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Review: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party first event of the year

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party to offer new entertainment act

On Monday night I visited the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the year.  Here’s my thoughts on what I experienced that night including some nice photos, witty commentary and helpful thoughts.

As you enter the Magic Kingdom for party, you’ll see the advertisement for the Very Merry parties on the left and right.  It is a “hard ticket” event, meaning it requires an extra cost for admission that is separate from your day ticket.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

As I entered Town Square I noticed the Dapper Dans coming on stage right after the Festival of Fantasy parade.  The are now dressed each day in their holiday finest.  I had hoped to hear a Christmas song, but they sang “Right down the middle of Street.”

Dapper Dans at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

The massive Christmas tree was erected earlier than normal because the Magic Kingdom is only filming the stage show portions of the upcoming Christmas shows.  Disneyland is filming all parade portions.  I guess it makes sense to do it that way, but people really loved the parade parts because they could see new characters that wouldn’t appear otherwise.  I’d expect the Disneyland filming to offer Moana for the first appearance for example.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

On my previous visit where I looked into the Magic Kingdom Christmas decorations, these arches weren’t yet installed.  It seems that it takes 3 nights to get Main Street fully prepped for the holiday season.  It’s really beautiful and festive and especially nice at night.  You’ll see some of those photos at the end of the post!  Given the choice, I prefer Disneyland’s decoration for the season because they decorate almost all of the park vs one land, but WDW does have all the parks and resorts to do as well.Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

Because I used my Annual Pass to enter the Christmas party, I made my way over to the Buzz Lightyear Fastpass+ kiosk area to get my Very Merry wristband.  It’s a simple process where they tapped my MagicBand and sent me on to Gary to get my wristband on my right wrist.  If you’re already in the party, you can visit Tortuga Tavern across from Pirates of the Caribbean, Philharmagic or Buzz Lightyear to get your mandatory wristband.  At 7PM the Cast Members begin to politely guide you toward the exit if you don’t have it.Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

My expectation was to see Jack Skellington dressed as “Sandy Claws” before the party even began.  He and Sally came out early for each Halloween Party and I, as well as 150 other people, thought it would happen for the Christmas Party.  Well, we waited 2.5 hours for him to show up at 6:30pm.  The people who arrived at 7pm waited until 9:30pm, so at least we still had the entire party.Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

While we waited in line the guests were humored by the fact that the team was having a difficult time setting up the queue line.  Everyone said, “Didn’t they just do this last week?”Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

A family in front of me asked if the child could sit on Sandy Claws lap and take a pic.  Nice job hiding your face for me kid!  Now I don’t have to blur it out.Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

By not offering the highest demand characters super early, like they did for the Halloween Party, that threw off a lot of people’s plans for the evening, but I was still able to accomplish a great deal.Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

Say “Spiders and Snakes!”Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

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  1. Disney with a 3 and 7 year old dec 11-13… was going to do MK dec 11 which is a party day. Have breakfast at chef mickeys at 10:30 (only time we could get). Should we do MK during the day or just do party that night?? Mainly for rides not characters… thanks!

  2. Can you find Belle in her Christmas dress anymore? (I’m a Character Locator member, and did look there first-I’m thinking since it isn’t listed, it probably doesn’t happen, but did want to ask.) Thank you, Kenny!

  3. Hey Kenny! Thanks so much for the info!!
    So at Princess Fairytale Hall, what time does Flynn start meeting with Rapunzel? Is it right at 7?

  4. Do you know if Nick and Judy line went down to nothing during Fireworks? Do you recommend waiting to see Nick and Judy first (lining up around 5:00PM or trying to see them at the end? If at the end, what time would you recommend going to them? When you say “the hub”, where exactly are you meaning? Thanks Kenny

  5. Thank you so much for all this. Very helpful in planning and I almost choked on my drink only once with an unexpected joke :) I should know by now!!!

  6. Are the costumes for Daisy, Donald, Mickey, and Minnie unique to the Christmas party or can I see them somewhere else in the parks? Thanks?

  7. Is there anything inside Diamond Horseshoe this year? Is the Country Bears a dance party or meet and greet with lines? Thank you for all your hard work Kenny

  8. Hi Kenny! Thanks for your review. Did you find that most of the characters had handlers and/or photopass to take pics? I’m going to MVMCP solo.

  9. I saw you skipped the fireworks to see characters. Getting autographs and photos of those party only characters are top priority on my girls list. Just wondering if the fireworks are anything special/different from the normal ones? I think there is a castle show similar to celebrate the magic – but not offered during parties right? so we wont miss that if we skip fireworks and see second parade correct? Just trying to decide if the fireworks are the “skipable”

    • Yes they are Holiday themed. I mentioned in article that there is no projection show this year during parties, only happened on Sunday this week.

    • So do you have any recommendation for parents? I want to watch Holiday Wishes, the stage show and the parade. My kids are only 10 and 8 so I am trying to figure out the best order to watching those since the best locations aren’t going to be the same for all. I am starting to lean towards watching Wishes from Fantasyland which we have never done but I don’t know what we would miss out on, is there anyone projected on the castle during the fireworks and is there any music we wouldn’t hear? And if I did that I still don’t know which stage show time would be best.

      • I would watch Fireworks from the hub (which is easy) and watch the parade and stage show in front of the castle

      • How early do you think I would need to line up to see the show and parade? And how close to the stage do they let you get?

  10. What do you think of new character looks? It looks like Pluto looks different now too. It will take some time to get used to, just like anything else, I suppose! Great review, thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Can I get a Hail State? I loved the little Mississippi State touch. On the other note, the information was great. I can’t wait to visit in December. It is my first party.

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