Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package w/ Preferred Viewing
Oh yes, it is totally worth it.
Get it, for good food and
for a good view that you don’t have
to show up an hour early for.
A review of the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package at Magic Kingdom
First, a couple questions. Do you like to wait in lines? Do you like to wait on the ground for 1-2 hours to hold a good spot to view the Festival of Fantasy Parade? I’m gonna assume you said “no”. In which case…go ahead and book it. Now for our review of the package and what you need to know about the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package.
What is the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package?
You start off by eating at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant — you know from Lady and the Tramp. Tony’s features Italian food. Later in the afternoon you’ll get VIP viewing during the Festival of Fantasy Parade — which is a mix of floats, crazy colorful costumes, great music and Disney character that celebrate the spirit of Disney.
How much does it cost?
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package costs $54 for adults and $19 for children ages 9 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Each dining package comes complete with an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage, along with a VIP viewing voucher.
For reservations, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Disney’s pricing changes often so go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/festival-of-fantasy-parade-dining-package/ to check on the latest info.
Our review of the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package.
We loved the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package. Let me also say we were on the Deluxe Dining Package. Had we not been on a plan I don’t believe we would have done the VIP viewing package. We really enjoyed the food at Tony’s but it wouldn’t be worth $54 per adult and $19 per child. If you are on the Deluxe Plan you get enough credits per day to make this work easily. If you are on the Regular Plan this would be your only table service meal of the day. I would still trade that credit as the table service dining options at the Magic Kingdom are not abundant in choice.
Our reservation was for 1:20. The parade was scheduled to start at 3PM on our trip. We arrived to Tony’s about 5 minutes early for our reservation. There was still a bit of a wait and we ended up sitting down about 20 minutes later…about 15 minutes after our reservation slot. There were lots of people waiting around for a table. We made our way over to the store that is attached to the restaurant and looked at pins. You’ve probably heard me say this before but we love pins. Check out our pin page here.
We sat down in the main dining room, which was fairly crowded. More crowded than most table service dining options. It could have been our particular table which right in the middle of the main dining room. We have eaten in the front portion of the restaurant that looks into the park — the room with all the windows. We much prefer this room to the others.
On the Deluxe Plan we were able to get as many appetizers as there were people at the table…yep that’s right. Take a minute to read the Deluxe Dining Plan post to see how credits are pooled differently between Deluxe and Regular plans. We’ve been encouraging our oldest to try new foods as it seems that every time he tries something new he ends up liking it. This was no exception and calamari is now one of his favorite appetizers…he also likes the bragging rights to “hey, I ate squid tentacles”….yeah, he’s a dude.
We checked out with our credits and then were given our Festival of Fantasy Parade VIP viewing package vouchers. I was secretly hoping for a cool lanyard of some kind. But no, it was paper tickets, the size of business cards…of which were ripped in half by the attendee at the VIP viewing station.
We wrapped up our lunch at about 2:40 and made our way out of the restaurant to the viewing area. Remember, you are asked to show up 15-35 minutes before the parade starts. We showed up to the requested area (the flagpole, straight out of Tony’s) about 15-20 minutes before the parade was to start.
For us the VIP viewing area was still pretty empty. Maybe only 10-12 people had made their way over to the area. My son quickly resumed normal 9 year old dude activities…searching for cast members to trade pins with. We were in the turnaround/roundabout area facing the castle down Main Street. I wouldn’t say we were at the perfect spot but it was quite awesome. 12 o’clock being the castle we were at about 1 o’clock in our spot. Like I said, it was a great spot. As the parade drew closer (remember it starts over in Frontier land at 3…) the space began to get full and there were several groups of people that tried to squeeze in even though they didn’t have VIP vouchers!!! Haha, the a**hole in me was pointing at them and yelling for Mickey Mouse security forces…but nah…I just stayed quiet and the VIP attendees came through and shuffled them along in due time…glad I chose that option.
Bottom line: you gotta eat, if you have the dining package and you love the parade (like we do) then it is a great fit.
I have a dining package, what do I need to know?
Awesome! You need to know that this dining package requires 1 table service credit per member of your party. There are no exceptions. So for every member of the party that is 3 years old or older you will need a dining credit. You can book the package online in your My Disney Experience account.
What if I don’t have a dining package?
No worries! You can still book the package for $54 per adult and $19 per child (ages 9 and under). Each dining package comes with an appetizer, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage, and of course your VIP viewing voucher.
When do I get my voucher?
You don’t get your voucher until the end of the meal when you pay (either with dining credits or with cash/credit).
Can I see the parade first and then go to the restaurant?
No, no you can’t. You eat before the parade to ensure that you don’t skip out on the meal after viewing the parade.
What else do I need to know?
View important information about reserved seating, where to view the parade and more.
- You must have a ticket to the Magic Kingdom park, the dining package DOES NOT grant you access to the park.
- You receive your voucher for the parade VIP viewing at the time of your meal.
- Your VIP voucher is only valid for that same day’s showing of the parade.
- Plan to arrive for Main Street, U.S.A. flagpole 15 minutes or so prior to show time.
- The package is available on all parade show days.
- Showtimes available are online.
- The parade is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Dining packages will not be refunded due to show cancellation or modification.
- In the event of a parade cancellation due to inclement weather, VIP viewing will be made available for an alternative parade within 5 days of the date you were originally scheduled to attend. Valid theme park admission is required.
- Please note that your dining experience will still take place, even in the event that your entertainment experience is canceled.