12 Days of Christmas: 12 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas PartyAmy Lupold Bair
Every year at Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom is transformed on select nights into a holiday dreamland complete with festively dressed characters, parades, fireworks, dance parties, and more. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party comes to life on event nights just as the park is closing and allows ticketed guests to continue to enjoy the magic until midnight. The party started November 8th and runs this year through December 20th.
This event is one of my family’s favorite ways to kick off the holiday season, so in 12 Days of Christmas style, I’m going to tell you my favorite 12 reasons to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party just in case the free hot chocolate and cookies in front of the castle aren’t enough to catch your attention…
12 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 1 of 13
Like all ticketed special events at Walt Disney World, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party requires careful consideration before you add additional funds to your holiday season vacation to the World. With that said, it's an additional expense that has always been well worth it to my family. While I couldn't capture the magical energy in the air throughout the Magic Kingdom during the event, I can share some of our favorite reasons to party with Mickey and his pals.
Ice on Cinderella’s Castle 2 of 13
Imagine Cinderella's Castle covered in "ice," magically glowing in the night sky. Now imagine having the opportunity to peacefully walk around and enjoy it from all angles thanks to additional hours in the park and lighter crowds. The castle appears magical throughout the holiday season, but there's just something extra beautiful about it during this special event with the smell of hot chocolate and cookies in the air and Christmas music playing.
Holiday Decorations 3 of 13
I'm just going to admit it. When I walk into one of my favorite places on earth and I see decorations for my absolute favorite holiday, I get giddy. You know, the kind of giddy that embarrasses my children and makes my husband question joining me on our vacation. Walt Disney World decorates the Magic Kingdom the way you'd decorate every street in your own town if towns still did that sort of thing. It transports you back in time and really comes to life during the evenings when Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is held.
Jingle Jungle Cruise 4 of 13
During this holiday season, the Jungle Cruise has been transformed to become the Jingle Jungle Cruise. Guests can enjoy classic holiday tunes while waiting to board along with Christmas decorations all around the port. Once on board you'll be entertained by a Santa hat wearing guide who has a whole new set of jokes to keep you laughing. Don't miss the boat names that have changed for this special season! And of course the best time take a trip on the Jingle Jungle Cruise is in the evening during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
Main Street Station 5 of 13
Main Street Station is one of the most iconic images at the Magic Kingdom, towering above the entrance gates, reminding us all of Walt Disney's love of trains in a time gone by. My favorite times to visit the train station are at the start of the day in the calm of morning and during special hours and events, such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, when Main Street Station comes alive with holiday decorations and an amazing view of the party.
Cinderella’s Ponies 6 of 13
There are certain magical moments that you can only experience while attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. One of those moments is when Cinderella and her prince travel through the park, pulled by six white ponies. I may have cried the first time I saw it. I may still tear up every time I see it again...
Toy Soldiers 7 of 13
The sight of an army of life-sized toy soldiers marching loudly down Main Street, U.S.A. is something to behold. Now imagine those toy soldiers lifting trumpets to their mouths and playing as they marched, toy soldiers drumming behind them as they move with precision through the park. This is one of my don't miss moments of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
Holiday Wishes 8 of 13
The Wishes Fireworks are the perfect close to a beautiful day in the Magic Kingdom, and the only thing better is the Holiday Wishes Fireworks Spectacular during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! The music includes holiday favorites with a Disney touch, and the fireworks themselves are all that you would expect from Disney.
Favorite Childhood Toys Coming to Life 9 of 13
What would happen if your toy car was big enough for you to drive? How about those favorite rocking horses from childhood? During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, some of your favorite childhood toys from teddy bears to dolls are suddenly life-sized and coming alive before your eyes.
Snow on Main Street 10 of 13
Have you ever seen in snow in Florida? You can during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Linger on Main Street, U.S.A. as you make your way to the park exit following the Once Upon a Christmas Parade. Don't forget to take a moment to watch the kids - and even many adults - trying to catch the "snow" as it falls from the sky.
A Chance to Play with Cast Members 11 of 13
One of my favorite moments during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is when cast members make their way along the parade route to play with waiting guests. Kids and adults jump to their feet to dance and sing with cast members who have props such as white inflatable balls to keep the party going.
The Gingerbread Castle 12 of 13
The ever-changing castle projection show at the Magic Kingdom is a mind-boggling feat the showcases everything from holiday images to pictures of guests enjoying the park throughout the day. Just when it seems that it Cinderella's Castle couldn't become more magical, the icy lights dim and the castle is transformed for just a few moments to a Gingerbread Castle. The entire show is incredible, but this gingerbread transformation is my absolute favorite.
Santa Riding Down Main Street, U.S.A. 13 of 13
The absolute best moment of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, that "drops mic" finale, is when Santa himself makes his way down Main Street, U.S.A. on his sled, snow falling around him, Cinderella's icy castle glowing behind him. The best place to view this procession is from the balcony of the Main Street Train Station. And, by the way, I have it on good authority that this is the real deal, Mr. Claus himself...
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