In early November I attended the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This event occurs a number of times between early November and December.
The Party is a “Hard Ticket Event”. This is means that everyone attending pays $60-90 per person. It also means that after 7:00 the park clears out of everyone except party guests. It is one way to experience Magic Kingdom with limited crowds and lots of decorations.
The party officially starts at 7:00 when the Disney Crew escorts everyone without a green bracelet out of the Magic Kingdom. The guests of the party can enter the Magic Kingdom around 4:00 to enjoy more time with the rides and atmosphere.
Around 7:00 pm the streets get very decorated, and more holiday decorations seem to appear. The vendors are selling special treats, and there is free cookies and drinks at a number of areas in the Magic Kingdom. The Castle is the main stage for a Disney Holiday Festival. All around the park there are famous characters ready for pictures, and signing autograph books. “SANDY CLAWS” from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS has joined in the merriment. A lot of smaller children are riding the rides in Fantasy Land. (Be Our Guest was entirely booked)
8:00 means the first Holiday Parade. The cast members are great at keeping the kids busy with pre parade games while parents were shopping or waiting to save seats. It snows on Main Street during the parade, which adds a special holiday touch. Around 9:30 the special holiday Fireworks go off. This is a good time to be on Main Street.
The second Parade, at 11:00 pm is much less crowded, and you are far likelier to get a few great pictures. Some friends suggest doing rides during first parade, when there will be very little wait time.
The “hard ticket events” are sometimes a good option if you have physical limitations because the park is less crowded, there are more cast members per person, and the exhausted families are usually back at a hotel. Disney has a few other Hard Ticket events which usually happen in the Magic Kingdom
For more information about how to enjoy Disney World with the grandkids, or any other travel adventures please contact me.
Vicky Spencer Rouse
December 16, 2016