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What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party is held at Magic Kingdom on select dates during November – December and includes spectacular parades, fireworks, stage shows, character dance parties, complimentary hot chocolate & cookies plus a whole bunch of rare character meet & greets around the park. Did you know the Seven Dwarfs don’t come out at any other time of the year?
It’s also that thing you might have seen referred to as MVMCP which looks like a cat just walked over your keyboard but it’s actually just an acronym. Took me some time to tell my MVMCPs from my MNSSHPs.
What is there to do at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
What is there to do? Holy Christmas there is a stack of stuff to do, see, eat, and coo over. Here are the headliners:
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade
A beautiful twice-nightly parade of illuminated, Christmas-themed floats step off from Frontierland, turning a corner in front of Cinderella’s Castle and heading down Main Street USA, which is extravagantly decorated and strung with a canopy of lights. The floats are accompanied by dancers, toy soldiers, gingerbread men and all the Disney A-listers, many in cute special edition Christmas costumes.
- Holiday Wishes fireworks
The nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom are the stuff of legend, but Holiday Wishes takes it a step further with special perimeter bursts that surround Cinderella’s Castle. Viewing the fireworks from Main Street, framed by the lights and decorations, is something to behold.
- Celebrate the Season stage show
Classic Disney characters put on a Christmas song and dance show at the Castle Forecourt stage, performed three times during the course of the evening.
- Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle is draped with over 200,000 white lights, which are revealed in a lighting ceremony every night.
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show
A fun, light-hearted musical stage show performance featuring the boys-only-please cast of Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch. Performed twice-nightly at, you guessed it, Tomorrowland.
- Snowfall on Main Street
Yes it will be packed to the rafters but a trip to the Party without experiencing snowfall on Main Street is not a party at all. I wonder what it taste like? I bet it’s really marshmallows. It’s marshmallows, right? I don’t think it’s marshmallows actually, don’t eat it.
- Character dance parties
If you can’t deal with crazy queue times for character meet & greets, then a dance party is a cute way to interact with characters by throwing some shapes with them in the house of groove. Dance parties are hosted by Woody and Jessie from Toy Story in the Diamond Horseshoe, or you could go to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe where you’ll probably meet the likes of Chip n Dale. Those chipmunks look like they know how to party.
The complimentary cocoa & cookies (or apple juice and apple slices – bleh!) are available throughout the party at various locations around the park (the locations closest to the main entrance tend to have the longest queues). Rare Disney character meet and greets are a highlight for many attending the party (not so for me) and there’s an excellent touring plan over at easyWDW to walk you through the pace of a party if characters are a priority for you. If they’re not, however, then you do have an excellent opportunity to ride some of the big Magic Kingdom rides with short wait times or even walk-ons.
Do I need tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
Yes, you need special party tickets, exchanged at the gate for a wristband, which includes park admission from 4pm although the party itself doesn’t technically kick off until 7pm. At 7pm all the riff raff without tickets are asked to leave the park and aren’t admitted on to any rides or in restaurants if they don’t have a wristband. If you’re already in the park for the day that you’ll be attending the party, you’ll still need to head back to the entrance from 4pm to exchange your ticket for a wristband. About half a dozen dates sold out completely last year, within a week or less of the party. Tickets are non-refundable so don’t book until you’re 100% sure of the date. The dates with the lowest crowds are typically the first couple of Tuesday nights in December. Which is nice as that’s when we plan to go.
So, what’s the plan?
As someone who isn’t particularly interested in character meet and greets, I’ve got less Must Dos on my list than most attending the party. Which is good. So I’ll be fitting rides, shopping and more rides around the following:
4pm – Leave hotel post-power-nap bound for MK
6:15pm – Lighting ceremony at Cinderella’s Castle
Head into Liberty Square for Haunted Mansion (and maybe also Turkey Leg time), then towards Fantasyland to ride Small World, plus the Carrousel or Dumbos if we have time, ending up back to the Castle for…
7:45pm – Castle stage show
Head into Tomorrowland to ride Buzz and get our hot chocolate and cookies or stop in at Cosmic Ray’s Cafe if we’re very hungry. Possibly see the 8:45pm Totally Tomorrowland stage show too. Refreshments devoured, we’ll make our way towards Main Street to get a good spot for viewing the Wishes fireworks, which is introduced by…
9:15pm – Magic, Memories and You! show on Cinderella’s Castle and Holiday Wishes fireworks
9:45pm – Pop into some of the shops on Main Street for goodies. If we have a sweet spot for the parade, we’ll head out to the shops in pairs to save our space.
10:30pm – Parade time!
The park remains open til midnight. I’ve never stayed that late at a park before! I think we will have earned a long lie in the next morning.
If you found that interesting, you might also like to read:
My Christmas in Disney World Bucket List