Photo Report: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

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I love the end of the year because it holds my three favorite holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (in no particular order).  We already celebrated Halloween and even had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party last month.  Now normally, people celebrate harvest, keep those brown/yellow/orange colors around a bit longer, and celebrate Thanksgiving, but here in Orlando, Christmas starts November 1 when the Magic Kingdom is flipped overnight from Halloween to Christmas!  And Mickey’s Very Christmas Party started on November 7th.

Normally, I prefer the Halloween party over the Christmas party for a number of reason, mostly being I’ve never really had an overly memorable experience at the Christmas party. It just never seemed to wow me like Halloween’s did.  But this year, all of that changed.

This year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party brings us a number of brand new offerings which add a breath of fresh air into the event. First is a brand new stage show titled Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.  The other is a change in the free cookies and drinks they offer for the party.  In past years, Guests would be given snicker doodle cookies and hot chocolate. But this year, finally, Disney has added a variety of cookie and drink offerings for the party and it really added to the experience!

I always love the poinsettia Mickey ornament in front of the train station.  Today was a gorgeous day.  It started with a nice, cool overcast and truly felt like a Florida winter. We had another photo from PhotoPass with characters added in, but the photographer literally snapped it of us as we were getting ready to pose, so it looked awful.  Really… the PhotoPass photographers are hit or misses.

It was great to see the Magic Kingdom tree up so early this year.  If you remember, they used to have to wait until after the parade filming to put it up, which wouldn’t be until after the first week of December.

Just like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, they were using the Main Street U.S.A. bypass as the party entrance.  This time they had three PhotoPass opportunities for guests.  They also handed out the event maps and Christmas tree cookies.  Personally, I really enjoyed the cookie!

Be sure to stop by the Fire station for the party card of Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom.

We took our time around the park. Grabbed dinner at Columbia Harbour House. (I highly recommend the Lobster Roll. It comes with homemade chips. I only wish they were hotter.)  After we got a game plan for the night, we started grabbing some treats.  Tomorrowland was supposed to serve hot chocolate and peppermint chocolate bark cookies, but when we went, they only had the regular snickerdoodle cookies.  We  didn’t realize this until the end of the night, so we never got to try that cookie.  On the plus side, the hot chocolate was the perfect temperature.  Every other year I’ve been, it was always luke warm.

Storybook Circus was serving hot apple cider and snowmen sugar cookies.  The apple cider was very hot when we got it.  Since I’m always impatient with my hot drinks (a reason I rarely drink actual hot chocolate), I burned my mouth some. However, while I prefer cold apple cider as I tend to find hot spiced apple cider to be kind of gross, I have to admit this was the best hot apple cider I’ve ever had.

The snowmen sugar cookies were good enough, but were basic sugar cookies you’d find in a tin can from your local grocery store.  And the blue raspberry snowcone was a nice change of pace.  Very happy they have this as an offering now.  However, more snowmen cookies were served with this, the worst of the cookie offerings.

Some of the lighting and decorations around the park.

This year’s party has Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia meeting!  They meet over in Tomorrowland.  When we first checked them out, the wait was 90-120 minutes.  They began meeting before the party started. When we got in line at 11pm, they were only about a 20 minute wait.  Jack ‘Sandy Claws’ Skellington started meeting only at 6:30, whereas at Not-So-Scary, he began at 5pm.  This was a huge let down time wise, so we decided not to meet him.

We explored some other meet and greets.  In Storybook Circus, you can meet Santa Goofy, the Seven Dwarfs, Scrooge McDuck & Donald, and Daisy & Minnie!

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Frozen Holiday Wish featuring the characters of Frozen returned this year.  There are two offerings of this.  One at 6:30 for regular park guests and the next was at 8:15 for party guests.

I was able to record the entire lighting ceremony.  While this is a cute show, I do still miss the Fairy Godmother lighting the castle.

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Immediately following the castle lighting was the first Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.  The parade was great as always and for me had some new changes, even though they were added in last year.

And I recorded my favorite section of the parade: the marching toy soldiers!

In Liberty Square, they were serving ginger molasses cookies and egg nog.  This was a perfect pairing.  The egg nog was delicious and I was in heaven because I love both of these items.  What’s even more fun is hearing non-American guests try it for the first time!

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I never get tired of seeing the castle covered in ice.

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Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is the brand new castle stage show for the party. Using projection technology, it showcases some very classic Disney characters with the Fab Five.  The show felt fresh and up to date.  It was a pleasant surprise to see no Frozen whatsoever.  The dance numbers were excellent and we loved seeing the classic characters. The biggest surprises were seeing The Three Caballeros and Calabelle the Cow!  The oddest part of the show was the first song with Daisy, which was about texting.  But hey, I guess that’s where we are as a society.  This show is not to be missed if you attend this year.

Holiday Wishes was magical as usual.

I personally attended a new show for me this year, Voice Play.  This is an a cappella group in Tomorrowland who sings upbeat Christmas carols. I’ve heard different a cappella groups throughout WDW, with Voices of Liberty really being the only good one I’ve heard, but Voice Play was absolutely fabulous.  They were enjoyable in every way.

Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

When we finished with the Tomorrowland shows, it was 11pm.  We noticed Nick and Judy’s line wasn’t very long anymore so we decided to meet them.  When you get in line, you’re handed an autograph card for them.  This is a great way to ensure the line moves quickly since they aren’t signing autographs themselves.

We met Judy Hopps in Disneyland and it’s great to finally see Disney allow Guests to meet them at Walt Disney World.  Putting them just in a parade is not enough. To bad it’s only for a hard ticket event.

And if you’ve never been to the Magic Kingdom during Christmastime, it snows!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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In the end, this is the most fun I’ve had at the Christmas Party since the first year I attended in 2011.  All of the stage shows were top-notch, we had prime viewing for the parade and fireworks, and the cookies and drinks were an excellent addition because having only hot chocolate and snicker doodle cookies gets tiring after 2 or 3 times.  And having the Christmas tree up at the very beginning really added to the spirit of Christmas.  My only disappointment was Jack Skellington not meeting until 6:30, but that just gives me something new to do next year.  We had a great time and if you attend this year, I’m sure you will too!

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As always, thanks for reading!  To keep up with all of our adventures, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Merry Christmas!

 

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About Chris DiPaula

Creator of DiPaula on Disney: entertainment website dedicated to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, other Florida parks and activities, and other adventures. Co-creator and producer of Parks, Brews, and Geek News: an entertainment website dedicated to the Florida theme parks including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, movie & geek news, and food and brews. Chris DiPaula has been an avid theme park and amusement park goer since childhood and a die hard Disney fan for as long as he can remember. He is currently an active concierge Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort and has worked for The Walt Disney Company since 2011. Previously, he worked for Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in the entertainment technician field as well.

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