Epcot’s Frozen Ever After Dessert Party opened on July 17th. This fun new party replaces the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party and we were on hand to experience opening night. From the fun desserts, priority viewing of Illuminations and a no-wait ride on Frozen Ever After, here is our Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Review.
Mother Nature was not very cooperative for the first night of the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party. This actually worked out quite well as the party was moved indoors to the Norway Loft. We did not even know there was such a thing!
A Cast Member escorted us up to the Norway Loft via a slightly hidden door that we had never noticed before. The Norway Loft is used f wedding receptions and other special events. We were greeted by Brian and Michael with a sparkly silver wristband and a pair of Frozen 3D glasses. Another Cast Member escorted us to our assigned table number 3, Kristoff, and we were just fine with that.
The desserts are Frozen themed as you would expect for a Disney party. The Snowflake Blue Velvet Cupcakes were certainly the most popular dessert choice. We liked that there was a savory option, to offset all of the sweet choices, with brocoli and bread to dip in a cheese fondue. Fresh fruit was also available and this made for a nice healthy option. Not pictured were the Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake and Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream.
There is a bar set up featuring such items as Sangria, Beer, Wine and Summertime Celebration Margarita. In the main room you can choose fun non-alcoholic drinks such as Frozen Heart or Oaken’s Big Summer Blowout. There is a table set up for coffee and tea as well. You will be assigned to a table of 10 so this event is a great opportunity to make new Disney friends!
At approximately 8:40pm we were escorted to our VIP viewing area for Illuminations. The view alone may make the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party worth the cost with its unobstructed views. The opportunity to not have to reserve a spot an hour or more ahead of time is also a huge plus.
After viewing Illuminations, we waited a few minutes for the crowd to pass before being escorted to the Frozen Ever After Ride. Another great plus about the dessert party is that you will walk right on to this ride that normally sees upwards of a 1-2 hour wait during normal business hours. Since we get to ride essentially after Epcot has closed, there is no line whatsoever.
Our one complaint is the time allotted for this event. While you can check in around 7:30-7:45pm, the dessert party portion is completed in an hour or less. We would love to see this extend another 30 minutes to allow some time to relax and actually enjoy some of the food and beverages on offer. Many will say that the $79 per adult, and $49 per child (3-9), cost is not worth a handful of desserts, but you have to look at the whole picture. You will make new friends, enjoy specialty desserts and beverages that are not found anywhere in the parks, VIP Viewing of Illuminations and a no-wait experience at the Frozen Ever After ride. If you can find it in your budget, this is at least a one-time have-to-try-it kind of experience.