Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration is held in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from mid-November by means of December 21. This information to the vacation particular occasion provides ideas, technique, and our assessment of the occasion primarily based upon our firsthand experiences attending the occasion yearly for during the last decade. (Final up to date November 16, 2018.)
When it comes to fundamentals, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration (MVMCP) options unique fireworks, a parade full with snowfall on Important Road, a superb stage present, and different holiday-themed leisure (plus limitless cookies and scorching chocolate!). For some folks, shorter traces at sights can also be an enormous draw of MVMCP. For 2018, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration will happen on November eight, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and December 2, Four, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21.
This submit has been up to date after attending this 12 months’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration on November 15, 2018. We’ll have a full ‘occasion recap’ with tons of recent pictures, ideas, and anecdotes concerning the occasion. For now, we’ve up to date our technique and assessment right here to cowl the few modifications for 2018 and all the things you possibly can anticipate to expertise at this 12 months’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration…
One factor you possibly can anticipate is dearer tickets! Costs for 2018 begin at $95, with most dates over $100 per individual. We’ll cowl whether or not we predict the Christmas occasion is definitely worth the cash later within the submit, however suffice to say, now we have some preliminary sticker shock. It wasn’t too way back that tickets have been beneath $50 per night time.
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Sadly, no important additions have been made to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration this 12 months (or final, for that matter). There have been some new costumes in Mickey’s As soon as Upon a Christmastime Parade and slight modifications to leisure, however that’s about it.
The final huge addition was a brand new Cinderella Fort forecourt stage present known as “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” which changed “Have a good time the Season” a couple of years in the past. Regardless of Disney changing Needs with ‘Fortunately Ever After’ which options new projection mapping, there was no substitute (or added results) to Vacation Needs. Right here’s hoping that occurs in 2019, as Vacation Needs is beginning to really feel a bit drained.
As famous above, we attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration on November 15, 2018 and have up to date this information primarily based upon our expertise then. We’ll be attending one other occasion after Thanksgiving, and will have additional updates then. As all the time, we select our dates primarily based upon our Greatest & Worst Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration submit. We’d likewise advocate you begin there for those who’re pondering of attending and wish to keep away from crowds to the best extent potential…
Overview & Suggestions
Listed here are the principle Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration choices:
Mickey’s As soon as Upon A Christmastime Parade (view our parade pictures)A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas ShowThe Edge EffectMickey’s Most Merriest CelebrationReindeer WranglersCharacter Dance PartiesHoliday Needs FireworksMeet and Greets with (some) characters wearing vacation attireComplimentary cookies and scorching cocoaSnow on Important StreetFireworks Vacation Dessert Celebration at Tomorrowland Terrace (additional cost)Tony’s Most Merriest City Sq. Celebration (additional cost)
It’s price noting that after December 22, the usual daytime parade within the Magic Kingdom turns into Mickey’s As soon as Upon a Christmastime Parade. This parade is an enormous a part of the draw for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, nevertheless it’s simply one of many items of leisure at MVMCP, with others being completely unique to the occasion.
In change for not having to pay additional to see the Christmas parade after December 22, you’ll face a few of the worst crowds of the 12 months at Walt Disney World. If you’d like the perfect of each worlds, there are another tips you need to use to keep away from crowds throughout Christmas and New 12 months’s Eve weeks. So clearly there’s a trade-off.
Now that we’ve set forth what leisure you possibly can anticipate on the events, let’s provide you with some extra particulars, ideas, and our assessment of whether or not Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration (or MVMCP as many Disney followers comprehend it) is definitely worth the cash…
MVMCP doesn’t supply as a lot leisure or as many distinctive character meet & greets as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Celebration, so using some form of advance plan to maximise your time isn’t actually vital. It’s best to have the ability to tour at a way more leisurely tempo, and nonetheless expertise all the things.
Now let’s elaborate on every of the distinctive choices, getting the upcharges-within-the-upcharge out of the way in which first…
Fireworks Vacation Dessert Celebration at Tomorrowland Terrace – We’ll begin with one factor we predict you need to not do throughout Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, and that’s the dessert occasion. The fee is $84 per grownup or $50 for youngsters ages Three-9.
The dessert occasion features a fireworks viewing space and dessert and non-alcoholic drink buffet. It does not embody admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, which is to be bought individually. (This implies you’re paying twice–as soon as for the occasion, as soon as for the dessert occasion.) The dessert occasion additionally does not embody parade viewing.
Tony’s Most Merriest City Sq. Celebration – Talking of issues we don’t advocate, one other is the new-for-2018 Tony’s Most Merriest City Sq. Celebration, which is the very same concept because the fireworks dessert occasion, however with a variety at Tony’s City Sq. Restaurant, adopted by reserved parade viewing for the 11 p.m. parade.
This prices $99 per individual on high of the price of your occasion ticket, and contains savory appetizers and desserts, plus complementary beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. It additionally extends past the traditional end-time of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, working till 12:30 a.m.
All of this may sound good (besides the worth), however word that that is at Tony’s City Sq., which is infamous for being one of many worst eating places at Walt Disney World.
Celebration-Unique Particular Meals & “Free” Refreshments – Magic Kingdom has a big lineup of Christmas snacks and desserts, which can be found for buy throughout Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration. Moreover, some objects are availably solely throughout the occasion. These embody the Xmas Log, Crimson Velvet Zero Waffles, and Vacation Burger (pictured above).
Subsequent, the massive one: the “free” cookies, scorching cocoa, and different vacation refreshments. There are stations to get these all around the park, and completely different cookies are served at every of them. Though affordable minds can differ on this, I feel these free refreshments are scrumptious.
Simply desirous about them as I write this makes me hungry, and transports me again to reminiscences of many a chilly night time sipping on scorching cocoa to maintain heat (it doesn’t work, however hey, why not strive?!). Traces for refreshments can get dangerous close to the entrance of the park close to the parade-time and throughout the first half-hour of the occasion.
The very best place to go for the free refreshments is Pinocchio Village Haus, which serves scorching chocolate, Fanta, and a wide range of vacation cookies. Different areas usually solely serve one cookie every. My favourite of the cookies is the Peppermint Crunch–anybody who doesn’t like that cookie is simply plain fallacious.
Mickey’s As soon as Upon A Christmastime Parade – Given the superb lighting, ambiance, oh, and SNOW on Important Road, USA, it’s the most effective locations from which to view the parade (which steps off in Frontierland).
We usually get a spot on the finish of Important Road so the Fort is immediately in entrance of us as we watch the parade. A lot of the pictures on this web page have been taken from that location, or close to that location. You actually should view this parade from Important Road. Nowhere else even begins to check.
Be aware: this location is now the reserved viewing space for the Tony’s Most Merriest City Sq. Celebration throughout the 11 p.m. parade. Often, it is usually reserved for different functions throughout the earlier parade, as effectively.
Actually, any location on Important Road will do when it comes to getting this vacation card-perfect view of the parade. An important different is, sarcastically sufficient, virtually immediately in entrance of Tony’s City Sq. Restaurant. (See above.)
This spot will provide you with a view of the floats as they not far away coming down Important Road with the Christmas tree within the background, it has good lighting, and also you’ll nonetheless be within the neighborhood of snowfall. It’s additionally the final a part of Important Road that fills up with folks, making it simpler to get a very good view right here.
Mickey’s As soon as Upon A Christmastime Parade is completely superior. Most individuals I do know favor the Boo to You parade over it, however I feel I’m within the minority who prefers the Christmas parade. It has marching toy troopers, dancing reindeer and gingerbread males, and ever the massive man himself, Ole Saint Nick!
The floats are cool, Chip & Dale are mischievous, and Mickey & Minnie are dressed of their vacation finery. I’ll admit that I’ve a gentle spot for something associated to Christmas, however c’mon, how might you not love this parade?!
Ralph and Vanellope from “Wreck-It Ralph” are within the parade, as is a procession of tourists from Arendelle with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from “Frozen” will once more be showing in Mickey’s As soon as Upon a Christmastime Parade.
So far as touring goes, the second parade is normally much less crowded, however we all the time like to observe each showings of the parade, because it’s actually that good. Should you watch the second displaying and actually take pleasure in it, you possibly can’t return in time and watch the primary, so you might wish to take into account watching the primary for those who suppose you may wish to see it twice.
A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas Present – A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas is a weird little stage present in Tomorrowland specializing in Sew’s efforts to trace and seize Santa Claus, with appearances by Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and human singers and dancers.
Relying upon your perspective, A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas is tacky and lame or kitschy and oddly endearing. We’re unapologetic followers of A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas and adore it in unironically. Significantly. It’s not really the best factor ever (there’s nary a dinosaur in sight, in any case), however it’s fairly superior.
There are in all probability solely a handful of individuals on this planet over the age of eight who will admit to having fun with A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas, and we’re each amongst that handful. When it initially debuted a number of years in the past, changing Mickey’s Twas the Night time Earlier than Christmas, we have been each aggravated. Since then, it has slowly gained us over, and has attained must-do standing on the Christmas Celebration for us.
We expect A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas is enjoyable, loopy, and downright foolish, however general, pleasing. We additionally acknowledge that it’s an acquired style, and never everybody will take pleasure in it. We’d encourage you to offer it an opportunity earlier than writing it off–you might adore it like we do.
The Edge Impact – Taking the identical stage as A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas, the Edge Impact is an a capella group that seems Four occasions nightly singing Christmas music.
Beforehand, this identical position was occupied by VoicePlay. Each teams are glorious, and we’d strongly advocate watching one in all Edge Impact’s performances virtually instantly earlier than A Completely Tomorrowland Christmas.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Stage Present – This new-ish present changed the Have a good time the Season present a few years in the past, which was enjoyable, however previous its prime. The premise of the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is that it’s days earlier than Christmas, and Mickey throws a Christmas occasion at his home, inviting all of his buddies, who sing Christmas Carols earlier than the present is “is Christmas-wrapped up in a single sensational, snowy, show-stopping finale.”
Should you learn our report on the occasion from the 12 months Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration debuted, you realize that we actually take pleasure in this present…for probably the most half. We don’t wish to spoil it for you, however there’s one “odd” track that ought to actually be reduce; eradicating it could enhance the present considerably. That has but to occur (in all probability as a result of it appeals to children even when ‘ole curmudgeons like us dislike it), however setting that apart, that is an improve from “Have a good time the Season,” and we predict most individuals will adore it!
This present is extremely in style, and the viewing space could be irritating for those who’re shorter. We’d advocate watching one of many earlier exhibits from a distance after which returning for the 11:55 p.m. displaying of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. Not solely will you may have the bottom crowds for that present, however you’ll additionally successfully “lengthen” the occasion past its midnight finish time!
Character Dance Events – There are usually two of those, one in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and one elsewhere. This 12 months, that “different” occasion is Storybook Circus Junior Jingle Jam, which options some form of childlike vampire character (I’m clearly out of contact with what the children take pleasure in as of late).
The opposite occasion is Membership Tinsel in Tomorrowland’s Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. This one options elves and knock-off Coca Cola Polar Bears–it’s fairly stable. If it’s a chilly night time, it is a good spot to go inside and heat up for a bit, plus the traces for warm cocoa and cookies are normally pretty quick right here.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – There may be normally an unique Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card that visitors can choose up without cost throughout the occasion. For 2018, the particular card is “the Tiki Room’s 4 cawing birds.”
Vacation Needs! – One of many highlights of the night time is the fireworks present, Vacation Needs. Vacation Needs is wonderful in its potential to thematically incorporate fireworks so that they match not solely the identify of the present, however extra importantly, with the accompanying track lyrics.
For individuals who have seen Vacation Needs, who amongst you, if you first heard and noticed the “O Christmas Tree” portion of the present didn’t soften a bit of inside? Whereas the fireworks play an vital position, the lyrics actually deserve greater than only a passing point out.
When it comes to viewing these fireworks, you’ll wish to choose a location with an unobstructed 180-degree view of Cinderella Fort. This implies wherever in the midst of Important Road is out, because the buildings to every facet of you’ll impede your view. For Vacation Needs, we’d extremely advocate the inexperienced areas in our Greatest Magic Kingdom Fireworks Viewing Areas. Moreover, the yellow areas which might be nearer to Cinderella Fort additionally work, however are barely much less fascinating.
I’m not precisely musically-inclined, however I completely love the music on this fireworks present–it does an incredible job of tugging on the heartstrings. From its opening, with “Spirit of the Season” to the conclusion, the soundtrack is ideal. Its transitions are splendidly achieved, because it typically goes from drastically completely different songs with out seeming compelled.
Should you like Christmas music, you owe it to your self to choose up the Walt Disney World Vacation Needs CD, which has the soundtrack from the Christmas fireworks. It’s positively one factor you could see for those who’re going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, and a spotlight of the night for a lot of visitors!
Character Meet & Greets – If you wish to loads of the characters on the Celebration, that is one space the place you may wish to make use of a little bit of technique. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration options a mixture of party-exclusive characters, party-exclusive costumes on common characters, and common characters.
Wait occasions for these meet & greets differ considerably, and rely on the extent of exclusivity. For a ‘common’ character you may wait 10 minutes, whereas the wait could possibly be 150 minutes for characters who don’t seem exterior of MVMCP. Usually talking, these waits have spiked lately as ‘character looking’ has grown in reputation. Traces additionally have a tendency to maneuver slowly–even when there are “solely” a pair dozen folks in entrance of you, the wait might exceed an hour.
Of those meets, Jack Skellington in his “Sandy Claws” apparel and Sally are the most well-liked. Their meet and greet is situated in City Sq. Theater, and if you wish to do it, you need to do it, you need to get in line early–effectively earlier than the occasion even begins.
Jack and Sally usually begin assembly shortly after the unofficial begin of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration (usually between Four:30 and 5:00 p.m.), and solely visitors who have already got their wristbands might line as much as meet them. Throughout the center of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, you possibly can anticipate to attend 2+ hours for Sandy Claws and Sally.
The opposite huge meet & greet of the occasion is the Seven Dwarfs. With Sandy Claws and the Seven Dwarfs, it’s actually an both/or factor. If you wish to meet each, you’re going to spend about half of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration ready in these two character traces. The Seven Dwarfs shall be showing in Storybook Circus at Pete’s Foolish Aspect Present.
Different characters who should not unique to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration however that can be discovered carrying their vacation finery meet exterior in Storybook Circus. We usually do one or two of those meet & greets per occasion (lining up round 6:30 p.m. earlier than the occasion formally begins or ready till after 11 p.m.), skipping Sandy Claws and the Seven Dwarfs as a consequence of their absurd traces.
There are a number of different character meet & greets and character dance events that aren’t practically as potential, so it’s not all lengthy waits if you wish to meet characters. The celebs of the occasion, the Nation Bears, not often appeal to crowds (extra like, “who’re you?” questions) as they wander Frontierland, and they’re an unimaginable quantity of enjoyable for those who stick round to ‘play’ with the bears.
Should you occur to search out them, you possibly can actually have some enjoyable with them as there isn’t a ton of visitor demand for them. Most individuals who see these famed stars of Nation Bear Christmas don’t know who they’re, which is admittedly unlucky, as Nation Bear Jamboree is likely one of the greatest sights in Magic Kingdom and mainly a UNESCO World Heritage Web site.
Moreover, you’ll additionally discover the Reindeer Wranglers in Frontierland. It is a nation music string group performing variations of traditional Christmas songs. They normally solely draw a small crowd (or entertain visitors alongside the parade route), however they’re price in search of out. Generally, the Nation Bears will be part of their act for a little bit of enjoyable, too!
Mickey & Minnie are most accessible close to the very finish of the occasion, nonetheless, there could be small “rushes” on them as visitors determine to go to them on their manner out of the park. Maintain this in thoughts when considering when you need to go to them and Santa Claus.
Except for this, we don’t actually have many character meet & greet ideas for the Christmas Celebration. In contrast to the Halloween Celebration, MVMCP shouldn’t be all about meet & greets (not less than not for us), and though there are extra meet & greets than regular throughout the occasion, exterior of the uber-popular meet & greets, they aren’t as huge of a draw throughout this occasion.
Snow on Important Road – From what I perceive, this isn’t “actual” snow. Though there are persistent rumors that Disney imports actual snow from the Swiss Alps, that is really imitation snow, nevertheless it certain does look actual.
Kids and adults alike watch in amazement as snow falls on dry pavement in Florida. That is actually a particular sight, and between this, the great music, and the decorations, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration actually does have that Christmas feeling!
Like I mentioned above, we’re enormous Christmas followers. We’ve been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration effectively over a dozen occasions since 2007 (sure, meaning a number of occasions per 12 months some years–we prefer it that a lot), even in gentle of the numerous worth will increase.
Anyway, it must be clear that we completely love the Christmas Celebration. The Magic Kingdom will get decked out for the occasion, with cool decorations, snow, a superb lighting package deal, and even completely different background music. It’s these little particulars that maintain us going again yearly.
With that mentioned, the occasion is undeniably costly. We used to advocate that those that might afford to take action splurge on the occasion as soon as as a result of it was that good. With costs beginning at $95/grownup and crowds growing yearly, we are able to not make that unequivocal advice.
Sure, it’s loads of enjoyable. Is it ~$100 per individual enjoyable? That actually relies upon. Tickets at the moment are virtually as costly as 1-day tickets, and that’s on high of the multi-day tickets you’ve (in all probability) already bought. That’s some huge cash, particularly for households with children.
Even for those who aren’t on a decent funds, you won’t wish to spend that a lot cash for the occasion. We are able to completely relate to that, and at this worth level it’s arduous to say the Christmas Celebration provides “good” worth for cash. (Except you evaluate it to equally overpriced leisure like NFL video games or the opera to justify it to your self.)
What it actually comes right down to is whether or not you actually need to do it. That’s the key. There’s no logical technique to break this down when it comes to worth–it comes right down to need.
For us, the “need” continues to be there. We actually love Christmas (have we instructed you that but?!). We love the ambiance of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, love the parade, love the fireworks. For us, there’s a sure vitality to the occasion that places smiles on our faces–from the snow on Important Road to households wearing matching ugly Christmas sweaters, we are able to’t resist it.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration is an virtually “magical” expertise–not less than we predict so. Possibly that makes us suckers, however that’s my sincere tackle why we maintain going again. I can’t justify it when it comes to any form of cost-benefit evaluation. You may really feel equally concerning the Christmas Celebration, otherwise you won’t. It’s actually a private factor.
If you’re desirous about going, and wanting a bit of assist justifying the massive expense, right here’s a method…
Buy your Walt Disney World tickets for one fewer day than you in any other case would, and do our FREE self-guided resort lodge tour the morning of MVMCP (so that you don’t use a standard park ticket day). Then, head to the Magic Kingdom at 4pm, which is the time you possibly can enter the park for the Christmas Celebration.
You’ll wish to go to the resort motels to see their decorations, anyway, so in impact you save your self from having to buy in the future in your tickets by doing this (in different phrases, for those who usually would purchase a 5-day ticket to your journey, purchase a Four-day ticket and comply with this plan as a substitute).
Granted, that extra day to your ticket that you just in any other case would have bought would have solely added on $10-30 in value to your complete package deal, however each little bit helps. To avoid wasting much more cash on multi-day Walt Disney World tickets, we advocate studying our Suggestions for Saving Cash on Walt Disney World Tickets submit. Between the day much less in your tickets and the quantity you’ll save by buying by means of a certified ticket vendor, the price of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration is a little more palatable.
Whereas some contend that you just’re higher off saving the cash and seeing the parade without cost after December 22, that is actually simply a part of what the events supply. The ambiance and different little particulars are what make these events nice. Should you’re on a restricted funds and your journey contains dates earlier than and after the Christmas Celebration ends, you need to take into account skipping the occasion, nevertheless it’s positively not the identical expertise.
It’s additionally price noting that these arduous ticket events was “recognized” for low crowds and, in consequence, quick waits. That is nonetheless true on sure nights, nevertheless it’s not the rule. Many occasion nights are simply as crowded as a standard night time within the Magic Kingdom. Crowds are nonetheless lighter on the events than the insane Christmas-week crowds, however not at all “gentle.” So, for those who haven’t been to a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration in a couple of years, that is one thing that may have modified since your final Celebration.
Along with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration, there are loads of nice free choices at Walt Disney World throughout the Christmas season, from Candlelight Processional to Epcot Worldwide Competition of the Holidays and past, however we nonetheless really feel the Christmas Celebration is definitely worth the cash to do as soon as in case your funds permits. If the particular choices listed right here don’t attraction to you, I’d strongly advise you to not attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration.
With all of that mentioned, if Christmas leisure and ambiance does attraction to you, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration is a stable occasion at Walt Disney World. Should you’ve by no means been to the occasion, love Christmas, and aren’t keen on Christmas-week crowds, it is unquestionably for you, and an occasion we’d nonetheless advocate in case your funds permits and you will get previous the sticker-shock.
For complete ideas for planning your Christmas-time journey to Walt Disney World, take a look at our Final Information to Christmas at Walt Disney World. For Walt Disney World journey planning ideas and complete recommendation, make sure that to learn our Walt Disney World Journey Planning Information and associated articles.
What do you consider Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration? Which side of the Christmas Celebration is your favourite? Are you going, or have you ever already attended, in 2018? Any questions we may also help you reply? Listening to suggestions about your experiences is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!