Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014 Recap

I adore Disney. So, in lieu of Christmas presents this year, we decided to escape to Florida and attend something I’ve always wanted to do: Christmas in Disney!



Since Disney World on Christmas Day is ranked as one of the absolute busiest days (with unofficial estimates that the park maxes out at about 100,000 people) we decided to skip traveling during the actual holiday and attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) instead.

IMAG3478 IMAG3480


MVMCP takes place on about a dozen nights throughout November and December and is only for guests who bought a ticket to the actual party.. so if you are in Magic Kingdom during the day, come 7pm, you are booted.


There are mixed reviews through the internet with those who love or hate the party, but Paul and I absolutely adored it. I couldn’t recommend it more.

For $70 ($30 less than regular park admission), you get full access to the park for 8 hours (you get to enter the park starting at 4pm even though the party doesn’t officially start until 7pm) and exclusive access to party-only shows and activities.

Our absolute favorite event was Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. It was so good that we watched it twice, but it was infinitely better the first time when we watched it from the heart of Main Street.

IMAG3540 IMAG3550 IMAG3556 IMAG3562 IMAG3569 IMAG3571 IMAG3577 IMAG3598

Falling snow (aka soap suds), a gorgeous view of Cinderella’s Castle dripping in icicle lights and all the characters decked out in their Christmas outfits was exactly the Disney Christmas that I was imagining.

The Holiday Wishes fireworks were also the best fireworks I have ever seen. Perfectly timed lighting, seamlessly integrated music, and just an incredible amount of explosives… it was probably the first time fireworks didn’t absolutely bore me.


The rest of the entertainment options were fun too. Each show was cute, chock full of Christmas carols and had a tolerable plotline that was worth following.

A Frozen Holiday Wish

 Celebrate the Magic

A cute show staring all of Mickey & Friends in Christmas costumes


A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

We almost skipped this one, but it might have been my favorite!

IMAG3519 IMAG3524

Jingle Cruise (a revamped version of the Jungle Cruise)

This was really cute. I am an absolute sucker for the corny jokes on the Jungle Cruise and so the Jingle Cruise was a blast to me. I swear Jungle Cruise Tour Guide is my dream job.


We also got the chance to ride all of the attractions we wanted!




Roller coaster selfie on Thunder Mountain


Paul destoyed me at Buzz Lightyear

IMAG3513 IMAG3486


We even got to sneak on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train after only a 25 minute wait! (Though I thought the ride was a little disappointing.. I think it would be much better during daylight when you can see the whole park from the peaks).

The only bummer was that my favorite, The Enchanted Tiki Room, was closed. I’ve been to Disney 5 times now since 2009 and the infamous Dole Whip still eludes me.

In addition to all the shows, they also have free hot chocolate and sugar cookies for all guests. I thought they tasted pretty good!


So, if you get the chance to be in Disney at Christmas, I can’t recommend Mickey’s Christmas Party enough! For adults, the smaller crowds allow you to still ride all your favorite attractions while getting the chance to appreciate all the Christmas magic! For those with younger kids, I’d recommend the party, but do not do a park during the day too. I saw so many exhausted kids who were either sobbing or passed out by 8pm…



The rest of weekend was a lot of fun too! We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside resort and had a blast taking the boat to and from Downtown Disney.. despite the freezing weather!

IMG_1747 IMAG3739 IMG_1753 IMG_1750


Bob performing at Riversides River Roost

IMAG3472 20141214_111442


We rented Surrey bikes to cruise around the resort




Selfie on the boat from Downtown Disney to our resort

Seriously.. of course when we go to Orlando it is actually colder (upper 40s) than it is in Kansas City!

We spent Saturday at Epcot exploring the Holidays Around the World exhibits and food.





Turkey Waffle – a filling sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole (all-in-one holiday dinner) at Promenade Refreshments


In France, bûche de noël au chocolate (chocolate cake shaped like a log)


Hot Salted Caramel in Germany. SO sweet, but so good!

IMAG3690 IMAG3679 IMAG3678 IMAG3676 IMAG3675


A hidden Mickey at The Seas






Then we headed over to the Grand Floridian Resort to check out the GIANT gingerbread house and gorgeous Christmas decorations there!



IMAG3720 IMAG3722 20141213_183828


It was a really fun weekend! Time for me to start talking Paul into returning to Disney for next year’s Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party!


Subscribe to Redefining Athlete by Email

2 thoughts on “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014 Recap

  1. chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    this is so awesome!!!! my husband and i prefer giving experiences as opposed to gifts so super loved this. what an incredibly experience it looks like you guys had together! also…i would eat any and all of that food from the photos!

    1. calquist@gmail.com Post author

      Thanks! I’m currently trying to convince him that a yearly Disney Christmas should be tradition, haha. I swear, there isn’t a single food available at Disney that isn’t worth eating :)

Comments are closed.