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During our recent Walt Disney World vacation, we discovered a new little slice of Disney magic: The Disney Dessert Party! These parties are held at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. They include all you can eat desserts before the fireworks or nighttime spectacular in each park. A Disney dessert party is a great way to splurge on your next vacation. But which one should you attend? Below, I’ve broken down the differences between two: the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party and the Star Wars Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios. Spoiler Alert: They were both great!

Cost

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

The Magic Kingdom Dessert Party features two viewing locations and two different prices. For seating at Tomorrowland Terrace, admission is $79 per adult and $47 per child (ages 3 to 9) including tax. For Plaza Garden viewing, admission is $59 per adult and $35 per child (ages 3 to 9) including tax. Desserts and beverages for both parties are the same and they are served at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Star Wars Dessert Party

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

The Star Wars Dessert Party takes place inside Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Admission is $79 per adult and $45 per child (age 3 to 9) including tax. There is no seating at this party or in the viewing area.

Winner: Star Wars Dessert Party. Plaza Garden viewing at the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party is technically cheaper, but ground seating is not ideal. To me, the choice is really between seating at Tomorrowland Terrace and the Star Wars Dessert Party. In that case, the price is the same for adults, but slightly cheaper for kids at the Star Wars Dessert Party. The Star Wars Dessert Party also includes alcoholic beverages, so you get more value for your money if you drink alcohol. As with most things at Disney World, a Disney Dessert Party is not cheap. But we found it was money well spent for two wonderful experiences.

Desserts

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

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Desserts at the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party include cheesecake brownie bites, chocolate almond cakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes (chocolate and red velvet), fruit, macarons, Oreo panna cotta, pineapple panna cotta, s’mores tarts, and strawberry tarts. There’s also an ice cream sundae bar and decorate your own cookie or cupcake bar. In addition to desserts, there is an assortment of cheese to cut the sugar.

Star Wars Dessert Party

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Desserts at the Star Wars Dessert Party include blue milk panna cotta, bread pudding, brownies, citrus financiers, cookies, cupcakes (chocolate peanut butter Darth Vader, lemon BB8, and vanilla R2D2), frozen Nutella, fruit, mini chocolate cakes, pistachio cherry bites, and rice crispy bon bons. There is also an ice cream bar and a toppings bar for the warm bread pudding. In addition to dessert, there is a larger selection of savory options like cheese, pita and hummus, and vegetable spears.

Winner: Tie. The desserts at both parties were equally delicious. There was a wide selection of desserts at both as well as some savory options. The most unique dessert was the frozen Nutella at the Star Wars Dessert Party which is frozen with liquid nitrogen right in front of you. However, the ice cream sundae bar at the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party was a big hit with kids. If you’re not a big fan of sweets, there are far more savory options at the Star Wars Dessert Party than the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party.

Drinks

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

The Magic Kingdom Dessert Party includes a wide assortment of non-alcoholic drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, tea, and sparkling cider. The lemonade tasted like pure sugar so we stuck with bottled water.

Star Wars Dessert Party

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

The Star Wars Dessert Party has a similar assortment of beverages plus soda and alcohol. The bar has a selection of beer, wine, and signature cocktails like Cosmic Citrus Twist, Galactic Punch, and Lightspeed Margarita. The bartender can also make a small selection of other well drinks. 

Winner: Star Wars Dessert Party. As soon as we entered the Star Wars Dessert Party, we were handed margaritas. Now, that’s service! The Star Wars Dessert Party had a much wider selection of drinks not just alcoholic drinks. They also encourage you to take one or two with you to the viewing area. Since they serve canned soda, it’s easy to slip one in your bag for later. Make sure to bring a few extra dollars to tip the bartender and you will be generously rewarded.

Entertainment

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

There are two shows that make up the entertainment for the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party: Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After Fireworks. Once Upon a Time is a castle projection show that lasts about 14 minutes. It includes music and scenes from many different Disney animated classics.

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

The Happily Ever After Fireworks start right after and last about 18 minutes. There’s fireworks, lasers, music, and Tinkerbell! Regardless of whether you attend a dessert party, do not miss these fireworks! They are new and classic at the same time. And they truly represent the magical world of Disney.

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

Star Wars Dessert Party

Disney Movie Magic is a 10 minute projection show on the facade of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It celebrates live action Disney movies from Mary Poppins to the Marvel Franchise. Stormtroopers escort you to the viewing area in plenty of time to see this show before the main event.

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

Immediately afterwards, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular begins. This is a 15 minute immersive, Star Wars experience. It features clips from all the Star Wars films set to music, lasers, and even force lightning that crackles through the trees around you. Fireworks shoot off behind the building.

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

Winner: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party. As with most fireworks shows, Disney has outdone itself with the Happily Ever After. It’s everything you would expect from a Disney fireworks show and more. It’s run time is almost 20 minutes and they fill every second with Disney magic. While there are also fireworks at Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the viewing area for the dessert party has an obstructed view. You have a great view of the digital projections and special effects on Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but you can’t see the fireworks very well.

Venue

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

Disney Dessert Party Battle: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs Star Wars Dessert Party

There are two seating options at the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party: Tomorrowland Terrace Seating or Plaza Garden Viewing. At Tomorrowland Terrace, you are seated at tables with a view of the castle. While there are trees across the lake, the view of the castle projections and fireworks is still great. At the Plaza Garden viewing area, you have a more direct view of the castle, but there is no seating except for the ground. This area is fenced off from the rest of the crowds waiting to see the fireworks.

Star Wars Dessert Party

Star Wars Dessert Party

The Star Wars Dessert Party is standing room only inside Star Wars Launch Bay. There are a few places to sit down inside, but those were utilized by the elderly and people with mobility issues. If you have kids, you cannot take strollers into the Launch Bay so keep that in mind if you attend this party. About 15 minutes before the show begins, you are escorted out to the viewing area by Stormtroopers. Our viewing area was on center stage, right in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This meant we had a somewhat obstructed view of the fireworks. There is no seating in this area except for the ground. This area was roped off from the rest of the guests.

Winner: Magic Kingdom Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Being seated at a table with a high chair for our two-year-old was priceless. Arrive early so you get a table right up against the rail. The reflection of the castle sparkles on the lake. Even though you are seated to the side of the castle, the view of the fireworks is still spectacular. And Tinker Bell flies straight from the castle to the roof above Tomorrowland Terrace!

Bonus Category: Gifts

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party

At the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party, each table received a bag of red M&M’s at the end of the night. This was a nice gesture, but unnecessary since we’d just spent over an hour eating tons of desserts. We saved these for the plane ride home.

Star Wars Dessert Party

Each person at the Star Wars Dessert Party received a plastic Captain Phasma stein on their way out to the viewing area. This was a pretty cool souvenir to commemorate the evening. In the past, others have received a Chewbacca stein. 

Winner: Star Wars Dessert Party. Since we have a cat named Phasma, we definitely appreciated the Captain Phasma stein more. It’s something that will remind us of our Disney World vacation and the wonderful Star Wars Dessert Party for a long time.

The Winner

All things considered, the Star Wars Dessert Party was the winner in our book. Since we are big Star Wars fans, it was nice to attend a private party in the Launch Bay. And the Galactic Spectacular was awesome! But it was a very close battle. The Magic Kingdom Dessert Party is more suited for young kids and the Star Wars Dessert Party is more suited for adults and older kids. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either Disney Dessert Party. They both helped make our Disney World vacation one we will always remember. I’m sure they’ll do the same for your family.

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A Disney Dessert Party adds a little extra magic to a Walt Disney World Vacation in Orlando, FL, USA. But which one should you choose? Here we've compared the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party vs the Star Wars Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios. Either will make your vacation special, but only can one can be the winner. #disneyworld #magickingdom #hollywoodstudios #starwars