In 2015, Disney introduced a new exclusive nighttime dessert party and cruise to coincide with the evening fireworks display at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The “Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise” runs on select nights (typically two or three nights per week). Note it used to be called the “Ferrytale Wishes, A Fireworks Dessert Cruise”.
The cruises take place on board the General Joe Potter, one of the ferry boats that transport guests between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom across the Seven Seas Lagoon. As well as the fireworks guests may also be entertained by the Electrical Water Pageant.
The boat sails from the Ticket and Transportation Center and moors near the main Magic Kingdom train station giving you a good view up Main Street towards the Cinderella castle. The music to the “Wishes” firework display is piped onboard and properly synchronised.
After checking in at the Ticket and Transportation Center guests are given a “light-up” glow necklace and a drink in a champagne flute “glow glass” which you get to keep.
The ferry boat is “spruced up” for the party with hightop tables on both decks, a bar on the lower level and a selection of dessert stations on both levels. There is even a single restroom but it is probably wise to seek out the restrooms at the Ticket and Transportation Center before boarding as the party lasts for about an hour. Also bear in mind that seating is limited to the normal seats available on the ferry.
Included in the price is a selection of bite-sized desserts, fruit, cheeses and crackers, ice creams and speciality beverages, including “Ferrytale” punch, sparkling cider, beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks plus hot tea, coffee and chocolate.
The desserts are based on classic desserts from the Walt Disney World parks and the three resort hotels around the lagoon including:
- “The Grand” Floridian Key Lime Tart with meringue
- Polynesian deconstructed Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Contemporary Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake
- “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts
- Mini “Fireworks” Cupcakes
- Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier
- “No sugar added” Florida Mango Panna Cotta
During the holiday season, there are seasonal sweets on offer.
After the fireworks display, the ferry boat returns to the Ticket and Transportation Center before boarding where guest disembark. For those guests staying at Disney resorts but not on the monorail loop, Disney lay on buses.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise Pricing
The cost is $99 per adult and $69 for children aged 3 to 9 (including tax and gratuity) and includes a take-away souvenir palette plate as well as the champagne flute “glow glass”.
Capacity is limited to 150 guests per cruise and advanced reservations are required. Sailings are subject to weather conditions.
All guests must check-in at least 50 minutes prior to the start of the fireworks and guests in wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated.
Note this dessert cruise ticket does not include admission to the Magic Kingdom as you do not actually enter the park but you should park in the Magic Kingdom parking lot at the Ticket and Transportation Center if making your own way there.