Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom during the holiday season, and it was the main reason we’d flown out to WDW for our weekend trip. Mark and I have done Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland quite a few times, but this was the first time at MVMCP.
We’d spent the first half of the day at the Animal Kingdom, and then the second half at the Magic Kingdom. The ticketed party didn’t officially start till 7PM, but we took a boat from the Grand Floridian a little early to take advantage of the last couple hours of daylight.
We didn’t ride any rides during our first couple hours inside the Magic Kingdom. Instead, we just wandered around, took pictures, and enjoyed the sunset.
By 7PM, the party had officially started. Everyone who purchased tickets to the MVMCP were given wristbands, and everyone who didn’t were slowly filtered out by cast members.
The tickets to the MVMCP were not cheap by any means — just under $100 a person. For that cost, the event included:
- Character meet & greets
- Dance parties
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration (a cheesy show in front of the castle)
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade
- Holiday Wishes Fireworks
- Complementary treat & drink stations (egg nog, cocoa, cookies, etc.)
- Snow on Main Street
Overall, we had some mixed feelings about the party. First of all, it was extremely crowded. Much more than we expected from a pricey ticketed event. And on top of that, the crowds were very, very cranky. While we were watching the parade, we witnessed a bunch of people almost throw down over stroller real estate on Main Street. Yikes.
It just didn’t feel like you got enough bang for your buck. There’s no Christmas Party event at Disneyland, and I’d always been a little jealous of WDW in that regard. But now I realize that Disneyland has the better deal anyway. The big ticket items of MVMCP are the Christmas Parade and Fireworks. At Disneyland, you can watch these things any old night during the holiday season with just a regular park ticket.
Even though it was a bit of a let down, I’m glad we went. At least we got to see what we’d been missing!