Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held after the regular closing of Magic Kingdom and requires separate admission. (You don’t have to have paid admission on the same day to the Magic Kingdom in order to attend the special after-hours event.) The event is held from 7:00 pm to midnight on selected nights, usually running from about the second week of November through approximately a week prior to Christmas. Guests with Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are admitted to the park as early as 4:00 pm. You will need to get a wristband that allows you to stay in the park after the party begins.
Admission to the event includes complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, “snow” on Main Street, holiday stage shows, carolers, two performances of the holiday parade, and a special fireworks display. Plus, most of the major attractions will be open.

Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth the money? 
Depends on your plans. Be aware that the same parades, shows, “snow” experience and fireworks (but not the hot chocolate and cookies) are offered as part of regular admission if you visit Magic Kingdom starting the day after Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ends, through New Year’s Eve. So if you will be visiting Magic Kingdom between December 22-31, there is very little reason to spend the extra money to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party earlier in the month.
Although the number of people admitted each night is limited, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can be quite crowded, particularly on weekend nights and the last couple of nights it’s offered, so it’s not always a good way to avoid lines. It can be a lot of fun to attend if you want to get into the Christmas spirit in late November or early December, but don’t necessarily expect to get on a lot of rides. The party is more about the parades and Christmas “atmosphere.”
It’s fun to have dinner at Tony’s Town Square or Liberty Tree Tavern just before the party. This allows you to be in the park right when the festivities begin. The two restaurants book up quickly, so make reservations as early as possible (180 days in advance).
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012 will be offered from 7:00 pm to midnight on November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 30; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21.
December 21 is likely to sell out in advance, and is not discounted.

Magic Kingdom attractions that will be in operation:

Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Country Bear Jamboree
Liberty Square:
The Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
It's A Small World
Astro Orbiter
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Space Mountain
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitch's Great Escape
Tomorrowland Speedway
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

I have never been, what tips can you give me?
  • Buy a Disney Holiday Hat and Join in the Fun! Santa Hats with Mickey Ears and Reindeer Horns with Mickey Ears are Available.
  • Ride the Mountains during the First Parade!
  • Enjoy the special shows.
  • Take in the Snow on Main Street!
  • Visit the characters in Fantasyland later in the evening.
  • Make sure to watch the Special Fireworks!
  • Watch the second showing of the parade.
  • Pace yourself -- the park empties quite a bit by midnight and you'll have most attractions to yourself.
Times of MVMCP shows, parade and fireworks:
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade: 8:15 and 10:30 PM
Holiday Wishes Fireworks: 9:30 PM
"A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas" Show: 7:45, 8:45, 9:55, 10:50 & 11:45 PM
"Celebrate The Season" Show: 7:45, 10:05 & 11:20 PM
Character Meet & Greets: 7:00 - 11:30 PM

2012 Prices

Full Price tickets (day of party, if available):
  • December 21 – $72.37 (ages 10 and up) and $67.04 (ages 3-9), tax included.
  • All other dates – $69.17 (ages 10 and up) and $63.85 (ages 3-9), tax included.                
Advance purchase prices:
  • November 16, 30; December 7, 14, 20, 21 – no discount (see Full Price above).
  • All other dates – $62.78 (ages 10 and up) and $57.46 (ages 3-9), tax included.
  • Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can purchase discounted tickets for select dates. Each Annual Passholder may purchase up to 4 tickets; each DVC member may purchase up to 6 tickets. You must buy in advance and pick up at Will Call, where you will have to show proper ID (membership card). Prices:
  • All dates through December 20 – $56.39 (ages 10 and up) and $51.07 (ages 3-9), tax included.
  • Active Duty, Retired, and Permanently Disabled US Military (with current military ID) can purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to 5 family/friends for select dates. The tickets may be purchased at any theme park ticket window or Guest Relations Office. They are NOT available online, by phone, at Shades of Green or MWR/ITT locations. Prices:
  • November 9, 12, 15, 25, 29; December 2 – $43.95 (ages 10 and up) and $40.23 (ages 3-9), tax included.
2012 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets went on sale May 1. Call (407) W-DISNEY (934-7639) to order or CLICK HERE

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