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  • On Oct 4, 2011
    Beth from MA 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.

    Deciding b/t Pirates and Pals vs Mickey's X-mas Party for my 3 and 5 year old. The Pirates and Pals sounds more intimate and also has character encounters. Do you happen to know if tinker bell is included?

    Hello there Beth!

    You have a really good problem on your hands, because they are both so much fun! The Pirates and Pals Cruise is definitely more intimate since you are confined to a ship. The Pirates do interact with the "crew" and make you feel right at home. I have heard lots of stories from Moms Panelists going on the cruise and having a wonderful time! So you can't go wrong if you choose that.

    I myself though, would pick Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party over the cruise. First, it lasts from four until midnight (tickets say seven but you may enter the park at four). There is also a special Christmas parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, and other shows as listed below:

    Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
    Celebrate The Season Show
    A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
    Special Meet and greets with Disney Characters
    Character Dance Parties
    Holiday Wishes Fireworks

    So, you will basically get more bang for your buck if you go to the party. The crowds are not as busy as when the regular park is open because they limit the number of guests at each party! Your kids will love the Snow falling on Main Street USA and who doesn't love free Hot Chocolate? I hope this information helps you with your planning and if you have more questions, please ask away, we are always here to help! Have a Magical Time at the Walt Disney World Resort! Thanks so much for asking the Moms Panel!

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Meet the Panelist: Angelo, South Carolina

I am originally from Puerto Rico and currently live in Simpsonville, SC. I'm a single Dad with an eleven year old daughter and seven year old son. I love planning trips to Walt Disney World and can't wait to help you! Learn More About Angelo

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