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Date Night at Walt Disney World Resort: Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise

Rachel Bshero

by , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, I had the opportunity to set course for date night on Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. My husband and I were married on the Disney Dream, so we were excited to spend our evening on a very special voyage aboard the General Joe Potter!


Our night began with a sip of sparkling cider, passed to us in a glowing champagne flute upon check-in. We were also given a commemorative Ferrytale Wishes passport. Inside the passport we found not only descriptions of each of the desserts we were about to enjoy, but a commemorative trading pin as well! There was also a surprise children’s activity inspired by Mickey Mouse – but more on that later!

Date Night at Walt Disney World Resort: Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise Date Night at Walt Disney World Resort: Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise

As we boarded, we received a souvenir plate with glass holder (similar to the ones available for purchase at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival), convenient for holding delicious desserts, assorted fruits and cheeses. A selection of soda, lemonade and water was available. Adults can enjoy, wine, beer, sparkling wine and an alcoholic punch. We sampled tastes inspired by the resorts that line the Seven Seas Lagoon. Matthew’s favorite was the Contemporary “Traditional with a Twist” Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake, while I enjoyed the Polynesian De-constructed Pineapple Upside Down Cake with rum roasted pineapple, vanilla bean and cinnamon.

While we enjoyed taking in the sights, leisurely sailing around the Seven Seas Lagoon, we noticed the children on-board hunting for ‘Hidden Mickeys’ on deck. The ‘Hidden Mickeys’ contained clues to solve a riddle about Mickey Mouse. Even the adults on-board were getting into the fun, helping to complete the scavenger hunt mission. When it was finally time for fireworks, we took in a unique perspective of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular—from the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon—as the music played through the ferryboat’s speakers.

The General Joe Potter Ferryboat debuted as The Kingdom Queen in 1976, but was renamed to honor General Joe Potter in 1999, during the Walt Disney World Resort 30th Anniversary Celebration. William “Joe” Potter, a retired Army major general, was chosen by Walt Disney himself to direct construction for the infrastructure of Walt Disney World Resort.


To book your own Ferrytale Wishes date night—or a special night out with your family, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.


  • I would love too book this for our ‘special’ trip in October, but there are no dates after may 30th, please, please tell me that it will be running in Oct 16.


  • Hmm. Trying to book for our June 2016 trip…but no June dates are even LISTED! Wonder why??

  • I can’t wait to experience this!

  • PhotoPass photographers are on each cruise?

  • Thank you for sharing. We booked this for next month to enjoy with our grandsons who are 10 & 9. It sounds wonderful and just what I wanted to create that magical memory. Are the fireworks loud? One of the has a hearing issue and I’m already prepared to bring earplugs but didn’t know if I should bring noise canceling headphones instead. We’re so excited! Thanks again!

  • We went on one of the very first Ferrytale Fireworks cruises and have been recommending it to everyone since then. It was a wonderful experience.

  • I booked this for my fiance and I during our Disneymoon, I am ever more excited to go after this review.

    • Congratulations! Enjoy your ‘Disneymoon!’ Make sure you find the PhotoPass photographers onboard and get a few photos to commemorate your experience! :)

  • This looks like a great idea for a night out!

    • 😀