I want to thank Walt Disney World and my friend, Priscila at Social Parenting, for inviting me to experience my very first time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
A few of my favorite things in life are my family, Disney and the holidays. So getting to experience all of these things at once was incredibly magical for me! I’m happy to help you by sharing some tips and photos so you know what to expect when you go.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is a special ticketed event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom during the winter holiday season. This party will run through December 22, 2019. For more information on dates and tickets, see Disney’s website here.
As a local Annual Passholder and a parent of a toddler, I’m bringing you some special tips to get the most out of your experience as well as share a few of my favorite parts.
- You can arrive at 4 PM on your party night with your party ticket even without a regular admission ticket. Four to seven PM on party nights tends to be a quieter time, so you may experience lower than normal wait times. If you also have regular admission tickets, you may schedule Fast Passes during that time. There are no Fast Passes after the party starts but waits for rides tend to be reasonable.
- Plan your dinner sometime between 4 and 7 PM too. Whether you are eating at home, a resort or in the parks, it’s a good idea to make sure you have had a solid meal before the party starts so you’re prepared to have some treats once the party begins.
- Make a priority list and a general itinerary.
- Be sure to grab a map / brochure immediately. This will have the time guides and locations of special “party only” things like treats and rides. Even if you’re familiar with the park, this will still be immensely helpful for you.
- Two things to make sure you get right away are your Sorcerer’s Card (available by the fire station on the left side of the entrance) and your first cookie (on the right side of the entrance).
- Make sure you take plenty of pictures. If you have a ticket that includes Memory Maker / PhotoPass, you can take advantage of the magic shots available throughout the party. If you don’t have it, they do have a special one night Memory Maker price available.
- Plan your outfit! You can wear Christmas Jammies or Ugly Christmas Sweaters or some festive Minnie Ears. Many people are dressed for the holidays and it’s a lot of fun!
- Do not miss walking through Main Street! At the beginning of the party, during each parade and at the end of the night, it SNOWS on Main Street and it is simply magical.
- There are treat stations throughout the park and you can get treats by going through those lines. If you have a food allergy, you can request an allergy cookie which is the Enjoy Life chocolate chip mini cookies (they are not available at every station). There are cookies, snowman pretzels and drinks such as hot cocoa and cider. What is available and where to get it is listed on the map/brochure.
Tips as an Annual Passholder (AP):
- Arriving around 6 PM will give you enough time to get your first cookie, a few photos and get in line for the first thing on your itinerary. You can arrive before 6 PM but as an AP, there are not many advantages to arriving much earlier. This gives you time to make sure you are rested and ready for the rest of the evening.
- You can save money by signing into your account and buying your tickets with your Annual Passholder discount in advance – around $10 savings per ticket.
- If your AP includes PhotoPass photos, be sure to take advantage of the many photographers. There are Magic Shots and photographers everywhere throughout the party.
Tips for Families with Young Children:
- This party was seriously MAGICAL overall and my daughter LOVED it. The snow on Main Street and all of the magic around every corner was just so special. Prepare for your heart to melt with love and joy sharing these fun holiday traditions with your little ones.
- Consider how late your child will stay up. My two-year-old surprised me by staying up the whole time for the Halloween Party but she was clearly done around 10 PM when she took her shoes off and she didn’t want to leave the stroller again after that. I made the first half of the night heavier on activities she would like to be up and doing. For this party, I only had her stay with me for the first hour so that I could have some much appreciated alone time. We plan on going back as a family in the near future.
- Create a child-centric itinerary but also do some of the things you want to do. Balance your itinerary with things that will keep everyone happy.
- Consider bringing a stroller and/or baby carrier, depening on what your child prefers. We always prefer to have both.
- Rider Swap is available for rides like Space Mountain. Rider Swap is a program available to families with young children so that parents only wait once while the other parent stays with the young child(ren) and then the parents swap places and the other parent rides.
- Be flexible. Flexibility is always the key to happiness with young children. You may think one plan may work, but they may have other plans and you just have to roll with it.
- Plan for a longer nap before the party and a slow morning/day the day after the party. We were all tired the next day were all in bed early the next night!
Plant Based Eating
If you eat vegan and/or gluten-free, there are Enjoy Life Cookies available during the party. They are vegan. gluten free and allergy friendly. They are only available at the first stop and a few locations like Pinnochio House and the Launching Pad. They are not available at every location. The apple cider (more like apple juice but still good) is also available at The Launching Pad. The Snowman pretzel is vegan (but not gluten free).
I chose to pay for my own hot chocolate which is vegan and gluten free when ordered with plant milk at the Starbucks on Main Street. You could also choose to bring one from home and bring it in a stay warm mug. There are few vegan and gluten free options included during the party so I do think purchasing this extra is worth it.
Vegan & Gluten Free Cookies, Complimentary During the Party
Snowman Pretzels, Vegan, Complimentary During the Party
Very Merry Specials
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade are shows you cannot miss! I chose to stay by the castle from about 9:45 PM until 11:30 PM to catch them all in a row. If you do this, it’s the Fireworks at 10 PM, Merriest Celebration (castle stage show) at 10:30 PM and then the Parade at 11 PM. Here are some photos of these merriest specials.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show was every bit as special and magical as I wished for. Tinkerbell does fly during the show, too!
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a sweet show about inviting all of your friends to join in celebrating the holidays with you. My favorite part was when the prancing reindeer brought in Clarabelle. It was so fun, you’ll just have to see it… There’s even an appearance from Santa Mickey!
I don’t think I could pick an absolute favorite part of my night but seeing Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade directly in front of the castle was certainly in my top favorite Disney memories to date. There was something special about the music, the cheer and seeing all my favorite friends with the castle lit up in the background. With so many of our Disney friends waving right at us, it was just a perfect time! Who is your favorite Disney friend to see? I loved seeing the Prancing Reindeer because my sister and I loved them growing up and it’s a special memory for me.
For more snippets of my night at the party, head over to my Instagram and check out my pinned stories. Be sure to follow me while you’re there to stay up with our latest adventures.
Tell me in the comments – what’s your favorite part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?!
For me, it was seeing the magic in my daughter’s eyes as she experienced the snow and tree on Main Street.
I hope you have a wonderful, pixie dusted holiday with your family! – Jess