Dessert party Tomorrow land Terrace

Wondering if anyone here has done the Tomorrowland terrace dessert party for HEA? We are traveling with my parents (almost 70) and I thought the terrace (vs plaza view) would be best option as you have seats for whole performance.

My question is: does everyone get a table along the wall, edge, barrier (whatever you wanna call it) or is there more than one row. I would just hate to spend the money and not get an up front view. I’f there are multiple rows then I’d rather do the plaza view and just go close
To show time to avoid standing for long periods.

I haven’t been yet, but my understanding is that the railing seats are for small parties- I think just two or maybe three-person parties. I do know that with five of us we might be seated one row back, but I also wanted a seat (also out of the rain should that happen) so we’ll do it anyway.

From your other post, I gather you’re going in Sept.? We’re going in May so feel free to message me if you haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer by then.

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We are actually
Going in November, September is the fast pass window opening. I’ll definitely be interested to hear a first hand account.

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Just do not (DO NOT) do the garden party. You have to go an hour in advance to get a spot in the reserved space, and half the people stand and half sit, so you feel guilty standing since the people behind you are sitting, but you can’t really see if you sit because there are rows and rows of regular non-reserved people standing directly between you and the castle. For all that money, there is NO reason they couldn’t have chairs, benches, or even stools to perch on. I am so sad I spent so much money on that party and would never, ever do it again.

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To provide a counterpoint, I have done the Plaza Gardens version four times. I took Liners advice and found a spot right at the back, leaning against the railing. The view is almost entirely unobstructed (wherever you are there are lamp posts or trees or other obstructions of some sort) and when everyone eventually stands up to watch, you can see clearly over their heads: most move forwards away from you.

I’ve never done the Tomorrowland Terrace version because the view is obstructed much more by trees, and you’re at quite an angle to the castle — I assume these result in a less engaging experience. It’s also more expensive.

On the other hand, I can see the attraction of the guaranteed seating and rain cover. I’m tempted to try it.

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Interesting. We love the Garden Dessert party and have done it multiple times. It has always been well worth the money for us for an uncrowded view, and we have never arrived an hour early. We just did it on April 1, and the area was maybe half full. We stood at the back to lean on the railing and had no one in front on us. Looking at the masses in the general areas, no way I want to be in that. Kids on shoulders, everyone mashed in together.

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That’s fair. I didn’t see or read any advice before going because I was under the impression that it was hassle-free. My mistake, I guess.

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I guess it depends on what you’re looking for. I didn’t know to stand in the back, but my party was definitely crowded. Not shoulder-to-shoulder, but high capacity.

To provide a counterpoint to my counterpoint: of my four experiences, two were slightly marred. During the first, precisely because there is plenty of space, a young girl did a ribbon-style dance backwards and forwards across my field of view throughout the show, which was very distracting. And during my most recent trip the guy standing next to me held his arm and iPad almost in front of my face as soon as the show started.

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I thought you checked in to the dessert portion, ate desserts, and then a CM escorted everyone to the Garden viewing area together? What are you referring to when you say arrive an hour early? I’m doing Garden Plaza dessert party for the first time in May, so let me know your tips!

This is what I have read is the best option and what I planned to do.

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I was lucky that there was very little recording.

I agree with @mousematt, the view from the Terrace is off center and you are far from the Castle. We did the Terrace party many times when Wishes was the fireworks show (and it used to cost just $27!), the view is much better (for us) from the Garden. But if seating is important, the Terrace is the way to go. There are probably 5 rows of tables at least, chances are you will not have the first row. When we did it in the past, many people came up to the front for the fireworks, so even if you had a great sitting view, it might be spoiled by everyone coming to the front. We have not done the Terrace again since the Garden option started, so not sure if they still encourage everyone to come forward.

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No, you can leave the dessert party at any time, individually. You don’t go as a group.

The first question is: Are you doing the before party or the after party. I recommend the after party. The before party gets very, very crowded in the dessert area. And the garden starts filling up and you start gulping down the desserts for fear that you won’t get a decent spot. It’s not relaxing. As others have said, you leave the dessert area whenever you want and a CM will escort you to the garden.

With the after party, you show up to the garden whenever you want. Afterwards you have a very relaxing time eating desserts in a very empty space.

The garden does start to fill up early — I’d recommend getting there at least half an hour before the show. That being said, it looks much busier than it is because everyone is sitting on the grass and spread out. Once the fireworks start, they all stand up and most move forward.

I’ve always made a beeline for the back railing and tried to find the spot with the least obstructed view. This has never proven difficult.

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I’m sorry that was your experience, it does suck when you pay for something that doesn’t play out how you imagined it would. That has happened to me as well, and it is frustrating when you think of how much money you spent on a bad experience.

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There’s also an after-fireworks party (HIGHLY recommended if consdering the dessert parties. All the benefits, none of the rushing)

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I wish that had been my experience. Only about 1/2 of the people stood, making for an awkward situation where you didn’t want to stand in front of someone who remained seated, but also didn’t want to miss the show. I was hoping everyone would move forward but they all remained glued to their spots.

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I think I have high expectations of things that cost a lot, but I need to stop that. Lesson learned, again.

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We’ve done the party on the Terrace twice. It is nice to sit down, but tables with a decent view are hard to come by. We had a party of 4, and were able to sit at the railing. The tables are very small, and there is not a lot of room to move around. The view will always be from the side a little bit, so not as good as standing in the middle of main street, but definitely more relaxing, and no “Shoulder Kids” in front of you. Very easy to see Tinkerbell fly! No trees were in our way. I will tell you though, I threw myself on the sword for the rest of the family, and got in line about an hour and a half before our report time. I was the first in line, and got to choose the very best table available for our view. Only one of us needed to be there for the initial check-in. My family joined me later before the show started. If I were taking my parents, I would do the Terrace. The desserts are not really worth it, but being able to watch the show without people trying to inch in front of you was great!

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Lol, clear as mud!! amazing to hear all the varying experiences. I think we will give the plaza garden a shot…the multiple rows of seating worries me. I think ends if the garden is “crowded” it’s gotta be better than camping out or fighting for a spot somewhere else in the park.

I thought you could only check in for the desert party an hour before fireworks, so by time we have done dessert and head over it won’t be a long stand for fireworks.

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