You guys, I went to the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve. And I lived to tell about it. More on that in a moment, but first:
As promised in my previous post, I have an update on the holiday-related shows, parades and festivities:
Please note: showtimes vary based on the day of the week and are subject to change. Please refer to your printed times guide (available near the park entrance), the My Disney Experience app, or this handy online calendar for exact and up-do-date showtimes. Based on the current schedule, all Christmas shows end on Saturday, December 31.
- Showings of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire still occur throughout the day (usually starting around 10:00 AM and ending shortly before A Frozen Holiday Wish)
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration starts after dark and has several showings each evening
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade runs twice per day (12:00 PM and 3:30 PM)
- A Frozen Holiday Wish happens once per evening. Time varies depending on the day of the week, but it’s usually in the 6:15 range – shortly after the last Move it, Shake it parade.
- Wishes has been earlier than usual – 9:00 PM. Once Upon a Time happens at 9:30 PM.
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas generally has several showings from late afternoon to evening (last show is generally around 9:30 PM)
- You can see snow during the stage shows, but there’s no snow on Main Street this year.
So yes, back to my Christmas Eve adventure at the Magic Kingdom. I was nervous. I’ve heard horror stories. When I got there around 3:00 PM, though, I was pleasantly surprised! Crowds weren’t bad. My monorail car was near empty. The Villians lots weren’t even filled past Zurg. I spent about half the normal amount of time in line at Starbucks, and then I sat peacefully at a table on the Tomorrowland Terrace and people-watched for a bit. It was nice.
Once the sun set, though, oh dear lawd. People were everywhere. It became difficult to get around. It wasn’t exactly shoulder-to-shoulder, crammed in like sardines, but it was close. Getting from one side of the hub to the other was a stressful endeavor. And sadly, people didn’t seem to be filled with the Christmas spirit. There was lots of rudeness and carelessness – people cramming their way in front of other people for shows, leaving heaps of garbage everywhere, etc. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually draining. Not my favorite environment at all. It was a huge relief to finally get home. Three days later, I still feel tension in my neck and shoulders. Yikes!
In my previous post, I said I wasn’t sure if it was really worth it to attend a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party since you can see most of the shows as part of regular park operations once the parties end for the season. I changed my mind after my Christmas Eve experience. Now, I think if you can, you should absolutely attend a party. Crowds are much more intense once the parties end for the season, and the less-crowded party environment alone is worth the price to me. Plus you get the special music, pretty lighting, enchanting snowfall, and heaps of free cookies.