A new summer event is taking place every Wednesday until Labor Day at the outdoor patio near Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The times listed for the event are 8:30-10:30 P.M. However, Guests were welcomed before 8. The event is free!! Fabulously designed sweets are available for purchase ($5-$10) and unique glowing adult beverages are also available for an additional charge.
The event is set around a beautiful display of whimsical furniture fitting any Mad Hatter party. A table full of various Disney hats is provided for Guests to wear during the event. While this would not be considered a dance party, fun music plays throughout the night and Cast are very interactive and encourage Guests to get up and dance. The event ends with watching the Wishes Fireworks from across the water at the Magic Kingdom. The view is excellent!
Mad Citrus Martini ($4.99) Layers of vanilla cake with lemon custard and orange scented buttercream.
The bright citrus flavors in this treat are perfect for Florida. The buttercream is fluffy and not too heavy. The tartness of the lemon custard makes it refreshing for summer. This was my favorite dessert flavor at the event.
Red Velvet Trifle ($4.99) Layers of red velvet cake with fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberry preserves meringue top.
This is for the berry lover! It is filled with whole berries and another refreshing dessert for a warm Florida evening.
Brownie Flower Pot with a Cake pop ($9.99)
This was RICH! It includes an edible flower pot made of very thick chocolate. It's filled with a rich chocolate brownie topped with buttercream, cookie crumb dirt, and delicious little candy coated chocolate rocks. The cake pop is vanilla cake coated in tons of sweetened coconut and little edible chocolate flowers. It's as delicious as it is precious!
Tiramisu in a Chocolate Tea Cup ($9.99)
Additional treats include a Cheshire Cat Cupcake ($9.99).
Butterflies in the forest ($4.99) layers of chocolate cake with black forest cherries and dark chocolate ganache.
A tower of fruit that looked like it was stacked by the Mad Hatter, himself, was also on display but not listed on the menu for pricing.
Green Potion Punch ($10.75) Hendricks Gin, Apple Pucker, Granny Smith Apple and Club Soda.
The Purple Grin ($12.75) Sky Citrus Vodka, Xfusion Vodka, Blue Curacao and Grenadine.
Both of these drinks were STRONG but packed with flavor. The addition of a glow cube made them extra fun!
Various bottled beers are also available as well as Child Tweedle Juice ($6.69) that is a blend of apple juice, club soda, a splash of grenadine, and a glow cube.
The DecorThe setting was beautiful and caught my eye as I was walking into Gasparilla Island quick-service restaurant. The Mad Hatter Tea Party themed chairs and stools are delightful. They are made of plastic and I'd love to have a set for my patio at home! A self-serve bar is where Guests may purchase specialty sweets and drinks. Additional tables are located a few steps away in front of Gasparilla Island. The area is close enough to be part of the party.
The Gone Mad Party location sits alongside of the water facing the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella Castle can be seen in the distance for a wonderful view of Wishes fireworks.
I highly recommend checking out the Gone Mad Party if you are at Walt Disney World on a Wednesday prior to Labor Day. It's a fantastic event and fun for the entire family without the price tag of a traditional dessert party. It felt like every little girl's dream!
*Special thanks to Mary Morales of Mad Hatter Travel for inviting me to the event. You can find her on facebook Here and Twitter @TinksThinks123. Also to Chad Ridge of Supersize Orlando for his great work providing information to larger Guests and those with special needs.
*The main seating area of the Gone Mad Party is located at the bottom of several small steps. I believe that there are inclined areas along the sides that make it accessible, but I'm not positive. Guests in wheelchairs were present on the lower level at the event. The tables in the back near Gasparilla Island are handicapped accessible. Cast are available to assist with any desserts or beverages you would like to purchase from the bar located on the lower level.
*Tables in Wonderland discounts are accepted. However, you must pay in full then take receipts and the TIW card to Guest Services AT DISNEY SPRINGS to receive the discount refund, as explained by the Cast at the Grand Floridian Front Desk.
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