Halloween has just passed less than a week ago and Disney has already started the transition to the next holiday season. The Osborne Lights are already lighting up the nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the next event is just around the corner. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins on Sunday, November 8th & runs on select nights through December 18th. It’s held at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. Hit the jump for more details about what to expect at this year’s party!
For those of you who are new to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or MVMCP it’s structured similarly to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. There are exclusive shows, parades, meet & greets and a special version of Wishes which can only be seen at the party. Guests are also treated to cookies & hot cocoa at certain spots in the park. There will also be snow on Main Street USA which is awesome considering you’re in the middle of Florida! As with MNSSHP the party is from 7 PM to midnight, but you can get into the park starting at 4 PM. I recommend getting to the park early that way you can eat and enjoy a few attractions before the official start of the party. Tickets for MVMCP range from $74 – $82 for adults, so this party can get pricey depending on your party size. It’s also worth mentioning that after December 18th the Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade & Holiday Wishes become part of the regular park schedule for the remainder of the holidays. This means that guests at Magic Kingdom after 12/18 get to enjoy these without paying for admission to a separate party. The downside for waiting to see them during normal park hours is that December 18th through New Year’s is the busiest time for Walt Disney World. So, you’ll be saving a few bucks but you’ll be fighting with a ton of crowds and you won’t get to experience the ambiance of the party.
The two other draws for the party are the meet & greets and the Frozen castle show. The most popular characters for the meet & greets are definitely Anna & Elsa and the Seven Dwarfs. I would expect that wait times for these two meet & greets will get very high so if they’re important to you it’d be best to get in line starting at 6:30 PM that way you won’t miss them. The Castle Forecourt Stage is playing host to A Frozen Holiday Wish. The castle show where Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a “sparkling palace of ice”. Holiday Wishes is probably the biggest draw out of the shows. It’s one of the few times that Disney uses the parameter fireworks so watching from the hub or main street really makes it an immersive experience. It’s a must-see in my book!
If you’re a fan of the holiday season or of the Magic Kingdom parties then Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party should definitely be on your list. As I said about MNSSHP it’s one of the few times where the park isn’t all about the attractions. There are some guests who go to the parties and never get on a single attraction. I will usually do a few since the wait times are low, but there’s nothing better than walking down Main Street USA with snow falling from above! We’ll have a review and more photos & video from MVMCP later this month!
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