As promised, here is the second half of my review of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. You can read the first half here. Like I was saying in the first part of the review, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed event, meaning it only happens on certain nights in November and December, and you have to buy a special ticket to get in.
All of the characters who are out at the park are dressed in Christmas garb. I like this a lot, since you can get rare photos that wouldn’t be possible that rest of the year.
Literally on every Disney trip, we always — and I mean always — stop by Pooh’s Thotful Spot to see my favorite, Winnie the Pooh. Normally, you will find Pooh and one other pal (usually it’s Tigger). But at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you get all four main characters, which is pretty cool, since Eeyore is much more rare to make an appearance. I only wish I could see Rabbit at some point – he’s always been one of my favorites.
But maybe character meet’n’greets aren’t your thing. If so, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a great chance to ride some of the more popular rides that would otherwise be super crowded. I overheard someone say that the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was only thirty minutes that evening, which is very short compared to the normal ~75 minute wait.
One of the other awesome things about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the chance to see the special Christmas parade as it goes down Main Street USA. The parade has two runs, one at 8:30 and one at 11 o’clock. I love me some Disney parades (yes, I do often watch the same one more than once one each trip!), so I think it’s really awesome to see a special limited edition parade.
And I mean, c’mon, SANTA!
As the parade drew down Main Street USA, it even started ‘snowing!!’ You guys, the level of magic Disney brings to everything just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Snow, in central Florida! (We live in middle Tennessee and haven’t even seen any frozen white stuff yet, so Disney set the snow bar high for me this year ;-))
You may be reading this and thinking, ‘hey! that’s something my family would love!’ If so, I strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Even though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party does not have the same history of outselling as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party does (nor does it have quite the cult following among Disney fans, to be honest), I still wouldn’t recommend risking a sellout if you are planning a winter Disney trip.
Ticket prices vary based on the day of the event – a weekend night closer to Christmas will obviously be more expensive than a Tuesday in mid-November. Prices start at $86 (for the 2016 year — I would not be surprised if there is a price bump in 2017), but there are sometimes discounts for certain affiliates. For example, we are Annual Passholders, so we were able to score a decent discount.
Tell me, have you ever celebrated the Christmas season at Walt Disney World? Did you attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
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