“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, and Main Street U.S.A is once again twinkling even more magic in the air than usual. The tinsel is hung, the trees are topped and the castle is shimmering with its yearly holiday brilliance. Christmas has arrived at Walt Disney World. This can only mean one thing: we are getting excited for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party! The first party is still a week away but we couldn’t help wanting to give you a sneak peek at all of the holy jolly fun in store!
Special Meet and Greets
Meet with your favorite Disney friends all dressed in their finest festive attire. All meet and greets and locations are subject to change but it is a pretty safe bet that they will be similar to last year:
Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
*Santa Claus– Main Street Courtyard
Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Abu – Near Magic Carpets of Aladdin
*Captain Jack Sparrow – Across from Pirates of the Caribbean
*Moana — Swiss Family Robbinson Tree House
Peter Pan – Roams Adventureland
Country Bears – Roams Frontierland
Minnie Mouse — Near the Train station in Storybook Circus
Goofy — Near Barnstormer
*Donald and Scrooge — Near Casey Jr Splash area in Storybook Circus
Ariel and *Prince Eric – Ariels Grotto
Rapunzel & *Flynn Rider – Princess Fairytale Hall
Cinderella and *Prince Charming – Princess Fairytale Hall
Elena of Avalor – Princess Fairytale Hall
Princess Tiana and *Prince Naveen – Princess Fairytale Hall
Winnie the Pooh and Friends – To the left of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mary Poppins & *Bert – Next to Mickeys Philharmagic
*Seven Dwarfs — Petes Silly Side Show
*Jack Skellington — Near Ye Olde Christmas Shop in Liberty Square
*Nick Wilde and Judy Hops— Just past the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin exit
(* indicates Meet and Greets exclusive to the party)
Included in your party admission, enjoy a variety of holiday cookies and seasonal beverages. The locations can vary from year to year and the specs of cookie and beverage usually some too. However, last year saw the addition of soft pretzels to the lineup and we are hoping they will return this year. Beverages will include hot cocoa, apple cider, and eggnog- yum! Look for the inflatable peppermint sticks guiding you to the treat locations. Gluten-free and Allergy Friendly treats are available upon request.
Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Isn’t there anything more magical than Dancing Toy Soldiers coming alive and marching down Main Street U.S.A? We don’t think so. The Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is truly a sight to behold with glittering costumes, holiday music, bright colors, favorite characters and even an appearance from the Big Guy himself (not, not Mickey… we mean Santa Claus)!!!
There are two opportunities to see this iconic holiday parade: the first at 8:30 pm and then later at 11:00 pm. The first parade is usually the most crowded, and we recommend finding a spot 45 minutes in advance for the early parade and 25-30 minutes in advance for the later parade (allow more time on nights that the party is sold out). The least crowded location to catch the parade is in Frontierland. For the Boo to You Parade during the Halloween party, this is our preferred viewing location but during the Christmas parade, there’s nothing like watching it right from Main Street U.S.A. Snow gently falls and the idyllic setting of Main Street creates the perfect backdrop to the parade. We highly recommend a spot here if you can find one.
3 fun shows and more take the stage during the party and you won’t want to miss any of them.
Frozen Holiday Wish- Unlike the other entertainment on this list, you can catch this endearing show about family and togetherness even on regular park days. During party days, however, you can watch as Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace at 6:15 and 8:00 pm.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration- Mickey is having a party and we are all invited! Join him as he celebrates the season by throwing a party for all of his best pals. Delight in treasured Christmas favorite carols and experience new songs to ring in the season! There may even be a winter surprise in store! See this magical show that will sure to become a Christmas tradition in your family at
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas- This far out show, hosted by Haley Comet, brings the galaxy together for holiday cheer. Haley is joined by none other than Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wozowski, and everybody’s favorite alien, Stitch for an out of this world rocking time! This show remains popular with the youngest if your group and is definitely one you’ll want to check out if traveling with little ones.
Club Tinsel- Dust off those dancing shoes and head on over to Cosmic Rays for a family-friendly dance party with some real jingle! Join a cast of Holiday characters and boogie the night away to some of your favorite holiday tunes!
Many of your favorite rides and attractions are open for the party and one of our favorite aspects of the holiday parties is that the lower crowds mean lower lines. FastPass is not available during the Qparty but the good news is you’re not likely to need it. This is a perfect time to check out one of our favorite Christmas Traditions- The Jingle Cruise- all if the usual fun of the beloved classic Jungle Cruise with a holly jolly twist! Here the complete list of attractions you can look forward to experiencing at this year’s party (of course, do keep in mind that the attractions are subject to close without notice):
- Jingle Cruise
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Carribean
- Swift Family Robbinson Tree House
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Splash Mountain
- The Haunted Mansion
- it’s a small world
- Mad Tea Party
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pans Flight
- Prince Charmings Regal Carousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Enchanted Tales With Belle
- Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
- Space Mountain
See a spectacular show in the sky full of Christmas cheer and Disney Magic! This dazzling fireworks display lights up the night with a glittering castle as it’s centerpiece. In true Disney fashion, all of the amazing pyrotechnics are perfectly timed to beloved Christmas Songs and Disney favorites! This show is truly a delight. Make sure not to miss it, you’ll want to stake your spot out early. The show begins at 10:00 pm. We recommend that you grab a holiday-themed treat and claim your spot at least 45 minutes in advance.
Photopass photographers throughout the park will be on hand to add a bit more merry magic to your party photos. Specifics on what magic shots will be offered are not yet available but we will be sure to update you when they are!
Are you as excited for Mickeys Very Mery Christmas Party? The party begins on November 8 and runs through December 2018 on select nights. Tickets run between $94 – $125 for adults and $90 – $120 for children (ages 3-10). We cannot wait to celebrate Christmas Disney style. We’ll be there in early December with (jingle) bells on!
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