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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 at Walt Disney World

Last night (November 9), my daughter and I were invited by Disney to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It was the second party of the season, and it was sold out. It was also a very warm evening.

The party this year was similar to the one in 2017, and there is nothing wrong with that. I knew I was going to have a great night before I even got to the Magic Kingdom. I decided to ride the ferry, and I struck up a conversation with a very nice couple from Dallas. Here’s hoping that they read this, and that they had a fantastic time.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party does not officially start until 7:00, but with your ticket you can enter at 4:00. I arrived that early, my daughter joined me a little bit later. Anyone entering the park for the party was directed to the scanners on the right hand side, and that’s where we received our wristbands. Once inside the Magic Kingdom, if you have a wristband you can head to the right again. That’s where they’ll give out the first cookie before the party starts. There are also some picture opportunities. The area closes once the party begins, so if you want a picture there head that way immediately.

One of the highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party every year is that you can enjoy all the cookies that you want. There are stations throughout the Magic Kingdom, and your map will tell you what to find and where. There were long lines for the cookies, except for the last hour, but those lines moved quickly. My only disappointment of the evening was the lack of variety for those with allergies. My daughter is allergic to dairy, and her only option at most stations was mini Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies. (She could also eat the snowman pretzels.) Last year there were a few varieties of Enjoy Life, as well as allergy friendly gingerbread men. At the party on November 8 they had JUST Cookie Dough, but it wasn’t available for us.

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Entertainment is a big part of the party every year, and this time it was as much fun as ever. I live streamed A Frozen Christmas Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and Holiday Wishes on the Disney Dining Facebook page. I’m glad that I was able to give so many people a chance to see parts of the party! If the video paused a couple of times I apologize. The Wi-Fi at Disney isn’t always all that reliable, and the connection got shaky a couple of times. The videos are still available to watch on the page, so if you missed them live you can enjoy them now. I loved the comments during the live streams, so thanks for watching.

 

For many people, the special characters are a large part of the appeal of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  I didn’t get pictures with any of them because of the lines. I’m not sure how some of the lines were, but at 6:00 I was told that the line for the seven dwarfs was already two hours long. There was too much else that I wanted to do.

My two personal favorites from the party this year are Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes. I watched all of the first parade and had a nice conversation with a gentleman from Pennsylvania while waiting for it to start. It was that kind of evening, the mood was festive and the holidays were in the air. The parade is always fun, and no one does fireworks like Disney.

The decorations at the Magic Kingdom are stunning, as always. The “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A. added to the “Holidays in a small town” effect. What is nice about the snoap (fake snow made out of soap) at the Magic Kingdom is that it looks like snow as it falls. Sometimes snoap comes out in clumps, but the kind found at Walt Disney World isn’t like that. You might even forget that you’re in Central Florida for a few seconds, even if everyone is wearing shorts and T-shirts.

Usually at Mickey’s parties, the lines for the rides are short all night long. That was mostly the case last night. The notable exception was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. That line just grew longer as the night went on. At the end of the party the posted wait was 50 minutes, but the line looked a lot longer than that. I wouldn’t be surprised if people waited at least an hour and a half. We were going to ride, but one look at the line and we headed to Space Mountain and its ten minute wait instead.

All in all, I would highly recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year. If you go, plan ahead what you will want to do, because it is next to impossible to get everything in. Show up hungry, especially if you love cookies and hot chocolate.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.