Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a classic special event, and each year it gets better. I was invited by Disney to attend on November 12, and I happily accepted the invitation. I was especially excited to see the brand new Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show. I watched the broadcast when it was carried live on Disney Parks Blog, and I really wanted to see it in person.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs on select nights from 7:00 until midnight, but your ticket will get you into the Magic Kingdom at 4:00. You will need a wristband. If you’re already in the park, there are places where you can pick yours up, you don’t have to leave and then enter again. When you first arrive, there’s a special area off of Main Street, U.S.A. where you can grab your first cookie of the night. There are also picture opportunities and merchandise for sale before the party starts.
Speaking of cookies, there are plenty that you can enjoy, and they are included in the price of admission. You can also pick up hot chocolate, eggnog, snowman pretzels, and some other treats. Allergy friendly goodies are available upon request. The cookie locations are marked on the special party map. You can pick up a map when you enter the park, and they are also available in some of the stores. There are also party exclusive foods for sale, including Olaf’s Hot Chocolate and An Orange Bird Christmas.
Characters in holiday costumes and rare characters are a favorite for many people who attend both the Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Those are also some of the longest lines of the night, which is why I usually skip them. If you plan to get some character pictures, arrive early (before the park closes to the general public) and get in line right away. That’s the best way to get as many character pictures as possible.
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There are extra enhancements to some of the attractions this year. Tomorrowland Speedway has a fun Christmas overlay, and holiday music is played (if you can hear it over the roar of the engines). Mad Tea Party has special festive lights. The gang at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor are celebrating as well, with holiday jokes and plenty of audience interaction. Space Mountain also has a holiday theme, with special lighting and Christmas music playing throughout the ride. One extra bit of fun with Space Mountain is that the lights are turned up a bit, so you can see parts of the track. That gave me a different perspective on the ride.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is always a lot of fun. It runs twice each night (weather permitting), at 9:00 and at 11:00. The first parade tends to be more crowded. There were some minor changes in the parade this year, and it is a great way to see a lot of characters dressed up for Christmas.
There is also extra entertainment on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. You can see Elsa cover the castle with sparkling ice in A Frozen Holiday Wish. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration also runs there several times each party. The last show of the night begins at 11:55, so it can be a fun way to wrap up your evening. Remember that the shows are weather permitting. Even a small amount of rain can cancel a show or cause it to end early, because a wet stage is not safe for the performers.
As I already mentioned, I was most excited about seeing Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show. This takes place at 10:00 on party nights. This show was spectacular! There were some fun projections on Cinderella Castle (it’s amazing to me how they can make it look like it’s dancing) but the star of the show was the fireworks. I watched from the Main Street, U.S.A. side, but I don’t think it would matter where in the park you watched from. You might miss some of the projections if you’re elsewhere, but you will still see an incredible show in the sky. There was some narration from Minnie, but there was not a lot of talking or a real story to the presentation. Minnie just reminded us that the holidays are about spending time with people who we love. The music wrapped it all together with a melodic bow. It was near perfection.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the ideal way to get into the holiday spirit. You can experience Christmas cheer around every corner. There is even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.! The party is a special ticketed event. It runs on select nights from now until December 22. I highly recommend checking it out. All of Walt Disney World is magical during the Christmas Season, but I think they turn it up a bit for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s that special.