Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special hard ticket event held in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. In 2011, the party is held on November November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, and 30, and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 18. Ticket prices vary based upon whether you purchase in advance or on the day of, are a child or adult, and whether you have an Annual Pass, Disney Vacation Club membership, or some other affiliation that entitles you to a discount. In any case, the event is not cheap, costing a minimum of $51.07 for children and $56.40 for adults, with prices going all the way up to $67.05 for adults! To purchase tickets, visit Disney’s MVMCP page.
That said, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World in November or December, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an absolute must-do! But more on that later. First, let’s provide an overview of the events to those who haven’t been.
Here are the things that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party includes, that are unique to the parties (at least for November 8th through December 18th):
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
Celebrate The Season Stage Show
Character Dance Parties (usually in the Golden Horseshoe and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe)
Holiday Wishes Fireworks
Disney character Meet and Greets with characters dressed in their holiday attire
Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
Snow on Main Street
It’s worth noting that after December 18th through the remainder of the holiday season, the standard daytime parade in the Magic Kingdom becomes Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks are shown nightly. This entertainment is arguably 75% of the draw for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but in exchange for not having to pay extra to see these things, you will face some of the worst crowds of the year after December 18th. If you want the best of both worlds, there are some other tricks you can use. So obviously there’s a trade-off! Now that we’ve set forth what entertainment you can expect at the parties, let’s give you some more details, tips, and our review!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party doesn’t offer as much entertainment or as many unique character meet & greets as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, so utilizing some sort of advance plan to maximize your time isn’t really necessary. You should be able to tour at a much more leisurely pace, and still experience everything.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade – Given the excellent lighting, ambiance, oh, and SNOW on Main Street, USA, it’s one of the best places from which to view the parade (which steps off in Frontierland). We typically get a spot at the end of Main Street so the Castle is directly in front of us as we watch the parade. Most of the photos on this page were taken from that location, or near that location. You really must view this parade from Main Street. Nowhere else even begins to compare.
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