• On Sep 6, 2018
    Craig from OK 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.

    Hello, We are planning a Disney trip this December and plan to go to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The last time we went to Disney, our legs were killing us before the sun set. Do you have any tips on staying at the parks open to close?

    Hi Craig,

    Ooh...Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is my very favorite special event of the entire year, so I'm thrilled to hear that you'll get to experience it!

    First, I just want to make sure that you know that you'll need a separate ticket for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. While the event officially begins at 7:00 p.m., party Guests have been allowed to enter as early as 4:00 p.m., although that is always subject to change. If you'd like to spend the entire day at Magic Kingdom Park or spend the morning and early afternoon at another theme park, you'll need a regular theme park ticket for the day.

    As for making it from opening to close, my family has done that many times, and I'd be happy to share some tips with you! First, make sure you have great shoes. Tennis shoes with great support are a must for us! Secondly, feel free to take breaks. Sit down and enjoy a delicious meal, grab a tasty snack and find a seat along the parade route 30-45 minutes before the parade begins, or relax a bit while enjoying a show like The Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, or Mickey's PhilharMagic. If you have little ones, I'd definitely recommend bringing or renting a stroller for the day, or if you're traveling with someone who needs a little extra assistance, wheelchairs are also available to rent. Of course, you're always free to head back to your Disney Resort hotel to rest a bit in the middle of the day! And finally, when my family spends 14+ hours in the parks, we try to soak up every bit of magic and fun for the day, then schedule a little bit of a slower day for the next day.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Craig, and have a truly magical vacation!

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Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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