I’ve saved the best for last!
Our Disney World holiday experience wouldn’t have been complete without a very special event. On select evenings in November and December, Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s a festive celebration with limited tickets, so it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the holidays as well as experience Magic Kingdom with much, much less people than during normal hours.
(If you haven’t read my general tips for visiting Disney World, read this first).
It rained throughout the time we were there, but we still made the most of the event, taking in the holiday splendor and twinkling Christmas lights.
In my article featuring my general Disney tips, I talk about how important it is to take advantage of the parks’ professional photographers. And for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this is especially true, since professional cameras can capture the nighttime images with great lighting (no grainy iPhone pictures here)!
You may even find some surprises in your professional pictures, too!
But make sure you get your shots right away. Before the parade starts, the park turns off the icicle lights on Cinderella’s Castle. We waited a little too long to take our couples pictures, and ended up with a much less stunning background.
Luckily we’re still stunning, ha!
One of the benefits of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is that the smaller crowds equal less wait time for rides. However, if you spend the entire night just going on rides, you’ll miss out on a lot of what makes the party so special and exciting.
For example, don’t miss the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and be sure to get a good viewing spot!
The parade has all of your favorite Disney characters, dressed up in their holiday finest. And the floats have special features, including scents, which completely envelop you in the Christmas spirit.
The parade even has a very special guest, too!
There are several rides open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. These are subject to change, but usually include Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “It’s a Small World”, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain.
If you’re wondering which are worth going on, generally speaking these are my favorite Magic Kingdom rides.
But if you’re wondering which ones you can’t miss during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there are a few rides which are given an extra bit of festive holiday flair, just for the party.
The first is Jungle Cruise, renamed “Jingle” Cruise.
And the second is Space Mountain.
I’m not going to ruin anything by giving away what makes these rides so festive, but just know that if you attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you need to go on these rides!
The other two rides I recommend going on during the party are Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These rides don’t have a holiday makeover, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad allows you to look down over the entire park, which is an especially beautiful vantage point when Magic Kingdom is draped in Christmas lights. Towards the end of the evening, the ride was so uncrowded that we were able to just stay on it without getting off.
And Splash Mountain had so few people too that most logs were completely empty, meaning that you can just walk right onto it.
Throughout the evening, Magic Kingdom employees (or “Cast Members” as Disney calls them) are stationed throughout the park, handing out Christmas cookies to guests. The cookies are free (if you don’t count the admission cost for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – ha!) but are unfortunately pretty generic and not all that special. So I wouldn’t be too worried if you miss them entirely.
But by far the number one thing that you must do at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is see Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show. It is, by far, the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen, and it left the entire audience in awe, even the adults!
Make sure you get a spot with a good view of Cinderella’s Castle (but not too close!) and take it all in.
For additional information on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, including how to buy tickets, click here. Then get ready to enjoy an amazing evening of Disney holiday magic.
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