There is no place more magical that Disney at Christmas. Sure, Disney is always magical, but Christmastime brings out something extra special. While we are regular Disney visitors, one of our favorite events of the year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed event, which means you can’t get in with a regular ticket or even a seasonal pass. In order to attend, you must buy a MVMCP ticket. Is it worth it? YES! It is lots of fun with extra special magic.
5 Things To Bring To Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Does it glow? Bring it. Within an hour of the party’s official start time, it will be dark. Nighttime at the Magic Kingdom is beautiful, and glowing lights make it even more fun. Yes, you can play in the park after dark other nights too, but since this whole party is in the dark it is the perfect time to bring with you all things that glow. Load up the family with $1 glow necklaces, strap on your kids light up shoes and wear your glowing Christmas necklaces. It’s time to light up the holidays.
Of course, there will also be light up wands, necklaces, etc available for sale. But you can never have too many glowing things. So bring your own and buy some more.
Tip – String battery operated lights on your stroller to make it easy to spot in the dark. Plus it is super festive and fun!
Stroller? Bring it. What has wheels and carries your sleeping child so you don’t have to? A stroller! When you have a baby, a stroller is a given, but as kids get into preschool the stroller becomes a debate. When it comes to MVMCP, don’t leave home without it. Even a tot who is gung ho and insists on walking for the first couple of hours of the party will eventually slow down, and likely crash. Walking through the park at night, countless parents are stuck carrying their sleeping child. (I bet they wish they had a stroller!)
My three year old barely sits in a stroller because she wants to walk like a big girl with her sister. Most of the time, we push an empty stroller. But eventually she crashes, and we are always thankful for the stroller.
Tip – Strollers are great for storage, and I recommend a light blanket for chilly nights.
Jacket? Bring it. I know Northern folks will laugh at this Florida girl, but it can be downright cold at MVMCP even in early November sometimes. How cold? It could be in the 40s, but more likely the 50s, 60s or 70s — even more likely the temperature will vary greatly from the time you arrive till the time you leave. So dress in layers.
Tip – Wear a little Christmas cheer. I have had great luck finding cute Disney Christmas shirts at Target and Old Navy. Santa hats (especially ones with Mickey/Minnie ears) are a fun touch.
Camera? Bring it. I am going to guess you wouldn’t forget to bring your camera, but if your kids like to have their picture taken with characters it is especially important during MVMCP. One of the unique things about the holiday parties at the Magic Kingdom (including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) is that there are extra characters out and about. This is your chance to see all Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws, Cinderella’s step sisters and step mother and more.
Tip – My girls have a Disney notebook I bought in the Target Dollar Spot that we use for all autographs. It makes for a nice keepsake.
Gotta sweet tooth? Bring it. During MVMCP guests are invited to enjoy complementary hot cocoa and cookies around every corner. (Apple juice and apple slices are available as an alternative.) Cookies and cocoa are passed out at seven restaurants throughout the park
Tip – If you are staying at Disney for the weekend bring a ziplock back, and before the stroke of midnight grab and extra cookie for the kids’ snack the next day.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party facts:
- All of the attractions are open for MVMCP.
- All of the sit-down restaurants are closed for food (to serve hot cocoa and cookies), but most of the counter serve options are open for food.
- Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Parade runs at 8:15 & 10:30 (the second is less crowded).
- Holiday Wishes Fireworks are at 9:30.
- The party officially starts at 7 pm, but you can arrive as early as 4 pm.
- The park closes at midnight.
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