Would you believe I’ve never been to one of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties!? Never! We always planned our vacations during the autumn, partly because of our love of Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party and partly because my workload in December was always intense.
Last year, we had just moved to Orlando and I wasn’t working yet, so although I had the free time – finally! -I couldn’t justify spending nearly $100 per person for something I’d be able to (mostly) experience during regular park operations once the parties ended. (For 2016, the Christmas parties end after December 22 and you’ll be able to see the parade and most of the shows as part of regular operations until the holiday season ends).
But this year, I get to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Yay! I’m most looking forward to:
The Disney Parks do details like no one else, and details are basically my favorite thing. Lighting, scents, music, snow, everything. When I think about how Town Square, Main Street USA, and the castle hub transform for the Halloween parties, I feel positively giddy when I try to imagine how idyllically holiday-ish everything is going to look, sound, and feel. It’s going to be like December in Hohman, Indiana… times one billion. I’m hoping for cool, crisp weather so I can maybe wear my “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!” sweater. Which I do own. For real.
A Frozen Holiday Wish: Okay, so technically, you can see this on non-Christmas party nights during the holiday season, too. I LOVE IT. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, chocollllate, and watching Else freeze Cinderella Castle? Gorgeous. Magical. When I saw it for the first time last year, my eye might’ve leaked a little. If you’ve never experienced it, don’t miss it. Even if you’re an old cynic, you should still try to see it again. The show is super short and it’ll warm your heart. Getting to see AFHW with the Magic Kingdom all decked out in its holiday decor is going to be extra special, too. 8:15 PM, Castle Forecourt Stage.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas: Once again, one of my favorites from last year. If you love Stitch (I do! I do!), this is a must-see. It’s cute, funny, and festive. 7:40 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:20 PM, 10:45 PM, and 11:35 PM at the RocketTower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: Not sure if it will compare to Boo To You!, my most favorite parade of all time, but I’m still looking forward to it! Last year, I watched Once Upon a Christmastime at 3:00 PM in, like, 90-degree weather. It’s hard to feel in the holiday spirit when you’re sweating buckets and the sun is beating down on you. During the parties, though, this parade takes place after dark and there is SNOW! That increases the holiday spirit factor by at least 500%… in my humble [but correct] opinion. 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM; steps off in Frontierland.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration: This show is new for 2016, so I have no idea what to expect! I do know there’s a song about texting, which seems odd to me, and that makes me feel old. I enjoyed Celebrate the Season last year, so hopefully this one is just as good (if not better). Does Goofy wear a Christmas tree hat? I hope so. 7:40 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:30 PM, and 12:00 AM, Castle Forecourt Stage.
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season: Like regular Wishes!, the nighttime fireworks show, but holiday-y. 🙂 I watched this show from Liberty Square last year; it was good, but I wasn’t amazed. I did, however, LOVE the smiley face fireworks. Hoping to snag a spot similar to what I had for HalloWishes this year (nearish Casey’s Corner, which was perfection). Maybe this year I’ll feel a little more wowed. 10:00 PM.
Pumpkin Waffle Sundae from Sleepy Hollow. I hope it has syrup.
Hot Chocolate, Cookies, etc. from various treat spots throughout the park. Yessss.
Character Meet & Greets: I don’t have any particular character meet and greets on my “must do” list this year, though I am tempted to visit Scrooge McDuck and Sandy Claws.
Have you been to a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year? If so, what did you love and what are your recommendations?
Note: Magic Kingdom closes at 7:00 PM on party nights. The Christmas parties require a separate ticket and are not included in regular admission. You can purchase tickets and view available dates here.
Also! Times and locations in this post are current as to November 14. Times do occasionally change, though, so be sure to pick up a times guide on the way into the park to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the holiday magic! This guide will also show you the parade route, character meet and greet spots, and treat locations.