Disney Photography Spots – Wishes Desert Party
In my opinion one of the most challenging parts of shooting fireworks at WDW is your location.
The first time I setup to shoot fireworks I found a spot and was in place about an hour before the show. Having read tips on other WDW sites, I setup on Main Street USA near a trash can, and I’m glad I did! Because with only a few minutes before the show a 6’ 10” giant showed up with a child on his shoulders! So I boosted my tripod up on top the trash can and shot away. Then it started raining—the never ending fun of us WDW photographers!
So when you don’t have time, patience or weather to stake out your spot, buy it!
The Wishes Dessert Party has reserved seating for the fireworks and an incredible spread of delicious sweets. The seating for this special event is at the Tomorrowland Noodle
Find out more about the party please visit WDW Info
During the first few minutes of the party I nervously ate while looking to see where I could secure a spot to view the fireworks with my tripod and camera. The guests, however, mostly stayed in their seats for the fireworks. A few stood at the rail with me but most continued to enjoy the cheesecakes, brownies and other delectable goodies. Almost all tables had a great view of Wishes providing for a view free of shoulder to shoulder crowds, and giants.
The Tomorrowland Noodle Station provides a great view of the Castle and Wishes. With the water between you and the Castle, there are fantastic options for creative compositions. Plus the water assures you a clear, head free view of Wishes. You are also protected from the occasional Florida showers. The view also provides you a somewhat unique angle on the Castle, different from the straight down Main Street shot.
The desserts and views are great but come at a real cost. The Wishes Dessert Party is $21.99 per adult. The location is at an angle to the Castle so you the fireworks don’t line up perfectly with the Castle. This spot is not where you’ll want to try your first Wishes shots. Even though there are hundreds of images on the net of Wishes looking down Main Street, I always want to have my own take of these classic views. But after you have shot Wishes a few times, this will provide you with a unique vantage point.
Imagineering the Shot
The white glowing fan of fireworks behind the Castle is my favorite parts of Wishes. So during the Dessert Party I knew I wanted to try and capture them with the reflection in the water. I shot the entire show in Manual mode with the shutter speed set to Bulb. Using a remote trigger I was able to hold the shutter open for varying amounts of time.
Magical Post Production
As others have said, post on fireworks shots is usually minimal. I used a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop to crop, adjust exposure, levels, and saturation.
Food and fireworks! What can be better?
The Wishes Dessert Party gives us photographers a few more minutes to enjoy an attraction or shoot more images of Tomorrowland instead of guarding a coveted piece of Main Street an hour or more before the show.
Enjoy a class of cold milk with warm cookies while watching Wishes and share your photos from the Dessert Party with us!