New free cookies and drinks at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

November 7, 2016, 2:34 PM · Walt Disney World is switching things up for this holiday season. We already told you about the new Once Upon a Time castle projection show at the Magic Kingdom, and now the park is making changes at its after-hours Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, too.

For years, one of the attractions at the hard-ticket party has been the free unlimited snickerdoodle cookies and hot chocolate available to guests. Don't worry — Disney still will offer those long-time favorites at this year's parties. But Disney's adding some additional options to the free-cookies-and-drinks line-up, at long last.

You'll be able to find the original snickerdoodles and hot chocolate at Adventureland's Tortuga Tavern. But Disney's offering different treats at other locations in the Magic Kingdom this year:

The potential downside? With different treats at each location, now people have more of an incentive to go to every one of them, instead of just hitting up whichever location was closest to the other stuff they wanted to experience during the event. That likely will lead to longer lines at each location. But, hey, for free egg nog and peppermint bark cookies, we'll wait.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party starts tonight and runs 21 selected nights though Dec. 22. Prices range from $86 to $99 for adults.

Over at Disney Springs, Disney's renovated shopping and dining area is teasing a new nighttime display for visitors.

Hmmm... what remote-controlled device could enable those green lights to hover in the sky like that? Could this be Disney's first public use of its now-approved entertainment drones?

We will find out when the new "holiday experience" debuts later this month.

Replies (7)

November 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM · I wish they offer free coffee. You'll need caffeine to stay awake with all that sugar. I wish they offered free popcorn (a little salty) and cupcakes too.
November 7, 2016 at 2:48 PM · I suspect Disney has a little wiggle room with the cookie lines. In my experience, I've found the lines for trick-or-treating at Not So Scary were a little longer than the lines for cookies at Very Merry.

So even if this does make the lines for cookies a bit longer, I'd say the added bonus of some variety makes it a positive.

Besides, who doesn't want a free snow cone?

November 7, 2016 at 2:53 PM · Just so long as the snow cone isn't made from the same Disney "snow" as falls on Main Street... ;^)
November 7, 2016 at 9:20 PM · This is great! Can't wait to attend very merry in December!
November 8, 2016 at 5:24 AM · Wait a moment. If Disney is charging $86 to $99 for adults (on top of park admission tickets) for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the cookies and hot chocolate or cider are not "free" -- you paid a hefty premium for them. Sorry, but am I the only one here who doesn't think this is such a great deal?

- Brian from Florida

November 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM · It's not on top of park admission. It's a hard-ticket, after-hours party, so the ticket price in place of a park admission.
November 8, 2016 at 11:46 AM · It might be hard ticket but we have been three times in the last four years and see many people without the bands walking around, ok they don't get the free food and drink or perhaps get on the rides but they get to see the parade, fireworks and shows on the castle for free.

We have decided until Disney ups there game with respect that people get to be in the park when they have not paid to be there then we will have to miss the event, why would I pay 99 dollars to see someone stand beside me at the parade who has paid nothing.

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