Five Reasons Mickey Just Got More Magical!

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Five Reasons Mickey Just Got More Magical!
By ATD’s Florida Experts, Susan and Simon Veness
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is in full swing at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and there are five big reasons you really should attend...

We go to a lot of events over the course of a year, but there is something special about the chance to visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (alternatively called Mickey’s Very Merry Holiday Party, which makes sense since it actually starts before Thanksgiving and ends before Christmas). Our hearts beat just a little bit faster when we know we’ll spend an evening with all the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas in the most magical park on Earth.

As soon as you pass through the turnstiles at Magic Kingdom, Cast Members in holiday costumes greet you and snap on the coveted wristband that allows you to stay in the park until 12am. And while you’re wandering around soaking up the Yuletide joy, there are five things you should not miss.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

Treat Stations: Yes, we know we’re supposed to be here simply to make magical memories with our loved ones, but it just so happens our loved ones make it their mission to visit every single treat station in the park, and if you’re honest, you’ll admit yours do, too. Because cookies.

There are 7 treat stations around the park, and they’re easy to find because there’s a gigantic blow-up candy cane that acts like a beacon, drawing you in whether you like it or not (you will). You will certainly leave the party with at least a few of the cookies you receive (and it will be plenty, so go ahead and eat two or three. Or four), but other treats include glacial blue Sno-Cones, Dove® chocolates, and a snowman-shaped soft pretzel. Most stations also have a hot or cold non-alcoholic beverage, including hot cocoa, eggnog and Nesquik® chocolate milk. 

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

Photopass opportunities: Every Disney event has its themed photo ops, and Mickey’s party is no different. The signature photos for this event have to be the giant Christmas ornament with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas written on it in fancy lettering, and the cute “photo frame” props with the event name in one corner and characters in the other corners.

Our favourite photo op this year seemed a bit out of place for a Christmas party, but who can resist re-enacting a scene from the Haunted Mansion in front of the Haunted Mansion? We can’t, so we put our treat bags down and picked up the lantern prop. We think you’ll agree our acting skills should land us some sort of role in the graveyard scene. There is another “spooky” (cute, really) Magic Photo here, and a delightful little video made from one of your still shots.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

But the award for the most surprising outcome goes to the photo taken against a plain wooden background. We won’t give away the secret* (okay, yes we will, but we’ll give it away at the bottom of the blog so you can avoid it if you want the surprise), but let’s just say it involves holding still for several long seconds while a Cast Member walks behind you with a strange lighted pole.

Characters in Christmas outfits: If you’re into character meet-and-greets you probably have Mickey and Friends in several of their every-day costumes, but now is your chance to meet them in their holiday finery. Scrooge McDuck makes a somewhat rare appearance at the Party, but there is one character you must not miss, though you need to plan in advance so that you avoid standing in a queue for an hour when you could be hitting the treat stations. Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is dressed in his Sandy Claws outfit, greeting guests as only a skeletal Santa-wannabe can do.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

And, of course, the atmosphere: There is nothing that pulls at the heartstrings like the nostalgia of two beloved traditions: Christmas and Disney. From the giant Toy Soldiers in Town Square to the moment Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace, it is an utterly enchanting experience. Most of the attractions are open, the Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade makes its way through the park with Santa Clause himself in attendance, a special show called Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration takes place on the Castle forecourt Stage, and you cannot underestimate the magic of children dancing in the “snow” on Main Street. We’ve seen grown men weep silently upon beholding the scene.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

There are add-ons, of course, including two Holiday Wishes fireworks dessert party packages. Those who purchase a package can feast on a dessert buffet in the covered, outdoor area at Tomorrowland Terrace, with an excellent view of Cinderella Castle. Along with an array of sweet treats, guests are served non-alcoholic drinks, including hot cocoa and sparkling apple cider. Those purchasing the premium package ($79 per adult, $47 ages 3-9) can remain on the terrace during Holiday Wishes while a second package provides a standing-only area in Garden Plaza for viewing the fireworks for $59 ($39 ages 3-9). Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are required in addition to the dessert party package.

As with all things Disney, this is not an inexpensive proposition. Depending on the date you select, tickets for the event are $95 ages 10 and up, $90 ages 3-9 ($109/$104 in the few days leading up to Christmas), but you can enter the park at 4pm with your Party ticket, and it really is an unforgettable evening of holiday enchantment. 

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas (or Holiday) Party runs on select evenings from 2 November through 22 December this year, so if you’re not in town in 2017, mark your calendar for next year. Who knows? If you make it onto Santa’s ‘Nice’ list over the next 12 months (or you squirrel away your change like the rest of us do) 2018 could be your year!

Now that you’ve made up your mind to add the Party to your plans, we’re ready to give away the Photopass secret so that those who can’t stand not knowing won’t lose any sleep over it. Look away now if you don’t want to know.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 

*As the Cast Member walks from one side of the wooden backdrop to the other, the lighted pole creates what looks a little bit like a knitted Christmas sweater, with Mickey on a sledge being pulled by a reindeer and a rustic version of Cinderella Castle. Can’t quite picture it? Visit Veness Travel Media on Facebook and look for our Christmas Photopass Pictures album.

 

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