Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is either the can't miss Disney event of the holiday season, or it's just another way for The Mouse to squeeze an extra $250 out of your vacation spending budget. For me and my family, who had never visited the Magic Kingdom before today, it leans more towards the former.

Ice and Snow. ICE AND SNOW!
Admission to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is treated like a separate event. You have to buy special tickets for it. On days when Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is being hosted, the Magic Kingdom closes at 4pm and re-opens at 6. So, don't do use your regular Magic Kingdom admission tickets for a day when the party is scheduled, as you'll be ushered out of the park when it closes. Instead, do a resort day or something and then hit the Magic Kingdom when it re-opens for the party. We opted to spend the day at Disney Springs and have lunch at the T-Rex cafe before coming back to the resort to rest up before the party. Once we got to the Magic Kingdom, we were happy to notice that, due to limited ticket availability, the rides and attractions had significantly shorter wait times than what one would expect on a normal Magic Kingdom day. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party offers up a Frozen themed stage show at Cinderella's Castle where Elsa uses her ice powers to cover the castle in snow and ice. There's also a Christmas themed stage show at the castle starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto as well as a Christmas themed parade down main street featuring all of the iconic Disney characters. Throughout the night, free hot cocoa and sugar cookies are available at various refreshment stations. Personally, I'm not much for parades or for Disney characters in general, but I have to admit that the Christmas parade down Main Street was pretty awesome. And seeing Cinderella's Castle all adorned in ice lights was quite the spectacle. They even go so far as to blow snow across the main parts of the park in order to really get you into that Christmas spirit even though it's 60 degrees out. Only at Disney, my friends, only at Disney.

Our older girls were much more interested in taking advantage of the shortened wait times on the premium rides to bother with the parades and stage shows at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, so, I took the liberty of recording the shows for the girls so that they could see them later on. I'd post them here, but I don't need The Mouse to get all litigious on me, so I'll embed some better recordings from professional sources here so that my readers can get a look at them:

A Frozen Holiday Wish Castle Stage Show

Celebrate The Season Stage Show

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

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