We have been huge Disney fans for years – pre-kids, of course! How can you not, living and growing up in Florida. And when I had kids of my own to bring to Disney, it opened up a whole new view of the Magic Kingdom and other Disney parks. Watching the parades, fireworks and character meet-and-greets through a child’s eye is just incredibly magical.
Then I caught the buzz about their other special events they held – like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Star Wars Weekends and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Each one opened up the possibilities of celebrating the holidays and fantasy even more! So this time of year, if you want to add some Disney Magic into your holiday, we continue to recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
What is so special about this evening event at the park? The gist of it is that you have around 5 hours of gallivanting around the park, with less people than a normal day. They restrict the amount of people they let into this event, for maximum enjoyment of their guests. This means shorter lines for rides, food and purchases. The longest line wait we had was 20 minutes for Peter Pan.
They also have a special parade, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. This year’s parade was as amazing as ever – with walking gingerbread, elves giving high fives and “ice skaters” and “skiers” riding through the streets on rollerblades and rollerskates. Some of the floats that drove by were scented with pine, sugar and spice and Christmas cookie scents. And at the very end Santa rode through the street, waving to all the children! There are two parades and the rumor is that the later one has less crowds waiting to see it. When we walked the park, it seemed slightly less crowded, but I still suggest staking out a spot for the parade up to 30 minutes prior to the parade.
They also have a special firework show, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. We actually ended up sitting by the Mad Tea Party and Winnie the Pooh. It appeared as if fireworks were being shot from Cinderella’s castle and near Beast’s castle in the new Fantasy Land. It was hard to know where to look , other than up, to see the show. It also seemed like you could get a great view from anywhere in the park.
Cinderella’s castle was just amazing, it looked like it was covered with sugared icicles. The holidays are simply when the castle looks its best.
And it even SNOWED as we were leaving, although I don’t suggest catching any of the bubble-like snowflakes on your tongue. But just as we were making our way through Main Street in the evening, a white blizzard appeared.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was sold out the day we attended, luckily we purchased extra tickets online prior to the event! But even so, the lines for the FREE hot cocoa and generously-sized cookies (or apple slices and apple juice) were completely quick! That wasn’t the case back in 2009, so I was simply amazed!
And you can’t forget the Meet-and-Greet with the characters in their holiday best! If you haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom in a while, Mickey is not in Mickey’s Toon Town Fair right now for this event, since as part of the New Fantasyland expansion, Mickey’s Toontown Fair has become Storybook Circus. So instead, look for Mickey to the right as soon as you enter the park in the Town Square. The wait time for Mickey and Minnie at 7:45pm was 20 minutes.
- The biggest tip I can offer is to purchase your tickets in advance, or you may be surprised by a “sold out” sign at the parking entrance.
- If using a stroller, try to add lights to it (glow sticks, glow necklaces, battery operated lights). In the dark it can be hard to spot a stroller in a sea of strollers.And remember to attach your contact info to your stroller with a luggage tag, just in case.
- Look for a parade spot 30 minutes prior to the parade starting. The second parade may be less crowded, but only slightly so.
- iPads and iPhones are compatible with a Walt Disney (My Disney Experience) app that shows wait times, show times and a map.
- They start letting people in a little early, depending on park capacity for the day. It doesn’t hurt to show up just to make sure you are IN the park by 7, all arm-banded and ready to party. The official party times are 7pm – Midnight.
- Different days have different prices – so check for that “deal”. It can be as much as $9 a ticket – multiple by your whole family = good savings!
DATES & TICKET INFO: For dates, pricing and ticket info, please visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party’s official page on the Walt Disney World Website!
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