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Have you been wondering if the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth it?
Of course, it is!
It’s not the most magical place on earth for nothing.
I’ve been taking my family there for the past couple of years because my daughter’s birthdays are in early to mid-November. So instead of party in South Florida, we decide to party in Orlando with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom. We’ve always wanted to go the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but maybe next year.
With my girls being 6 and 9 years old, I felt like this was one of our easiest year’s attending the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Here is the scoop on 8 Ways To Enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
1. When To Buy Your Tickets
The best time I feel to go to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is at the beginning of the party season which is early November. The closer you get to Christmas, the more crowded it gets. But it’s probably more festive as you get closer to December and in the Christmas spirit.
There are also different prices for different days. Some are less expensive than others. These prices are listed on the Disney World website.
2. You Should Get To The Magic Kingdom Early
Did you know you can enter the park at 4:00 pm? Don’t waste the day using a Magic Kingdom park ticket! Buy a ticket to just the party.
I recommend taking the morning to rest and then make your way to the park around 3:00 pm. By the time you catch the monorail, get through security and get any tickets or wristbands updated, the park will be letting party guests in.
If you live local, we took the morning to drive up to the Magic Kingdom. The kids were ready to walk for a few hours after a 3-hour car ride from South Florida.
3. Eat Dinner Before The Party Starts
Many of the restaurants turn into treat destinations during the party which starts at 7:00 pm. We went looking for a soda about an hour before and many of the places were closed and preparing the treats like cookies, cocoa, and frozen blue slushes.
A good idea would be to make reservations early at one of the Magic Kingdom Restaurants, eat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
You can also bring a in a cooler if your kids are picky eaters or have food restrictions.
4. Get Fast Passes For That Day
If you show up to the park at 4:00 pm, you can use Fast Passes up until the party starts at 7:00 pm. We had Fast Passes for Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Dumbo. We decided to stay in Tomorrowland from 4pm-7pm. Our Buzz Lightyear Fast Pass was up first. Then we had just enough time to go to Space Mountain. After that ride, we went on the People Mover to calm our nerves.
Then we headed to the Storybook Circus area to ride Dumbo. The lights at night were really amazing with the water reflecting around the ride. We sat down and had a bite to eat. (We brought our cooler because of the timing.) My kids were able to see the Seven Dwarfs walk out on our way for a little shopping under the big tent.
5. It’s All About The Treats
Arriving early (4:00 pm) has its perks. We followed cast members holding signs and leading us through a back way. There were plenty of photo opportunities along with treats.
When the party starts at 7:00 pm, many of the restaurants offer more treats such as cookies, hot cocoa, and frozen blue slushes. Make sure you get a Very Merry Christmas Party flyer to see what treats are in which land.
6. Go For The Rides
If your kids are thrill seekers like mine, we skipped a few of the shows instead for rides. You may find the popular rides like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan wait times go down significantly during the some of the shows. Don’t forget to download the Disney Wait Time app and use your My Disney Experience to keep up with your scheduled activities.
7. A Frozen Holiday Wish
If you do anything, you have to make time for A Frozen Holiday Wish show. Keep your video on your child’s face as Cinderella’s Castle lights up. It will be a priceless photo and something they will never forget.
If you want to see the Mickey’s Once Upon A Time Christmas Parade and you want snow (fake), then drive your stroller behind that tape about 45 minutes to an hour before the parade starts. This year we found, as my hubby would say, a money spot in Frontierland. This is where the parade starts and my kids saw everything. Then you can race over to the Haunted House or it’s a Small World when it’s over. The rest of the park will still be waiting.
9. The Fireworks
The fireworks can be rather late, but worth it if your kids can hang. I recommend always bringing or renting a stroller for naps, standing kids and holding stuff.
The negotiation was to go on Splash Mountain as our last ride. We knew you can get a little wet and the temperature was dropping ( a cold 59 Degrees).
My little one and I waited by the 2nd bridge before Splash Mountain. We could see the fireworks over the castle plus the fireworks behind. It was really amazing and no one around.
You can also go near the Hall of Presidents and have the fireworks shoot above you which is pretty cool if your little one can handle the noise
The minute we drive out of the park my family is already asking when we are going back. I say very soon.
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