Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Magic Kingdom
StatusOperating
Opening date1983; 37 years ago (1983)[1]
General statistics
Attraction typeSeasonal event
ThemeChristmastime, characters created by Disney
SeasonNovember–December
OwnerDisney Parks
WebsiteOfficial website

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event hosted at the Magic Kingdom on select nights throughout November and December in the lead-up to Christmas. The event runs from 7:00 pm to midnight, but party guests can enter at 4:00 pm. It requires a separate ticket from regular general admission.[2]

Events[edit]

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade[edit]

The parade runs twice during the night. The parade makes its way down Main Street, USA with the glistening lights on Cinderella Castle in the background. Featuring favorite Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with numerous other characters such as; Goofy, Chip 'n' Dale, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Marching Toy Soldiers, Dancing Reindeer, Gingerbread men and Ole Saint Nick.[3]

Holiday Wishes[edit]

A holiday edition of the Wishes fireworks show, Holiday Wishes involves a medley of the original Wishes soundtrack with some Christmas songs mixed in. The show starts with Tinker Bell flying overhead the castle with narration by Jiminy Cricket. Along with the fireworks there is lighting effects projected onto Cinderella Castle such as the appearance of Santa Claus and the castle turning green to appear as a Christmas tree.

On November 8, 2019, a new nighttime spectacular will be replaced entitled "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime". [4]

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration Stage Show[edit]

Shown four times during the night, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration show can be seen on the stage in front of Cinderella's Castle. This show replaced the former stage show (Celebrate the Season) in 2016 and stars Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy, Snow White, Dopey, Clarabelle Cow, and Woody and Jessie dressed up in their Christmas outfits. In addition to characters, there are also live performers singing and dancing to classic Christmas carols.

A Frozen Holiday Wish[edit]

Sometime in November, Cinderella Castle is covered in 200,000 LED lights to resemble being frosted in ice and snow — an effect called Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle. At dusk, there is a short show featuring the characters from Frozen in which Elsa uses her ice powers to frost over the castle. This show can be viewed by all guests every night in the holiday season and is repeated again during the time of the exclusive evening party.[5][6]

In 2014, this show replaced one featuring the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella.[7]

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show[edit]

A twenty-minute show performed a few times throughout the night at the Tomorrowland stage, featuring Buzz Lightyear and Mike Wazowski teaching Stitch the meaning of Christmas before he laser blasts Santa out of the sky.[8]

Character Dance Parties[edit]

There are generally two character dance parties throughout the night. Dance parties provide guests with the opportunity to dance with Disney characters such as Woody, Jessie and Bullseye. In the past the dance parties have been held in the Diamond Horseshoe and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.[9]

Jingle Cruise[edit]

While not exclusive to the party, Jingle Cruise is limited to the Christmas season after debuting in 2013. The original Jungle Cruise ride is changed to include some Christmas details throughout the queue, a rename of the boats and some new jokes from the skippers.[10]

Meet and Greet Disney Characters[edit]

Numerous characters appear throughout the Magic Kingdom to meet guests and take pictures. The characters are dressed in holiday themed clothes, which are exclusive to the Christmas season. Along with the regular characters who appear in the park, some rare characters, such as the seven dwarfs, make appearances for special events.

Rides and Attractions[edit]

Popular attractions will be open throughout the party but Fastpass is not available for use. In the past some of the attractions that have been open are The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. The rides that are open are not guaranteed to be the same every year.[11]

Cookies & Hot Cocoa[edit]

Complimentary to all guests, there are numerous snack stations set up around the park. In addition to the traditional cookies and hot chocolate, some locations also offer Sno-Cones, eggnog, pretzels, and chocolate milk.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This Day in Disney History – December 16
  2. ^ Sehlinger, Bob; Testa, Len. The Unofficial Guide: Walt Disney World 2012. Wiley. p. 43. ISBN 9781118012338.
  3. ^ Bricker, Tom. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2014 Tips". Disney Tourist Blog. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ Baker, Scott. "Holiday Wishes Fireworks Show at the Magic Kingdom". Orlando Local Guide. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ Slater, Shawn, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment. "'A Frozen Holiday Wish' for Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 27 October 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ WDWMAGIC.COM. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party guide map". WDWMAGIC.COM. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  7. ^ Kenny the Pirate. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Shows". Kenny the Pirate. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  8. ^ Kenny the Pirate. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Shows". Kenny the Pirate. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party". Mouse for Less. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  10. ^ Brigante, Ricky. "Jingle Cruise sails into Walt Disney World with jolly new jokes, few new decorations adorn holiday overlay". Inside the Magic. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party". Mouse for Less. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  12. ^ "2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (map, best dates, touring plan)". WDW Prep School. 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2019-03-25.

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