Navigating Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) can seem like a daunting task. There is so much to do and, if you only purchased the party ticket, you can’t get into the park until 4 pm. If you purchased the party ticket and then also had a park pass for that day, you have some more options, like getting your rides out of the way before the party starts so that you can focus on MVMCP itself. In this post, I want to focus on tips and tricks that can help you navigate through the party and get as much done as possible and do a variety of things! Let’s get started!
Get to the park at 4 pm.
Your party pass gets you into the park at 4 pm. (if you have a park pass as well for that day, you can just stay in the park and head to a wristband distribution location within the park). Since you can get to the park before the party actually starts, do it. You can still make Fast Passes up until 7 pm when the party actually starts, so if rides are on your priority list, get a couple of rides in before the party starts.
Get in a character line early.
As many of you know from our previous posts, there are certain characters that only do character meet and greets during either MVMCP or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The line for these characters are significantly longer than the lines for some of the other characters. Pick a couple of the characters that you most want to see and get in line for one before the party actually starts. Some of the longer lines include, The Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington, Christmas Donald and Scrooge McDuck. Typically, the characters for these most popular meet and greets could come out up to 45 minutes early which means if you are among the first couple dozen in line, you could get in and out before the party even starts!
Have a plan.
MVMCP has a lot going on. When you get your wristband, you get a party map which has times for every special event going on throughout the party and where everything is located. From treats that are “free” to treats that are extra but only available during the party, to stage shows, to the parade and of course the fireworks; have a plan for what are your top priorities and be sure to be there for those and fit in whatever else in between those times.
Skip the rides.
This is a personal preference for me but if you are not a Disney local and do not have the luxury of going to MVMCP several times over, I don’t waste my precious party time on rides but we also make sure to have plenty of time at Magic Kingdom during non-party time so that is our personal preference on that topic!
Plan your treats.
If you are in the area of Santa Goofy, Donald and Scrooge, the Seven Dwarfs and some of the other characters that meet around the Circus area head to the treat station in that area for your “free” treats. If you are over by Liberty Square for the parade, head over there and grab the treats at that treat station. Don’t be surprised if earlier in the night the treat stations in Frontierland, Tomorrowland and Adventureland are PACKED so if the treat stations are your priority, head over there a little later in the evening.
Families with small children don’t tend to have this option much of the time so they are going to get the stage shows and the parade out of the way so that when the meltdowns start, they can head for the exits. If you have the ability to stay for the entire party, do it. The stage shows later in the night are far less crowded and you can get fantastic spots for that and if you are able to catch the second parade at 11 p.m. the crowd has drastically thinned and you won’t be fighting people for a prime location for that either.
Don’t miss the parade and the fireworks.
The party parades are different than Festival of Fantasy and the party parades are awesome. The floats are different and actually, on this most recent trip, we had two different parades. There were aspects of the parade that were different each time. I’m sure that it was because they had difficulties with a float or a costume or something along those lines but it was awesome both times!
If you catch the parade on Main Street, because the parade takes much longer to get to the front of Magic Kingdom, you get little extras too, performances and things. Also, if you watch it on Main Street, you get the snow as well.
Because the party is so much smaller than a typical night, as it is an extra ticketed event, you are much more likely to find a great spot for the fireworks and there is truly no need to waste two or even one hour of your night trying to find a spot.
We caught the 9:25 stage show the first night we went to MVMCP and we were right up close. I mean right up front and we just stayed in that spot for the fireworks and then moved to Frontierland for the 11 pm parade because we wanted to check out some other stuff before that and had front row spots for the parade.
Our second MVMCP we did the dessert party and watched the fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace, then headed to the front of the stage for Mickey’s Very Merriest Celebration at 10:25and actually got even better spots for that show but they had technical difficulties and the stage show immediately after the fireworks was cancelled so we headed down Main Street and watched the parade that night, the 11 pm show, from on top of the train station at the very beginning of the park!
I would also like to point out that we had two very different party experiences. Our first MVMCP was a sold out celebration. Be sure that if you are trying to get tickets to MVMCP that you make sure there are still tickets available because the party is not offered every night, only on select nights and there are more sold out parties for this year than there were at this time last year. As the park starts to fill, you are more likely to experience a sold out party. Our second party was not sold out and the crowds were significantly lower for the parades and the stage shows but always remember that even though this is an extra ticketed event and only a certain amount of tickets are sold and that is far less than will be at a park on a typical day, the lines for character meet and greets will still be long, lines for “free” treats may be really long at certain points as well.
Here are a list of the various events offered at MVMCP and the times at which they are offered during the party.
I hope that you found this post helpful when planning your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Stay tuned for more posts on MVMCP and the excitement that is Christmas in Disney! Thanks for stopping by! We’ll see ya’ real soon and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!