Highlights from Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

November 29, 2014, 4:04 PM · When we were in Orlando last week, we visited Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Toy soldier
"Excuse me, folks, but where do you think you're going?"

Below, we put together a video of some of the highlights, including the Main Street snowfall, the new "Frozen Holiday Wish" show, the Jingle Cruise, Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks show. And, oh yes, the free cookies and hot chocolate, too!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party runs select evenings through Dec. 19. It's a hard-ticket event that requires a separate admission, with adult prices starting at $67. The Frozen castle show and Jingle Cruise are part of the regular holiday offerings at the park, so you don't have to go to the party to see them. The party starts at 7pm and runs through midnight, but you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm with your party ticket. To get in earlier, you will need a regular admission ticket for the day. If you do use a regular admission ticket and are staying for the party, you can get your party wristband after 4pm at one of three locations in the park: City Hall, by Buzz Lightyear, and by the Diamond Horseshoe. Disney cast members will start directing everyone without a wristband to exit the park at 7pm.

Have you been to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? Is so, tell us about your experience, in the comments!

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November 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM · I went twice this year, once on a Thursday and once on a Sunday. The Thursday date was a much better experience, as it was quite a bit less crowded.

I really liked the Jingle Cruise, as they really went all out with the decorations along the river, and we had a lively guide, who didn't seem burned out by the repetition of the script.

I still wish they'd provide a bit more variety in the cookies they offered, but I'm always impressed with the hot chocolate. It's not too sweet, but not watered down, and it's just the right temperature. My favorite place to get the free desserts is over by the Tiki Room.

One thing I was disappointed with was that I got there around 5:15 and went directly to Columbia Harbor House because I wanted some salmon and broccoli with couscous, which is my favorite healthy meal in all of WDW. They were closed. It was not even 6pm. So disappointing!! For dinner, we ended up eating at Ray's over in Tomorrowland, which was fine. Not great, but passable, though I waited until about 7:30 to allow the dinner crowd to finish, and the majority of the non-hard ticket holders to be pushed out of the park.

I will never go on a Sunday again, and I've decided quite frankly that the Christmas party just isn't my thing. Compared to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, it didn't compare at all. The sugar cookies are good, but I didn't see any variety. Snickerdoodles, perhaps? But no peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate chip. Or Chocolate chocolate chip. Not that they have to go all out, but I mean, the ticket was what, $70 or so? Come on, people!

I got my picture taken with Scrooge (hence, the profile picture), as well as Mickey, but I wasn't really in the mood for a lot of standing in line, and the wait times were too long on both days for 7DMT, so I didn't do that either.

If you've never been, it's a fun time if you avoid Sunday. But for me, the Halloween Party is a much better experience.

November 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM · We love both parties. The Christmas party is my favorite of the two. We went to the Halloween party last year, and it just seems more congested at the candy zones than the Christmas party does at the cookie and Hot Chocolate areas. I agree that visiting on the weekend seems even more crowded than on a week night. We also went for two nights, Friday Nov. 7th and Monday Nov. 10th. We still missed out on the Castle show and such. I thought we would do better this year time wise since the boys didn't want to meet any characters. I have to say the highlight for me was the Jingle Cruise. Some of my favorite photos of the party were taken in line for the ride. The skipper we had was fantastic.
I encourage everyone to attend the special events. We have felt they are worth the money, even though we too would like to see a variety of cookies offered for next year's event.
November 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Shocking that they don't offer egg nog, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, peppermint bark. These are traditional Christmas goodies. The Halloween Party offered much better treats at the same admission price. I so loaded up on my treats that it was ridiculous. The problem with the Christmas event is it seems like a regular day, just that they charged separately for the entertainment that they included previously. They need an extra something to put it over the top. I suggest they bulk it up with more Christmas treats and an included photo with Santa Clause or other Christmas icon like an elf, snowman, Mrs. Clause, or Rudolph.
December 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Hello! We are planning on going to the party on December 19, the last day it is offered.

Has anyone had any experiences there on the last night the party is offered! Is it really crowed since it's the last night? We have done the Halloween party two years and have loved it!

Also, a highlight for my kids will be meeting the characters. My son is five and he loves Scrooge. Can anyone tell me where he is located? Also, where the seven dwarfs are located? What about Mickey and Minnie in Christmas outfits? My daughter is two and would love to see them! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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