In the first blog about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I told you about the Castle Lighting Ceremony, Mickey’s Twas the Night before Show and the Celebrate the Season show.
From there Deb and I met back up in Frontierland for the Parade!
The parade shows twice a night. Both showings begin in Frontierland (8:15pm and 10:30pm). If you find the Magic Kingdom is busy on the night you attend, I would suggest seeing the second showing as it is always less attended. The parade is long and lasts almost 30 minutes.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade:
After the parade, we walked back to The Hub and found our spot for the “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks show that starts at 9:30. Even though Disney tells guests that they can enjoy the fireworks from anywhere in the park, I feel it’s much better when seen from Main Street or The Hub. The castle provides the perfect backdrop for the presentation.
Another show available is “Belle’s Enchanted Christmas” presented at 7:15, 8:10, 10:00, and 11:15 in Belle’s Fairytale Gardens. Here, Belle tells a delightful story of a Christmas she once experienced.
Holiday Treats are available, free of charge, at various locations throughout the Magic Kingdom. These include hot chocolate, apple juice, cookies, and apple slices. Also available are sugar-free hot chocolate, sugar-free cookies, and gluten-free cookies.
Two “Character Dance Parties” are on hand for the kids. At Ariel’s Grotto, Lady Tremaine, and the ugly stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia from Cinderella, can be found on the dance floor. At Cosmic Ray’s Starlight CafÃ©, Chip and Dale and Stitch get into the act.
Besides the extra festivities these special events provide, manageable crowds are also a nice feature. A little after 10pm, Deb and I circled the park, checking the wait times for attractions. Peter Pan posted a 20 minute queue. All other attractions were 10 minutes or less.
Note, not all attractions are open for “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.” Here is a list of what’s available.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan’s Flight
Cinderella’s Golden Carousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
“it’s a small world”
Pooh’s Playful Spot
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Stitches Great Escape
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (last show at 9pm)
The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm
Mickey’s Country House
Minnie’s Country House
Also scattered around the park are a number of photo ops such as this one in Fantasyland and special entertainment like the singing pirates in Adventureland. In addition, special “event only” merchandise can be purchased at selected shops.
I do need to give Disney a slap on the wrist. The Christmas tree was not up for this first presentation of “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.” I feel that if Disney is going to charge for a separate ticketed event, that’s all about Christmas, then having the Christmas tree in place should be a priority. I was disappointed.
“Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” is held on the following nights:
Depending on the date, prices range from $48.95 – $55.95 for adults and $42.95 – $49.95 for children (3-9). Tickets can be purchased at any guest relations desk.