Disclaimer: Disney hosted our family in exchange for my honest review of our experience at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The vehicle was provided to me for testing purposes and editorial consideration. My opinions are my own!
If you follow me you know we LOVE Disney. We have had three trips there in the last three months. Including our second trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party and a birthday trip for B that included a truly o Bippiry Boppity boutique. We have made Mickey’s Not so Scary Party and Very Merry Christmas Party an annual tradition for us now. If you want to get into the holiday spirit this is a must attend party!
Buy Your Tickets Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Ahead of Time
The party often times sells out. If it is not sold out, you may have to wait in a long line to buy your tickets. And let’s be honest this is a party you do not want to miss! If you buy your tickets ahead of time you can also book fast passes for your favorite rides.
When You Arrive at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
The party officially starts at 7pm when the park closes, but with your tickets you can come in as early as 4pm. When you arrive make sure you get your special Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party bracelet. I made this mistake our first year and half way through the night I had to go back to the front gate to get mine.
Make sure to grab a map that will show you where you can find holiday treats, find characters and the times for the entertainment. Follow the cast members down the the right hand side. It was a section of the park we went to Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween. There are great photo opportunities and you get special Santa cookie that was amazing.
Entertainment at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Pro Tip: We get dinner to go and set up a picnic in front of the castle so we have good seats for A Frozen Holiday Wish, Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade
Christmas themed parade includes all your favorite characters and SANTA. The parade begins at Frontierland and goes around and down Main Street. Make sure you get your spot early. The parade route filled up quickly. Our favorite place to sit is right in front of the castle.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – This stage show is my favorite one yet!!! It includes almost everyone of Mickey’s friends and classic Christmas songs that have you smiling and dancing the night away.
Holiday Wishes: Christmas Fireworks Show – The fireworks show in front of the castle was amazing. The castle is totally transformed. Originally my husband wanted to skip it since we were just at Disney two weeks before, but when he heard the Christmas music we quickly made our way over.
Holiday Treats and Specialty Eats for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone
- Liberty Square Ticket Office: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog
- The Friar’s Nook: Silky Smooth DOVE® Chocolate and Sparkling Apple Cider
- Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nestle® Nesquik®
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Event takes place on the following dates:
- November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
- December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22
If you miss the dates this year, don’t worry it is an annual event! Get all the details on Disney’s website.
How to Get to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Thank you to Toyota for our ride to Orlando. Having the 2017 Toyota Prius Four to test drive for the week was fun for the entire family. And a dangerous reminder of how much technology has changed since we bought our cars. They are both finally paid off and I would like to have no payments for a couple of year, but the new technology is very tempting.
Highlights of the Prius: Gas Mileage – We are still in shock about how incredible the gas mileage is in the Prius. We got 56 miles to the gallon!!! The gas mileage saved us over $100 from our regular fuel costs in our SUV.
- The Navigation System – We have gotten used to using our phones for navigation, but it is amazing how quickly the programs run down your battery and you are constantly looking down to see the directions. Having the navigation system built into the car at eye level was such a treat.
- Heads Up Display – This is the coolest technology. Just at eye level in the windshield you can see how fast you are driving and the speed limit. It brought me back to my first day driving. I remember thinking how will I ever get used to this. They want me to keep my eyes on the road, but also drive the speed limit. While I have gotten used to it now when traveling speed limits often change, so it was so nice not to worry about what the speed limit was.
- Blind Spot Monitor – Personally changing lanes on the highway especially at night freaks me out. I loved the warning lights on the side mirrors. No more worrying about someone being in your blind spot.
- XM Radio – One of the challenges with traveling is trying to find a station you like. With XM radio we went back and forth between two Christmas stations the entire trip.
- Radar from Weather Channel – Kurt especially loved this feature you can watch the radar map on the touch screen. It came in handy because we have some wet days at the parks!
- We do not travel light. We stayed in Orlando for a week and rented a townhouse so we brought literally everything with us incoming a massive cooler. When we went to load the car my husband started to get worried. We have two SUVs and always travel in my husband’s because it is huge. We have gotten used to having lots of space.
- Getting used to driving a car again. B called it the little car. Since she was born we have only owned SUVs. While she loved how easy it was to get in and our of the car it was an adjustment for us to be so low to the ground in a regular car again.
*Product shots by Toyota