15 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

15 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has kicked off at Magic Kingdom, and a few of us were lucky enough to be at the first party of the year. If you are heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of the party!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Maximize Your Park Time

This should be a no-brainer, but don’t leave early! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a hard ticket event. This means that you’re paying specifically for the party. That said, you’ll want to make the most of your money spent by enjoying the entirety of the party. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll need every single second! Christmas party ticket holders can get into the Magic Kingdom is early as 4 PM, and if you stay until midnight, you can get in a full day in the park for much less than a regular day ticket. Furthermore, don’t leave too soon! Make the most of your merriment.

Bonus tip – take the morning off from visiting other parks, relax and enjoy a pool day or wander through Disney Springs. Get an early nap, and then head to the park by 3:30, so you can enter exactly at 4pm. You will be charged and ready to party all night long! You can even schedule a few fastpasses before 6pm!

 

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Catch The Second Parade

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is not to be missed. The parade runs two times during the party, at 8:30 and 11:00 pm. The first parade is definitely more crowded, so bypass that parade and knock out some rides or meet characters. When it is time for the 11pm parade, many of the crowd with young kids have cleared out. Bonus tip – some of the parade floats are scented, so remind your children to be using their noses to sniff the air during the parade!

 

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Ride Rides

Because a limited number of tickets are sold, you are guaranteed lesser wait times for some of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We waited less than 20 min to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and 5 minutes for Space Mountain! Bonus tip – the park crowd really dies down by the end, and as long as you are in line for an attraction at midnight, you are guaranteed you will be able to ride, even if the party is over at midnight.

 

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See Exclusive Characters

Party times are when Disney pulls out the high demand characters! At various places around the park you can expect to see all Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Jack Skellington as Sandy Claus, Scrooge McDuck, Santa Claus, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps and more! Check out what characters are where when you arrive at the party, but don’t be upset if they change characters before your turn. Bonus tip – the lines for characters can be very long. If this is high on your priority list, try to schedule character times around the parade or other holiday shows.

Bust a Move

Nothing gets the party started like dancing with characters at the dance party locations! Bonus tip – practice your best silly dance moves and get into a dance off with a costumed character!

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Watch Holiday Wishes!

No one does fireworks like Disney, and Holiday Wishes will definitely not disappoint. It is a beautiful fireworks show set to very festive holiday music. We even got a little teary eyed! Bonus tip – if you can scope out a good spot directly in front of the castle for Holiday Wishes, stay there and catch the 10:30 stage show, and the 11:00 parade.

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Catch the Last Stage Show

Enjoy the last stage show of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. The crowd will be thinned out and you can score some great pictures up close! Bonus Tip – Pick a spot right behind the partners statue of Walt and Mickey and you will be front and center for the show!

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Enjoy Sweet Treats

Stop at all the sweet treats stops and enjoy the yummy snacks that are complimentary! This year they have cookies, snow cones and even soft pretzels, hot chocolate, apple cider and eggnog! Bonus tip – be sure to bring a zip top bag to get extras and save them!

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Use Your PhotoPass!

Make sure to stop and get party exclusive photo ops using your Photopass! Bonus tip –  don’t forget to get lots of pictures of you and your family or friends with the frozen castle backdrop and the Main Street Christmas tree! You may even have Tinkerbell added into some magic shots in her holiday finest!

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Catch the Snow!

Enjoy the “Florida snow” on Main Street during the party. It’s so beautiful and so much fun. Bonus tip – tell your kids not to try and catch the snow on their tongue…it’s really soap bubbles!

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Shop ’til you Drop

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the only place you can purchase exclusive party merchandise. Don’t miss it! Bonus Tip – Shop as soon as you get to the party. Party exclusive merchandise has been known to sell out quickly!

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Frozen Holiday Wish

Don’t miss out on Frozen Holiday Wish because it only plays once during the actual party. This is THE show where Elsa uses her magical powers to freeze Cinderella Castle. Bonus tip – watch out for Queen Elsa’s other friends to make appearances during the show!

Choose Dinner Time Wisely

Plan dinner around when the first stage show or parade begins. The quick service restaurants will empty out as people move to enjoy the shows and parades. Bonus tip – Fill up on party goodies and choose a kids portion of nachos at Pecos Bill’s for dinner. You can thank us later!

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Record Videos and Take Photos

Record videos and take lots of photos then combine them for a fun video you can watch with your family on Christmas Day! Bonus tip –  Take pictures WHILE you record a video on your iPhone by using that magic little button on the left hand side of your iPhone screen!

#VeryMerry

The official hashtag of the party is #VeryMerry. Make sure you are utilizing it on social media!  Bonus tip –  Have fun and upload a picture of yourself in front of the castle after it’s been frozen. You need to show your friends how much fun you are having!

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One more Bonus Tip!

Whether you are attending the Christmas party this year, or have it on your bucket list for a future trip to Walt Disney World, one thing is for sure….Christmas shirts, Mickey ears and even Christmas pajamas are all the rage! You can coordinate outfits and plan for a super cute Christmas card to send out when you get back home!

Have you attended the Christmas party? Have any tips you would like to share with us? Be sure to check out more fun Disney Christmas fun here on blog! For more Christmas party info, be sure to see this post and this post for more general Disney Christmas fun. If you’d like to get crafty then check out this post, and this post, and this post too!

Merry Christmas from The Mouse and the Monorail!

Saving Money at Disney World

Saving Money at Disney World

When it comes to traveling to Disney World, I’m always looking to save as much money as possible, especially considering that it is a pretty hefty investment to get a family of 4 to the most magical place on Earth. I’ve researched a lot before our all of our trips and found plenty of great information. These tips are some of the best I’ve found for keeping things low cost while enjoying your stay.

Saving money on a Disney vacation is a lot easier than you would think. Try our tips on your next trip and see how much you can save!

 

Celebration Buttons

If you are celebrating at Disney, Disney is going to celebrate with you! They offer free buttons for birthdays, honeymoons, first visits, anniversaries, family reunions, and general “I’m Celebrating” buttons. Wear your button, every day of your trip! They write in permanent marker on the bottom of the button what you are celebrating so you could put anything from “I’m Pregnant!” or “School is Over!” to “I’m Retired.” You also never know what kind of cool freebies or attention you might get just for wearing your button. Celebration buttons are free and are saving money at Disney World.

Autographed Photos

When checking into our Disney resort, I made sure to mention that it was Tigger’s birthday trip, and they asked me what his favorite character was. On our last day, we had a signed photo of Buzz and Woody waiting for us in our room. Tigger was thrilled, and I love the free keepsake we got!

 

Memory Maker

While not an actual freebie, make sure to take advantage of the Memory Maker photographers. It is free for them to take the pictures, and you can always decide when you get home if you want to purchase any pictures. If you don’t purchase the MemoryMaker, the photographers are still happy to use your camera or phone to take pictures. All you have to do is ask!

Memory Maker is not free, but it is another way to be saving money at Disney World

Park Maps

Maps are available at all the parks. Make sure to grab a handful to bring home. They make good souvenirs of your trip to remind you of all the attractions you did on your trip. Try our tutorial for making a craft with the maps you bring home. They can also be helpful for planning future trips.

 

Stickers

Cast members are loaded with stickers free for the taking. Just smile and ask and see what characters you come up with. Definitely makes a fun souvenir for school friends, and it doesn’t cost you a dime!

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Ice water

I know this doesn’t sound very exciting, but you can score free cups of ice water at any Disney quick service restaurant. Pack a few containers of flavored drink mix into your backpack, and you can save TONS by not buying drinks. With the heat in Orlando, the water is so much better for you than soft drinks. By using flavor drops, kids won’t even realize that they aren’t drinking soft drinks.

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Bring Your Own Food

Disney will let you take food and drink into the park. I packed a small soft sided lunch box filled with gummies, crackers, cookies and cereal bars to tide us over without having to spend tons on snacks. It definitely comes in handy when you are waiting in a long line and the kids are “starving” and can’t wait until the ride is over to eat!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my freebies and money savers, and please comment with any other ways to save money at Disney. Remember, every dollar saved gets you one dollar closer to your next trip!

The most Magical Disney CM

Hey howdy hey, it’s finally Friday!! And I’m going to chat just a bit about my photopass experience. Remember when I posted about how I lost all of my photos? Well, I’ve got an update for you all!

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This past Tuesday was a crazy day for me personally. Our car engine had completely died and we were looking at anywhere from $5000-$10,000 to fix it. So, needless to say, I was NOT having a great morning. My husband and I visited a local car dealership to see if we could get any trade-in money for it and purchase a new one. After leaving that dealership sans new car, I was quite upset because honestly I just wasn’t sure what we were going to do to solve our dilemma. As we pulled into our driveway that day, we noticed a large UPS box sitting on a chair under our carport. Tim asked me if I had ordered anything because the package said Disney Imaging and I told him that the only thing I had purchased was the digital downloads that I’ve already downloaded and shared with you all.

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We got inside and opened up the box to find a large WDW photo album filled with our photos!! I was shocked and completely speechless. Here I was having this terribly awful day and the Disney company delivers this little bit of incredible magic right to my door! It also included 4×6’s of 104 of our photos to add to the album or have framed, etc. There was no packing slip and/or printed receipt; only the album and photos themselves. I just couldn’t believe it and wondered how much all of this would’ve cost us if we’d actually ordered it. Turns out that 4×6’s are sold in sets of two for $14.95 which means that the cost for just the prints alone equals a value of $777.40!!!!! Ya’ll that’s just INSANE!! I also found the Storybook WDW resort album they included on the products page of the photopass website and it’s $19.99. So, altogether this FREE and totally unexpected set of photos is valued at whopping $797.39. There are no words to adequately describe how I felt receiving this amazing gift. To think that this sweet cast member listened to my story, and not only retrieved and extended my photos on the photopass website but she actually had all of these wonderful prints sent too and that’s nothing less than amazing.

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Ya’ll know that I’ve always loved WDW and everything the Disney company represents, but this act of kindness truly goes beyond what ANY company would do for their customers. And just to be clear, I am in NO WAY being compensated to say this and the CM that I spoke with that day had no way of knowing that I actually blog about my Disney obsession. In fact, I actually called the photopass service CM’s again and requested if they could check my account to see exactly which CM helped me that day. And while they weren’t able to connect me to her, the CM that I spoke with this time was so happy to hear my story and thanked me just for letting them know how much happiness they’ve brought our family. She also said that she couldn’t wait to share this with her managers because they absolutely LOVE hearing stories like this from thankful WDW guests. You often hear that Disney’s CM’s are truly the magic of WDW/DL and this just proves it beyond a doubt. So, to that AMAZING CM who helped me and sent these wonderful printed memories, I can never thank you enough. You really are the magic of Disney <3 ~M °o°

 

Have you had an amazing experience at Disney? Leave us a comment or share with us over on our fb and twitter accounts. We’d love to hear why Disney is special to you too!

p.s. Our car dilemma was solved too and I’m now the proud owner of a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and am sooo thankful for all of this week’s blessings. 🙂

PhotoPass CM saves the day!

Hey howdy hey, it’s Friday! And I’d like to take today to blog about what happened to me  last Friday. You see, I usually blog here on Fridays but when I sat down to write about my fun times at Star Wars weekends (naturally, since I couldn’t be at comic con) I noticed that I didn’t remember to download my PhotoPass photos in time. Yep, I had let the expiration date come and go. FAIL!

Back in June, my grandmother got sick and passed away as did my great uncle. And between all the funerals and traveling, I hadn’t really had time to think about photos and such. Then, I honestly just hadn’t been back in the right frame of mind to even think about checking them. And yes, the expiration date was July 15.

 

If I had remembered to get the extension, I would’ve still been within the 60 days. But of course, I didn’t.

 

And why does this matter? Because I wasn’t lying when I said that I let the PhotoPass photographers do their thing (take photos!!) and I enjoy my time with my family. After all, that’s what they’re there for. What that means, however, is that almost all of the characters we met both at the 24hr Disneyside party AND Star Wars weekends were just GONE. No Skywalker Mickey and Leia Minnie. No Tink, no Belle, no, no, no…

Well, with the encouragement of Amy and Sarah, I decided to go ahead and call just to see. It couldn’t hurt, right?

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Once on the phone with the Cast Member, I was just honest. (Yeah, I shared it all with that poor CM lol). Life happened and I just forgot. And thankfully, I got a very sweet CM who completely understood and found them!! She retrieved them and gave me an extension. And I’m not gonna lie, I cried happy tears. Those sweet photos popping back up on my screen truly made my day. So, to that awesome Cast Member, whoever you are out there, thank you for sprinkling a little pixie dust and making that happen for me!! Truly a magical moment!

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Luckily, all I had to do was logout and log back in again to refresh my account. Once my photos were all back, I had a fun time actually using the PhotoPass website to add cute Disney frames to some of the photos. They have loads to choose from! You can choose from a basic calendar year frame (says 2014 on it) or stick with theme of the photo (like choosing a Fairies theme for your pic with Tink. And for these types of edits, I chose to save a copy of the photo rather than just save with the decorative edit, just in case I might want to use the photo for something else as it originally looked. It’s easy to do too! Just pick your frame and click the little button that says “save a copy”. This works great for those planning to purchase all of the photos either as a digital download or an archival cd disc. Because you’re already paying for “all” of your photos, adding these in as copies is essentially free! More bang for your buck! 🙂

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And lastly before I go, I’d like to mention that these downloadable or archival disc files have their own licensing agreement between you and Disney. Each download comes with a .jpg that states what rights you have to the photos and what you can do with them. Basically, you can do whatever with them as long as you’re not selling them or profiting from them in any monetary way. I’ll admit, I’ve been hesitant to post my purchased PhotoPass photos here in the past because I wasn’t even sure if I had the rights to do so, but thankfully I can share away because I’m not profiting from them.

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So very glad I was able to get my photos back! Here are some of the photos that I would’ve otherwise had NONE of! I didn’t even have a photo of us meeting up with our sweet friends while in the MK!

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So that’s it folks! Have any of you had a similar experience? What did you think of PhotoPass or MemoryMaker? Is it worth it to you? Let us know by commenting here, on fb, or tweeting us!  ~M °o°

 

*all photos (except the screenshots) featured on this post are Disney PhotoPass photos and are not edited and will give you a good idea of the quality of photos the PhotoPass and MemoryMaker options offer you.