Karen C. (NDM#224) (22 Posts)

Karen was born in Massachusetts and primarily grew up there with a few pit stops along the way. Her first trip to Walt Disney World did not occur until she was 14 years old when she went with her family to the Polynesian Resort. It was not until years later when she returned with her children and husband (for their first trip) that the real obsession began. Returning to the lobby of the Polynesian brought back all the memories she had forgotten, and ignited a Disney passion in her family's life. Karen currently guest blogs for The Disney Driven Life as their wedding expert and is co-founder of her blog, The Best Friends Guide To.

Yet another great wedding add on by WDW is a personal dessert party for the bride, groom and guests. For a fee of $22 a person you and your guests can choose between an Illuminations dessert party at Epcot or a Fantasmic one at Hollywood Studios.. I’m gathering that this might be best for a more intimate crowd and also a great way to celebrate a vow renewal or anniversary.

What you get…

  • For an IllumiNations Dessert Party, your group is admitted to Epcot at about 8:30 pm. IllumiNations starts at 9:00 pm and runs about 12 minutes. Your event concludes about 9:30 pm. During the party, your guests will enjoy a buffet of yummy desserts and non alcoholic  drinks. Alcoholic beverages can be added on for a higher price
  • For a Fantasmic Dessert Party, your group is admitted to Hollywood Studios at about 30 minutes before the park closes. The  show usually starts around the time of “official” park closing  and runs about 25 minutes. Your event concludes about 30 minutes after the show ends. During the party, your guests will enjoy a buffet  desserts and again, nonalcoholic drinks.

I have been trying to find more info on the official wedding site to make sure that all pricing is up to date and accurate, but it hasn’t been easy. It’s always best to talk to your wedding coordinator..we’re just here to give you all the best ideas!

Contributed by Karen (NDM #224). Karen is our resident Disney Wedding’s expert and co-creator of The Best Friends Guide To . . .


  1. That sounds so good… I would love to have dessert and drinks in front of the lagoon watching IllumiNations. it would be a great way to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary with the family.
    Thanks for sharing the info. NDM #181

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