World of Color Dessert Party

A little over two weeks ago, my family and I attended the World of Color Dessert Party at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. What did we think of it? We’re breaking it all down for you today.

The Basics

To view the World of Color nighttime show at California Adventure, you need one of the following: a FastPass, a voucher received as part of a World of Color Dining Package at a select California Adventure restaurant, or a reservation for the World of Color Dessert Party. We decided to go with the third option.

Advance reservations for the World of Color Dessert Party are required and can be made online. The official policy is that reservations are available up to 60 days in advance, but in reality it took several days after that window for availability to be loaded into the system.


The Dessert Party began 45 minutes before World of Color. Check-in was in Pacific Wharf across from the Under the Sea attraction. Cast Members did not allow guests to enter the party area until the official start time, but we still arrived about 20 minutes early so we’d have our choice of table once it opened.

The night we attended the party, there were three rows of seats. The first row consisted of regular tables located close to a railing. The second and third rows were high top tables, situated farther back from the pier. At the recommendation of our server, we chose a high top table in the second row. It was undeniably an incredible view. That being said, we quickly realized that because the entire section is elevated, there really isn't a bad seat in the whole viewing area.

The Desserts

After we settled in, our server offered the adults either a glass of champagne or some sort of

blue specialty cocktail (although it’s not officially on the menu, the guy next to me asked for a beer and they brought him one). The kids were given the option of hot chocolate or a kiddie cocktail. Water and milk were also available.

Then. Came. The. Desserts. Unlike the buffet layout at the Disney World dessert parties, each of us was brought our own plate of hand-crafted high-quality desserts (with a few family-style accompaniments for the table). You guys, these platters had everything you could imagine: a cookie, an individual cake, some little tortes, a macaron, a variety of hard and soft cheeses, fruit, and a piece of chocolate. And it was all absolutely delicious. One or two (or four) of us may have cleaned our plates. Allegedly.

The Show

Before we knew it, it was time for World of Color to begin. Maybe it was because we had (hands-down) one of the BEST vantage points for the show, but this was easily one of my top three favorite Disney nighttime spectaculars. Water, color, laser lights, pyrotechnics, and beloved Disney music. What could be better? Even my show-adverse husband commented that it was some of the best entertainment he’s ever seen at a Disney park. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out our videos of the show, be sure to swing by our Facebook page.


There’s no way to sugar coat it: this Dessert Party is expensive. Coming in at $79 per person (including tax and gratuity), it’s definitely a splurge. But if you’re celebrating a special occasion or if you’re looking for an unforgettable way to end your day at California Adventure, this is IT.

Have questions? Need more info? Looking for help planning your next vacation? We would be happy to take care of the details for you! Call or e-mail us today to get started.

Meredith McCutcheon

Owner and Disney Vacation Specialist

Ph: 313-600-1585


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