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Lots of families ask what big, special experience they should think about for their family vacation at Walt Disney World. One of our favorites is making the Disney fireworks experience even more memorable. Did you know you can watch the magical display from a boat?! Here’s what you need to know and how to book a Disney fireworks cruise, plus info on fireworks dessert parties.
What Does a Disney Fireworks Cruise Include?
TravelingDad Tim Jones and his family were lucky enough to take a fireworks cruise on the Grand 1 Yacht, a 52-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge Yacht. With 3 bedrooms, a head (bathroom for you land lubbers), a small kitchen and plenty of seating for the whole family, it’s a luxury fireworks experience.
The Grand 1 accommodates up to 18 guests (17 if you choose the butler service) and includes assorted snacks and soft drinks as part of the rental. The butler, private dining and other “enhancements” may be added (for an additional charge, of course).
During the fireworks show, the narration and music from streams through the speakers of the Grand 1 yacht. Tim says it was a unique experience that they’d love to do again.
Check out his ship tour of the Grand 1 in the below video and see the fireworks views from the boat. It starts at 6:11 on the video.
Disney Fireworks Cruise- Pricing
Pricing for Disney Fireworks Cruises starts at $349 for up to 10 people making it just $35 a person. Not a bad price for a private fireworks experience. Some of the smaller yachts hold just 8 people for a truly intimate and memorable family experience..
Cruises launch from multiple resort marinas. You can arrange with those resorts to have private dining meals onboard when you sail (additional charge).
- Contemporary Marina
- Polynesian Marina
- Grand Floridian Marina
- Fort Wilderness Marina
- Wilderness Lodge Marina
Disney Fireworks Dessert Parties
We really can’t talk about the Disney fireworks cruises without also mentioning the dessert parties. Families looking for that special Disney fireworks experience will choose between these two options. Currently Disney is running several Firework Dessert party options:
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Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This party occurs at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Described as a high energy cocktail party, this experience includes small bites, sushi and other California Grille offerings upon arrival. Those who are 21+ have access to a complimentary bar.
Fireworks are viewed from the private observation deck that is reserved for Celebration at the Top guests. You’ll have a great view of Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom park. Once the fireworks are complete there will be a dessert spread of petit four desserts, cordials and coffee.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
This fun option launched (ha, ha get it) on September 18, 2021. Departing from the Transportation and Ticket Center, you’ll board 50 minutes before the start of the fireworks. Don’t be late or you’ll be left behind!
For this party, Disney has transformed one of the iconic ferries into a party boat. This kid-friendly fireworks viewing option includes a range of desserts, specialty drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), an ultraviolet scavenger hunt, special “Mickey Vision” fireworks viewing glasses, and a special takeaway surprise when you depart.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise runs on select Wednesday and Saturday nights. The cost is $99 for adults and $69 for kids ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity is included. We recommend making reservations ahead of time, however sometimes you can snag same day reservations before 5pm.
Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties
Enjoy a view of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace at this fireworks dessert party. After checking in 60 minutes before the start of fireworks, you’ll enjoy 50th Anniversary-themed desserts and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). You’ll have a prime view of the new Disney Enchantment show.
Price is $114 for adults and $69 for kids ages 3-9, including tax but not gratuity. Please pay careful attention when booking this experience as the name is similar to one providing a reserved standing view of the fireworks. The $114 price is for a seated party.
Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Pre-Party and Post-Party
These parties are similar to the one above, without the seated fireworks viewing. With the pre-party you’ll head to Tomorrowland Terrace before the fireworks for desserts and drinks. Before the fireworks start, your group will be escorted to a reserved standing area to watch the show.
With the post-party you’ll watch the fireworks from a special viewing area then head to Tomorrowland Terrace after the fireworks for desserts and drinks.
TravelingMom Tip: Annual Pass Holders can get a 10% discount on dining experiences including dessert parties.
Disney Extras: Are They Worth It?
We often get the question: Is it worth it? In the long run, each family needs to decide what is best for them in line with their budget, expectations and family type.
These special experiences offer a unique view of Disney nighttime shows and with banners and balloons included in the cost we highly recommend them if you have a special occasion. Being away from the hustle, bustle and noise can work out well for kids with noise sensitivity. Being in a crowd trying to catch the show can be overwhelming. Our writers who have been say these are memorable events that are worth the extra cash.
Let us know what you think: Is a Disney fireworks cruise or dessert party worth it?