Cinderella Castle at Christmas
Ed. – We realize it’s still over a month until Halloween, and you haven’t even ordered your Thanksgiving Turducken yet, but tickets are already on sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Enjoy the Food&Wine-aweenThanksmas season and have a Happy New Marathon Weekend.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a popular, hard ticket event at Disney World where guests can enjoy holiday festivities and the Christmas spirit at the most magical park of them all, the Magic Kingdom! The party is scheduled for select dates throughout November and December. In addition to the festive atmosphere, but also a series of holiday performances and activities to enjoy. Like what? New this year is the lighting, or rather freezing, of Cinderella Castle by Frozen’s Elsa! The party also offers character dance parties, Holiday Wishes, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, character meets, and so much more. To help you maximize the Disney magic, I’ve got a little early Christmas present:
Disney Savvy Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Plan for the Cold – Contrary to popular opinion, Florida is not warm and sunny all year long. In fact, it can get very chilly at Disney World during the holiday season, especially at night. The past two times I attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I’ve needed several layers or even a coat to keep warm. When your party date draws close, check the extended forecast or monthly average temperatures for an idea of how to dress.
Watch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade from Main Street – Many guests have their own opinions for where to watch the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Electrical Parade; but for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I encourage everyone to find a spot on Main Street, U.S.A. for the popular Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Why? Main Street, U.S.A. is the only location in the park where fake snow drifts down from above as the parade passes by, creating a picture-perfect winter wonderland! Spots along the parade route go quickly, so claim a space early!
Prepare for Rain – During my first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party experience, it rained the whole night! Myself, along with most of the party guests, just donned a poncho and braved the damp, but there were few changes to the party due to the inclement weather. First of all, some elements of the parade were removed for safety purposes. The main floats were still included, but some of the characters and dancers were not. Whenever the weather isn’t cooperative, Disney does their best to carry on the night as planned, but some performances and live entertainment can be cancelled, delayed, or altered. It’s just something to prepare yourself and another reason to check the forecast.
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After a long period of suspecting something was wrong, we’ve finally discovered what is wrong with the Spectromagic night parade at the Magic Kingdom.
As you may know, Walt Disney World parades have parade route sections which feature appropriate music for the floats. As new floats cruise by, the background music often shifts to match. The floats themselves also provide certain audio, so it all blends into a seamless performance. Theoretically, this is how it is supposed to work.
For several months the audio mixing console (a piece of equipment that controls the background music along the parade route) has been broken. Cast Members have been manually mixing the shows, and in the case of Spectromagic (which has several underscore pieces,) the main theme from the opening is left to play along the entire route rather than changing to match the floats.
Luckily, the themes are all orchestrated to blend together, but there are points where the float audio obviously does not go with the current music.
It has been suggested that the lack of response from guests (because they can’t tell how it’s supposed to sound) mixed with budget concerns are delaying action to remedy the matter.