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- 10 Reasons Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is Worth the Cost
- 1. Get in early with the party ticket
- 2. Special character meet & greets and unique photo ops
- 3. Ride attractions with little wait
- 4. Complimentary holiday goodies
- 5. Holiday dance parties
- 6. A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
- 7. Unique holiday stage shows and castle lighting
- 8. Holiday Wishes Fireworks
- 9. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
- 10. Snow on Main Street, USA
- Is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party right for your family?
- Where to Buy Discounted Disney Tickets
There’s no doubt that Walt Disney World can throw an awesome party! These exclusive hard-tickets events, like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom Park offers you the chance at one of a kind experiences you can’t get during regular park hours – holiday snacks, unique character meet and greets, holiday fireworks, shows and parades. But are those experiences worth the extra splurge?
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10 Reasons Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is Worth the Cost
I adore Christmas and Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays is just magical. Stunning decorations hung from every rooftop, Christmas trees all around and characters in their holiday best – there isn’t another place like it. The 2019 dates are as follows:
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And each year, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) gives guests the opportunity to sprinkle on even more holiday cheer, but it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Prices have steadily gone up each year topping out at a whopping $139 for a five-hour special event. Cringe-worthy, I know, but I still believe it’s worth it and here’s why.
1. Get in early with the party ticket
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party officially kicks off at 7 pm, but guests with event tickets can get into Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4 pm on party nights.
And in 2019, select Disney Vacation Club members can get into the park starting at 2 pm. So we skip the regular park ticket for the day of the party and use our MVMCP ticket for a full seven hours in the Magic Kingdom! That extra couple of hours goes a long way helping me justify the cost of party tickets.
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2. Special character meet & greets and unique photo ops
I’m not usually big on character photos, but at the Christmas party, it’s a different story. These aren’t your run of the mill character meet & greets! Disney Princesses posing with their princes, Flynn Rider with a smolder that makes your toes curl, and the Fab 5 dressed to the nines – you’ll find them all at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Also, a meet and greet with Moana or Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws can only be found at Walt Disney World during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
But the photo fun doesn’t stop there. There are exclusive photo opportunities throughout the Magic Kingdom including special magic shots. These photos ops are just screaming Christmas card!
3. Ride attractions with little wait
No one knows precisely how many tickets are sold to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but it’s a fraction of daily attendance. You know what that means – short wait times for top attractions!
Select rides and attractions are open during the holiday party and the list of opened rides seems to grow each year. Tomorrowland favorites like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear‘s Space Ranger Spin or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain in Frontierland — all with little to no wait times.
We love to skip the first Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and head to Fantasyland to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan‘s Flight. It’s such a treat to skip the 60+ minute waits.
4. Complimentary holiday goodies
Free is a word that always grabs my attention. Add that word in front of snacks and you just won this mama’s heart! No more “I’m hungry” or “I want a snack.” Have at it kids – it’s FREE!
Cookies and hot chocolate have been part of the complimentary fare for as long as I can remember. But last year Disney stepped up their game adding more variety to the menu! The new snacks and drinks include a Peppermint Crunch Cookie, Nesquik Chocolate Milk, Eggnog, Sparkling Apple Cider, Sno-Cone, and a Snowman Soft Pretzel.
TravelingMom Tip: The cookies are individually wrapped! So snag a few to snack on in your hotel room or throw them in your park bag for the next day!
In addition to these complimentary treats, they also have some holiday season snacks you can purchase including an Ugly Sweater Brownie or a Holiday Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Roll.
5. Holiday dance parties
There’s always a dance party to be found at these parties. Cosmic Ray‘s Starlight Cafe transforms into Club Tinsel where you can dance the night away with DJ Cane and Chip and Dale. I love to let it loose at the Disney dance parties! All attention is on the cute kids, so uncoordinated little ole me can dance like it’s 1999. And the fact that you get to dance with your favorite Disney characters is such a unique experience.
Club Tinsel can get a little wild when everyone is on the dance floor. If it gets too be a little much for the young ones, head over to Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam. They can shake their tail feathers with the Disney Junior gang!
6. A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
A merry band of revelers has teamed up with Santa Stitch, Buzz, and crowd pleaser, Mike Wazowski to save Christmas. Take on Emperor Zurg, follow Stitch‘s journey as he tries to track down Santa and have a barrel of laughs with Mike Wazowski! The singing and dancing are out of this world and keep the Tomorrowland rockin’ with upbeat Christmas favorites.
7. Unique holiday stage shows and castle lighting
Mickey throws a fabulous holiday party for Minnie, Donald and all his favorite friends at Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. Music, holiday cheer and fun festivities! You can catch the celebration multiple times throughout the night on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.
Want to kick off the holiday season with a little magic? At 8:15, A Frozen Holiday Wish takes place on the castle stage. We love to stand on Main Street as Queen Elsa uses her powers to light up the castle with sparkling icicles. This is a show no one wants to miss!
8. Holiday Wishes Fireworks
Everyone was sad when the regular season, Wishes Fireworks Spectacular ended. And while Holiday Wishes isn’t the same show, it still carries on the magic of Disney with a holiday flare.
Blasting into the night sky above Cinderella Castle, Holiday Wishes can be seen from just about anywhere in the Magic Kingdom. My daughter loves to ride Splash Mountain during the fireworks, but my husband and I just love watching them from the back side of the castle in Fantasyland. It’s typically less crowded, has a good view and you don’t lose any of the holiday spirit.
9. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Parades are my jam. And Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is one of the best. See all your favorite Disney pals plus Santa and his reindeer as they stroll down the parade route bringing joy to all.
There are two showings each party night – 8:30 and 11 pm. The first parade is always packed! So we treat it as our grand finale and grab seats in Frontierland for the second showing. It’s a great way to relax and start to unwind after a long party night.
10. Snow on Main Street, USA
There is nothing in the world that can compare to the magic that surrounds you as the “snow” starts falling on Main Street, USA with Cinderella Castle sparkling in the distance. Instantly, faces all around you light up and the atmosphere changes. That one small moment makes it all worth it and gets everyone in the spirit of the season!
Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party right for your family?
If you think you’ll make the most out of it by watching the exclusive shows, parade, fireworks, or unique character meet and greets, then it may be worth it for you. This 40ish mom loves it! If you just want to ride attractions with low wait times – Disney After Hours event is probably more your speed.
Have young children who usually go to bed early and get grumpy as the night goes on? Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party probably isn’t the right fit for your family. Unless of course, they’ll sleep in the stroller and allow you to enjoy the special events. If your kids can do open to close on a regular park day, I say go for it! Let them sleep in, hang out poolside and hit the Magic Kingdom at 4 PM with the early admission. My kids are older and they love everything Christmas, love free snacks and love the parades and shows, so it’s worth it for my family!
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