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!

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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!

Episode 95: Halloween at Disneyland Resort

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Halloween at Disneyland Resort

It’s officially that time of year again! It’s time to talk about Mickey’s Halloween party. But we’re not going to limit ourselves to the party though! We’ve got our special guest Amanda, who just so happens to be our Disneyland annual passholder, and she’s here to reveal all the not so scary fun! So whether you’re you’re out to find the best Halloween treats or just want to know which rides are holiday-themed, we’ve got you covered!

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Have you ever attended Mickey’s Halloween Party?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Glitter Mickey Ornaments: A DIY Project

Hey howdy hey, it’s time for a DIY! A DIY featuring Glitter Mickey Ornaments, that is! Today we’ve teamed up with Beth and her kids over at Paper Angels Vlog to bring you this super fun and simple Christmas ornament craft. All you’ll need is some ornament bulbs, mop ‘n glo, extra fine glitter, and paint pens. And if you want to get fancy, you can add Mickey ears vinyl stickers and glitter blast them! This craft is great for kids and adults alike. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe to Paper Angels Vlog because I have a feeling we’ll be teaming up more in the future!

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If you’ve enjoyed this video, please let us know and be sure to include your own DIY Christmas ornaments! You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube. ~Meredith ºoº

DIY Wreath: Inspired by Starbucks and Disney

DIY Wreath

It’s finally time to deck the halls and trim the trees, and have we got a treat for you! My DIY Sirenbucks Ornament Wreath will help you celebrate with two of our favorite things; Disney and Starbucks!

While perusing the facebook one day, I came across a cute collection of Disney characters as Starbucks logos and have since wanted to find something crafty to make with them. And I’ve finally found the perfect fit! You see, I’d been collecting these little coffee cup stoppers for quite some time and had the idea to make some sort of wreath. I knew I wanted to incorporate candy canes (because naturally my favorite Starbucks drink is a peppermint mocha), but didn’t really have any clear direction until I saw that fb post. It was like a light bulb going off! I can make a Sirenbucks wreath!! “I’ll use an ornament to display the logo and fill it with real coffee beans,” I thought. And after finding the wired ribbon for 70% off at Michael’s I was ready to get this project going.

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Supplies

  • Wire Wreath Form
  • 25 ft Wired Ribbon
  • 12 Candy Canes
  • 18 Starbucks Coffee Cup Stoppers
  • Washi Tapes in Coordinating Colors
  • Clear Ornament Bulb with Flat Back
  • Decorative Ribbon for Bow
  • Small Wired String Lights*
  • Small Amount of Coffee Beans
  • Print Out of your Favorite Starbucks/Disney Mashup (not my original design but it’s available to print here)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • *Golden Mickeys confetti saved from our Disney Cruise (Don’t worry, if you haven’t cruised! You can use whatever here!)

*Optional: These items aren’t necessary, but definitely add to the overall look.

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Directions

Step One: Start by tying a knot securing the wired ribbon to the wreath frame. Create loops with the ribbon by pushing the wired ribbon in-between the wreath frame. Continue creating loops to fluff out until the entire frame is covered. If you aren’t sure how this works, you can refer to this tutorial I found on pinterest.

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Step Two: Use a glue gun to secure a coffee stopper to the bottom of each candy cane heart. You’ll be gluing and working from the back until the entire candycane/stopper “snowflake” is secured together. So, once you glue it, be sure to leave it facing down and try not to move them around too much for best results. Continue until you have 6 candy cane hearts.

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Step Three: Lay the candy cane hearts together and position stoppers inside the top of the heart so that the ends of the stoppers point inward towards the center of the wreath. Glue and secure the stoppers to the candy canes and the points where the candy cane hearts touch one another. Once dry, you can also add washi tape around where the candy canes touch for a little more security and p’zazz.

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Step Four: Find your favorite Disney/Starbucks mashup logo online and print out so that it’s the same diameter as the flat circle on the back of your ornament. Also, my ornament has a diameter of 2.5″.  I liked the Sirenbucks best because Ariel is my girl, but go with whatever is your fav! Then, cut out and glue or mod podge the logo to the back of your ornament. You could also coat the back with some glue from a glue stick and roll it slightly to insert it into the ornament.

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Step Five: Add some real coffee beans into your ornament stopping just before the word “coffee” on your logo is covered. Remove the wire hook portion from the ornament top (it won’t be hanging so this is just in the way). With the hook gone, the cap won’t stay on by itself, so add some glue and secure it to the ornament. Add some coordinating washi tape around the top and a cute little bow atop and the ornament is done!

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Step Six: Secure the ornament to the ends of the coffee stoppers centering the ornament the way you like it best. Then glue everything down to the ribbon-covered wreath frame. I glued all of the candy canes as well as the stoppers so I wouldn’t have to worry about anything falling off.

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Step Seven (optional): Use a glue stick (NOT a hot glue gun!) to glue the Golden Mickeys to the inside of your hearts. Then string the wired lights through and around the wreath. There’s really no set way to do this. Just eyeball it! 🙂 I used the washi tape to secure the little battery pack to the wreath frame. And no one says you have to stop here either! If you’ve got other little knick-knacks that may relate to your design, then add them too! This one would look great with a few little dinglehoppers, a couple of thing-a-ma-bobs, and maybe even a snarfblat!

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Step Eight: Hang and enjoy!

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Happy Holidays

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial because I really do love sharing my crafty adventures. Please help us share this with as many Disney folks as we possibly can! You can find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

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Episode 22: Amy’s Trip Report

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So this week’s podcast is all about my big kid-less adventure at Walt Disney World with my husband for our 14th anniversary! We had such a great time, and really tried to branch out and explore things that we haven’t done before. We ate at new-to-us restaurants, we rode rides we haven’t tried before, we tried snacks that we had never eaten, and we even took a behind the scenes tour. Today’s podcast is our trip report. Stay tuned for our podcast on 1/1/2016 for my report on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Have a great weekend, and may the force be with you! ~Amy º0º12341426_10153902297781042_6231576585378037434_n

Disney Store Ornaments

 

Hey howdy hey, now that I’ve posted about fun DIY ornament ideas and even shared my own DIY tutorial, it’s now time to share some of the awesome ornaments you can purchase right from the Disney Store online or within the ShopDisneyParks app (playstore or app store)! And if you act now (as in the sale ends today), you can get 40% off their online exclusives!!

 

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They’ve got several categories for fun ornaments: Sketchbook, Ear Hat, Shoe, and other ornaments. The Ear Hat and Shoe collections are my favs.

The Sketchbook collection features character ornaments and are priced ranging from $6 (on sale) up to $29.95 (also on sale lol).

 

The Ear Hat collection features different stories and parks attractions in the classic Mickey ears shape. These are definitely my favs! All are priced at $24.95.

 

The Shoe collection features the design details of famous Disney characters and stories crafted into a beautiful shoe! As of now, they’re all right at $24.95.

 

In addition to these collections, they have other types of ornaments that cover all sorts of shapes, styles, sizes, and characters/themes. Prices range from $12.95 for a single ornament up to $44.95 for a set.

 

And if ornaments aren’t enough for you, well check out their selection of other festive holiday decor

 

Which ornaments are your favs? Already have a favorite Disney ornament? Share it with us! Comment on our fb page or use instagram (@mouseandmonorail) or twitter (@mouse_monorail) to tag us or use the hashtag #mouseandmonorailornament ~Meredith ºoº

News for 10.27.15

Hey everyone!! It’s time for your weekly Disney news roundup!

 

•Hey Amy, this one’s for you! There’s a new game out called Disney’s Dream Sweets and just might make fans of candy crush drool. This game had me, (obviously a big Disney parks fan if I’ve been blogging about them for over 2 yrs lol) from the opening screen! You get to customize the game to your family and the levels are various restaurants around the world. And I don’t mean just around WDW, since some refer to it as such, I mean the entire world! There are levels from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. And since I’ve only play around 22 levels, I can only assume that in the following 108 levels we’ll visit more Disney destinations. My girls loved the customization part too. And the animation of them eating the treat once they make the correct amount of matches is quite funny. “Hahahaha! Mommy, Daddy just ate 9 Dole Whips!!” Lots of fun for kiddos!  Check it out here. Or better yet, just go download it here (ios) or here (droid).

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•Starting November 27, you will be able to experience the holidays around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event looks like something you won’t want to miss if you’re vacationing during its run. There will be lots to choose from including live music and opportunities to learn and experience how different cultures celebrate their holidays.

 

•Okay, so I don’t wanna sound crazy but this one is KIND OF a big deal. You can now visit the Retail MagicBand on Demand store to create your own custom magic bands! They’ve even got the most desirous yet elusive purple magic band! Check this post out for all the details.

 

 

• The Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert’s restaurant placed 6th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice awards.

 

 

•Pretty sure I’m most excited about this one: The Disney Cruise Line has just released a little bit about the Disney Infinity experience that they’re premiered yesterday aboard the Disney Dream. I know for a fact my kids are going to LOVE standing on a huge infinity base and becoming a real infinity character! And the fact that you get to download all of the exclusive content (including custom toy boxes you make while onboard) is the best part!! SO very cool!

 

•Speaking of the cruise line, the DCL blog released special rates for military personnel today!

 

•Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

•Now that you’re done with the news, why not take a crack at the parks blog’s quiz:

 

I think that’s about it for this week. Stay tuned for more fun this week including some glow in the dark nails and a fun Disney countdown calendar! ~Meredith ºoº

It’s National Pumpkin Day!

Hey there! I’m letting my villainous side out and breaking the rules today! First, I realize it’s a late post. I try to get them in the morning, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Second, instead of our regularly scheduled news post (which will happen tomorrow), I’m taking today to celebrate National Pumpkin day by sharing about my pumpkins I carved and shared with D23. They must’ve liked them too, because they shared my Mickey Sorcerer Apprentice and Chernabog pumpkins on their website today!! Check it out here.

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Little backstory, I carved these pumpkins last year and had a blast doing them. We used the template from Jammin Pumpkins and it worked perfectly. We’ve used their templates in years past and they’re always great. They’re also cheap! I logged in and realized we still have two credits leftover from last year! They’ve got lots of great Disney characters, so if you’ve looking for a good place to purchase pumpkin templates, then definitely check them out! *Disclaimer: This is in no way a paid ad. I’m simply just sharing my good experience here since the pumpkin I carved that got featured on D23 was made from a Jammin Pumpkins template. 🙂

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We’ve also done Jack and Sally from Nightmare before Christmas, as well as vampire Mickey. We made these a couple years ago with our friends. And hot tip (as Sarah likes to say), if you happen to carve off a portion of your pumpkin that wasn’t supposed to come off, a toothpick works great to secure it back on! Check out the pirate’s nose. 😉

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Let’s see your carved Disney pumpkins!! Share over on our fb group or page, tag us in your instagram photo, or tweet us with your pumpkins! ~Meredith ºoº

Rockin’ 4th of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the 4th of July, you will have lots of fun things to look forward to! Let’s face it…no one does fireworks celebrations like Disney!

Here’s the lineup for the celebrations:

  • Magic Kingdom will be featuring “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” Park visitors will be able to enjoy this fireworks show in the sky over Cinderella Castle on July 3rd and July 4th at 9 p.m.
  • On July 4th, Epcot guests can enjoy a concert of favorite American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m., and at 10:00, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be featuring American favorites in the finale.
  • Hollywood Studios is having a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration,” with a DJ starting off rock and roll fun at 5:45 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 10:15 p.m.

Which of these parks would you like to visit for the 4th of July? Let’s chat in the comments! ~A ºoº