Every year, from November through almost Christmas, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World hosts Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. Two or three nights per week, the park will close at 7 p.m. to everyone who has not purchased a ticket for this event which lasts from 7 p.m. until midnight. Disney promotes this as a can’t miss holiday experience for the whole family to enjoy. With the extra cost, is it worth it? Read on for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party Review for Dads.
What’s Good About Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party offers some experiences that are different from other nights at Magic Kingdom.
- The twice nightly parade is different. My son thinks it is the best WDW parade. The regular characters and floats are accounted for of coarse; but there are also dancing elves, toy soldiers, dancing reindeer, and Santa’s sleigh as a grand finale.
- Character meet-and-greats abound, with some characters that you might not see everyday. The entire band of the 7 Dwarfs was neat.
- There are “free” cookies and cocoa available all over the park throughout the night.
- Phineas and Ferb host a dance party for little ones at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe’.
- The Christmas fireworks display, hosted by Jiminy Cricket, is one of Disney’s best.
- The light show on the castle is good, too. It can be viewed on any night, though.
- There are multiple shows on the steps of Cinderella Castle just like on other nights.
What’s Disappointing About Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party is billed as an “exclusive” event. You are told that the crowds will be less and you will have easy access to rides and meet-and-greets. From our experience, this is simply not true. It seemed every bit as crowded as most winter nights at Magic Kingdom. The wait times for the E-ticket (high demand) rides may have been cut by about a third. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train kept about a 60 minute wait for most of the night. Space Mountain waits averaged about 30 minutes. The less busy rides had lines as long or longer than normal. Not having Fast Passes during the event meant even longer waits than what we are accustomed.
If you and your family love fireworks, parades, Disney dance, Disney music, Disney movie characters, cocoa, and sugar cookies, then Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party is for you. If you are on a budget, if you like hitting as many rides as possible, or if the idea of value is important to you, then you will not like it.
If you go:
- Kids will likely enjoy it. Kids having fun can be infectious.
- Times for the E-ticket rides are shorter during the fireworks and parade. If you can sneak off during one of them, then you will likely have less wait. This tip works for most nights.
- Many people line up an hour or more before the parade and/or fireworks for a primo spot. While you will get unobstructed views and photos, with only 5 hours to enjoy, in my opinion, this is a huge waste of time. There are now two areas at the end of Main St. USA facing the castle that are now covered with astroturf. You can get decent views of the castle for the fireworks, and you can sit/lie down. You are slightly elevated above the street and also get good views of the parade.
Try not to go:
- To me, Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party is not worth the price of the ticket. If you can skip it, do.
- If your wife and kids really want to go, and it won’t tick her off if you don’t go, then skip it and at least save that much money. I got out of Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party due to a college football game I wanted to see. We unfortunately blew it in the second half and lost to Florida St., but I saved some money.
- Extra Magic Hours offer a much better bargain. Morning Extra Magic Hours allow you to storm the E-ticket rides with almost no wait and spend the rest of your day at a relaxed pace enjoying things without waits. Crowds and lines during evening Extra Magic Hours really dwindle as the evening progresses. These are great opportunities to do a lot in a short time.
- If you are not planning on staying on Disney property, take the money saved from skipping Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party and apply it to staying on property. That way, you can enjoy enjoy Extra Magic Hours. Buy sugar cookies and cocoa at a Publix or Speedway for $5.
- If you wife and kids really want you to go, then just do it. It is not bad, and as we all know, ” a happy wife is a happy life.”
I hope this Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party Review for Dads is helpful. Good luck! Merry Christmas!.