Terrific Tuesdays: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

 I have been a Walt Disney World annual pass holder for several years and am fortunate enough to go to the parks quite often. However my job does not usually allow me to visit near the holidays. This year is different and I was able to go last week. While I was there I was contemplating going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I had never been before and I was thinking if the only “extra” is hot cocoa and cookies, I can buy an awful lot of those things for the $70+ that the additional ticket costs. I decided that this maybe the only time I could go, so a small group of my friends went to the party. If you are on the fence like I was, perhaps I can help you make your decision. It is WAY more than free cookies and hot cocoa!

One of our most enjoyable parts of the evening was Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Prior to just before Christmas, this parade can only be seen during the party. This year the parade features Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and of course Olaf. Another character that is seldom seen around Walt Disney World is Vanelope. She and Wreck it Ralph made an appearance in the parade as well. Quite often the first parade is crowded. I found it best to plan for the second parade of the night.

The stage show at Cinderella Castle stage is a great way to feel the holiday spirit! This musical celebration includes many characters. You will also see Nutcrackers and dancing reindeer. This show is presented three times nightly during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

We took part in the Holiday Hootenanny. This is a character dance party at The Diamond Horseshoe. The Country Bears were there dancing, posing for pictures, and having a great time. At Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café there is another dance party you can take part in as well.

Many guests look forward to seeing Wishes nighttime spectacular. I am one of those guests. During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, is amazing! If you look forward to Wishes on your visit to the Magic Kingdom, you will definitely love Holiday Wishes.

As I mentioned before, there are complimentary cookies and hot cocoa available in several areas around Magic Kingdom. Apples and apple juice are also available if requested. Very close to the end of the night, there was a cast member trying to get us to take extra cookies. (Since our kids stayed home we thought it was the least we could bring back for them.) My friend went and got a small bag from a nearby store and figured she would get a few extra cookies. The cast member FILLED the bag. I don’t mean just a few cookies. The bag was stuffed and almost over flowing. He thanked my friend for taking extra cookies so they won’t go to waste. I would keep this in mind if you are near a cookie station toward the end of the night. It makes sense to give them out instead of throw them out.

Disney does a spectacular job decorating for the season. When visiting the parks or resorts during the holidays, there seems to be Christmas cheer everywhere. Although Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party adds an additional dose. I am very glad to say that I spent the money to go to the party. We didn’t ride any attractions or wait in line for pictures with characters, we just took in the sights and sounds of the holidays. It is my Christmas wish that all visitors to the Magic Kingdom get to experience this party at least once!

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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