We got #VeryMerry on November 8 with the first night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2019 at Walt Disney World, and while it was a damp night, the party was a lot of fun.
Three years ago, we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, which is also a blast, so this time we planned our trip around the Christmas celebrations instead, and I wish we could go back and do it another night while we’re here.
There is just so much to see and do, and so much going on, that it’s hard to take it all in. We had a blast, but I definitely want to go back. Main Street, USA is beautiful at night, and the castle, which I’ll talk about shortly, is amazing after the lights go on.
If you’re planning to check out the party, or trying to decide, here are some of the details for the evening so you can make up your mind, or plan your night.
MVMCP is $109 for Friday nights, or generally $99 otherwise if you buy your tickets ahead, and kids are $104 and $94. The Very Merry party kicked off on November 8, and runs on select nights until December 22, and you can get into the park with a ticket to the party starting at 4pm. (If you’re at the park otherwise on these nights, you have to leave by 6pm unless you have a ticket for the party.)
The full schedule of nights for 2019 is: November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 24, and then December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 22, but keep in mind that some nights have already sold out.
Most of the park, but especially Main Street, is lit up after dark with lights, and there are decorations everywhere. On your way in they also hand out a cookie for everyone, and you can ask some of the Disney greeters for a map that lets you know where everything is, which is very handy to find character meet & greets, free treats, and other attractions that only happen at the party.
During the party there’s also the opportunity to buy some special merchandise, like pins, Magicbands, and holiday decorations like the annual ornament.
So what do you need to catch while you’re at the party? It’s frankly impossible to see everything, but some of the best entertainment is Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, which happens on the Castle stage at 7:40 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:30 PM, and 11:55 PM. For kids and young-hearted grownups, the stage show has Mickey celebrating the holidays with his friends.
At 8:15 PM you can catch the Frozen Holiday Wish at the Castle as well, as Queen Elsa puts on a big show and freezes the castle.
There’s also a parade at 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM–Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime–that starts at Frontierland and ends along Main Street.
And of course there are fireworks–Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show–at 10 PM.
If you’re a treat fan, there are six free treats to discover, and four drinks. Just look for the giant candy canes around the Magic Kingdom. Aside from the welcome cookie as you arrive, there is a Ginger Molasses Cookie at the Jingle Cruise and The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland.
You can also find a snickerdoodle cookie at the Golden Oak Outpost, and Pinocchio Village Haus; a peppermint cookie at Miner’s Cove and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe; a chocolate chip cookie at The Diamond Horseshoe and The Friar’s Nook; and a snowman cookie at Tortuga Tavern and Storybook Snack Carts.
For a little extra, you can also buy three goodies on Main Street, USA: Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate, To Be Jolly Float, and in Adventureland, An Orange Bird Christmas.
I’ll update this story with more photos and details over the next few days. Let me know in the comments if you’re going to the party and what you tried.