Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Have you ever been to Disney at Christmas? The sights, the sounds, the smells all overwhelms the senses; it is all purely intoxicating. We went last year at the beginning of November. We purchased the hard ticket for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and I am going to share some tidbits about Disney at Christmas with you so you can decide if it is something you want to add to your bucket list.
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There is something to be said about wearing shorts, it’s a comfortable 70 degrees out, and you are watching it snow on Main St USA. As soon as you walk into the park you smell the most scrumptious smells. It’s the smell of your mom making homemade cookies, and a fresh-cut Christmas tree. There are holiday decorations everywhere. The scent of fresh-baked goods from the shops down Main St; and right in front of you is the iconic castle ready to be lit up come dark. What more could you want during the holiday but to take a seat with your freshly made cookies and your hot chocolate and sit back to enjoy the show?
When to Go
The second week of November is going to be the best time to visit. The crowd level will be low and all the decorations will be up, including resorts will be decorated for the holidays. The first week of November the crowd isn’t terrible but it is jersey week. From Thanksgiving on your crowds are going to be fairly high. If you would like a calendar with best times to visit Disney in 2018, check back we will are working on that now and should have that for you soon. Disney has a Halloween party, MNSSHP, which runs till October 31, they work all through the night to transition Disney and when you arrive at the park November 1 voila it is Christmas. Here is a video of the transformation via time-lapse. You can find this and other Disney videos on YouTube/Disney Parks.
When the Party Starts
The party starts officially at 7 PM but with your party pass, you are able to get in at 4 PM. At 7 PM they usher out everyone who is not wearing a party wristband. For lack of a better word its like watching someone herding cattle. They have rope and just start walking toward the gate and the only way to get past the rope is to have on your wristband for the party.
Free Cookies and Hot Chocolate
There are 6 different places to stop and get your free holiday treats. My favorite was the stop at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, we got peppermint crunch cookies and the kids got the Nestle Nesquik in addition to their cookies, I happen to be a bit odd and don’t like chocolate milk. The peppermint cookie was so delicious I can’t even describe in words. It sort of resembled a warm Andies Mint but crunchy and delicious. If you are a chocolate lover like me you will also love the stop at Friar Nooks where you can get a Dove chocolate and sparkling apple cider. Along with these two which were my favorites you also stop at 4 other places to get a soft pretzel and snow cone, Santa shaped cookies and snickerdoodles with hot chocolate and the ginger molasses cookies with eggnog. You don’t have to limit your self to only going through the line once you can go back as many times as you like; though I did have to limit the kids.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade happens 2 times during the evening. You can see it at 8:30 and again at 11:00. The parade features, of course, Mickey, Minnie, Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Goofy, Pooh, Tiger and the 7 dwarfs among others. Your children will also get to see Santa on his sleigh. We always watch the first parade; though a lot of people will go to the second and ride rides during the first. For us though with the little kids, we never stay until midnight.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is such a cute show. They have it on the main stage at the castle 4 different times. 7:40, 9:25, 10:30, and 12:00. Mickey invites his friends, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, over to celebrate Christmas. This show debuted 2016.
A Frozen Holiday Wish
A Frozen Holiday Wish is a show that you must see. I get goosebumps every time I see it. See video below to watch Elsa light up the castle. The show features Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Christoph. They advertise the stage show for this at 8:15, however, when we were there they did have 2 shows. Most people will go to the first show, therefore, the first show for is always crowded. While everyone is crowding in to watch the first show, this leaves all the rides open. So take the opportunity to go ride some of the rides that have long wait times. My son and daughter last year waited 10 min to ride space mountain which is on any given day almost an hour wait without a fast pass.
Here is the link to the first lighting this year which was shown live during the event. (The link is via YouTube/Cow Missing)
Holiday wishes only happens once a night though so you will want to get a good seat for this, it is at 10 PM. This is the fireworks show over the castle. During the holiday season, the only way you will get to see the fireworks is to purchase the ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I always feel like a kid when I watch Wishes.
If you have ever visited Disney no doubt you have had the opportunity to meet a character and got an autograph. While at the dance party which is exclusive to this hard ticket event; you can interact with characters they won’t do autographs but how would you like to get a picture of your little one dancing with Tigger. There are 2 different parties you can join in the fun with, Club Tinsel and Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.
Don’t forget to get those photo ops especially if you have Memory Maker. There are so many great opportunities for some amazing pictures.
Even Scrooge himself would find it hard not to be in the Christmas spirit while at Disney during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party.
I would love to hear from you. Have you been, how was your experience? Do you have a question, feel free to email me or comment?
Have a Magical Day ~ Teresa
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