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.

Episode 13: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Hey everyone, we’re back for another episode and this week we’re talking about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

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You can find a few videos from our visits to the party by checking out our new YouTube channel here including our kiddos having a blast at the dance parties and the ride of the headless horseman! ~Meredith ºoº

Wasabi’s Candy Sushi

sushiIMG_7783I’m back again! I hope you enjoyed my first post all about her party. Today, I thought I’d take this time to discuss how we did the candy sushi activity. As you can see in the above photo, we made two types: nigiri and fruit roll up rolls. The original pin only included the rolls, but we thought that the nigiri style would be easier for the ages of the kids that were attending. If you’d like more info on how to make the rolls, be sure to check out the original pin. I’d recommend you have a helper because the rice krispy treats have to be still warm when making the rolls and it’s difficult to roll it out once your hands are messy. And there’s pretty much no way to avoid getting your hands in it because if you try spreading with a spoon or spatula, you’ll end up tearing your fruit roll up. So, have one person open and stretch the fruit roll up, the other gently spread the rice krispy treat, and then the first person place marshmallows and gently roll it all together.sushiIMG_7764 The nigiri style was easy because we just made little elongated balls of krispy treats and saved them til party day. We purchased fruit by the foot instead of cutting the fruit roll ups because we tried one and it was terribly sticky and difficult. With the fruit by the foot, all the kids had to do was unroll and wrap it around the swedish fish and eat! We also purchased some chopsticks so the kids could “use” (let’s be honest, just to play) with them. The kids had fun playing and assembling their sushi and it was a fun activity to start off the party. sushiIMG_7766 sushiIMG_7768 sushiIMG_7771 sushiIMG_7772 sushiIMG_7774 sushiIMG_7776 sushiIMG_7778 sushiIMG_7779 Even if you’re not planning a birthday party, this activity is fun for any time! ~M ºoºIMG_7785Dance2015

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.