Disclosure: My family and I were invited to Disney World as a member of the media for this coverage. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this review. All opinions of this theme park and pictures are my own.
We all know that The Magic Kingdom is a magical any day of the year, it’s even more so during the holiday winter months when everything is decked out in Christmas decorations and cheer. During the months of November and December you can experience one of the very biggest Disney World holiday events, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and this year it is back for 19 very merry magical evenings!
The full dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014 are:
November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30
December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19
MVMCP event is a separate ticketed event and your normal park ticket will
As I said, the event does not start until 7pm but with your event ticket you can get into The Magic Kingdom at 4pm! I strongly advise you to take advantage of this perk. Most people aren’t aware that they get early access into the park so around 6-6:30 the lines to get into the park are crazy. Arriving early will also you give you more time to ride a few rides and maybe have an early dinner. Most of the park attractions do stay open throughout the party, but once the party starts we barely have time for any rides since there are so many other special things happening.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade –
Like any parade you’ll want to arrive a bit early to get the best spot. We like to sit near the the end of the parade route which gives you a full view of the castle. The bright lights, sounds and of course SNOW fills Main Street USA while marching toy soldiers, dancing reindeer and gingerbread men, and even the big man himself, Ole Saint Nick come strolling by.
“A Totally Tomorrowland® Area Christmas” Show –
A Totally Tomorrowland® Area Christmas” takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland® Area at 7:45, 8:45, 9:55, 10:50 and 11:45 p.m. and features Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch in this musical review. A Totally Tomorrowland® Christmas is pretty fun but if I miss it, I wouldn’t mind.
A Frozen Holiday Wish –
It’s not exclusively part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas, but starting Nov. 5, Queen Elsa will transform Cinderella’s Castle into a glistening ice palace starting at 6:15 p.m. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will all take part in the Castle Dream Lights celebration and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show. The story, eh, I could do without and I actually don’t think the message gets across to anyone watching. The fun is just in watching the characters dance and sing and of course Elsa and Anna!
“Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” Fireworks –
One of the highlights of the night is the fireworks show, Holiday Wishes. Holiday Wishes has the amazing ability to thematically incorporate fireworks so they fit with the accompanying song lyrics. For the 2nd year in a row, you can purchase special Mickey “Glow With the Show” ears that will light up perfectly with the music! It’s really cool to see. You could see the fireworks from almost anywhere in the park but getting a “front row” seat in the middle of main street far back from Cinderella’s Castle (around Casey’s Corner) will give you the perfect view of the castle and all of the surrounding fireworks.
Complimentary Cookies & Hot Cocoa –
There are stations to get these all over the park. Lines for refreshments can get backed up near the front of the park (Crystal Palace especially) near the parade-time, but most of the time, you won’t encounter any bad crowds so it’s an in and out experience. They aren’t THE BEST cookies or hot cocoa you’ll ever taste but it hits the spot, it’s free, and hey, it’s all part of the experience. I will say that this year Disney has stepped up their game and the cocoa didn’t taste as bland and the cookies didn’t taste as “store-bought” or favorless. We actually enjoyed the tastings and kept coming back for more!
My family and I have been enjoying Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party every year since 2009. In my opinion, it’s a must see, at least once. If you are worried about the price tag I would definitely cut corners elsewhere so that we could experience the party at least once. The appeal of the themed party events use to be that the crowds weren’t as bad but as the years have passed that’s not really the case anymore. You can attend a party where there are just as many people there as any other given MK day. We went last Saturday, opening day, and it was completely sold out and at times got stopped because the crowds were so bad that no one could move. So yes, there was a lot of people and got really crowded during the parade, shows, and fireworks times. There are some things you can see on a regular night at The Magic Kingdom but the magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party isn’t there unless you actually go to the party.