And when it comes to paying for additional experiences, add-ons, and upgrades, we’ll let you know which ones are worth it — and which ones aren’t.
Fireworks Dessert Parties
When we asked our team about Fireworks Dessert Parties, many said that they’re, more or less, worth it or have been in the past. Previously, booking a fireworks dessert party has resulted in some pretty delicious snacks (and if you’re a sugar fiend, dessert parties are a must) and the best views of the nighttime shows — both at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom.
However, we can’t mention the dessert parties without talking about the NEW fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, Disney Enchantment. Although you can end up with a great view of the fireworks and the castle projections from Tomorrowland Terrace, you miss out on the new projections on Main Street, U.S.A., from that vantage point. (The view from the Plaza Gardens standing dessert party reserved space may be better if you’re looking for Main Street projections, too!) In the end, you’ll have to decide if it’s worth around $100 per adult and around $60 per child.
NOTE: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has not returned since Disney World’s reopening.
Many members of our team also felt that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was worth it, although it can be pricey. Packages start at $75 per child, but it might just be worth it to give your child a salon day so they can get a bonafide Disney royalty makeover by experts.
There’s even a program for a Knight Makeover, too, for those kids who would rather do that — those packages start at $19.95 per child — and that lowest cost package even comes with a sword and shield.
Candlelight Processional Dining Package
The Candlelight Processional Dining Package will return with 2021’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, and it is worth the extra cost to get the best choice of seats to enjoy the event. The dining packages let you pick from a variety of EPCOT restaurants with prices as low as $40 per adult for breakfast.
The dining package comes with guaranteed seating, so you won’t have to miss a minute of the processional.
Paying an additional charge for a Preferred Room at a resort is a personal decision, and it often depends on the resort. Some resorts are very spread out, and if you end up unlucky enough, you could find yourself with a long walk from the hotel’s entrance and transportation drop-off points at the end of the day.
If you happen to be staying at a resort like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort, or one of the All-Star Resorts, a preferred room might save you a lot of walking at the beginning and end of your day at Disney World. And if you have mobility issues, a preferred room would also be your best bet. It’s only about $20 to $30 extra per night at Value Resorts, although preferred rooms run more at Deluxe Resorts.
Sure, you can take your smartphone or camera to Disney World and snap all your own photos, but with Memory Maker, that’s one less thing you have to worry about. Why not let Disney’s PhotoPass photographers capture every perfect moment professionally instead?
Not only does Memory Maker give you access to every photo the photographers take, but you’ll also get all those awesome Magic Shots and ride photos, too. And for under $200, it’s that easy and worth it. Granted, you can save money by handing your phone to Disney PhotoPass photographers, but you’ll still miss out on the Magic Shots and ride photos.
We’ll continue to offer up the best tips and tricks, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest.
What do you think? Which Disney World add-ons and extras do you think are worth the upcharge? Let us know in the comments.
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