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