You have only one night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP); there are so many things to see and do, so what do you choose? This post is going to run down some of the things that we love and that we think will help you plan the most well-rounded, amazing Christmas party for you and your group!
Where to start:
If you have a Magic Kingdom park ticket for that day, as well as the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas ticket, you can be in the park for 16 hours if you want, if Magic Kingdom has extra magic hours that day. That’s right, you can get there at rope drop for extra magic hours at 8 am and MVMCP ends at midnight. This is a challenge, even for parties with no children, as we have walked upwards of 16 miles in a day on days like this and it is exhausting, though worth it in my opinion.
So, if you choose to spend the entire day at Magic Kingdom, get your rides out of the way during the day. Plan you fast passes and get your treats that are available all throughout the season, not just for the party, during the day. This will free up your time to really immerse yourself in the party once it starts.
If you choose to go just with the MVMCP ticket, you can enter the park at 4 pm and at that time, whether you have been there all day or are just arriving you can get your wristband. If you are already in the park, there are various stations around Magic Kingdom where you can get your wristband and your map for the party. If you are just entering Magic Kingdom, you will get your wristband from a castmember stationed at the entrance.
I am going to reiterate this in every post we do about MVMCP. You MUST have a separate ticket for the party in order to be in the Magic Kingdom for the party. Castmembers do check and at the official start of the party, at 7 pm, you will be kindly escorted out of the park.
So once you are in where should you go? If you are wanting to get a photo with one of the coveted characters stationed around Magic Kingdom, get there early and get in line for this. If you are wanting to get a photo with the Seven Dwarfs over at Storybook Circus, you will want to get in line around 5 or 5:30 pm, in order to be among the first 25 groups to get that photo. The other highly prized photo is Jack Skelington who is dressed as Sandy Claus. The line for these two can get crazy and can up to a 2 and a half hour wait. Although I think these photos are great, by getting in line early, you will avoid the crazy crowds for this and be able to enjoy more of the party.
Tip: While you are waiting in line, send someone in your group to grab the snack that are right near Seven Dwarfs and those are the best cookies available for the party in my personal opinion, the peppermint bark cookies and hot cocoa.
Tip #2: Because the characters are so popular, they will often come out as much as thirty minutes prior to when they are scheduled to come out at the beginning of the party and if you were one of those who got in line early that will get you out of line even faster!
Other great character meet and greets for the party include the big mouse himself Mickey in his holiday best! Pooh characters in their adorable scarves (we are getting this one this year I think), Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck in their holiday finest and several more princesses than usual are out and about for photos. All of the photo opportunities can be found on your MVMCP map that you will get when you get your wristband. You do not want to miss the holiday shows that happen during this party.
Mickey’s most merriest celebration is a stage show that happens at several points throughout the night.
- 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
A frozen holiday wish is another stage show happening in front of Cinderella’s Castly. This is only done at one time per night and is when the caslte becomes a holiday wonderland and is lit up in all it’s Christmas glory.
- 8:15 p.m.
Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime parade
- 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
- 10:00 p.m.
All of these times will be found in your MVMCP map but if you are looking to experience a show that happens more than once per night, many of the families with small children will leave after the first parade and fireworks so you are more likely to get a better spot during the second showing of these.
Stay late. There is nothing quite like being “alone” on Main Street when the crowds have all rushed to the Monorail and you can sit with Walt and Mickey and gaze around at the incredible magic that surrounds you.
That’s it for this post! Pick what you want to see, and do it. Make sure you know what time the shows and things are that are really top priority for you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some great information in this post! We’ll be back with more from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so stay tuned and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!