct 3rd!! Its our last nigh, surprising the family ...shhhhh


Taking my brother and family with us this year. Great to know we don't have to wait until our ADR of 8:20... will be there at 7:30 with bells on!! Whooo hoooo!!!
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