I did the Before party on 10/12, the one where you stand in the grassy area. I have done it many times in the past, and also used to do the seated one before the others started (the first time we did it, it was $25 a person…sigh). The desserts were fine, but I really missed the extra things they used to have like the egg rolls and the spinach dip. They still have the cheese and fruit, but the buffet seemed lacking (like many things since March 2020, stupid Covid). I prefer the standing party because of the view- the sitting one is off center and that offends my OCD tendencies where everything should line up straight. We had a great spot and plenty of room around us, but that is mainly because we were in the little area that is new to the dessert party location this year, and a couple in scooters basically blocked the entrance so no one else could come in. Behind us there were a lot more people. What bugged me, and has made me say I likely won’t do the party again, is that there was plenty of space just east of us, that really should be party space but isn’t. Those people got pretty much the same view, with no extra money. To the west (pretty much center of the hub) was packed, but not many were to the east. I just don’t think that the view was much better than many other locations that could have been found close to show time. There is no guarantee that the crowds inside the dessert party location will be smaller than what is right outside, at least in my new favorite (non- reserved) area to watch. The friend I went with last week is still there and was planning to watch this week from the spot we scoped out. I will check with her and see if she ended up watching from there.