Disney and Christmas are two of my favorite things and when you combine the two, well let’s just say I get a little misty eyed. My husband Drew and I attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time on November 13th. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was. Here are a some highlights from our experience and a few tips.
Cinderella’s Holiday Wish
While this is not part of the party you can enter the Magic Kingdom in time to view they show. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald help the Fairy Godmother with Cinderella’s wish to have the castle sparkle like her glass slippers. It sets the mood for the party and you get to see the Castle Dream Lights sparkle for the first time that night. The show is nightly at 6:15 pm.
There are lots of great character meet and greets during the Christmas party. Several are only available during special events or are rarely out together, and most are wearing special Holiday outfits. The Seven Dwarfs are once again in Frontierland and if you want to meet them make sure you get in line early or you will be waiting a while. The party we attended wasn’t very crowded so we didn’t have much of a wait for any of the characters we saw. We were also able to meet Santa Claus at the beginning of Main Street.
At several locations throughout the park you can get cookies and hot chocolate. They are included in the price of your ticket so they are “free”. We picked ours up in Tomorrowland at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. The cookies were snickerdoodles. I was afraid with the amount of cookies they would be handing out that they wouldn’t be very good but they were soft, fresh, and yummy. You also receive a candy cane after you visit Santa Claus and when you are exiting make sure you stop to get a piece of peppermint Ghirardelli chocolate.
“A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” Show
We watched this as we were devouring our Holiday treats. Its a small stage show at the Rockettower Plaza stage. Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch make an appearance. I thought it was a really cute show and it was a nice way to take a break.
“The Magic, the Memories, and You” Holiday Edition
Most of the show is the same but they have added a special holiday sequence. I love the show but I wish the entire show had been holiday themed. The castle looked beautiful as a present, candy cane, and a gingerbread house. The view is great from any where on Main Street but I prefer to watch it in the hub. The closer you are the more detail you will see.
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Jiminy Cricket is the host of this holiday edition of Wishes and Tinker Bell takes her usual flight from the castle. The fireworks were specular as usual and there are some special perimeter firework sequences for the party.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
This is my new favorite parade. How can you go wrong with gingerbread men, toy soldiers, and Santa Claus. The second parade was not as crowded as the first if you can skip the first one. I also recommend viewing this particular parade on Main Street. As we waited it started to snow and the Dapper Dans came out to sing Christmas carols. It also makes the parade more magical with Cinderella’s Castle all lit up in the background.
There are also dance parties with characters and the Celebrate the Season show in front of the castle. We didn’t have time to attend either of these but the kids really seemed to be enjoying the dance parties as we passed by.
Sitting on Main Street while it was snowing was one of the most magical things I have ever experienced. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was well worth the extra money for the ticket and is now something I want to attend every year.
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