So there is only 6 days until Christmas, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is nearly over for this year (tomorrow and Friday are the last days)… so I thought I would share with you my opinion and experience last year of this hard ticket event.
Honestly, I thought this event was AMAZING and worth every penny.
So this being a hard ticket event, meaning you have to pay for a separate ticket to your normal park ticket, it is quite expensive. Not so bad if there’s only a couple of you, but it is going to be a big hit if there’s a group of you. For example, it can be up to £115 for an adult ticket depending on when you go. Further away from Christmas being cheaper. This event normally runs from the beginning of November until just before Christmas, but only on certain days. Tickets often sell out, so if you do want to go, make sure you buy your tickets early.
If you purchase one of these tickets and do not have a normal park ticket for that same day, you can enter Magic Kingdom from 4pm. The party starts at 7pm and ends at midnight.
We attended the party on the last day it was available, so around 20th December. It was slightly busier than it would be in November or early December but still much quieter than a normal day in Magic Kingdom that close to Christmas.
My pros to this event
- The Snacks – you get lots of free snacks during the event such as cookies, hot chocolate and snow cones. There are special snack stations located around the park where you can pick up your free snacks.
- The Photo Ops – there are a ton of photographers dotted all over the park for you to use with your memory makers. In the prime locations such as Main Street, by the castle and at all the character meet and greets.
- The Characters – if you have been to Magic Kingdom on a busy day, you know how hard it can be to meet any characters, especially if you don’t want to use any of your fast passes for this. But we found that we could have met a few characters at the party with a short queue. One of our favourites being Santa Goofy!
- The Rides – again like the characters, the rides have much shorter queues. Not all of the rides stay open but majority of the mains ones do. We managed to walk on to most rides without queuing, and rides that normally have a very long wait such as Snow Whites Mine Train was also shorter than normal.
- But, my biggest pro of all is all the extra attractions! They were all amazing and definitely worth watching. The fireworks, the Frozen show on the Castle, the Christmas parade and Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration – they make it worth every penny. There are at least two showings of each of the additional attractions, one in the middle of the evening and another towards the end. If you can stay until the end of the night (midnight) and go to the later showings, you can get a much better seat and it’s way less crowded! We watched Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration at 11.55pm and there was hardly anyone there. It really was the most magical thing I’ve ever experienced.
So to sum up, if you have the opportunity to go to this event, do it! But don’t do it instead of a day to the park, try and do it as an additional so that you can enjoy the attractions that are only at this event. We managed to have some food, go on a few rides, meet Santa Goofy, go to every snack station, and see every show that was available to us without rushing around. But it would be a shame to go to this event and make the rides your priority – there is so much more to experience.
The majority of our plans to go to Orlando are always over the Christmas period, and I can honestly say that we would always make this a priority for our trip. I couldn’t miss it! You can purchase the tickets from the WDW website, or if you’re purchasing from the U.K. attraction tickets direct is a great website to get any of the tickets you need for your trip.
Also if you wasn’t aware, there is also a Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party, which I’ll hopefully be experiencing within the next couple of years 😁
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