Once the autumnal decorations are taken down at the Magic Kingdom and the entire park is transformed with its holiday fineries, the Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party from early November until the week before the Christmas holiday. Similar to Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party, there is much to see and do, but here are the seven things that will help get you into the holiday sprit at one of these parties!
7 – Decorations – guests are treated to wonderful holiday decorations throughout the park, but the decorations are most noticeable on Main Street, U.S.A. There are holiday wreaths hanging from the lampposts, a gigantic Christmas tree in Town Square, and Cinderella’s Castle is adorned with Christmas lights. If you’ve never seen it, look around on the Internet for a time-lapse video that shows you how the Magic Kingdom is practically transformed overnight from having its Halloween decorations to its Christmas decorations. You won’t believe it!
6 – Snow on Main Street – using a multitude of machines, Main Street, U.S.A. has its own snow falling. It isn’t actual snow, just soap bubbles, but for those of you who live in snowy areas or are dying to have a white Christmas, it certainly helps get you in the mood. And there is nothing better than experiencing the snow while being able to walk around in shorts and flip-flops!
5 – Free and Delicious Treats – guests who attend the party are able to grab free treats throughout the night at various locations (look for the giant candy canes). Guests can choose from Snickerdoodle cookies, apple slices, hot chocolate, and apple juice. Party guests are also treated to specialty, designer desserts at various locations during the party – this year it was either a Holiday Tree Cupcake or a Holiday Bear Cupcake!
4 – Holiday Character Interactions – in addition to the characters who call the Magic Kingdom home, some additional characters are out in their holiday best to meet and greet guests. On my family’s recent trip, we saw that Donald Duck was greeting guests in the Casey Junior’s Splash area with none other than Scrooge McDuck! We also saw the 7 Dwarfs near the Mine Train in Fantasyland. Be sure to jump in a line early as some of these character interactions can be popular!
3 – Seasonal Celebrate the Magic – at the conclusion of the regular presentation of Celebrate the Magic, Disney adds in a holiday montage that is extra special. Guests are treated to Cinderella Castle being outfitted as a variety of different castles – one made of candy canes, one made of gingerbread, and one constructed out of wrapping paper. All of the creations are really fun to check out, plus if you pay close attention at the end, you’ll be able to see the silhouette of a certain denizen of the North Pole and his furry friends flying across the castle!
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2 – Holiday Wishes – the normal Wishes fireworks are transformed during the Christmas Party (and for the week leading up to Christmas, even for regular park guests) into Holiday Wishes. The fireworks are themed to holiday music and involve an additional array of types of fireworks. Compared to the HalloWishes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I give this presentation higher marks. Check them out and you’ll see why!
1 – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – for me, this parade is worth the price of admission. The parade features a variety of characters in their holiday gear, but also features multiple groups of dancers and holiday floats. The holiday floats are special because they are able to pump the scent of their floats into the crowd – aromas of mint, pine, and vanilla will bombard your nose. Guests will get to see Santa Claus at the end of the parade, but the high point of the parade are the appearance of the Toy Soldiers. The Toy Soldiers are in their full uniform, some with instruments marching and dancing a very well-choreographed march. Cheers go up from the crowd when these guys march on by! Guests who aren’t able to attend the party are in luck because Disney does show this parade during regular park hours from December 20 till December 31, twice daily at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.
Even though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate hard-ticket event, it is something that is worth checking out one time to experience everything that it has to offer. Have you been to the party? What is your favorite party?
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