Have you heard about the NEW fireworks cruise experience at Walt Disney World? It’s called FerryTale Wishes and it officially begins Monday, October 5th, 2015. It’s a truly unique fireworks viewing event aboard the iconic General Joe Potter ferry boat, one of the 3 double-decker ferries used to transport Magic Kingdom guests across the Seven Seas Lagoon to & from the Transportation & Ticket Center. The boat was named in honor of a Disney Legend who played a key role in the construction of Walt Disney World’s utilities & infrastructure. He had met Walt Disney at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, before helping him to build the amazing theme park we all love.
While providing one-of-a-kind, dazzling views of Cinderella Castle & Magic Kingdom’s Wishes fireworks spectacular from the water, this special voyage also doubles as a dessert party complete with desserts inspired by the surrounding resorts. Each of the 3 Magic Kingdom “monorail resorts” situated around the lagoon has it’s own representation in the form of a decadent sweet: “The Grand” Key Lime Tart from the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian’s “deconstructed” Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, & the “Traditional with a Twist” Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake from the Contemporary (it’s even made in the shape of the resort’s A-frame building!). In addition to these delights, you will also find other specialties such as a no-sugar-added Florida Mango Panna Cotta, Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier, Mini “Fireworks” Cupcakes with a Pop (featuring pop candy perhaps?), & “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts in various colors and flavors. They also serve a platter of assorted fruits and cheese with a bread basket on the side. And you can even enjoy an ice cream novelty like the ones sold at the parks, with cast members walking around offering them on serving platters. Choose from a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich, Olaf Frozen Lemonade Strawberry Bar, or Orange Cream Bar. But that’s not all! Guests who attend this exclusive, magical event can enjoy an unlimited selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The non-alcoholic choices include water, tea, & coffee (with flavored syrups available). Or you can toast the evening while sailing the Seven Seas Lagoon in style with a sparkling wine, beer, or one of the signature Lemon Blush punch drinks (made with your choice of vodka or prosecco). Once it’s time for the fireworks to begin, the boat will anchor in the middle of the lagoon parallel to the Magic Kingdom train station so you can enjoy the view as the fireworks light up the night sky and the Wishes music is piped in through the ferry’s sound system in perfect synchronization.
The cost of this luxury cruise experience in this world-famous location is $99 per adult and $69 per child (ages 3 to 9 years). It’s limited to 150 people, and advance reservations are required. You must pre-pay at the time of booking, and both tax and gratuity are included. Also included with the price of your admission are a few keepsakes from the evening: a souvenir plate & light-up Glow Glass. You can book your spot online at www.disneyworld.com or call 1-407-939-3463. Right now, it’s available for bookings on select Monday, Thursday, & Friday nights through mid-December. The best time to book? I recommend you try one of the select nights when Magic Kingdom hosts either the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so you can see Happy Hallo-Wishes (Oct 8, 12, 15, 16, 22, 23, or 29) or the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so you can see Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season (Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20, & Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18).
When arriving for your cruise by car, you must park in the Magic Kingdom parking lot and proceed to the Transportation & Ticket Center where you will find a cast member to greet you at the Ferryboat Dock for check-in. Check-in begins 75 minutes prior to Wishes’ scheduled showtime (which varies nightly), loading begins at 1 hour prior, and the boat leaves the dock promptly 45 minutes prior to the fireworks. You MUST check-in at least 50 minutes prior to Wishes, or you won’t be able to board the boat! Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated, and seating aboard is very, very limited. It’s mostly going to be standing with neat, lit-up high-top tables scattered on both the upstairs deck and down, so that you can load up your goodies somewhere. You may know that the ferries don’t have bathrooms, but Disney has thought of everything! For the cruise patrons, they’ve installed toilets & portable hand washing sinks. How great!
So what do YOU think? Does this FerryTale cruise sound like a dream come true and you can’t wait to try it? Or do you think the price sounds a bit too steep? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below! Thanks for reading.
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