Our recent convention trip happened to coincide with a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night (held multiple times in November and December). If you’ve read about our disappointment over the Villains Unleashed party in August, you’ll understand why I was a bit hesitant to try another hard-ticketed event at Disney World. However, while the Villains Unleashed fiasco was a first-time event, Disney has had years to perfect their Christmas party. With that in mind, we bought our party tickets. Rather than going into it blindly (as we did in August), I did quite a bit of pre-party research so that we wouldn’t miss anything that we really wanted to do. Here’s how our evening went:
Frozen Holiday Wish is the new Frozen-inspired castle-lighting ceremony, held every night during the holiday season. It wasn’t technically part of the Christmas event, but was held just before the party began. We strolled into the Magic Kingdom, snagged a spot rather close the the castle, waited about 15 minutes, and were blown away by this show. Now, I was skeptical at first, since Frozen seems to be taking over the World, and this was just one more example. But I loved this adorable little show. It brought tears to my eyes.
We then went on a bunch of rides with little to no wait. For us, this was a HUGE benefit of attending a Disney ticketed event. We’re avid thrill riders, and going on our favorites over and over is just so much fun! (Space Mountain, I’m looking at you!)
After grabbing a quick dinner, watching the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show, and checking out the dance party at Cosmic Ray’s, we had dessert at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. This was one of the many free-cookies-and-cocoa stations set up around the park that night. They even had gluten-free cookies behind the counter – we just had to ask!
I then went to look for a good fireworks-viewing spot while my son did a character meet-and-greet. (Note: the most popular “special event” characters have very long lines, so get there early and plan to wait a while.) I found a spot on the Tomorrowland bridge, my son met me there, and we watched Holiday Wishes – the most amazing fireworks display I’ve ever seen. I didn’t take any pictures, since I was too busy standing there getting all teary-eyed again.
After the awe-inspiring fireworks finale, we headed on over to Frontierland to stake out our parade-viewing spot. Now, I know that Main Street USA is the more conventional place to view the Christmas parade, but we had a plan. You see, the parade starts in Frontierland and works it’s way over to Main Street. Once the parade had gone past, we wanted to hop on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, and maybe a few other rides while everyone else was still watching the parade. This turned out to be a great plan! We got to our spot about 30 minutes before the parade time, and were delighted to be entertained by the Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob, all decked out in Christmas lights and playing Christmas songs!
This was a great way to pass the time while waiting. When Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade began, I had yet another teary-eyed moment. Every float was so beautiful, and the characters who walked/danced the parade route would come right up to us! Here are some parade pictures, though they really don’t do it justice:
Once the parade had passed, we were off to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We love going on this ride in the dark! On our way to the Haunted Mansion, we stopped by the Diamond Horseshoe for a dance party with Pluto and the Country Bears. It was great, one of the highlights of the night!
After some more rides, we grabbed a LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern and headed home to Coronado Springs. It was a wonderful night.
Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Where is your favorite spot to view the parade and fireworks?