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November 12, 2018
Disclosure: Walt Disney World provided us tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but our opinions are strictly our own.
If you’ve been wanting to take the kids to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the holiday season is the perfect time to go! You still get to experience all of the magic of the theme park’s offerings, but you get the added bonus of the beautiful decor and photo opps…and somewhat cooler temperatures.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is something every family who loves Disney should experience at least once. It is a seperate ticket and it’s only offered on select dates, but you get a lot of extras like plenty of sweet treats, unique photo opportunities, and a theme park that isn’t quite as crowded–you’ll still have a lot of fellow party goers, so don’t think there won’t be any lines.
Here are the remaining dates: November 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21. Tickets start at $99.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party officially kicks off at 7 pm, but you can check in as early as 4 pm with your Very Merry party ticket. Why do this? Get a head start on the fun!
Pro Tip: If you are an annual passholder like we are, go even earlier! Head for the Passholder line like you usually do to bypass the crowds and be sure to book a couple of Fast Passes for your favorite rides. Fast Pass is NOT available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. There are a few areas inside where you can redeem your Very Merry party tickets for the wristband that you must wear because they will be looking for them.
We’ve been huge Disney fans for many years, long before we had children, so we may be a bit biased, but it’s our opinion that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is pretty darn magical and totally worth the trip from Tampa. Here are our 5 favorite things:
1. The Complimentary Treats: I mention this first because our kids (ages 3 and 5) were so stoked about the cookies and sweet treats.
There are seven Holiday Treat Locations this year throughout the park with each offering something a little different.
We got the Snickerdoodle Cookies and Hot Chocolate at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland–where a dance party was going on as we walked in! We also tried the Santa Claus cookie and Sno-Cone at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, also in Tomorrowland.
Other stops we didn’t try: Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone, Liberty Square Ticket Office: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog, The Friar’s Nook: Dove chocolate and Chilled Apple Cider, and Pete’s Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie.
There are also allergy-friendly and healthy substitutes available upon request which we LOVE!
The food and treats available for purchase were also huge WINS for our kiddos!
2. The Entertainment: There’s some pretty spectacular entertainment during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party like ‘Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration’ feartuing all of your favorite Disney characters and princesess on the front stage of Cinderella’s Castle. There are plenty of chances to catch this show. Showtimes are 7:40 pm, 9:25 pm, 10:30pm, and 11:55pm.
Some of our favorite entertainment options included Club Tinsel at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland where the whole family can dance the night away and one of our favorite highlights of the night…a holiday honky tonk dance party with the Country Bears in front of Country Bear Jamboree!
New this year is the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam featuring your child’s favorite Disney Junior characters. The dance party can be found under the big top at Storybook Circus from 7pm-10pm.
There are a lot of special character appearances too so grab your event map and look for all of the Mickey icons for the hot spots!
You’ll also want to secure a spot in front of Cinderella’s Castle for the awe-inspiring show, ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ and watch as Elsa lights up the castle during a light projection display that will knock your Christmas stockings off! The show starts at 8:15pm.
My kids loved it and it was a great way to lead into the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 8:30 pm!
This was the finale–we’re posting so you don’t miss this when you go because it was pretty awesome:
Make some time to visit with Santa too! You can find him at the Town Square Courtyard near City Hall on your left side as you walk through the front gates.
You’ll also want to make sure you catch the Holiday Wishes fireworks show above Cinderella’s Castle. It starts at 10 pm which was a little too late in the evening for our kiddos, so we didn’t get to see it but we hear it is pretty amazing!
3. The Parade: Oh my goodness, the PARADE! My 3-year-old is obsessed with Mickey Mouse. I’m not sure if it was exhaustion or pure elation, but I swear there were tears coming out of his eyes as Mickey and Minnie rolled by during the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade! He’s seen Mickey several times before, but he’s never seen the parade at night so this was a pretty magical moment for him and ME!
Be sure to grab your spot early so you can get a front row view because as parade time nears, it gets super crowded no matter where you find a spot! There are two opportunities to see the parade: 8:30pm and 11:00pm.
Your favorite Disney characters and princesses make appearances in this parade as well, so get your camera ready for an up close pic! Check out some of our favorite highlights:
4. The Atmosphere: You are greeted by the holiday magic as soon as you walk in. We loved seeing the Dapper Dans perform holiday classics in front of the big Christmas tree in front of Main Street! We also loved the snow flurries along Main Street!
Disney didn’t miss a thing when decorating for the holidays, but one of our favorites was Cinderella’s Castle. It is breathtaking…and we got some major holiday decor envy! Be sure to grab a family photo with one of the Photo Pass photographers with the castle in the background! They’ll add some extra magic to your photo too!
Stop by to see Mickey too at the Town Square Theater on Main Street USA! He’s wearing his holiday best! We love this special moment when Mickey balanced by youngest son’s stuffed Mickey on his nose! The kids were impressed–my 5 year old thought it was pretty spectacular too!
5. It’s not as crowded and sooo much cooler at night. You’ll still be joined by a crowd of other Very Merry partygoers, but it’s not as crowded as weekend daytime visits. Even though there are no Fast Passes during the Very Merry Party, lines moved along pretty quickly. We didn’t see waits exceed 30 minutes on some of the most popular rides, but that could go up as we get closer to the holidays and more people attend the party.
We recommend going early at 4 pm so you can go on a few of the traditionally less crowded rides like ‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘Dumbo” and then save the time later for the entertainment and other rides like ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ and ‘Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’! Wait times for the more popular rides will be noticeably shorter when the party starts.