Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party is a new event that opened this past week at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. This experience is offered daily and is a special ticketed event. The party includes all-you-can-eat ice cream, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, a personal meet-and-greet with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, VIP viewing of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and a parade around the Riverboat with our hosts. Here is my review of Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party.
The event begins at the check-in podium just outside of the Liberty Belle Riverboat Landing. You will give your name and a Cast Member will make sure you are on the guest list. You will then be handed a large sticker to place on your person identifying you as a party participant.
As you enter the Riverboat Landing, the first item on offer is ice cream and little pastries. You can spruce up your ice cream, or sorbet, with decorative sweets and sauces from a lily pad display table. My favorite choice amongst these treats was the Chocolate Cookie Sandwich. It was sweet without being overpowering. This is only beginning so save room for more!
Party beverages included lemonade, water, and canned Coca-Cola Products. There were festive cups in green, purple, and yellow. You could bring a beverage on the Riverboat with you; but I discovered that, other than the lemonade, you could get water and soda during the parade viewing and the Riverboat Party Tour segments.
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen were on hand for a personal meet-and-greet with each guest. They were both in character and their personalities suited their characters quite nicely. I really liked that there was no rushing with this part. The character meet is so important to this event and I am pleased that Disney recognized this. They travel with a Disney Photographer who takes the pictures to post to your My Disney Experience account.
Just in case you did not have enough to eat and drink on the Riverboat Landing, you are offered more ice cream and snacks as you board the Liberty Belle Riverboat. There is a snack station on the second level of the Riverboat. There are also Cast Members meandering around the decks with baskets full of snacks, bottled water, and canned Coca-Cola products.
We are sent off in grand fashion by the Cast Members all waving and wearing Mardi Gras masks for our big send-off. Our Riverboat pulls forward about 50 feet to our VIP viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. There is some trees that slightly interfere with the view, but being up above the parade, on the top deck of the Liberty Belle Riverboat, makes up for that. We were thrilled when Minnie Mouse blew us a kiss from her float.
Upon the conclusion of the parade, the Riverboat backs up to pick up Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. After all, they were in the parade so they certainly could not be on the Riverboat with us, and in the parade at the same time! They hold a parade around the deck of the Liberty Belle Riverboat while playing tambourines. They are also available for additional photos and conversations. The party takes place as we make our way around the Rivers of America.
As we make our way back to dock at the Riverboat Landing, we are offered additional snacks, just in case we are still hungry. This was a really nice touch and I added a few items to my bag. When I exited, I paid the experience forward by offering some treats to three-year-old Vittoria and her lovely family.
From check-in at 2:00pm to docking and exiting the Riverboat, the entire experience takes about an hour and forty-five minutes. This timeframe is much more suitable and I prefer this over other dessert parties, that tend to run only for sixty minutes, as there is time to actually enjoy the experience. Be sure to use the restroom before boarding as there are no restrooms on the boat. There is plenty of food and beverages and you will not feel hungry, after leaving Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party experience, for the rest of the day!
The only thing I would say could be improved is that there should be music playing while Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are leading the parade around the deck with their tambourines. The cost for this experience is $49 for adults, and $29 for children. If you can fit this event into your budget, then I highly recommend this experience for anybody. I attended alone and I had a wonderful time. Princess Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party is a must-do event.
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