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  • On Aug 27, 2023
    Kerri from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Shannon. We're excited to attend MVMCP and know there will be more to do than time allows (and energy for my O2 bound hubby). Any hints on how to best experience the evening (we plan on entering at 4p)?

    Hi Kerri,

    Welcome back to planDisney! Thanks for bringing another question about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation my way. You will have a holly jolly time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. It's my favorite time of year to visit!

    Your plan to arrive at 4:00 p.m., when Guests with party tickets can enter the park without needing additional theme park admission, is wise. I encourage you to spend the day relaxing by the pool and maybe eating a late table service lunch so that you have more energy for the fun to come!

    When you arrive and receive your party wristband, you will also receive a party guide. Be sure to note event times and locations of your must-dos so you can map out your night rather than crisscrossing the park. Also, note that there are a variety of entertainment options your husband can enjoy while you ride attractions that might not work for him.

    Before the party begins at 7:00 p.m., I suggest that you ride your favorite attractions so you can spend your party time enjoying the exclusive party events. Also, plan to eat dinner by placing a Mobile Food & Beverage order using the My Disney Experience app before the party begins or at some point during the party so your husband can relax for a minute. Or opt for a table service meal at one of your favorite Magic Kingdom restaurants before the party begins to ease into the holiday cheer.

    Now, I have a few tips for helping you make the most of your time and your husband’s energy. Typically, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is offered twice during the party and the second offering is usually less crowded. If you place yourself anywhere between the “hub” area (near Cinderella Castle) and the end of Main Street, U.S.A. (near the large Christmas tree), you could view the second parade and Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and catch glimpses of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration on the Cinderella Castle stage without having to move. It could also give you access to benches and other seating, but viewing the parade is a little trickier from that vantage point. 

    Remember that Character experiences are extra special during the party and lines can get long for the most popular ones. So pick your favorites and snap a great holiday photo! Speaking of photos, my planDisney pals and I have some great tips to share.

    I encourage your husband to learn more about the Disability Assistance Service (DAS), which is a simple and discreet service for Guests who might benefit from shorter attraction wait times. If he qualifies, it will add a little extra magic to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

    Kerri, I’m running out of space to share every pixie-dusted tip, so if you have specific questions, I would love for you to write back! You will be rocking around the Christmas tree and seeing snow on Main Street, U.S.A. soon!

    Wishing you many magical memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi friends! I'm Shannon, a dreamer and a doer who loves exploring everything from the new to the nostalgic at Walt Disney World Resort. For three generations my family has been making Walt Disney World memories, so I know about creating a lifetime of magical memories at any time of life. Whether it's your first or 50th Disney vacation, an ultimate dream trip, or a quick getaway, I'll help you navigate your planning so you can create your own magical memories!

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