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As the Christmas Season approaches (yes, it’s almost 3 months away!), many Disney vacationers are in a dilemma. Should they pay the extra money to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, otherwise known as MVMCP? I vote YES, but will give you the details and some tips to make your own decision.
What to Expect:
- MVMCP begins November 9, 2012 to December 21, 2012 (note, not during Christmas Week). It runs select evenings only.
- Ticket prices vary from $53.95 to $62.95 (ages 3-9), $58.95 to $67.95 (ages 10 and up) depending on the evening.
- Purchasing tickets in advance saves you a few bucks and guarantees your tickets. FYI-There are a couple of nights there are no advance purchase discounts. Many nights sell out beforehand, so plan ahead!
We are just about half way through September and I don’t know about you, but for me, time is literally flying! Before you know it we’ll be putting out pumpkins, carving them, cooking them up in pies and trading them in for tinsel and trees. Yep, Christmas is officially on its way! With all these feelings of yuletide bliss, perhaps you’ve stepped into the planning phase of a “Disney at Christmas” trip. Today I am sharing with you top tips for those of you planning on partaking in the Christmas cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
#1 Get your tickets ahead of time
I know this seems like a pretty common sense idea, but I think this is a really important thing to do. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but they are about $10 more expensive and you run the risk of a sellout. Purchasing tickets ahead of time saves you money and stress! I like to plan my meals (see the next section for more details) and my day around this date. You do have to have a special event ticket to get into this party so, getting a ticket is really something you shouldn’t let slip!
#2 Think through Dining options
Once I choose a date and purchase tickets to MVMCP (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party), I like to make my ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations)…I know lots of acronyms…sorry! MVMCP is held in the Magic Kingdom. Keeping this location in mind when making your ADRs for the date of your party is a good idea; that way you don’t make them for another park, thus wasting your money and time. Another thought is to try not to make them overlap with the start of MVMCP. If you are on the dining plan, I would try to use my Table Service credit at lunch. That way you don’t have to feel rushed or confined to a park. Because MVMCP offers many unique activities, parades, and shows, I wouldn’t want to spend my time eating a meal instead of enjoying the festivities. Especially when it is a meal I could eat any other night at Disney World. Instead, I would suggest going with a quick service meal at the Magic Kingdom. In fact, restaurants like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe offer special music and dancing during MVMCP. A smaller meal will come in handy when you come across all the “free” (okay…maybe not so free…but included) snack offerings. When I went before you could get cocoa/apple juice and cookies/apple slices. Be careful not to fill up before you go, think through those dining options and leave some room for those cookies!
After finishing several articles featuring Disney Holiday Planning, I got to thinking about our own Christmas Trip in 2010. We stayed the week before Christmas and left the day after. This was my families first time to Disney during the holidays, in fact the first time we had travelled somewhere during Christmas Day. But for us it was an escape from the real world. We just couldn’t face a “normal” Christmas after the year we had. The trip was bittersweet but I would like to share it with all our readers in the hopes that someone else can gain from our experience.
In 2009, My son Andrew had turned 2 and just returned from his first trip to Disney. We were glowing in the post-Disney euphoria of a perfect trip. Then we receive the news that my Father-in-Law had been diagnosed with lung cancer. A year followed with ups and downs, forgotten holidays, illness and fear of the unknown. To give us a break, we decided to take another trip to Disney for our sons 3rd birthday. My father-in-law was doing better and although prognosis wasn’t great, we felt he was in better spirits after a tough year. Within a couple of months of that trip we said good-bye to the person I affectionately called FIL.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.
This is the first of several articles I will be writing this month about Christmas in Disney. I experienced the most Magical of times at Walt Disney World in December of 2010. We stayed the week before, including Christmas Day. The Christmas in July articles will feature some stories and tips to help you plan your holiday visit. Why now? Because now is when you need to begin planning your holiday trip, if you haven’t been already dreaming of it for years.
The Holidays at Magic Kingdom
The decorations begin going up in the first weeks of November for the Disney Parks holiday spectacle. They are usually completed the week before Thanksgiving. The Magic Kingdom boasts the most beautiful decorations of all. The huge Christmas tree on Main Street is the first sign you are going to experience something extraordinary. No boring red balls and silver tinsel for a Disney tree. All the decorations are custom-made by Disney and each park has a Christmas tree with its own theme.