This was my second time attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World but my first as an Orlando local. As with most special events, it was almost if not completely sold out, so be sure to arrive as soon as the party begins at 7 PM, though party goers can usually enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 PM. I attended on Thursday November 15 and it was slightly chilly by Florida standards which only added to the festivity of the party. Because there are so many “extras” reserved just for party nights, I did not ride any attractions. There is exclusive merchandise available, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, character photo opportunities and dance parties, special Holiday shows, Holiday Wishes and the not-to-be-missed Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.
Starting with merchandise, you will find party exclusive pins and apparel in the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. and at various shops throughout the park. Pins are typically located at the registers and on the night I attended, these party exclusive items were not released until all the day guests had exited the park. The shirts are very popular but I did see some still available in Tomorrowland at the end of the evening.
In terms of dining during the party, quick service is the way to go. Table service meals will take away from valuable party time. Check the party guide map because only certain dining locations are open. There’s always my favorite way to go which is to skip dinner and just enjoy the complimentary chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles and hot cocoa instead. The party guide map lists all the Holiday Treat locations.
The entertainment is the big draw of the Christmas party. The “Celebrate the Season” Show takes place at the Cinderella Castle Stage three times during the party while “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show” is presented five times nightly on the Tomorrowland Stage. There’s a character dance party in Liberty Square and also in Tomorrowland. Be sure to visit the Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. for a great holiday photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best. The Cast Members gave me plenty of time and allowed me to do Photo Pass and also use my personal camera. Finally don’t miss Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which debuts twice during the party. As with all parades, the first one is typically the most crowded and prime viewing locations fill up quickly.
As with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is about the ambiance in the park, the snow falling on Main Street, U.S.A., the Christmas music wafting through the park, the holiday treats, and all the magical holiday entertainment reserved especially for party goers. As a now-local, I found the party to be a great way to strictly enjoy the magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World without feeling rushed and pressured to ride all my favorite attractions as I can do that at any other time. My advice, even if you are visiting the party as part of your vacation, is to focus on the party specific events and special offerings. It’s truly a magical time and is truly jam packed with holiday festivities.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held select nights in November and December and often times sell out. Tickets went on sale on May 1, 2012 for this year’s parties. There are advance purchase discounts as well as discounts for Passholders, DVC Members, and military personnel on select nights. So don your festive holiday attire, grab your family and friends and head to the Magic Kingdom for a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations.Share this article:
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