It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! It’s the holiday season, and what better way to spend a holiday than the most magical place in the world…Disney World!!!
This year I gave Carson a early Christmas gift to Magic Kingdom for “Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party”, and it was AMAZING!!! We went before back in 2017 for his first birthday, but being that he’s a three-nager now, way more active and observant, he loved it even more the second time around.
Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held on select nights in Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, from the beginning of November till almost the end of December. The party features exclusive shows, fireworks, parades, character experiences and more.
The question everyone wants to know, because as we ALL know, Disney can be very expensive. The earlier you attend the Christmas party, the cheaper the ticket is. The closer you get to Christmas, the more expensive the ticket will be. Tickets range from $109-130 for adults and $100 to 120 for kids ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. (Carson was pretending to be a two year old on this trip. LOL)
Christmas Party Time:
The Christmas Party events start at 7:00pm, but Disney allows guest to come into the park at 4:00pm to have some extra time to enjoy the Magic Kingdom Experience. The party ends at midnight, which gives you plenty of time to ride all the rides you choose and get some holiday fun in as well. In order to stay in the park for the Christmas Party, you must have on the special band pictured below.
If you came to the park during the day and try to sneak and stay, the Disney Castmates will remove you from the park. Trust me, they will find you, will not allow you to ride rides, etc
I’ve seen it happen and met people on the shuttle who shared their experience with trying to sneak and stay.
Crowds/ Line wait time:
Many who have been to Disney know that they have some of the longest wait times EVER. And to make it worse, Fast Pass can not be used during the Christmas event. One thing that worked for us is that we did the Christmas party during the week (Tuesday) versus the weekend, so our longest ride wait time was about 20 minutes, other then that we walked straight to the front and we were able to ride EVERY SINGLE RIDE in the park!!! AMAZING right!!!
Very Merry Christmas Activities:
The events that happen during the Christmas Party are totally different then what you see on an average day at Magic Kingdom. Here are some of the events.
*A Frozen Holiday Wish: Frozen Castle Firework show.
*Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration: See all your favorite Disney Characters as they welcome you to the Christmas Party.
*Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – An ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!
*Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks
*A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas: A show with some of you favorite Disney Pixar Characters
*Club Tinsel: A dance party with polar bears and reindeers.
*Storybook Jingle Jam: Dance Party with some of your favorite Disney Jr Characters
*Snowfall on Main Street
Several of the rides are transformed to add some Holiday Cheer as well!!!
By far, our favorite part of the night is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade. We love it so much that we go to both showings! Dancing nutcrackers, gingerbread men, reindeer and the big man himself — Santa — join your favorite Disney characters for a gorgeous parade complete with scented floats (yes, you can smell Clarabelle Cow's cooking!). Keep an eye out for lesser-seen characters such as Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz.
The parade typically steps off in Frontierland Area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square Bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, heads down Main Street, U.S.A., circles Town Square in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and ends next to Harmony Barbershop. Note: If watching from Town Square, the parade won't reach you until about 20 minutes after its scheduled start time.
If you want a prime parade spot along Main Street, U.S.A. or in front of the castle, we recommend snagging your seats at least an hour ahead of showtime for front row viewing. We got lucky and managed to find a prime front row spot in front of Casey's Corner about 45 minutes before, but it was a tight squeeze. If you don’t want to waste valuable party time waiting, try for a less popular spot in Frontierland or near the train station in Town Square. However, we really recommend taking the time to view from one of our favorite spots such as in front of Cinderella Castle facing the bridge from Liberty Square. If you’re OK with the kiddos staying up past their bedtime, the 11 p.m. showing is usually much less crowded.
Frozen Holiday Wish Show:
Get swept up in the holiday spirit as Queen Elsa uses her powers to create a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration. This show is short and sweet at less than 10 minutes long, and a must-see for Frozen fans. Even if Anna and Elsa aren’t your favorite, it is a truly magical moment to see the castle come alive with its iconic, glowing icicles. While you can catch Queen Elsa's lighting of Cinderella Castle in icy, glittering lights any time during the holiday season, not just the party, you definitely don't want to miss it. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf join her in a brief stage show leading up to the big reveal!
If you don't want to waste valuable party time, you can watch the show at 6:15 p.m. However, keep in mind that it will be busy with lingering daytime guests. Main Street will be packed once the show finishes as they leave the park, so we recommended heading to Liberty Square, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland immediately following the 6:15 p.m. show.
Club Tinsel/ Storybook Christmas Jam:
This was one of Carsons favorite things during the party. Once he got over his fear of the characters, he danced the night away to some amazing music. He even got a macarena session in with Timon.
Holiday Snacks and dinks are included in your ticket price. During the Holiday Party, you will see several tall candy canes throughout the park to notify you that a holiday treat is near. You can have hot chocolate, snowcones, cookies, snowman pretzels, eggnog, apple cider and more. Again it is included in your ticket price.
One of the things that I love about the Christmas Party is that there are special character appearances as well as the lines tend to be shorter for meet and greets.
3:20pm- We arrived at the park
3:45 pm- Doors opened for Christmas Party guest
4:00-6:00pm- We rode several rides. We started out in Adventure land and worked our way around. Because the lines were short, we had accomplished 5 rides in an hour!!!
6:00pm-Went and had dinner in Tomorrowland at the Starlight Café so that we can have a good spot for Club Tinsel.
7:00pm- Club Tinsel. Carson danced around with Polar Bears and Reindeers.
7:20pm: We went to get a spot for Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration
8:15 pm: Frozen Holiday Wish Show
8:30-9:30pm- We went and rode more rides because we knew a lot of people would be at the first parade.
9:30pm-10:30pm: Went to Storybook Christmas Jam
10:30pm: Went to get a spot for the 11:00pm parade
11:00pm-12am: Closed out the night with the Mickeys Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Is it worth it?
If you and your family love Disney, love the holidays, and love rides, then the Mickeys Very Merry Christmas is ABSOLUTELY worth it!! Carson absolutely enjoyed his self as did I. I would recommend it to anyone.