You may know that Disney’s Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise mixes a breezy evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon with drinks, desserts, games, and a great show. But here are six specific reasons the dessert cruise is yet another great way to spend a fun & memorable evening at Walt Disney World.
6. The Pre-Cruise Party Area
There are refreshments! The gathering area before your excursion is at the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you can enjoy some drinks before embarking. There’s no need to stand in line for tickets — head through the ticketing area with your pre-printed reservation and look for the cast members and signs pointing to a roped-off area. Arrive early to have an adult beverage or two. Disney provides an area for the young kids while you enjoy yourself.
5. The Boat
So, you like being on the water? Check. Aboard the two-deck General Joe Potter ferryboat — named after the iconic Disney legend — you’ll cruise in comfort around the lagoon, sitting or strolling while the kids play games, and you grab another drink. Before long, the ferry departs, and you get a chance to see Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, perhaps while trying out one of several sweet dessert offerings. It’s not a Disney Cruise ship, but it is a Disney Ferryboat.
4. An Open Bar — and Did We Mention Dessert?
Once you board the boat, do what comes natural: Enjoy the drinks & desserts. Some of our choices were mini cheesecakes, cupcakes, pineapple upside down cupcakes served in Cinderella’s shoe (Don’t worry — she never wore these). There are specialty beverages—with or without alcohol—for everyone, and a relaxed but festive atmosphere. Each cruise includes its own selection of unique treats created by Disney’s chefs. So have some Ferrytale Punch, some goodies, and relax.
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3. The Fun Extras
Prior to boarding, you are given a flashing-LED lanyard. Cool, huh? But the best part, especially for the kids, is that the lanyard’s ‘mouse ears’ are 3D lenses through which you can view the resorts and fireworks and see “virtual Mickeys” everywhere. There is time before the fireworks for the kids, and some adults, to play another game. Pick up your special flashlight and playing card and find the message in the hidden Mickeys around the ship. We have to admit, we had fun playing this with the kids. Meanwhile, the Disney photographers are moving about the deck taking your family photos, capturing memories from your evening on the lake. At the end of the cruise, you may receive some special take-home gifts, as well.
2. And Then There’s a Fireworks Show
No, really. One of the best ways to experience Magic Kingdom’s evening fireworks is aboard the General Joe Potter, where you don’t have to deal with crowds to find a good viewing spot. Other advantages? If you have little ones that are afraid of the sound the fireworks make, t’s quieter out on the water — even though the fireworks show’s music is piped in through the ship’s audio system. Move to the right — or starboard — side of the boat and get a good spot to view the show, and have your viewing lens ready. You can relax, sip your wine, and take in the colorful display from out on the lake.
1. Convenience, or “Hooray For a Little Less Hassle!”
You don’t want to fight through that massive exit at Magic Kingdom at the end of the fireworks show? You know, the crowd that looks like a Cecil B. Demille scene from ‘The Ten Commandments’?
No problem. You’re on and off the boat right at the Transportation Center, with a lot fewer humans to struggle with. You’re looking for a more low-key evening? See all the above. It’s a little more relaxed than jockeying for a curbside spot on Main Street USA.
Overall, this was a blast of an evening: Disney, desserts, drinks, family, making new friends — and fireworks. It’s a great way to kick off or top off your next WDW visit.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise takes place on select nights. Admission is $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3 to 9, covers drinks and desserts, your special event lanyards, and even includes some special take-away surprises.
As you plan for your evening cruise on the lake, here are some logistical things to keep in mind:
- You want on the boat? You need a reservation. It’s cruise or lose, so call to (407) 939-3463 or book online, as capacity is limited per night. As usual, advance reservations are strongly recommended.
- If traveling by Walt Disney World Resort Transportation, you are asked to allow up to 90 minutes to reach the Transportation and Ticket Center from any resort location.
- If traveling via your own private vehicle, park in the Magic Kingdom parking lot.
- Seating is limited. However, wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated.
- Obviously, guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify age.