For those visiting Disney World over the holidays, it’s a must-do to attend a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. There are several benefits you get over visiting during the day, ranging from shorter lines to a holiday themed parade to free hot chocolate and cookies.
You can even do it without spending much more by only doing the party that day (see tips below to find out why). If the Magic Kingdom is magical normally, it’s even more magical over the holidays, and even more so during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- seeing Cinderella’s Castle transform into an ice castle with icicle holiday lights
- getting hot chocolate and cookies throughout the Magic Kingdom for free (although the cookies were rather bland tasting and the cocoa was a bit weak on a recent Family Adventures visit to the party)
- meeting Disney characters more easily and with shorter lines (the wait to see popular faeries, for example, was 15 minutes versus a daytime wait of an hour)
- shorter lines for rides (many, if not most, featured 5-minute wait times)
- the amazing 20-minute Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which culminates with Santa Claus at the end
- snowing on Main Street
- a holiday fireworks show
- a holiday performance in front of Cinderella’s castle
- some items sold exclusively at the party, such as limited edition Disney trading pins sold only during the party’s hours
- the general feeling of pomp and circumstance as Disney cast members are donned in holiday gear and greet attendees right from the entry gates
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tips
Although this is a wonderful experience, the hours are shorter than a typical park’s day (from 7 p.m. to midnight) and so it’s especially important to know what to do. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your visit.
- To save money, consider buying tickets only to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for that day. You don’t need both park tickets and party tickets to get in, and it would be a pretty long day to do the parks from morning until midnight anyway. Save a day of park visiting for another day.
- You can actually go before the official hours of the party and still only need your party tickets to get in. Although obviously this can change, during the recent visit 4 p.m. was the earliest entry time with a party ticket.
- Consider bringing or renting a stroller, blanket and travel pillow, even for an older child of age 5. That way, if your child gets tired he or she can sleep and you can enjoy the park afterward.
- Expect lines for public transportation, and realize that connections might not run at other parks that are closed by that time.
- If you will be returning to your hotel by bus, know that you will have to remove all bags from your stroller and remove your child before collapsing the stroller. If you don’t want to potentially wake a sleeping child, see if you can return to your hotel by boat or tram.