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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disneyworld is an absolute must-go-to event if you are in the Central Florida area during the holidays. On select nights between November 9 and December 22, The Magic Kingdom closes early for this ticketed Christmas event. Pricing varies depending on the day you go, so you may want to go on a low-demand date if you want to save some money, but you will still get the full Very Merry experience!
There is so much to do between the start of the event at 7 p.m. and the end of the event at midnight, so planning is crucial. An insider tip: Guests with tickets to the Christmas Party are allowed inside the park starting at 4 p.m. Plan your night out carefully and use this extra time wisely!
Here are the highlights from MVMCP 2017:
Early Entry for Ticketed Guests
As long as you have your MVMCP ticket, you are allowed to enter the park at 4 p.m. We got our wristbands and made our way inside the Magic Kingdom. I noticed that park employees were directing incomers to head right after entering the park, presumably to create an easier flow between the hoards coming in and the exiting hoards of daytime guests leaving the park via Main Street. We snapped some pictures by the Christmas tree while it was still light outside, then headed to the right. Within seconds, we were met by happy staff members handing out Santa-shaped cookies. Yum! (The free cookies and hot cocoa is my favorite part of this event, by the way.) Walking further toward Cinderella’s Castle, we were even able to catch the last character parade of the day!
After the parade, we snapped our obligatory photos in front of Cinderella’s Castle, then made our way to Adventureland and lined up for Pirates of the Caribbean, which had a posted 30-minute wait. (FYI, this wait time pretty much goes downhill once the party starts. It was down to 10 minutes the next time I passed by.) We explored Adventureland for a bit, then made our way back to Cinderella’s Castle for the start of Disneys Very Merry Christmas Party 2017!
A Frozen Holiday Wish
At 6:15 p.m., Queen Elsa kicks off the party by lighting up the Cinderella’s Castle in “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” This early show is not advertised by Disney and is not printed in the schedule because it happens before the party officially starts. Don’t worry though! The 7-minute show happens again at 8:15 p.m. If you are there early, you can even watch this show both times like we did!
Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
This parade happens at 8:30 p.m. and then later at 11:30 p.m. Many people will tell you to skip the first parade and watch the second one since there will be less people. (I personally think there are only slightly less people at the second parade.) Because seeing this parade from Main Street was a priority, we headed there early and found ourselves a spot close to Casey’s Corner. There were a few groups already posted up as well! Since we had four adults in our party, we took turns exploring, getting our hot chocolate, etc. It was worth the wait! The parade was spectacular, and it was snowing on Main Street the entire time!
Free Goodies and Hot Chocolate!
The complimentary treats and hot chocolate is my favorite part! Keep an eye out for the illuminated candy canes…this means there are free treats being given out! I had my fair share of snowman-shaped pretzels, Santa cookies, Dove chocolates, and blue snow cones. You will probably gain a few pounds and get a sugar high at this event if you do not pace yourself!
Holiday Wishes Fireworks Show
No fireworks show is as amazing as “Holiday Wishes.” Not even the Fourth of July can compare. I ended up watching the fireworks from around the Partners statue area and was able to take great pictures. Disney has gone above and beyond with this one. (You may even see a cameo from Tinkerbell!) Set to Christmas music, this fireworks spectacular will take your breath away! “Holiday Wishes” is definitely one of the highlights at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
The cool part about MVMCP is that the wait times for rides is much shorter! Most rides are open as usual during the event. We went on the baby-friendly rides since we had two small kids in tow, and the lines were almost non-existent. We were able to ride it’s a small world (twice), Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin before the kids became cranky and/or fell asleep.
This is the best Christmas party you will ever go to. Seriously, if you can only choose one Christmas event to attend this year, I would recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, hands-down. Disney really goes above and beyond on this one to bring to life the spirit of the Christmas season and create a magical experience for all! It is completely worth every penny!