I realize it's not the holiday season. And I know planning out 11 months in advance seems crazy. Yet, once the holidays hit there is no stopping them. So I am writing this now for you to remember to have on your radar this holiday season. Plus, since the holidays are so crazy, I never had a minute to sit and write to all of you my review of this event.
For the past two years some friends and I have taken our kids to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World. I've wondered if it is worth the money, but after going for two years, my answer is YES!! This is a ticketed event, meaning it is separate from your admission day ticket.
Guests to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm although the 'party' doesn't officially start until 7pm. We have lined up at 3:45pm both years and found getting in at 4pm was no problem.
We try to get reservations at a sit down restaurant in the park for 4:30 or so. This way we can be in the park, feed our kids, take some time to look at the decorations on Main Street, and then head back to the rides.
You will want to see the Mickey's Once Upon A Christastime Parade. It's a must do really! The floats even have Christmas scents associated with them. Amazing! We like to do the first parade. Check the parade schedule online, so you are able to plan ahead. This parade will put you in the Christmas spirit. Be sure to find a spot at least 40 minutes ahead of time. If you go with more than one adult, then one of you can stay with the kids while the other one finds a huge blow up candy cane. This is marking where the FREE Snickerdoodle cookies and hot chocolate are. We bring them back to the kids as a snack. It helps keep them occupied while waiting for the parade to start.
The first year we went, the event was not sold out. Last year when we went, the event was sold out (so buy your tickets early). I was concerned about the crowd. Our longest wait was approximately 18 minutes and that was for the Mine Train. This ride usually has over a 120 minute wait, so you can see that 18 minutes was great. All of the other rides had little to no wait. It is important to note there are no FastPasses for this event. I haven't found it to be a problem since the lines are minimal.
The characters are dressed in their holiday finest. You will find long waits for photos with the characters. It snows on Main Street which is a neat addition yet not overly specatcular!
We enjoy this event and are beginning to feel like it is a Christmas tradition in our house.
TravelLady Rating: I advise to put a note on your October calendar to remind you of this. Then it can be on your radar and you can pick your November or December date to attend.