Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Adults and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019!
This year will be our third visit to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here we provide everything that you need to know about the Christmas Party including details about the entertainment, rides, characters, and all you care to eat holiday treats! We also discuss whether this event is worth the cost and if it is fun for adults. This post gives an overview of everything you can expect at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Also, please check out our Top 5 Tips for Attending Mickey’s Christmas Party.
What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an extra-cost event held at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. As you can probably guess from the title, the party takes an already festive Magic Kingdom and emphasizes everything Christmas. The party includes an exclusive holiday parade and fireworks show. Unique character meets, dance parties, select rides, and food options are also available.
The party officially runs from 7pm-midnight on select nights in November and December. For the 2019 schedule and to purchase tickets, click here. Even though the party officially starts at 7pm, you can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with your Christmas Party ticket. This means that depending on your Disney trip schedule, you can easily have a pool day or go to Disney Springs in the morning and then have the Christmas party ticket serve as your park ticket for the day.
The Party that we went to in 2018 was sold out. For 2019, the first party night is already sold out. If you plan on going to a party, we recommend buying your ticket in advance. Also, if you buy the ticket online at least one day prior, you save $10 per ticket. Your ticket links to your MagicBand. But we recommend keeping the e-mail confirmation handy just in case it is needed.
Should Adults Do This?
We would recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to most adults in Disney. The main benefits of the Christmas party are the entertainment, holiday treats, and character meets. These items are exclusively available during the party. We will go into each of these items in more detail below. Overall, if you love Disney and Christmas, there is a good chance you will enjoy this party.
One thing to be aware of is that this is an extra ticket event. The price of a ticket ranges from $94 (annual passholder rate) to $139. Prices will vary based on the date. If cost is not a factor, then we definitely recommend the Christmas Party.
Most rides in Magic Kingdom will have a shorter wait during the party. But, if you only care about doing rides, a Disney after-hours event may be a better option for you. Our review of the After Hours event at Magic Kingdom is available here.
If you do not care about the parade, special fireworks or unique characters, you may consider passing on the Holiday Party. The holiday decorations and lights on the castle are up every day during the holiday season, so you can still experience that magic on a non-party night. Also, if you do not go to Disney World often, you may consider passing on the Christmas Party. Why? Because you will be excited about seeing the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks on one night (Happily Ever After) and exploring a different Disney park the night of the Christmas Party. In this case, it’s a personal decision of whether or not this extra experience is worth the cost. Hopefully our details below can help you make that decision.
Entertainment and Snow
The two big entertainment items are Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. 2019 is the first year for Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks which replaces Holiday Wishes. These two items can viewed during the Christmas party and often run a couple nights around Christmas at Disney World. If you are traveling to Disney before December 22, your only option to see both of these shows is at the Christmas Party.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks is the only fireworks show throughout the night. If the timing is the same as Holiday Wishes, the show starts at 10pm. Holiday Wishes was primarily fireworks. With this year debuting a new show, we are guessing that there will be more emphasis on castle projections. We recommend standing either in the hub to the side of the partners statue or just at the end of Main Street between Casey’s and the Plaza Ice Cream. The hub location will allow you a better view of the castle projections. The main street spot will give you a great view of the fireworks. We typically get a spot about 20-30 minutes prior to the show start. This may be a bit earlier than needed, but we want to make sure we have a good view.
The other benefit about standing at the end of Main Street is that typically at the end of the fireworks, Main Street snows. Don’t eat the snow, it’s basically soap. But it is beautiful soap snow and definitely worth seeing. The snow brings extra holiday magic to Main Street.
The parade runs twice during the party: 8:30pm and 11pm. We strongly recommend the 11pm parade. It is far less busy and you won’t have to queue up as long. The parade starts in Frontierland and makes its way through Liberty Square. It ends by going all the way up Main Street USA. We like getting a spot around the hub, so then you are centrally located when the parade is over and want to go to do other activities.
The parade, fireworks, and snow are our top must-do’s for the Christmas party. Note: The photos of the map below are from the 2018 party. We will update these photos after we attend a Christmas Party in 2019.
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Whereas the Halloween party lets you trick-or-treat for candy, the Christmas party has all you can eat cookies and non-alcoholic drinks. For 2018, the cookie flavors include: Ginger Molasses, Peppermint Crunch, Snickerdoodle, and Chocolate Chip. If you go to the Holiday Party welcome path to the right of the Confectionary, you will also get a Mickey sugar cookie. This cookie one is our favorite of them all. Be warned that this path closes at 8pm.
In 2018 all of the cookies all came individually wrapped. We loved this because we didn’t feel like we had to eat them all during the party and were able to bring a few home to try. If you want to go cookie collecting crazy, Disney does provide a one-stop shop. If you go to the Pinocchio Village Haus, you are able to get one of each flavor cookie excluding the Mickey cookie. Overall, we would say the cookies are average tasting. Since they are included with the ticket price, we recommend at least trying one of each.
There is also one savory option which is a soft pretzel. While we love Disney pretzels, it needs to have cheese. This one is no exception and really needs cheese. Ignoring of the lack of cheese, it is still nice to have a non-sweet snack that is included with the ticket price.
Lastly, there are several non-alcoholic drinks included. Each cookie stop, has a drink paired with it. The drinks include: hot cocoa, a blue snow cone, eggnog, and chilled apple cider.
The cookie and drink locations are identified on the Party map. Note the current maps are from 2018, It also says which holiday treats are at which locations. You will know you are at the cookie location because there will be large red and white light-up inflatable identifying the treat spot.
There are no FastPasses during the party. Not to worry, if you want to do rides, the lines are generally short. Why? Because there are a limited number of guests in the park and many of these guests will be doing other things like the party entertainment events and character meet and greets.
Ride lines will have the shortest waits during the parades, fireworks, and at the end of the night. The downside about waiting until the end of the party to do rides, is that you may run out of time to do all the ones you wanted. If you are okay with seeing the parade only once, we would recommend doing some of the rides during the first parade of the night. While the rides have shorter waits, do not miss out on the unique aspects the Christmas Party offers.
Your party ticket lets you enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm even though the event doesn’t officially start until 7pm. This is a great time to do some of the less popular attractions or a couple big rides so that you can focus more on party-specific items at 7pm.
2019 is the first year that Magic Kingdom is doing Holiday Party ride overlays. Disney announce unique ride experiences for the Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, the Laugh Floor and the Mad Tea Party. Most of these overlays include special holiday music and special decorations. For us, if you want to do some rides, the only rides worth to focus on are those that have a special overlay. Since these ride overlays are new, we cannot yet say how good they will be.
The Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise for the holiday season. The holiday theme for Jingle Cruise is available during non-party hours as well. We think Jingle Cruise is fun, but during the party we focus on rides with party-specific overlays, characters, cookies, and entertainment during the party.
Characters, Dance Parties, and PhotoPass
As a general disclaimer, we should say that we are not huge character meet people. Similar to the rides, we found many of the character lines to be much shorter at the end of the night. Around 11:30pm, we were in Adventureland after doing Jingle Cruise and notices that most of the characters had little to no line. Some of the popular characterist at the Christmas party include: Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws, Scrooge McDuck, and Santa Claus.
Tomorrowland and Cosmic Ray’s have dance parties that everyone can enjoy. Cosmic Ray’s will often have dancing reindeer. The Tomorrowland dance party will often have a few characters joining. These are fun aspects to check out as you walk around the Christmas Party.
There are several PhotoPass opportunities. Until 8pm, to the right of the confectionary there is a special path that has Christmas Party PhotoPass opportunities and the wrapped mickey sugar cookie is only available here. We entered this part around 7:50pm and the PhotoPass lines were minimal.
One surprising PhotoPass aspect was that the Main Street and Castle PhotoPass cast members were taking photos well after the party closed. Some were even taking photos at 1am. If you are going to stay late and want a castle or Main Street shot, we would strongly recommend doing that one last.
Additional Cost Christmas Party Events
As we mention above, the Christmas Party is an extra-ticket event and is not included with regular theme park admission. Within the Christmas Party, there are extra-extra ticket events. For 2019, there is a dessert party with two viewing options, table service Christmas Party dining, and Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party.
We have an important disclosure about this section. We have not done any of these experiences. Why? Because no matter how good the extra-extra cost event is we cannot justify the cost and time you give up. You have limited time to enjoy everything the Christmas Party has to offer and it’s impossible to get everything done. For us, these extra cost events take away time from exploring other parts of the Christmas party and therefore we have avoided them.
For an adult, the dessert party costs $69 for Plaza viewing and $84 for Tomorrowland Terrace viewing. There is no alcohol provided, but guests get snacks, desserts, drinks, and prime viewing for the fireworks. Not having to queue up for a spot for fireworks is a definite benefit of this event. However, Disney instructs guests to arrive to the dessert party 90 minutes before fireworks. This means you are losing out on an hour and a half of the 5 hour Christmas party for this extra cost dessert party. More information on the dessert party is available here.
The Christmas Party dining include table service reservations within the Christmas party. Based on the description, these dining options are intended to have extra focus on Christmas above their normal experiences. Prices for the dining options vary based on location. Overall, we recommend avoiding any sit-down dining during Disney parties because it takes up precious time during the party. This special dining option is no exception. More information on the Christmas Party dining reservations is available here.
If we were to every pay for one of these additional events, it would probably be Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party. (But as we mentioned before, we are probably never going to pay for one of these additional cost events.) Tony’s party goes from 9:30pm to 12:30am and costs $99 per person. This party includes food, desserts, and beverages. One big benefit is that this includes alcoholic beverages. Guests can also grab a seat outside of Tony’s for the second Christmas parade of the party. The main downside is the extra cost for the event and the location of Tony’s. If we paid for this event, we would want to get our money’s worth. Since Tony’s is located right at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, this is a lot of time walking back to the front of the park. Also, seating is on a first-come first serve basis. So you may end up standing or having to ask to sit with other guests. For more information on Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party, click here.
There is a variety of merchandise that can only be purchased during the holiday party. If you are an annual passholder, I would strongly recommend going to Mickey’s Star Traders for the annual pass items. It is less crowded than the Emporium. If you are looking for the full event collection, we found Big Top Souvenirs to be the least busy.
Mickey’s Christmas Party vs Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
This is probably the most controversial part of our post and one that ties to personal preferences. For us, the Halloween party hands-down wins over the Christmas party. We like the Halloween parade more and we would pick bags candy over cookies any day. With that being said, the Christmas party is still very fun and gets you in the holiday spirit.
For us, the advantage that the Christmas Party has over Halloween is the decorations. While the Halloween pumpkins are fun, there is something about the Christmas lights and holiday decorations in Disney that take our breaths away. The snow (snoap) on Main Street is also a magical touch.
Our Overall Recommendation
We would recommend going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. There are 23 party nights in the months of November and December. If your vacation happens to fall on one of those nights, it is worth checking out. If you live in the Orlando area, we would recommend the Christmas Party because you get to experience all of the entertainment options during the party. Also, if you like character meet and greets and PhotoPass, the party can serve as the perfect opportunity to get your holiday card photo. If you are going to the Christmas party this year or if you have been to one in the past, we would love to hear your thoughts. Be sure to leave us a comment below!
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