The sights, sounds, and smells of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort are a feast for the senses at any time of year, but during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, prepare to be bedazzled by the millions of glimmering holiday lights, the sounds of Yuletide carols ringing out against the night air, and the smells of warm hot chocolate and soft Snickerdoodle cookies. There’s nothing like attending this special ticketed event to help get you in the spirit of the season.
No one quite knows how to host a party better than Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and the rest of the lovable Disney gang, so expect to get an excellent return on your investment. The park closes to all but event ticket holders during this special Party, held on select evenings through December 18, 2015. Even when the weather outside in Central Florida is anything-but-frightful, you’d swear Jack Frost was nipping at your nose as “snow” falls softly on Main Street, U.S.A., and Magic Kingdom Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, glittering lights, and enchanting, life-sized wooden toy soldiers. Cast members clad in candy-cane-striped aprons hand out holiday cheer in the form of complimentary treats–steaming cups of hot chocolate, apple juice, cinnamon-sugar Snickerdoodle cookies (with a sweet, buttery flavor), and apple slices.
Arrive early (before 6:15 p.m.) so you don’t miss the glorious sight of Queen Elsa using her magical powers to change Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace in A Frozen Holiday Wish, which takes place on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by Elsa’s sister (and heroine) Anna, rugged mountain man Kristoff, and adorable snowman Olaf, the show is charming by itself, but the grand finale will take your breath away. The transformation of the Castle is what sugar plum dreams are made of and gives a hint of the wonders still in store for guests staying in the Park for the Christmas Party.
During Celebrate the Season, a show which takes place on Cinderella Castle Stage three times during the Party, a cast of Disney characters (including Mickey and Minnie, of course) bring Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” to life in a spirited celebration of the holidays. Other beloved holiday classics are also showcased, including “Frosty, the Snowman.”
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade features all your favorite Disney characters decked out in holiday finery, including all the Disney Princesses and the über-popular Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from “Frozen.” There are also dancing Gingerbread Men, prancing elves, and high-stepping reindeer (with high-flying hooves that would put the Rockettes to shame), all making way for that jolly old soul, Santa Claus. “Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow” will find it hard to take their eyes off this parade, and so will their equally charmed parents.
Celebrate the Magic, a magnificent castle projection show, incorporates holiday themes along with clips from beloved Disney animated films. A festive finale showcases a gingerbread castle, poinsettias, candy canes, and gifts wrapped in fanciful packages. Immediately following this elaborate spectacle is a dazzling music and fireworks show, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, during which Cinderella Castle continuously changes colors to complement the bursts of light and showers of stars.
Old favorites A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas (at the Rockettower Plaza Stage) and Club Tinsel Character Dance Party (at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) are back this year, but a completely new show, Voiceplay (starring the a capella group from the TV show, The Sing-Off) is wowing guests who are lucky enough to experience the incredible vocal harmonies of these talented young men.
Many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions stay open during the event, and you can often avoid waiting in long lines for rides, especially towards the end of the Party. If your kids have their hearts set on seeing their favorite Disney characters, you’ll be happy to know that Character Meet-and-Greet opportunities abound. You’ll even see such normally reclusive characters as the Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington.
Although the Party kicks off at 7 p.m., guests with MVMCP tickets can enter the Park as early as 4 p.m., giving them plenty of chances to go on their favorite rides or have a meal before the gala entertainment begins.
Once you’ve experienced a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, don’t be surprised if you decide to make this event an annual holiday tradition for your family. Truly, it’s a one-of-a-kind, masterfully-executed extravaganza that could only have been engineered by Disney, and Magic Kingdom Park shines throughout the evening like a lantern filled with pixie dust.
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event that that takes place in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on select winter nights through December 18, 2015. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend. Purchase your tickets at the official Disney World site. For assistance with your WDW Resort visit, call (407) 939-5277.