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While most of us are still raiding our children’s Halloween candy stashes and preparing to defrost the Thanksgiving turkey, at the Walt Disney World Resort, it is already Christmas. Of all the celebrations taking place on property, the biggest is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) at the Magic Kingdom.
MVMCP is a hard ticketed event and is set up much like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Those wishing to go to the party will need to buy a separate event ticket and can not get into the party using a regular park ticket or annual pass. When party goers enter the park they are given a wristband. Once the party begins, cast members begin checking for wristbands at attractions, entrances to lands, and even just while walking around. Anyone without one will be asked to leave and directed to the exit. The official party runs for 5 hours from 7pm-12midnight, however, you can usually get into the Magic Kingdom with your party ticket from 4pm.
During the event there are select attractions open, however, most people prefer to focus on the happenings exclusive to MVMCP. Also, no table service restaurants will be open since most people do not want to waste time eating at a sit-down place.
The entire park is in the Christmas spirit for the party. All around there are decorations, carols play in every land, Cinderella’s Castle is lit up with beautiful sparkling icicles, and on Main Street it even snows! Cast members are dressed up in red and green, special party merchandise is sold, guests wear Santa hats and reindeer antlers, and it really does begin to feel a lot like Christmas.
During the event free hot chocolate and sugar cookies (or apple slices) are offered. These are handed out at seven different stations located throughout the park, designated with a lit up sign. There are also two dance parties where all-ages can boogie with the characters. The dance parties are “Woody’s Hootin’ Holiday Open House” at The Diamond Horseshoe and “Cosmic Ray’s Jingle, Dance and Play” at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
From 7pm-11:30pm, there are special character greets in select locations. These greets include all 7 Dwarfs, Pooh and friends, and many more all dressed up for the holidays. These lines can be some of the longest at the party, so plan accordingly.
There are also two holiday shows that take place. “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” is put on at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at 7:45, 8:45, 9:55, 10:50, and 11:45. The show is a high energy Christmas bash with Buzz Lightyear, Stitch, and more. It includes upbeat carols, contemporary dancing, and some of Stitch’s usual antics. The “Celebrate the Season” show is performed on the Castle Forecourt Stage at 7:45, 10:05, and 11:20. It combines some favorite Disney characters with classic Christmas icons and songs. The stage comes alive with dancing horses, living toys, and so much more. It is not to be missed.
However, the main highlights of MVMCP are “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the “Holiday Wishes” fireworks.
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” runs twice each party night at 8:15 and 10:30 along the parade route from Frontierland to Main Street. The parade features many festive characters, including some rarely seen ones, delicious smells, enchanting music, and a sleigh-load of magic. Make sure to look out for the very special guest who closes out the parade!
The “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks spectacular occurs at 9:30pm. While the display can be seen from almost anywhere in the park, the best view is from Main Street in front of Cinderella’s Castle. The show is set to a soundtrack of Christmas favorites with some beautiful effects that cause the crowd to gasp in delight.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is definitely a fun experience for the whole family, and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Are you going this year? What did you like best about the event?
Dates for MVMCP in 2010:
November 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, 30
December 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19
Note: After December 19, some of the experiences from the party, like the parade and fireworks, will be offered nightly during regular park hours with no extra cost.
Pricing for the Party:
Advance Purchase Price: $53.95 + tax (Ages 10+), $47.95 + tax (Ages 3-9)
Note: Advance purchase tickets must be bought prior to the day of the event. Also, Advanced purchase pricing is not valid on December 7, 10, 12, 17, or 19.
Day of Event Price: $59.95 + tax (Ages 10+), $53.95 + tax (Ages 3-9)
Disney Vacation Club or Annual Passholder Price: $49.95 + tax (Ages 10+), $43.95 + tax (Ages 3-9)
Note: DVC and AP discounts are not valid December 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, or 19.
Attractions Open During the Event
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
-Swiss Family Treehouse
-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
-Country Bear Jamboree
-The Haunted Mansion
-Peter Pan’s Flight
-Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
-Dumbo the Flying Elephant
-Snow White’s Scary Adventures
-“it’s a small world”
-Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
-Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
-Stitch’s Great Escape!
-Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (note: last showing is at 10pm)
Mickey’s Toontown Fair:
-The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm
Locations for Food Open at the Event
Main Street, USA:
-Main Street Sweets
-Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (closes at 10pm)
-Turkey Leg Cart
-Frontierland Churros & Pretzels
-Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
-The Launching Pad at Rockettower Plaza