Disclosure: Thank you to Walt Disney World for hosting my family by providing us with complimentary tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. All opinions in this post are original and my own.
Yes, we are from Orlando and yes, we are going to Disney again (and again, and again…). This time was a first though as we experienced Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! There are definitely some quirks to raising a family in Central Florida. We do things a bit differently. The phrase “we live where you vacation“ fits more often then it doesn’t when describing our weekend activities. It’s no secret that we are Disney family. It is our happy place and bonds us to people over our shared love of the magic that Disney provides. As with most of our traditions that we find to be “normal”, most people dream of. We do not take a second have any of it for granted. One of our favorite holiday traditions involves Disney (of course)!
Some people dream of a White Christmas, but Disney people dream of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Walking down Main Street USA and listening to Christmas music while Florida “snow” rains down on your head is a practically perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit. But the moment you get your first glimpse of Cinderella Castle covered in ice crystals provided by Queen Elsa herself? Suddenly the magic of a Disney Christmas hits you hard. That same excitement that you felt as a kid all comes flooding back.
The magic is everywhere…. and so are the treats. You can hardly finish one cookie before you find another elf with one in hand. Hot cocoa, warm cider, candies, and even snowcones are around every corner as complementary treats to enjoy during the party. You can ride your favorite rides in the evening with a tiny bit of nip in the air (or if you’re like us you believe it’s absolutely freezing at 70°).
Though I am beyond thrilled to experience the thrill of a Disney Christmas, without a doubt the experience of watching your children fill up on magic is the best part. What is Christmas if not a magical time to spend with your family creating new experiences and memories that will bond you and keep you through the years. Just because you don’t live here doesn’t mean the same magic of the Wonderful World of Disney cannot find it’s way to where you live too. This was our first year attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but we have always made a point of keeping up with and planning our own special traditions that bring Disney home to you at the holidays. We watch all of the TV specials, we watch the 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform, and we never miss the parade on Christmas morning.
There are many ways to start planning the gift of Disney at the holidays, and so many things that you could do while visiting, but if you were in Orlando during the holidays, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party should be the top of your list (whether you’re naughty or nice)!
Here is a quick rundown of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:
As usual there’s no lack of entertainment when it comes to a Disney event. For our family, the two biggest must see events were A Frozen Holiday Wish which took place directly on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. My kids were delighted to see Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristof, and of course Olaf the Snowman live on stage as Queen Elsa used her icy powers to transform the castle into a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration. Another “must see” event is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. The parade begins in Frontierland and you won’t want to miss this wonderful holiday parade filled with magic and cheer. My kids also had a great time playing in Club Tinsel at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. They danced with elves and reindeers while snacking on treats. Highly recommend you check it out!
Speaking of treats: One of my kid’s favorite parts of the event were the complimentary holiday treats available through the park. There are seven locations in Magic Kingdom Park to find these complementary delights. They had everything from snowman soft pretzels, sno-cones, a variety of cookies, eggnog, cider, chocolates, and of course hot cocoa! Allergy friendly and alternative healthy options were available upon request.
Throughout the night there were many special appearances by characters you don’t see often and that were outfitted for the occasion.
Official event merchandise was available throughout the park at select locations.