Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Top Tips for First Timers

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Today we have a very special treat – our pal Dave from yourfirstvisit.net (and co-author of The easy Guide To Your First Walt Disney World Visit)is stopping by with his first-hand account on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  He attended the first party of the year and we asked him to share his top tips for first timers (you may know him from the popular “First Timers Corner” column in WDW Magazine!) attending this year’s event!  Take it away, Dave!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (“MVMCP”) is a separately ticketed evening party at the Magic Kingdom many nights from early November until mid-December. I routinely see one of the first November parties so I can publish a review like this one. Plus, it’s fun.

The three best things about MVMCP?  Well, others will have a different answer but for me, they are:

The short ride waits 

When was the last time Space Mountain was basically a walk on? - Photo by Dave Shute

When was the last time Space Mountain was basically a walk on? – Photo by Dave Shute

Disney limits the number of tickets it sells for MVMCP, and while the streets, walkways and open spaces are crowded, ride wait times are generally really short. For example, Space Mountain had a ten minute wait at 9p on November 8th. Some rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the holiday-themed “Jingle” Cruise see longer waits, but generally waits are wonderfully low.

The best fireworks of the year

Holiday Wishes is a must see - Photo by Dave Shute

Holiday Wishes is a must see – Photo by Dave Shute

The standard Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Happily Ever After, is fantastic, and the MVMCP show, Holiday Wishes, is even better.  I don’t want to give any of the show’s surprises away, but the ending is not to be missed.

The overall festive environment, which really comes to life during the parade

The parade sets the tone for festive fun - Photo by Dave Shute

The parade sets the tone for festive fun – Photo by Dave Shute

Beginning in early November, the Magic Kingdom wears its holiday finery all the time.  But it really sparkles during the special MVMCP evening parade.

Cinderella appears at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Photo by Dave Shute

Cinderella appears at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Photo by Dave Shute

MVMCP is quite expensive, but I recommend it to anyone who can afford it and can stay awake through the second parade (which will end around 11 or 11:15pm, depending on where you see it from). Do rides through the first parade, then see the fireworks and second parade.  Whether you’re a first timer visiting WDW, or just a first timer taking in all that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers, you’ll have a great time!

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About the Author

Stephanie Shuster

I’m a life-long Disney devotee, living in Hamilton, Canada and dreaming of WDW every day. For me, Disney is more than a vacation destination – it’s my home away from home, a place to create treasured memories, and a lifestyle. As the Director of Operations for WDW Magazine, Dad’s Guide to WDW, WDW Discount Club, and The Best of WDW, I have the best job in the world – sharing Disney love, all day every day! I’m also a co-founder at It’s A FanGirl World!