Trying to Justify the Hefty Ticket Price for Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party
My family recently attended the annual Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. I admit I was skeptical shelling out $74 each (plus tax) for 4 tickets, which had to be purchased in advance because they typically sell out. The Very Merry Christmas Party ticket allows entry to the park at 4 PM on the day of the event. The party runs through midnight. For those with a Florida resident season pass, it hurts coughing up the money for a one day event. But since we wanted to add this to our holiday family fun, we bit the bullet and hoped that it would be worth the price.
On days of the Very Merry Christmas Party, guests without passes are made to exit the park by 7 PM. Everyone after that time must wear a valid wristband. Make no mistake, Disney does an amazing job of sorting out those without bands. After attending 2 of these special events, I have never seen anyone in the park without proper identification. The Christmas party features exclusive activities such as rarely seen characters and complimentary cookies and cocoa throughout the park. A Frozen Holiday Wish show, Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A are also available. The characters are all dressed in seasonal clothing which adds to the festive vibe.
Reasons for Buying This Merry Christmas Party Ticket
The perks of attending this wintery celebration are that the crowds are less than usual, you have greater access to characters, and ride and show wait times are almost non-existent. Best of all, Cinderella’s Castle gets “frozen” over with icicles in the most beautiful display I have ever witnessed. It was breathtaking! The twinkling lights “bedazzling” the castle are nothing short of amazing and the 360-degree fireworks show was epic. Special attendance holiday pins and Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive t-shirts can be purchased at this event. The Celebrate the Season Show on the castle’s stage was filled with everyone’s favorite Disney characters. It offered great photo opportunities as well as a chance to sing-along to holiday carols. The show’s Nutcracker tribute was darling!
I am a huge fan of getting photographs with and meeting the Disney characters. Jack Skellington, of The Nightmare Before Christmas movie, was in attendance in Storybook Circus and likely the most popular attraction. It was a 75 minute wait to see him but it was worth all the hype. Jack, or Sandy Claws, looked amazing and his actions were identical to the movie character we know and love. We snapped plenty of pictures and I am so grateful to have finally checked off that box on my Disney bucket list.
Pooh Bear and friends, Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck, Goofy, and Pluto all showed up for the party. The best surprise was that the 7 Dwarfs were in attendance. The Dwarfs had a sparkly backdrop adorned with some shiny jewels they had freshly mined. This was my first time in years seeing all of the Dwarfs together and it was definitely a crowd-pleaser.
The Once Upon a Christmastime Parade- Magical!
The Once Upon a Christmastime Parade was my favorite event of the day. That plus my photos with the Disney characters was enough to justify the ticket price. The first parade floats belonged to the Frozen cast. Characters Anna and Elsa were breathtakingly beautiful in their gowns. When the rugged Kristoff comes behind them, pay close attention to his wit and banter as it is hilarious. Olaf the Snowman, the crowd favorite, was cute as can be and made the children go wild! The float that held 4 of the Disney Princesses (Snow White, Belle, Tiana, Jasmine, and Rapunzel) and their guys was dreamy. Another showstopper, Cinderella and her Prince Charming rode by in a dazzling glass carriage that everyone ooh’ed and aah’ed over.
Ralph and Vannelope from “Wreck-It Ralph” had a spot in the parade as well, a nice surprise. Some of the parade floats were scented with smells such as pine, peppermint, and gingerbread so your nose gets a treat as well. How cool! The parade included returning favorites such as dancing gingerbread men, reindeer, snowmen, and wooden soldiers. Santa himself concludes the parade. Being in a crowd with families from around the world who love Christmas and Disney as much as I do is a special thing. I enjoyed it immensely.
Disney gets a thumbs up for this very fun family event. Even though the price tag is hefty, the memories will last a lifetime. Attending this epic holiday party will certainly be a Pittman family tradition.
FYI: If you play the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom game, be sure to drop by the Magic Kingdom Firehouse and pick up your party-exclusive Olaf-Snowgies card.
FYI: Check out the sweet treats available only during this party such as the Holiday Cookie ice cream sandwich and the Holiday Tree cupcake.