It’s the most wonderful time of the year! AKA time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. This is a special ticketed event that happens specific nights at the park from early November to just before Christmas every year. The party runs from 7pm to about midnight, but if you have a ticket for the party you can enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm. (See dates and get tickets here)
During the party there is plenty to do. There are treat stops, specialty food/drink items, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, and some ride overlays. We tried to do as much as possible to be able to get the information out to you guys!
Let’s first start with food since that’s what we do! There are tons of stops for treats that are included at the party, unfortunately for us there are only two options. Anywhere that has cookies as treats has a swap for some Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies. We stopped at 3 cookie stops and they all had the same vegan option.
There are also two spots with vegan Snowman Pretzels. We grabbed ours at Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland. The one I had was pretty dry, but they did have mustard available for them.
We were able to find one other vegan option during the party which in a party exclusive float from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street. Here you can get a vegan version of the To Be Jolly Float which features a peppermint iced coffee. To get it vegan you just swap out the vanilla ice cream for either Tofutti or Rice Dream ice cream and then omit the Whipped Cream/Bow.
At first I wasn’t a fan of this as it was just like drinking iced coffee with a pump or two of peppermint syrup. But once the ice cream started to melt and it got creamy it was much better. I have to say this was not the most visibly appealing option, but I definitely needed the caffeine.
We also checked Aloha Isle which had two promising options for us, but both were not vegan friendly. The Kakamora Float and Cherry & Pistachio Float both contain dairy.
This year they have some new ride overlays during the party. Luckily the party we went too wasn’t too busy so we were able to do the ones we wanted. First we hit the Tomorrowland Speedway which they decorated throughout and played festive music. This was a great use of space and fun to see.
I also was able to do Space Mountain and it was a blast. The main track area was being lit up with red, green, and white flashing lights synced to rock style Christmas music. I could actually see the track better than usual which made it super fun. Absolutely recommend doing this if you’re going to the party. But if you aren’t a coaster person, you can get a great view and feel for it on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover.
We only caught part of the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, and what we could see we thought was good. I am not the biggest stage show person so this wasn’t on my must see list.
The Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade was great as always. They had some fun characters and unique scents coming from the floats. We caught it in Frontierland for the first run of it and I have to say seeing on Main Street is so much better with the lights and snoap. The parade was about 20 minutes long and had plenty to see.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks runs once during the party and the best spot to watch it includes a view of the castle. The castle is lit up with all kinds of fun projections so if you can’t see those you miss some of the magic. This firework show is new this year and I really enjoyed it. If you time it well, you can actually hangout in one spot and catch the stage show, fireworks, and parade one after the other.
We didn’t bother with meeting any of the special characters during the party. Last year we made sure to meet Santa Goofy, which I’m sure we will do again when I go with my family. You can also meet Jack and Sally during the party but this meet always has a long wait so plan accordingly.
During the party you can find some other unique events. Cosmic Ray’s becomes “Club Tinsel” with a DJ and dancing bears. There is also a Disney Jr. dance party near Storybook Circus. We also came across an a cappella group in Tomorrowland called The Edge Effect. While on the People Mover we caught another show going on at the same stage with Buzz Lightyear.
If you want to meet Santa, you can find him up at the front of the park. Just know that when the parade is going on (there are two) he is not available. Also, we caught the second parade on our way out and got to see it (more magically) on Main Street. The parade started at 11pm and was at the end of the route (fire station) around 11:25.
Are you heading to the party this year? What are you most looking forward to?