Main

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Archives

November 10, 2012

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – 2012

Jack Masthead


This will be the fourth year I have covered Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). However, I skipped last year because I needed a break from all the yuletide festivities. LOL. If you've read my previous blogs on the subject, you'll notice that the event doesn't change much from year to year. But that doesn't stop MVMCP from being a favorite of many people. This seasonal event is a "must do" for many families. They wouldn't dream of missing it.

MVMCP is held at the Magic Kingdom on selected nights between November and December. During these evenings, the park offers special theming and shows intended to entertain the entire family. But before I start with a detailed description of MVMCP, let's take care of some logistics and answer the inevitable questions.

MVMCP is a "hard ticketed" event. This means you must purchase a separate admission ticket to attend. Your super-duper, all inclusive, park-hopper, Magic Your Way Ticket is NOT good for MVMCP. You MUST buy a separate admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased online, at any guest relations window, or at the TTC ticket booths.

Here are this year's dates and prices:



Friday, November 9, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $58.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $53.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax



Friday, November 16, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax



Friday, December 21, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $67.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $62.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $67.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $62.95 + tax



Disney limits attendance at these parties so in theory, the Magic Kingdom should be less crowded than usual. However, I have heard from readers who claim that sell-out nights are busy and many attractions have significant lines. I experienced this myself on opening night as it was a sold-out party. To give you an example, people were lining up for the parade on Main Street two hours before the event. Note, the closer you get to Christmas, the busier the party will be. The above prices should give you a clue. The more expensive the ticket, the busier the night. The parties are identical every night so it really doesn't matter what day you attend. You might want to keep this in mind when scheduling.

This next piece of information is very important.

MVMCP and all of the special events, shows, and parades run from 7pm till midnight. However, you may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with your MVMCP ticket. If you call Disney and try to verify this, they will be evasive. All they will tell you is the "official" hours are 7pm till midnight. But trust me; you can enter as early as 4pm. I've entered at 4pm every year and I did it again this year on opening night.

Disney allows early entrance for a reason. Since the party is only five hours in length, they know that if they didn't stagger the opening, they would be inundated with everyone arriving at the same time. They could not handle this onslaught of people in an efficient manner. By allowing guest admission starting at 4pm, it balances out the arriving crowd.

When you pass through the turnstiles, you will be given a wristband. This will distinguish you from the "daytime" guests. The Magic Kingdom will cease its normal operating hours at 7pm. At that time, the cast members will restrict access to the various lands. Only those with wristbands will be allowed on rides, in shops, and in restaurants. Those without wristbands will be asked to leave the park. Note, the wristbands change color from party to party to discourage gate crashers.


Wrist Band

Wrist Band


In past years, I have received a number of letters from readers complaining that Disney does not remove all of the "day" guests from the park -- and I'm at a loss on how to respond to your comments. All I can tell you is that Disney does the best they can. As far as I'm concerned, the cast members get a great big "A" in my grade book. At this year's event, I saw several cast members checking for wristbands on those waiting for the parade and shows. Guests without were asked to leave.

Is it fair that the couple waiting next to you for the Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade didn't pay to see it? Of course not. But you have a choice. You can either let these cheaters irritate you and allow them to ruin your night, or you can forget about it and have a good time. However, if you're not able to release on this, then complain at City Hall. I cannot help you with this situation. Please note, if you send me a comment that contains references to this situation, I will either delete the reference or not publish your comment at all.

Some people want to spend the entire day at the Magic Kingdom, including MVMCP in the evening - and that's fantastic. Of course, you will need two tickets to do this - your general admission ticket and your MVMCP ticket. Sometime after 4pm, you will need to get a wristband. To do this, you can either return to the main entrance or visit the FastPass area at Stitch's Great Escape in Tomorrowland. The cast members here will process your party ticket and give you a wristband.


Wrist Band

Wrist Band

Wrist Band


If you find you're in the park on a party night and don't have a MVMCP ticket, but want to honestly partake in the events, you can purchase a ticket at City Hall if the party is not sold out.


City Hall


Most, but not all of the rides and restaurants will be up and running during MVMCP. Be sure to pick up a guide map when you arrive. It will contain all sorts of needed information. Here is a list of what will be available:

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Westward Ho
Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Frontierland Churro Wagon

Liberty Square

Haunted Mansion

Sleepy Hollow

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain
Stitch's Great Escape
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
The Lunching Pad

Fantasyland

"it's a small world"
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Royal Carousel
The Barnstormer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Storybook Treats Ice Cream
Pinocchio Village Haus (open until 8pm)

New Fantasyland

It is Disney's intention to have portions of the New Fantasyland open to guests during MVMCP. HOWEVER, this area is still in "Dress Rehearsal" mode and there are no guarantees it will be open on the night you visit. In addition, the "Be Our Guest" restaurant MAY be open for dinner. Online reservations are NOT available. Guest wishing to eat here must check in at the counter located in front of the restaurant to see if tables are available.


Dress Rehersal Sign

Be Our Guest Podium


Okay. Now that we have the logistics out of the way, let's have some fun.

The merriment begins at the TTC where signs welcome us to the event (or not).


TTC Signs

TTC Signs

TTC Signs


Upon arriving at the Magic Kingdom, more signs and poinsettia trees greet us as we approach Bag Check.


Poinsettia Trees


Disney has come up with a special cast member costume just for this party. Here we have two of Santa's helpers sporting the latest in Christmas fashion.


Cast Member Holiday Costume


Main Street is where you find the bulk of the holiday decorations. Its Victorian architecture lends itself perfectly to this time of year. And don't forget to check out the windows. Many of them have been made over for the holidays. You might even discover snow falling from the sky as you walk this famous thoroughfare.


Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations


Note, the Christmas tree is not placed in Town Square until after the Christmas Parade has been filmed sometime in early December.

Although Christmas merchandise is available at WDW year round, you'll find even more holiday decorations than normal in many of the shops.


Christmas Merchandise

Christmas Merchandise

Christmas Merchandise

Christmas Merchandise


On The Hub you'll discover a number of poinsettias trees and in Adventureland, lights add a snowflake design to the pavement.


Poinsettias Trees

Sidewalk Snowflakes


At 6:15 each night, the Castle Lighting Ceremony takes place. On the castle stage, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy argue how to best decorate this imposing structure. When an impasse seems certain, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother appears and leaves the decision up to Cinderella who wishes it to be covered in ice. The Fairy Godmother then waves her magic wand and the castle comes to life in thousands of sparkling lights.

Since this show takes place before MVMCP officially begins, it is available for all guests to enjoy.


Castle Lighting Ceremony

Castle Lighting Ceremony

Castle Lighting Ceremony


At 7pm, a park-wide announcement is made informing everyone that the party has begun. At this time, the regular background music is discontinued and Christmas music is played throughout the park. Of course, it's all themed accordingly. The holiday tunes in Frontierland have a western tone while the music in Adventureland is tropical in nature.

MVMCP features two Character Dance Parties. The first takes place at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Tomorrowland and is called "Club Tinsel." At precisely 7pm, Sonny Eclipse ascends to the heavens and an energized DJ and a sparkling stage appear from the depths below. The DJ is quite animated and leads Goofy, Pluto, kids, and their parents in an easy to follow line-dance.


Club Tinsel

Club Tinsel

Club Tinsel

Club Tinsel


The other Character Dance Party takes place at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. At "Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House," Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye kick up their heels as a western DJ keeps things moving.


Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House

Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House

Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House

Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House

Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House


Throughout the park, a number of character meet-&-greet areas can be found.


Character Meet-&-Greet

Character Meet-&-Greet

Character Meet-&-Greet


Of course, the most popular meet-&-greet spot is located next to City Hall. At Candy Cane Garden you can meet ol' Saint Nick and let him know exactly what you want for Christmas.


Candy Cane Garden

Santa Clause


Throughout the park, cookies and cocoa are handed out by Santa's helpers. These locations are marked by large, lit balloons. This is an all-you-can-eat proposition and there is no additional charge. Note, the hours vary from spot to spot. This information is available on your guide map, but I'll repeat it here.

The Crystal Palace: 9pm - 11pm
Sunshine Tree Terrace - 7pm - midnight
Columbia Harbour House: 7pm - midnight
Pinocchio Village Haus: 7pm - 10:30pm
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café: 8pm - midnight
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant: 7pm - 12:30am


Cookies & Cocoa

Cookies & Cocoa

Cookies & Cocoa


MVMCP features two stage shows. "Celebrate the Season" takes place on the Castle Stage and features Mickey and the gang along with a few high-steppin' dancers performing to some of your favorite Christmas tunes. This show is presented at 7:45pm, 10:05pm, and 11:20pm. Arrive early as this is a popular production.


Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season


Over on the Tomorrowland Stage, "A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show" is presented at 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:55pm, 10:50pm, and 11:45pm. This cosmic encounter stars Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch. Once again, an energetic group of singers and dancers help out with the festivities.


A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show


The highlight for most folks attending MVMCP is "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade" and "Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season" fireworks display. The parade is presented twice nightly at 8:15pm and 10:30pm and is 20 minutes in length. I can't stress enough, attend the second showing. During the first parade, the attraction lines are significantly shorter. In addition, you can usually snag a good spot to view the parade in Liberty Square or Frontierland just minutes before the second parade begins.


Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade


The fireworks show is presented at 9:30pm. Holiday music and pyrotechnics are synchronized into a dazzling holiday treat that always coaxes a few ooos and aaaws from the audience. This show is best viewed from The Hub or on Main Street.


Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season


I have filmed the parade and the fireworks display for you and they can be viewed below.

Parade



Fireworks



To view this year's guide map, click here.

That's it for my overview of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a holiday tradition for many and party nights often sell out. If attending is something you're thinking about, plan accordingly.

Check out the AllEars Holidays Around the World pages for all that is happening this holiday season!


November 11, 2009

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - 2009

I know you're saying to yourself, "It's too early to be celebrating Christmas." And in most cases, I would agree with you. But partaking in this festive season at Disney World is something special. The parks and resorts take on a magical charm when decorated in anticipation of Ol' Saint Nick. Enchantment is everywhere. So the fact that Disney fudges a little on the date and hangs the holly early is okay by me.

And while they're at it, why not throw a party or two in anticipation of the big day. On selected nights during November and December, the Magic Kingdom becomes a holiday play place complete with snow, familiar songs, special treats, and overall holiday revelry as Disney presents Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP).


Christmas Party Entrance Sign


These parties are "hard ticket" events, meaning they require a separate admission ticket and are not part of any "regular" admission ticket you might have purchased. The prices are as follows (including tax):

Advance Purchase:

Adults: $55.38
Children: 3-9 $48.99

Advance Purchase discount is not available on Nov 29, Dec 4, 11, 17-18. The price is the same as Day of Event tickets.

Day of Event Purchase:

Adults: $62.84
Children: 3-9 $56.45

Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Discounts: Only available for the following dates: Nov 10, 12, 13, 17, 19; Dec 6, 8

Adults $52.19
Children 3-9 $45.80

Tickets may be purchased at any Guest Relations window at Disney World Resort, park ticket windows, and online.

Party Dates:

November 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Hours:

The official hours of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are 7pm to midnight. However, guests attending the party are admitted as early as 4pm. At this time, the turnstiles on the right are used for party guests and the turnstiles on the left are used for day guests. Note, even though you may enter the park before the party starts, the special events do not begin until 7pm.


Entrance to the Right

On party dates, the Magic Kingdom closes promptly at 7pm. Numerous signs are posted at the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Main Gate stating this. Come 7pm, cast member scour the park and politely ask all those without a wrist band to leave (see below).


Park Closes at 7pm


Upon entering the Magic Kingdom, a cast member will place a plastic band on your wrist. This will identify you from the day guests and you will need it for identification. If somehow you do not get a wrist band at the Main Entrance, they are also handed out at the Rose Garden section of the Hub starting at 4pm. You will be required to present you MVMCP event ticket at this time. Note, Disney rotates the wrist bands from night to night.


Wrist Band

Rose Garden


Decorations:


Be sure to notice the grassy area in front of the Train Station. It's all decked out for the holidays. There is also a giant nutcracker positioned above the tunnels that lead to Main Street.


In Front of the Train Station

Nutcracker

Entrance Banner


Once through these portals, the real spirit of the holidays is everywhere. Familiar Christmas tunes fill the air and the decorations are abundant. Even the popcorn wagon gets into the act.


Popcorn Wagon

Toy Soldiers

Main Street Day

Main Street Night

Lamp Post & Mickey Wreath

Christmas Tree on the Hub

Mickey's House

Mickey's House

MIckey's House

Minnie's House

Pavement

Tomorrowland


To the left of City Hall is Candy Cane Garden. This lovely setting presents a perfect spot to capture a festive photo. You can even mail a letter to Santa from here.


Candy Cane Garden

Candy Cane Garden

Candy Cane Garden

Santa Mailbox


Check out some of the holiday windows.


Main Street Window

Main Street Window

Main Street Windows


PhotoPass:

PhotoPass is in full swing during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Just approach any Disney photographer stationed throughout the park and have your picture taken. At that time, you will receive a specialized MVMCP PhotoPass. Your photo will be electronically linked to this card and as you continue your merrymaking, additional photos can be added to your PhotoPass as the night progresses. At the end of the evening, stop by Exposition Hall on Main Street to review your pictures. There is no obligation to buy. Event guest will receive a 40% discount on 5x7 MVMCP photos purchased that night or online once you get back home. Note, the 40% discount will not be available on Special $29.95 Holiday Photo Packages.


PhotoPass

Exhibition Hall


Cast Costumes

The cast also gets into the spirit by donning special Christmas attire. Red pants and skirts, Christmas tree shirts, and holly bow ties and candy cane ribbons complete the ensemble.


Balloon Sellers

Popcorn Vendors


Holiday Treats:

One of the best things about MVMCP is the holiday treats. At various locations around the park, cookies, hot chocolate, apple juice and apple slices are given out. Just look for the lighted signs to find your way to the goodies.


Holiday Treat Sign

Holiday Treat Sign

Cast Members with Cookies and Drinks


Here is a list of locations and hours:

Crystal Palace: 9pm - midnight
Tomorrowland Noodle Station: 7pm - 12:30am
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café (Soup/Salad side): 7pm - 10:30pm
Pinocchio's Village Haus: 7pm - 10:30pm
Adventureland Veranda: 7pm - midnight
Columbia Harbour House: 7pm - 12:15am
Diamond Horseshow Saloon: 7pm - 12:15am


Food Locations:

Here is a list of the restaurants and food locations open for MVMCP:

Main Street:

Tony's Town Square Café (last seating at 7:30pm) -- reservations highly recommended
Casey's Corner
Main Street Sweets

Tomorrowland:

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
The Lunching Pad at Rockettower Plaza

Fantasyland:

Mrs. Pots Cupboard
Friar's Nook
Cinderella's Royal Table (last seating at 7:15pm) -- reservations required

Liberty Square:

Liberty Tree Tavern (last seating at 8:50pm) -- reservations highly recommended
Sleepy Hollow

Frontierland:

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Westward Ho - Quick Bites
Turkey Leg Cart
Golden Oak Outpost

Adventureland:

Aloha Isle

Attractions:

Here is a list of attractions open during MVMCP:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Space Mountain (scheduled to open in late November)
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Tomorrowland Arcade
Stitich's Great Escape
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (last showing at 9pm)
Peter Pan's Flight
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Pooh's Playful Spot
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Mickey's PhilharMagic
'it's a small world"
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm
Mickey's Country House
Minnie's Country House
The Haunted Mansion
Hall of Presidents
Splash Mountain
Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
Big Thunder Mountain
Country Bear Jamboree
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse
Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Castle Lighting Ceremony

At 6:30 each evening, Cinderella Castle is transformed into a sparkling wonder. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Cinderella and her prince and fairy godmother work their magic to bring thousands of twinkling lights to life. This show is available to all guests, not just those attending MVMCP. The show is short, only about eight minutes long. I've captured the essence of this magic moment in the following short video.


Cinderella Castle


Characters:


Character Meet and Greets take place around the park from 7pm to 11:30pm. Unfortunately, on the night I attended, it rained the first three hours of the event and I wasn't able to get many pictures. But don't worry. Rain is rare in Orlando during November and December. This storm was the remnant of hurricane Ida. Also, since I wasn't able to check out all of the character locations, I will not be able to answer your questions as to what other characters are appearing for this event. Sorry.


Minnie Mouse

Alice and the Queen of Hearts

Donald's Tree Farm

Woody

Genie

Stitch

Beauty and Beast

Peter Pan and Wendy

Aladdin and Jasmine

Tigger and Piglet


Dance Parties

There are two dance parties held during MVMCP. The Fantasyland Pavilion Cotillion can be found at Ariel's Grotto and Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance & Play at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Tomorrowland. Both events are continuous throughout the evening.


Fantasyland Pavilion Cotillion

Fantasyland Pavilion Cotillion

Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance & Play

Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance & Play

Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance & Play


Belle's Enchanted Christmas

For a quieter time, join Belle as she tells the story of her enchanted Christmas. This event can be found at Bell's Fairytale Gardens at 7:30, 8:50, 9:55, and 11:00. This venue is small and seating is limited. Be sure to arrive early if this is something you want to experience.


Belle's Enchanted Christmas

Belle's Enchanted Christmas


"Celebrate the Season" Show

This magical show plays at 7:45, 10:05, and 11:20 on the Castle Forecourt Stage. Mickey & Minnie are joined by Santa-Goofy, reindeer, elves and other assorted characters for a zany Christmas treat. Merriment is had by all.


Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season


"A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show"

If you'd like to put a comical "edge" on your holiday festivities, check out "A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show." Here, Stitch, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and a group of space-aged dancers and singers present an untraditional, yet totally enjoyable Christmas show.


A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

Fireworks

At 9:30 each evening, the "Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season" fireworks show is presented. The best viewing can be found on The Hub with the castle as a backdrop. On most nights you should arrive about fifteen minutes before the show.


Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes


Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas Parade

For many, the Christmas Parade is the highlight of the evening. Presented at 8:15 and 10:30, Mickey and Minnie lead the procession followed by an abundance of their friends and finally, Old Saint Nick himself. The melody is catchy and smiles contagious. If you want to good viewing location, you should arrive at least thirty minutes in advance of the first parade. The second procession is definitely less attended so you might want to sample the attractions during the first show and save this magical event for later in the night if your young ones can stay up that late.

Full Map of MVMCP
What's Open Map of MVMCP
Park Map MVMCP

I have created a video of this year's parade. Enjoy.


November 13, 2008

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2008 Part 2

In the first blog about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, I told you about the Castle Lighting Ceremony, Mickey's Twas the Night before Show and the Celebrate the Season show.

From there Deb and I met back up in Frontierland for the Parade!

The parade shows twice a night. Both showings begin in Frontierland (8:15pm and 10:30pm). If you find the Magic Kingdom is busy on the night you attend, I would suggest seeing the second showing as it is always less attended. The parade is long and lasts almost 30 minutes.

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade:

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade


After the parade, we walked back to The Hub and found our spot for the "Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season" fireworks show that starts at 9:30. Even though Disney tells guests that they can enjoy the fireworks from anywhere in the park, I feel it's much better when seen from Main Street or The Hub. The castle provides the perfect backdrop for the presentation.


Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season


Another show available is "Belle's Enchanted Christmas" presented at 7:15, 8:10, 10:00, and 11:15 in Belle's Fairytale Gardens. Here, Belle tells a delightful story of a Christmas she once experienced.

Holiday Treats are available, free of charge, at various locations throughout the Magic Kingdom. These include hot chocolate, apple juice, cookies, and apple slices. Also available are sugar-free hot chocolate, sugar-free cookies, and gluten-free cookies.


Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade


Two "Character Dance Parties" are on hand for the kids. At Ariel's Grotto, Lady Tremaine, and the ugly stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia from Cinderella, can be found on the dance floor. At Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café, Chip and Dale and Stitch get into the act.


Pavilion Cotillion Dance Party

Pavilion Cotillion Dance Party

Pavilion Cotillion Dance Party

Pavilion%20Cotillion%204.jpg

Pavilion Cotillion Dance Party


Besides the extra festivities these special events provide, manageable crowds are also a nice feature. A little after 10pm, Deb and I circled the park, checking the wait times for attractions. Peter Pan posted a 20 minute queue. All other attractions were 10 minutes or less.

Note, not all attractions are open for "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party." Here is a list of what's available.

Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Splash Mountain
Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan's Flight
Cinderella's Golden Carousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
"it's a small world"
Pooh's Playful Spot
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Space Mountain
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitches Great Escape
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Tomorrowland Arcade
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (last show at 9pm)
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm
Mickey's Country House
Minnie's Country House

Also scattered around the park are a number of photo ops such as this one in Fantasyland and special entertainment like the singing pirates in Adventureland. In addition, special "event only" merchandise can be purchased at selected shops.


Photo%20Op%201.jpg

Pirate%20Xmas.jpg


I do need to give Disney a slap on the wrist. The Christmas tree was not up for this first presentation of "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party." I feel that if Disney is going to charge for a separate ticketed event, that's all about Christmas, then having the Christmas tree in place should be a priority. I was disappointed.

"Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" is held on the following nights:

November 10
November 11
November 14
November 16
November 20
November 21
November 30
December 2
December 4
December 5
December 7
December 9
December 11
December 12
December 14
December 16
December 18
December 19

Depending on the date, prices range from $48.95 - $55.95 for adults and $42.95 - $49.95 for children (3-9). Tickets can be purchased at any guest relations desk.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party MAP

Ticket and other MVMCP information!

November 12, 2008

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2008 Part 1

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Sign

I know for many of you, it's too early to start thinking about Christmas. But Disney doesn't agree. Last night (November 10th), the first "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" of 2008 was held. Deb Wills and I were on hand for the festivities.


Main Street Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party


The party starts at 7pm and runs till midnight. However, guests may enter the Magic Kingdom anytime after 4pm with their event ticket. Cast Members were directing regular day guests to enter the left half of the turnstiles and those attending the party to enter the right side.

All party goers are given a wristband after passing through the turnstiles to differentiate them from daytime guests. Come seven o'clock, only guests with wristbands are allowed onto rides and attractions. Everyone else is asked to leave the park.


Main Street Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Main Street Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Main Street Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

On the left side, just before City Hall, were 2 Toy Soldiers and a countdown of "45" days until Christmas. Behind the sign was a photo opportunity backdrop that included a holiday wreath.

City Hall Toy Soldier Photo Op


Deb and I arrived early and had dinner at Pecos Bill Café. After our meal we headed over to the Castle Forecourt to watch the "Castle Lighting Ceremony" that takes place each evening at 6:30. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early as this is a very popular show attended by both day guests and party goers.

As the festivities begin, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald are trying to get into the holiday spirit, but something seems to be missing. Each has a different idea as to how to decorate the castle, but no consensus can be reached. Finally, they decide to ask Cinderella for her thoughts. After all, she's the one who lives in the castle. In the end, her fairy godmother appears on the balcony and transforms the castle into a wonderful work of art with thousands of tiny lights.


Magic Kingdom Castle Lighting Ceremony

Magic Kingdom Castle Lighting Ceremony

Casle%20Lighting%2002.jpg


The show is simple, but it works. As the castle turrets light up, section by section, the crowd gasps in amazement. I had goose bumps, and I've seen the show before. For the rest of the evening, Deb kept repeating, "The castle is stunning." And she's right, it is magnificent.

Magic Kingdom Castle Lighting Ceremony


The castle lighting show is 15 minutes long.

At its conclusion at 6:45 we hightailed it to the Galaxy Palace Theater in Tomorrowland. We wanted to see the first presentation of "Mickey's Twas the Night Before Christmas" show which begins at 7pm. When we arrived, we found that the theater was almost full and we were some of the last guests to be admitted. This show is also presented at 8:00, 9:00, 10:15, and 11:15. If you plan on seeing the "Castle Lighting Ceremony," I might suggest seeing one of these later performances so you can get a better seat.

In this show, Mickey reads passages from "Twas the Night Before Christmas" as different characters act out portions of the story. A live orchestra provides the music. The highlight of the program is when Minnie sings "Santa Baby" to Goofy dressed in a Santa suit. It's hilarious. The show is about 30 minutes long and is a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend seeing it.


Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas


After the show, Deb went to investigate "Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance and Play Party" at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café.

Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance and Play Party

Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance and Play Party

I headed back to the Castle Forecourt to see the "Celebrate the Season" show.

When I arrived at Main Street, I was amazed at how many people were lining the street waiting for the 8:15 parade. The Hub was also packed with people. This didn't seem right to me. These special event parties usually aren't this busy. I started looking for wristbands and found that many of these people did not have one. I suspect that a lot of these guests stake out a spot on the parade route at 7pm, rather than leave the park as they are supposed to. Once someone is sitting on the curb, I imagine it would be difficult for Disney to evict these guests. I struggled through the crowd and found a place in front of the castle for the show.

The "Celebrate the Season" show is different, but similar in feel to the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" show. In this performance, Mickey and Minnie are joined by a number of "Nutcracker Suite" characters (among others) who bring merriment to the festivities. This show is shown at 7:45, 10:05, and 11:20.


Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season

Celebrate the Season


Since the overall experience of these two shows are so alike, I don't really think it's necessary to see both of them. And if you choose to see only one, I'd pick the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for a couple of reasons. First, the show is longer. Also, the theater has benches (with backs) that you can sit on. Shows in the Castle Forecourt require guests to stand during the performance. Also, many parents place their children on their shoulders when the show begins, blocking the views of those behind them.

Main%20Street%20Xmas%2005.jpg

Main%20Street%20Xmas%2006.jpg


After the "Celebrate the Season" show I met up with Deb in Frontierland to see the "Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade" which started at 8:15. Once I entered Liberty Square, the crowds thinned out dramatically. Frontierland was also sparsely occupied. This convinced me that many "day" guests had stayed past 7pm to see the parade.

Next, Part 2 of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Return to Blog Central

About Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to The “World” According to Jack in the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Magic Kingdom is the previous category.

Patriots Day Flag Retreat is the next category.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.