Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Cinderella's Castle During Fireworks
  • On Jun 12, 2024
    Caitlyn from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a late dining reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table for 9:40PM and a Fireworks Dessert Party: Post-Party. Will there be enough time for me to watch the fireworks at 9PM, eat some desserts at the post-party, and then make my CRT reservation?

    Well hey there Caitlyn, and welcome once again to planDisney!

    It looks like you're really trying to figure out a great game plan for your Magic Kingdom Park day this August, and it's so great to see that you've already gotten some help from our dear Panelist pal Matt about dining among the Princesses that evening. I'm always happy to help fellow Canadians with theme park strategies, especially when it comes to that final hour before closing time and here are a few things that you'll want to keep in mind: 

    • The first thing to look at is the chronology of your evening and exactly how much time you'll have to work with - on the date that you've provided to us, it looks like Happily Ever After is indeed taking place at 9:00 P.M. while Magic Kingdom Park closing time is set for 10:00 P.M. which means you'll very likely still be dining at Cinderella's Royal Table after the park has officially closed (which is totally normal for late-night reservations).
    • Happily Ever After has a runtime of about 18 minutes and 20 seconds and you'll be directed over to Tomorrowland Terrace following its conclusion of the show. (Bear in mind that this happens at the same time as the mass exodus of so many other folks and families from the Hub of Magic Kingdom Park so you'll need to proceed swiftly if you want to be able to enjoy even a little bit of your Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: Post-Party.) I passed by earlier this evening to speak with the Cast Members who regularly work at this event and they let me know that there could be a bit of a wait to check-in once again following the show - even though you had already done this earlier to get your wristband - and they thought that the time window could be a little too tight for you to enjoy much before having to dash off to your dinner reservation. They also let me know that Post-Party guests don't always stay for the full hour that they're entitled to, but you'll want to ask the Cast Members stationed there on your evening whether they're ok with you taking any treats for the road.
    • The direct routes through and pathways right by Cinderella Castle are blocked off during the nighttime spectacular and I observed that they tend to open up right after the show for you to make your reservation, you just might have to battle a tide of guests flowing against you. I did also pass by Cinderella's Royal Table however and they let me know that there are also slots as late as 9:55 P.M. that were currently still available, in case you wanted to make a new reservation and cancel your current one since it can't be modified directly.  (You just might have all of your Princess interactions earlier during your meal in this case, since it's essentially the final seating.)

    Strategically I would let the Cast Members that evening know about your plans and see whether you could make your way over to Tomorrowland Terrace earlier as Happily Ever After finishes to cut down any wait time for treats. It could be a very challenging feat but not entirely impossible!

    Wishing you all the best on your quest for a fantastic night!

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