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Old 08-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #31
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If you read enough reviews, you'll find a horrible review of every single thing at WDW.
So agree with this!

I looked up so many reviews of everything before our last trip and got myself convinced everything we'd picked was going to end up terrible! But we had a wonderful time and didn't regret any of our choices.

As for the dessert party, we loved it...the view, the food, the convenience, everything. I've got DH to agree to another WDW trip, his only condition was that we booked the dessert party again!
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #32
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We did the party last Christmas Eve, and IMO, it was totally worth it. I loved the desserts, I loved being able to watch the magical projection show on the castle from our seat, and I loved having somewhere to sit (comfortably) before the show.
I didn't love that as soon as the music started for Wishes, everyone ran to the railing - I had thought everyone would just stay in their seats (we were in the row furthest back and would have been able to see just fine). My daughter stood on her tiptoes for about 5 minutes before the people in the front noticed her and let her squeeze in between them. I also did not love that during the fireworks, cast members cleaned up our tables (we each had a drink and a few more treats left to finish). I also did not love that we ate a big dinner beforehand. Next time, the dessert party will be our dinner!
A couple of pointers - get up as soon as the music for Wishes starts playing to get a better view (unless you and your family are tall, then feel free to stand behind the shorter people LOL!), and if you are thirsty bring your drink with you to watch, but I wouldn't cancel it because of a few negative reviews. I've read a lot of complaints about things I love, and that doesn't make me love it any less!
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #33
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My worry is because we're a larger party, we'll get stuck in the back. Are all seatings at 9 pm? I need to go back & re-read, but I think ours says 9:20??
The larger parties can actually have better seats! When we went in Dec. 2011 we were a party of 7, and were in a table right up against the railing - we didn't even have to leave our seats to see the fireworks. When DH and I went alone in April this year, our two-top was placed further back - I was kind of bummed, but then I looked at the seating configuration and there was only 1 two-top near the railing, and the rest were all large tables. I guess maybe they can vary it depending on how many large/small parties are coming to the event, but don't worry about your party size affecting where you sit. Besides, other than the 3 tables up against the rail we were lucky enough to sit in in 2011, even the other "front" tables have space between them and the rail so you will have to stand to see the fireworks.

All seatings should be at 9 when you're going. Ignore the 9:20 time - the reservation system has to give staggered times because of the way it's programmed. This year we got there half an hour before it started and were 5th and 6th in line, so were able to get to the desserts pretty quickly.

I will say the dessert selection seems to have lessened between 2011 and 2013, and the 2013 event was more crowded. There were still plenty of dessert options, though, and plenty of room to stand at the rail to see the fireworks without being crowded. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #34
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I would just go experience it for myself. Have fun!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:50 AM   #35
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We did the party of July 7th (a surprise for the lil sis) and we really enjoyed it, desserts were really tasty and it was nice to sit down and enjoy the fireworks (got a bit of shock though, thought we were going to be watching Wishes and didn't factor in when booking that it with be Celebrate America fireworks instead, so didn't get Tink flying over but an epic view of the 180 fireworks that made up for it). It's booking time that determines where you sit, I managed to score a ressie 30 minutes after the dates opened and we got according to the castmemeber the best seat in the house and we had to agree , we were a party of 2 but sat next to us was a party of 6 so don't worry about party size affacting where you sit. We really rate it highly and would most likely do it again should we return, though next time we'll probably skip dinner to make more room for dessert
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:59 PM   #36
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I've tried to get ressies for this before and was not able to. How were you able to make them 30 min after they were released? Did you just keep checking online or call? Thx.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:22 PM   #37
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My sister and I went in Oct 2011 and thought it was great and going to try to get a ress for November 10th. Not sure if it matters if your the first to make a ress that your table will be near the front. We booked rather late in 2011 and were seated in the front. I think alot of it has to do with party sizes and just the way they can configure the area. Like most people say, it doesn't matter where your seated everyone we I'll move up to the railing when it starts.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:55 PM   #38
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I've tried to get ressies for this before and was not able to. How were you able to make them 30 min after they were released? Did you just keep checking online or call? Thx.
I subscribed to the Wishes Dessert Party thread for info and started stalking the reservation site just before the 60 day release date. I was able to make our ressie within minutes of the dates being released - this I know because of the stalking. Our reservation was just on Aug 1 and our seats were up front by the rail.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #39
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I agree that you will always get a mixture of reviews on anything in WDW or out.. Youll never know if you dont try it and then if you dont like it you wont have to go back..
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #40
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We went last year and got a horrible table. I booked it the morning reservations opened.
We were sat behind a big column and couldn't see the castle AT ALL. The CMs wouldn't let us move OR move our table.

I was really mad because I was so excited to look at the castle while enjoying my dessert. Instead we stared at a white column. We were told "no one sits during the fireworks any way". But the fireworks were only half the draw.

Never again.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #41
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I was there, exactly one week ago in fact, sigh.
I caught a cold while at WDW and this was the day I was feeling the worst actually, so I can't review the dessert selection very well. I had a $28 cup of tea and a plate of fruit. I did notice the buffet was very crowded at first, but then completely empty, and they kept it stocked up 'til the end.

I'm not sorry we did it. I love Wishes and hate fighting the crowds, so it was worth it for the relaxed viewing. The way I was feeling, we probably wouldn't have seen it at all if not for the Dessert party. My kids hadn't seen the Magic, Memories, etc. castle show, and they thought it was amazing.

I can't imagine why anyone would swap out name cards, since it doesn't matter where you sit, and nobody can really watch the show from their table. I don't think you'll regret it.
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We went last year and got a horrible table. I booked it the morning reservations opened.
We were sat behind a big column and couldn't see the castle AT ALL. The CMs wouldn't let us move OR move our table.

I was really mad because I was so excited to look at the castle while enjoying my dessert. Instead we stared at a white column. We were told "no one sits during the fireworks any way". But the fireworks were only half the draw.

Never again.
Why didnt you get up and go to the rail when the fireworks started? That's what we did last year..
Great view as Tink flew overhead.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:35 PM   #43
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I think the thing with the dessert party is that your reception will vary based upon your expectations. For me, I do not handle crowds well - at all. I can walk through them for a limited time, but standing in a crowd for a long time - no. I also do not wait well. When you add waiting in a packed crowd, I tend to inexplicably melt down, which is no fun for anyone. We usually end up watching Wishes from Fantasyland, which is fine by me, but I feel bad for my friends. I wanted them to be able to see it from the front, so I booked the party for them in July of '11. They loved it so much that we did it for the NYE Fireworks (actually on Dec 30) in '11. We will be doing it again for NYE this year.

If you think you'll be eating $25 of gourmet desserts, you will be sorely disappointed. For me, it's a low-crowd area from which to watch Wishes, with seats and snacks, and something to do while waiting for Wishes to start. It keeps me un-cranky, and therefore my friends happy, so it's worth every penny. I don't expect some grand VIP experience, just a managed crowd and snacks, lol, so it works out well. I can see where if it is "sold" as something else, it could definitely seem overpriced and disappointing.
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Why didnt you get up and go to the rail when the fireworks started? That's what we did last year..
Great view as Tink flew overhead.
We did. But we ate our desserts stating at a column. :/
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:18 PM   #45
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We did. But we ate our desserts stating at a column. :/
I can understand why you'd be upset at that. I really enjoyed eating and looking at the castle, and partly at MSEP as it went by, so I'd have been a bit disappointed too.
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