I’d booked the HEA dessert party for my arrival evening. The schedule was: 7.45pm BTMR — 8pm Splash — 8.30pm Dessert Party — 9.15pm HEA — 9.30pm PeopleMover — 9.45pm 7DMT. (It’s an 11pm close and I have FPPs for all three.)
But now they’re offering desserts after HEA as well as before. I felt the eating portion of my evening would be somewhat rushed, enhanced by a feeling of panic to get to the Plaza Gardens in time to bag a decent spot. (I’ve read on Lines that cast members were actually telling people to hurry up and get out there.)
So I’ve switched to the after party. The schedule then becomes: 7.45pm BTMR — 8pm Splash — 8.30pm PeopleMover — 8.45pm Plaza Gardens — 9.15pm HEA — 9.30pm Dessert Party — 10.30pm 7DMT.
Clearly the eating will be much more relaxed, and I suspect a lot less crowded as the after party is new and not well known. (Last year I did the before party and it was heaving with people.)
With two parties now running, it seems like the Plaza Gardens viewing area will be busier. Is half an hour early a reasonable time to get there? I’ll be aiming for a spot at the back — I have the impression most people (wrongly!) aim for the front.
This shift has cost me $10, as I got the before party at the old price of $59, and the new rate is $69. But the food offerings look much better than they were last year. All the more reason to give myself longer to enjoy them.