When heading to Walt Disney World during the holiday months, there are many great options to consider – the decorations throughout the hotels, Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
If you plan on attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you may be wondering how to fit everything in. Below are a few tips to help create your general plan for this fun event!
Take it Easy before the Party
While it may be hard to stay away from a park the rest of the day, take the opportunity to enjoy your hotel prior to the party! Sleep in, jump in the pool, ride a bike around the hotel, shop at Disney Springs, check out another hotel – there is plenty to explore. Not only are you saving on a day of park tickets, but you can actually enter Magic Kingdom for the party beginning at 4:00 pm!
Watch the Parade in Frontierland
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade occurs twice during the party. It is quite common for the first parade to be the most crowded, especially since the younger ones may likely fall asleep before the second parade. If you can wait until the second parade, it definitely helps. Even better, find a location in Frontierland, where the parade begins! Bring along a towel or small blanket to sit on as you wait.
Choose One Character Photo Opportunity
During the party, there are various characters for you to interact with – specifically very unique characters and many dressed in their holiday best! Past characters have included: Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws, Scrooge McDuck, and many more. However, the reality is that these lines get quite long, especially for the ones that are not in the parks often. Choose the one you are most interested and try to get in line early! And, if you are walking around the park and see a character with a short line – get that photo!
Get those Photos of the Castle
During the holidays, Cinderella Castle transforms into an even more beautiful sight to be seen! Be sure to take advantage of photo opportunities with the castle sparkling bright.
Take Advantage of the Unique Offerings
While it may be easy to go on your favorite rides during the party, save that for another park day. Instead, take in all of the great offerings that are only available during the party! Below are a few favorites:
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
- Holiday Fireworks
- A Frozen Holiday Wish (and Castle Lighting)
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Stage Show
- Cookies & hot cocoa throughout the park
- If food allergies are a concern, see a cast member for the location of allergy-friendly centers for allergy-friendly offerings.
- Holiday Dessert Parties (extra charge)
- Specialty Food and Themed Merchandise
With plenty to do during the hours of the party, it’s always a good idea to go in with a general plan. Enjoy the holiday decorations, festive sounds, and enjoy every minute of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with your friends and family!
A special thanks to the fabulous travel advisors at Glass Slipper Concierge for sharing their tips as well!