Friday, December 03, 2010

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Every November and December, Magic Kingdom hosts a special Christmas event on select nights--Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.  In November, Brett and I attended one of the parties and loved it!

The park closes to regular guests at 7:00PM, when the party starts.  You have to have a special ticket and receive a wristband from one of the park greeters in order to remain in the park while the party is going on.  All of the attractions are still open, but there are special characters, complimentary holiday treats (hot chocolate and sugar cookies), and entertainment specifically for the party.

Brett and I got there a little after 7:30 and managed to see the stage show outside the castle.  After the show was over, we went over to Liberty Square and got some hot chocolate and cookies--both delicious!  Then hopped right onto Haunted Mansion.  The first parade was going on at the time, so there was practically no line.  Our next plan was "it's a small world", but we happened to see the seven dwarfs from Snow White and stopped to get a picture with them.

The line went by really quickly, but we were the first people up when the Photopass guy left.  My picture is a little blurry.  But still, here's Sleepy, Sneezey, me, Bashful, Dopey, Happy, Brett, Grumpy and Doc.  They were fun!

The fireworks started right after we were done with Snow White's friends, so we went back to Liberty Square to see them.  It was a special show, not the regular Wishes.  They were also perimeter fireworks, visible from everywhere in the park instead of just in front of the castle.

Next, we rode "it's a small world", the first time I've been on it since I've been down here.  It was closed for a while for refurbishment, and just recently reopened.  Brett said there is a noticeable difference in the attraction.  It was pretty cool.  I don't remember it from being down here before.  And the song wasn't even stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

When we got off "it's a small world", it was a good time to find a seat for the parade.  We sat in Frontierland.  The bears from The Country Bear Jamboree were out on the street taking pictures with guests.  They looked creepy, otherwise I would have taken a picture.  At 10:30, the parade started.


Donald & Daisy Duck

Chip & Dale

Prince Charming & Cinderella


Horace (?)

I didn't get too many good pictures of the parade because my camera wasn't cooperating.  Then it died right before the Toy Story characters.  They had an army man, Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye on the float.  I missed the toy soldiers--which were the best part of the parade--and Santa Claus!

Before we left, we road Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland.  It was the first time we had both ridden it.  Needless to say, we were both pretty impressed.  It's definitely a kid's ride, but it was really cool.  We also got hot chocolate and cookies one more time.

By then it was already 11:30 and we were both exhausted, so we called it quits.  It was the first time both of us had been to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and we both had a lot of fun.  Definitely a must-do if you come down to Walt Disney World in November or December.  (Although the last party is December 17, 2010 this year.)

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