It’s the holiday season at Magic Kingdom, so we’ll take some time to consider Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This post will introduce what you can expect to see and do, and then I’ll follow it up with a more detailed look at the individual pieces in separate posts. There’s only so much you can do in 4,000 words.
A Hard Ticket Event
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of several “hard ticket” events hosted at Magic Kingdom over the course of the year, which means no other ticket is necessary to attend the evening’s festivities. But it also means that no other ticket outside of a Christmas Party ticket will get you in.
Here’s a look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party map, to give you an idea about what we’ll be covering:
As one might expect, Disney offers a flurry of special treats at Magic Kingdom for the holiday season. In this review, we’ll consider more than a dozen of them, many of which are available all day, and a few that are exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We’ll begin on Main Street with a couple of all-day treats available from Main Street Bakery Starbucks, and then move over to Adventureland in a clockwise fashion as we move about the Park. At the end, I’ll break things down into some clear recommendations.
Main Street Bakery is home to two limited-time, all-day treats, the first of which is this $6.49 Holiday Cinnamon Roll. A similar version is available all-year, with a variety of different icing colors and chocolate toppers. Here, the red and green icing is a festive choice and the chocolate Mickey Ears Santa Hat on top of the Mickey Ears Cinnamon Roll is all the proof that you need that you didn’t accidentally spend your holiday at Universal (again). The Cinnamon Roll enjoys a nice, fluffy pull-apart quality with tender pastry and plenty of cinnamon underneath a lightly-crispy exterior that’s made a little crunchier with the layers of sweet sugary icing. Ours tasted fairly fresh, though there’s very little chance that these aren’t defrosted and then baked throughout the day. For the money, it’s a large, shareable treat that pairs nicely with a variety of beverages available at Starbucks.
“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” is the name of the 25-minute stage show that takes place four times nightly during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This year, the show schedule is:
The following review is based on our experience from 2018, with updated details on timing and pricing for 2019. The general idea is exactly the same, but you may find slightly different food and drink selections throughout the season.
Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party returns as an “Enchanting Extra” to this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It promises to offer a holiday spread of food and drink at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant along with reserved viewing for the 11pm Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime (at Christmas) Parade.
Here’s how Disney describes the event:
We pick up our coverage of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with a look at one of the key components of the event with Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, which steps off in Frontierland to the left of Splash Mountain at 8:30pm and 11pm on Party nights through December 22nd. Beginning December 23rd and continuing through December 31st, the same Christmastime Parade steps off at 12pm and 3:30pm for all Magic Kingdom guests. The Festival of Fantasy Parade returns January 1st, 2020, stepping off at 3pm.
Anyone will tell you that the second Christmastime Parade is less crowded than the first. That remains true, even if Disney instructs cast members to pass that tip along to as many guests as possible and the guide map now says as much: