Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an annual event that takes place at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom on select dates in November and December. The event includes complimentary and exclusive treats, party specific merchandise, holiday decorations, fireworks, shows, and the holiday parade. Here is our review of the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016.
Before you can even park your car in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, you are greeted by these male and female snow people. They are absolutely adorable with their mittens and Mickey Ears. This is the perfect feature to build the excitement for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as the Walt Disney World welcomes the spirit of the season, and all of us who are attending the event.
As I entered the Magic Kingdom, a Cast Member, dressed in her North Pole attire, directed me to the holiday party path. Along the path were photo ops with Disney photographers available to snap your picture. I was also handed my first complimentary treat of the evening, a lovely wrapped Christmas Tree Cookie, by another fun and festive Cast Member.
Complimentary treats are available at many locations throughout the Magic Kingdom. Disney has outdone themselves this year by offering treats other than the sugar cookies, hot cocoa, and apple cider. This year they have added eggnog, ginger molasses cookies, peppermint bark cookies, and mini snow cones to name a few. They still have the Snickerdoodle sugar cookies and hot cocoa as well. Allergy-friendly options are also available upon request. I sampled a few of the new options and I loved the ginger molasses cookie and the peppermint bark cookie. I was also pleased to see they had added eggnog as a beverage. Eggnog is quite popular at this time of year and it certainly added a festive touch to the event.
The exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise is fantastic. The Super Pin is amazing and will run you $60. The small boxed pin costs $120 and contains 6 pins, including the WALL-E pin that cannot be purchased separately. The larger boxed pin set costs $285 and includes the exclusive Santa Claus pin along with the WALL-E pin. The Santa Claus pin cannot be purchased anywhere else. There is also the smaller holiday pin that runs for $15 and features Santa Mickey. You can find the festive holiday ornament and the Limited Edition Magic Band as well. If you love t-shirts, then you will not be disappointed by the red and green shirts, and the grey Passholder shirt. My personal favorite amongst the merchandise items has to be the Super Pin. I have not seen one of these before, and while I don’t know what I would do with it as it is too big to really be worn on clothing, I was still most fascinated with this holiday party item.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers opportunities to view amazing holiday decorations, and to meet rare characters, such as Sandy Claws from The Nightmare Before Christmas. You will see holiday shows that are currently exclusive to the party, such as the Let It Snow show along Main Street and the Castle Forecourt stage show; Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. Each of these shows have multiple showing over the course of the evening. Holiday Wishes are among the best that Disney has to offer in fireworks shows and is shown once each evening of the party. There are specialty cupcakes available and some people will agree that the Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae is worth the cost of the party ticket. This amazing treat is covered under the Disney Dining Plan as a snack option.
You may wonder how it is that they don’t have people crashing these parties. There are Cast Members placed strategically around the park, holding lighted Mickey Santa boards, whose primary job is to check for wristbands. They continue this until they receive the word that the park is cleared. The Cast Members are always jovial and ready to say hello with a bright smile so be sure to take a moment to recognize them.
The festive atmosphere immerses you into the party experience. I have to be honest here. I was skeptical about what to expect at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as I attended one of these events about 3 years ago and left disappointed. I can assure all of you that this is not the same party from a few years past. The complimentary treats were really good and I was very happy with the variety that was offered this year. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show was magnificent. I have never seen that many Disney characters in one place since…well ever!
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Live feed can be seen here:
Holiday Wishes~Celebrate the Spirit of the Season was a bit different than I remember but was very good. In my opinion, it is always a good show when Tinkerbell flies. The magic of that moment, and the gasps from the crowd, are so real. I happened to be recording Holiday Wishes via a Live feed. There was a young child standing beside me who was simply amazed by the show. Many of our fans responded to her joyful responses and I know this is one example of why Disney does what they do. The wonder and amazement in her face, and her voice, made the experience memorable for me even though I have no idea who the child was.
See the Live Feed of Holiday Wishes here:
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is a classic. Be sure to view the parade along Main Street in order to see the Let It Snow show just prior to the parade. There is nothing more festive and magical than snow falling along Main Street with holiday music and Cast Members dancing along to the music. The parade features Mickey and Minnie in their Mr. and Mrs. Claus attire, Cinderella and Prince Charming in the pumpkin carriage being pulled by the white Cinderella horses, and the jolly elf himself; Santa Claus. Clarabelle Cow has a float of her own where she is baking cookies and you would swear, just by the scents emanating from her float, that you are really smelling cookies baking.
See the Live Feed of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade here:
There are many other events going on around the park. Rides have shorter wait times, Club Tinsel has a DJ spinning music and hosting a dance party with characters, Tomorrowland features A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas party with characters and dancing, and this year you can enjoy the group VoicePlay as they sing an a cappella holiday concert on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
Even if you arrive at 4:00pm, which is the time you can enter the Magic Kingdom with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, you will not be able to do everything that is offered over the course of the evening. That is why some strategic planning is necessary for you to experience what is most important to you. Many people ask if the cost of the ticket is “worth it.” I wholeheartedly answer that questions with a resounding, “Yes!” Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 is sure to leave you in a happy and festive mood. Whether you attend with family, friends, or just on your own you are sure to have a truly magical experience!
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