Can you feel the chill in the air? The excitement? Christmas will be here before you know it, and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
Walt Disney World has always been a magical place, but they really outdo themselves every year during the holidays. Strands of garland hang above Main Street USA, a festive tree adorns the entrance to every park, carols can be heard throughout the resort, and each and every resort hotel gets creative in the overall theme of their resort.
The most magical of the offerings are 2 hugely successful events: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom and Holidays Around The World in EPCOT. It’s hard to choose a favorite between these two offerings, but Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party wins by a (big red reindeer) nose.
Just imagine being in your favorite park of all time watching the snow fall while Cinderella Castle glistens with thousands of sparkling lights, all while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies and listening to “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Everything about this evening is magical from the start. At the start of the evening an announcement comes over the speakers welcoming you to the party.
Throughout the evening there are special character meet & greets that you won’t see during a normal trip to the park. All of the princesses meet with their princes, Snow White meets with all 7 dwarfs, and some of the lesser seen characters can be seen throughout the park always willing to smile for a photo.
Twice during the evening a special parade (featuring floats seen during the televised Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC) takes place, starting at Splash Mountain and working its way to the firehouse on Main Street USA. This is a great chance to see some of the characters in their festive holiday outfits without waiting in line for a meet & greet.
Cinderella’s Castle Transformation
Also, around 6-6:30 each evening you can see Cinderella’s Castle transformed into a glittering, glowing tower of light. New to the 2014 Party will be the royal party from Arendelle. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will help transform Cinderella Castle each evening in a fun short stage show.
Three times each evening there is a special stage show in front of the castle featuring some of your favorite characters, as well as dancers, carolers, reindeer, and even a wooden soldier Mickey Mouse. These stage shows are very popular and do tend to gather a crowd quickly, so if you decide not to do the show, you might be better to take a route that doesn’t cross the partner’s hub area.
In years past, it has been the job of Cinderella, with the help of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and the Fairy Godmother to transform the castle. Disney has not said how the new lighting ceremony will differ from previous years, but it will be amazing to watch none-the-less.
After the castle lights up, magical snow falls on the front of the stage area while a familiar Christmas carol or 2 plays. This is definitely something not to be missed during the party, especially if you can’t imaging Cinderella Castle being any more beautiful than it already is.
In true Disney fashion, each Party also has a breathtaking fireworks display for all to enjoy. These fireworks are exclusive, not only to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but to the Christmas Party itself.
Fantastic reds, yellows, blues, greens, and purples burst over Cinderella Castle (and around the park during the finale) while your favorite Christmas songs intertwine with familiar Disney classics. Once again, this show is not to be missed.
In addition to all of these offerings, Magic Kingdom keeps most of the more popular attractions and restaurants (quick service only) open throughout the evening for guests to enjoy. Disney’s popular FastPass+ service is not available during the Christmas Party, so be prepared to stand in line for your favorite attractions. However, your wait time will be reduced compared to the daytime when more guests are in the park.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a hard ticketed event, held select evenings in November and December. New to the Party this year is the ability to link your Party ticket to your MagicBand for easier access to the park, as well as custom Limited Time MagicBands specific to the Christmas Party (these can only be purchased during the party). The earlier in the year the Party is held, the less crowded it will be. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase them early to ensure that you can go on the night you want. Annual Passholder discounts are available, as well as discounted tickets for Florida based Cast Members.
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