This review reflects our experience in November of 2014.
Tis the season for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This special event happens in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park during select dates from November 7th – December 19th, 2014. The event requires a separate ticket specifically for the party as well as your regular park ticket entry. When you enter the park the afternoon of the party you receive a wrist band that shows you have paid for the party. We went to the first party of the year on November 7th 2014 and got the inside scoop for fellow vegans heading to the party.
If you’re heading to MVMCP make sure you grab a map. The map shows you where the Complimentary Holiday Treat locations are as well as character spots and times for the different special events. The only thing we wished had been listed on the map was which characters were where. It took us a long time to find where Sandy Claws (Jack Skellington) was hiding. The party starts at 7pm and continues until midnight. There are two parades, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, a show of Holiday Wishes at the castle and several dance parties and shows throughout the Magic Kingdom.
One of the first things we did after arriving to the party was finding dinner, unfortunately during the party only select restaurants are open. For Quick Service options during the event only Casey’s Corner, The Lunching Pad, Cosmic Rays and Pecos Bills are open. We first stopped in Cosmic Rays only to find that the Burger Bay was closed. We asked a cast member if we could still get a veggie burger even with it closed and she told us we couldn’t. Neither of us wanted the vegetable sandwich offered there so we went to Pecos Bills. The lines at Pecos Bills were incredibly long. We suggest eating a late lunch before the party to avoid these lines and the mediocre food they offer.
There are several Complimentary Holiday Treat locations throughout the park that offer free hot chocolate and cookies. We stopped in City Hall when we first arrived to the Magic Kingdom to ask about vegan cookies, the cast member told us that each treat stop will have allergy friendly cookies. We stopped by a treat stop and a cast member ran into the back to bring us packages of Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies. We asked about hot chocolate, even though we assumed they wouldn’t have any vegan offerings, and were told that the only alternative was sugar free. Since we couldn’t get hot chocolate we decided to get into the holiday spirit and went to the Main Street Bakery/Starbucks for Soy Peppermint Mochas.
During the first parade viewing we chose to ride the open attractions since most people would be watching. Almost everything we rode was a walk-on, including Space Mountain, we even got on Peter Pan in 20 minutes! We highly suggest that you hit the attractions during the first parade and catch the second showing which is around 10pm. We also noticed most people were leaving after the Holiday Wishes show, so after the second parade would be a good time to try to get the rest of the attractions done.
We had a blast at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, plus seeing it snow on Main Street was absolutely beautiful. This was a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Make sure you get your tickets early as this event tends to sell out! (Order tickets here) Ticket’s max around 20,000 people, which seems like a lot but the park feels almost empty. We highly suggest doing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party if you’re visiting during this time and make sure to bring your best Christmas clothes! We love Christmas and this made us love it even more.
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