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  • On Jun 3, 2015
    Kimberly from SC 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.

    How early should we arrive for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party? We have dinner reservations at chef mickeys at 630 and I believe the party starts at 7. Is this enough time or should we get earlier dinner reservations?

    Greetings Kimberly! Just seeing your question gets me all excited for the upcoming holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has always been such a fun time for my family.  We love taking in the snow on Main Street U.S.A., while sipping some fresh hot chocolate.  Our favorite activity is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.  We love the music and I feel like a school girl when the Toy Soldiers are marching!

    In the past, you have been able to enter Magic Kingdom on a party night at approximately 4:00 P.M. with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket.  This early entry time is not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.  From Magic Kingdom Park you can either walk to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, or take the monorail.  They ask that you arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your dining reservation time.  After your meal, you can re-enter Magic Kingdom Park. 

    If it was me, I would try to get an earlier dining reservation. The reason I say this is because there are so many fun opportunities during the party, I never feel like there is enough time to experience everything.  I also would hate for you to feel rushed through your meal at Chef Mickey’s.  It is so much fun to interact with the characters and with all of the food choices; you may find yourself at this restaurant for well over an hour.

    I hope that you enjoy all of the magic that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party has to offer, without feeling rushed!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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