Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This past weekend marked the opening of Christmas season in Walt Disney World with the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) of the year. For many, planning for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Since this event requires a separate ticket ($62-$71 ages 10+; $57-$66 ages 3-9) and some make this a one-time experience, most want to get the most out of this evening and DWDads is here to help.

The most important way to prepare yourself for MVMCP is knowing what to expect.  The event is held November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22 and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20 from 7PM-12AM, though the park opens to those that have party tickets at 4PM  Given that this party begins at or around many of our little children’s bedtimes, taking a late afternoon nap, might allow your group to prolong your night later than a typical night – after all, it is Christmas. Eating dinner prior to the start of the party is also a good idea, unless you plan on eating cookies and hot chocolate for dinner (no judgment here).  Pick a few things that you list as your Must-Dos and prioritize the rest.  Since the party is only 5 hours long, it nearly impossible to do it all and that is ok.

Here is our list of the 12 best things about the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – the Twelve “Yays!” of MVMCP.

The 12 “Yays!” of MVMCP

12) All you care to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider

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These posts mark the places where you can find these treats

11) Glow with the Show Mickey Ears – new in 2013

10) Special Party Edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards

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9) Character Dance Parties – Club Tinsel (Cosmic Ray’s) & Woody’s Hootin’ Holiday (Diamond Horseshoe)

8) Seeing Santa Claus in Disney World (Parade and Meet & Greet Next to City Hall)

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7) Very short lines at attractions – most rides are walk-on throughout the night

6) A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

5) Celebrate the Season Cinderella’s Castle Stage Show

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4) Special Character Meet & Greets in Holiday attire – especially All of The Seven Dwarfs

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3) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

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2) Holiday Wishes!

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1) Snow falling on Main Street

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DWDads’ MVMCP plan:

In 2012 we went to the first MVMCP of the year on November 9th.  At the time, our boys were 3 and 18 months.  We spent that morning at Animal Kingdom and left right after lunch. All four of us went back to our resort and took a 1-2 hour nap and got ready to be on the bus by 4:30 or so.  We arrived at the Magic Kingdom just after dark and we watched the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party coming down Main Street.  After picking up some hotdogs and snacks at Casey’s, we immediately headed toward Frontierland to line up to meet the Seven Dwarfs.  We got there at about 6:30 and the line had already formed and continued to build as we enjoyed our dinner in line.  The party started at 7 and we were able to meet the 7 Dwarfs and get pictures by 7:30.

Clare and Charlie then walked toward Main Street to get a spot for the parade while Jack and I rode Splash Mountain (no line).  We then met up with them on Main Street and waited for the parade.  You want to make sure you watch the parade from in front of the shops ON Main Street in order to capture the full effect of the snow falling during the parade.  As you wait for the parade, there are cast members in the street entertaining you and the kids. Charlie even got called out with other kids to dance in the street. As soon as the parade ends, you should make your way into the street and grab a spot for the special Holiday Wishes! somewhere in the street before the hub.  As we waited for the show, Clare ran to get some cookies and hot chocolate for all of us to enjoy.  It was truly one of the best displays we had ever seen.

Once Wishes! was over, we made our way down toward Cinderella’s Castle to get a spot to watch the Celebrate the Season Stage Show which started soon after the end of Wishes!  During that show, our 18-month-old fell asleep. It was at that time that I realized how important seeing the early parade and naptime had been.  Our 3 year old continued to party, though, at the Character Dance party in Cosmic Rays.  We enjoyed a few more cookies and he and Clare rode the WEDway People Mover once again. We caught the end of the 2nd parade as we walked down Main Street and stopped in the shops. I picked up my special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards.  The thing I remember most, though, about that night was that as we walked down Main Street and glanced back at the castle, how softly the snow fell.  It was truly a magical night!

If you want to give Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party a try, please contact us and we can help make it happen!

MVMCP Show times:

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade – 8:15pm, 10:30pm
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season – 9:30pm
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show – 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:55pm, 10:50pm, 11:45pm
Celebrate the Season Cinderella’s Castle- 7:45pm, 10:05pm, 11:20pm
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Ways to do Halloween “Disney-style”

Disney Costumes

Halloween provides us all with a great opportunity each year to enter a world of make-believe and dress up like our favorite characters from books, movies and television. Disney provides a wide array of characters to transform into every Halloween.  For costume inspiration you can look to characters from Disney’s traditional animation, Pixar, Disney Channel/Disney Junior cartoons as well as the newly acquired franchises such as Star Wars and Marvel. Here are some examples of Disney inspired costumes that the Dolewhiplets have worn over the years.

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Sully and Mike Wazowski ("Monsters Inc" - Pixar) &  Dipper Pines ("Gravity Falls" - Disney Channel)

Sully and Mike Wazowski (“Monsters Inc” – Pixar) & Dipper Pines (“Gravity Falls” – Disney Channel)

Phineas & Ferb with Woody ("Phineas & Ferb" - Disney Channel) and Jessie ("Toy Story" - Pixar)

Phineas & Ferb with Woody (“Phineas & Ferb” – Disney Channel) and Jessie (“Toy Story” – Pixar)

Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Donald Duck (Disney animation)

Donald Duck (Disney animation)

Aladdin ("Aladdin" - Disney animation)

Aladdin (“Aladdin” – Disney animation)

COSTUME POLL

Check out the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood tonight and try to keep track of how many Disney-themed trick-or-treaters came to your house tonight?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

If you are lucky enough to be in the DisneyParks throughout parts of September and all of October, Halloween is celebrated with special Halloween lighting and decorations.  There is even a special ticketed Halloween-themed party called Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) which Disney hosts at the Magic Kingdom on various nights in September-November.  This party lasts from 7pm to midnight includes a special Halloween parade (twice per night), a special fireworks display over the castle, Halloween-themed stage shows and dance parties as well as meet and greets with characters that are only available during these parties.  There are also trick or treat stations set up throughout the park where guests can collect treats.  Costumes are encouraged during these parties for children and adults, although in Disney Parks, you really don’t need an excuse to dress up at any time throughout the year.

Juliet & Sylvie got to trick-or-treat through the Magic Kingdom this year!

Juliet & Sylvie got to trick-or-treat through the Magic Kingdom this year!

Carve a Disney Pumpkin

One more way to bring a little Disney into your Halloween is to carve your pumpkin with a Disney theme.  Just tape a stencil onto your pumpin and score the shaded areas with a point.  Then carve the marked areas out of the face of the pumpkin.  Drop in a tea light candle or an LED candle and watch your character come to life.

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A quick google search for FREE + DISNEY + PUMPKIN + STENCILS and I was able to find hundreds of free templates to use.