Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of our favorite events of the year. This is the second year we have attended and we had a blast! Here are some of my best tips for a Magical night (especially if you are like us and have small kiddos!)
1) GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY:
These events sell out. I bought our tickets as soon as dates were released to make sure we didn’t have any issues getting the night we wanted. I highly recommend going on a weeknight if possible, as I’ve found the crowds to be lighter, which in my opinion makes for a much more enjoyable party. We went this year on the second night of the party, and found the crowds to be quite sparse. It was great!
2) GO ON THE FIRST NIGHT
I’m not sure if this would actually work for everyone, but it was great for us as we didn’t miss any actual “park time.” We arrived at the Polynesian around 2:30pm well rested, dropped our stuff off and took the boat to the Magic Kingdom (you can enter on your ticket at 4pm.) When we got back that night, we simply called the bell hop and had our stuff brought to our room. Easy peasy!
3) EAT A LIGHT DINNER BEFORE THE PARTY STARTS
We hit up Pecos Bill for some Feliz Navidad Nachos and the Three Caballeros Spiced Yule Log for an early dinner – split three ways.
There are TONS of treats at the party, we snacked all evening and even took a bunch of stuff back to the villa with us. Holiday themed cookies, snowman pretzels, eggnog, apple cider, hot chocolate, and a blue sno cone to name some of the offerings.
4) RIDES AND FASTPASS
FastPass on party nights turns off at 6pm. I set mine for 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and that’s all we did. Lines will generally be quite short those nights, but we like to enjoy the party.
5) MEET SOME CHARACTERS
Ahh! One of my favorite parts! Several special characters are out and about on party nights. The Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally, Village Belle, Moana, Christmas Mickey, Santa, Ariel and Prince Eric, Aurora and Flynn Rider, Snow White and Prince, Tiana and Naveen, Aurora and Prince Phillip, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Scrooge McDuck, Mary Poppins and Bert, Aladdin and Friends, as well as others.
We checked twice, but never saw the line for the Dwarfs less than 2 hours. No way were we waiting in that! Moana was just as long or longer.
6 SEE A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH
You must make time for this, especially if you have Frozen lovers. 6:15 & 8:15.
Elsa and Anna light up the Castle, and it’s truly magical, but mostly to watch your kid’s face.
7) LINE UP EARLY FOR THE PARADE.
We love watching the parade from Main Street, as it “snows” and it’s just truly magical. Even on a not super busy party night I would recommend lining up at least 45 minutes early if you want front row viewing. Trust me, you do!
The first parade is at 8:30pm, and the second parade is at 11pm.
For the second parade this year we went to train station, and they actually let us watch from the reserved viewing area. That was also a neat view!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is fantastic value, in my opinion. Our family had a wonderful time, and even the littlest Pharmer made it all the way until the clock struck midnight and was still proclaiming it was the best night of her life all the way to the monorail.