While Walt Disney World is always magical, there's something even more magical in the air there during the holidays. Before moving to Florida I thought Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was just a name for the holiday season at the park. However, it's much MORE.
Like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (read those tips here), a separate ticket is required for admission to the evening's party, thus not open to general day ticket holders making the evening feel like a real party.
Besides the typical live entertainment, parade and fireworks that we were expecting, we were also delighted by the different Candy Cane Treat stations throughout the park providing free cookies, apple slices (thankful for the healthy option for my younger duo, especially by our third stop, lol) apple juice and hot chocolate. The cocoa was amazing actually. I had two cups of the sweet chocolate goodness.
|My elves enjoying hot cocoa & cookies at MVMCP with nana|
My favorite part of the night though was the “snowfall” on Main Street before the parades and then at the end of the evening. My boys especially thought this was fun and were squealing with delight as the snow fell on their faces. Especially seeing snow in Florida made me homesick, but in a good way.
|It's snowing in Florida!|
Tips for Going to MVMCP with Toddlers:
- There's a North Pole photo station next to City Hall near the park's entrance, so definitely take the opportunity to snap holiday photos with Santa. It beats going to the mall. Keep in mind though, Santa needs to leave during the parade, since he's a guest star in it. The key is to go just before the first or second parade starts, while people are lining up to save their spot.
- For some memorable photo pass opportunities, you might want to take the opportunity to dress the family in holiday colors and get your holiday cards out of the way. My boys kept getting compliments for their red and green shirts.
- Most of the kiddie rides like It's a Small World, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Little Mermaid, etc. only have 10-15 minute wait times, especially after 7 p.m.
- * Due to the treat stations occupying several of the normally running fast food booths and stations, dinner options were limited. Maybe eat before going to the park or book a reservation ahead of time at The Crystal Palace for a kid-friendly buffet with character meet-and-greets.
- A great place to catch the snowfall is by the Emporium and large Christmas Tree at the start of Main Street before the parade starts. It's not as crowded as the snowfall areas on Main St. closer to the castle.
- Bring your own glow sticks, or be prepared to buy one, as every kid seemed to have some sort of light on them. The good thing, this helped to keep track of my kids as the night wore on.
- If your kids like to dance and hop around, be sure and take them inside the Starlight Cafe for a Holiday Dance Party with Phineas and Ferb. While my boys aren't familiar with the Disney XD cartoon yet, they weren't shy about bopping around to the DJ's tunes with the other children. It also allowed mommy and grandma to sit at one of the tables and rest for a bit, lol. There's also a bathroom inside there for potty breaks without the lines.
- While the party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests who arrive early will not want to miss Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella's Castle into a glistening ice palace at 6:15 p.m.
- Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with the fireworks spectacular Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season beginning at 9:30 p.m.
- Be sure to purchase your ticket early as it's definitely a popular event for families across the nation to attend. Happy Holidays!
- A great holiday card photo stop is at the start of Main Street with the Christmas Tree (see below), but the lines are long at the beginning of the night, so save this til the end of evening before you leave as the line gets less and less as the night goes on.