• On Feb 27, 2019
    Brandi from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We attended MVMCP last visit and felt very overwhelmed. Plan to go again this year. Any recommendations on how to make the most of it and obtained best viewing for shows. Wasn't able to find any characters for pics. Must dos. Shows vs. rides?

    Hi, Brandi! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is one of my absolute favorite Walt Disney World Resort events. I've been three times in the last two years and still haven't been able to see and do everything! One suggestion I have is to take advantage of the attractions and experiences unique to the Party. While you may find lower wait times for some attractions, my family typically chooses to spend our time meeting Characters we don't ordinarily see in the Parks, eating the yummy complimentary treats and watching the shows and parades.

    While the Party officially begins at 7 p.m., in my experience we've been able to enter as early as 4 p.m. Of course, this is always subject to change--so don't be surprised if you have to wait until 7 (unless you already have a ticket for Magic Kingdom Park that day--then you can just combine your Park ticket with your Party ticket and stay from open to close). Getting there as early as possible, though, is one way to maximize your time.

    Must dos for me include the Jingle Cruise (not your average Jungle Cruise), A Frozen Holiday Wish, Holiday Wishes, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration and "snow" on Main Street, U.S.A. I've had the best luck catching the last performance for those events scheduled more than once during the evening, and I've used the time between to seek out some of those hard-to-find Characters. This year my family and I had our picture taken with all Seven Dwarfs! While most people choose to watch the Parade from Main Street, U.S.A., I enjoy watching from its origination point in Frontierland. I like to grab a tasty treat and find a spot to sit about 20 minutes before the second Parade begins. 

    Hopefully these tips will help you and your family have a Very Merry time!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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