I Won’t Do Disney Any Other Way
Several years ago a friend of Stephanie’s shared with her about a less known secret at Disney World called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! We’ve gone for 3 years straight just for this party. Here is the jist:
- Tickets are less expensive than a traditional park pass
- The party is from 7 pm – Midnight, but they let you in the park (Magic Kingdom) as early as 4 pm.
- At 7 pm the park ushers out everyone who is in the park on a regular day pass, and those with wrist bands for the Christmas party stay… meaning the park becomes a whole lot less crowded, and the ride lines incredibly short! Most lines are between 10 – 15 min waits, some up to 30 minutes… but that is nothing compared to 1.5 – 2 hours on a normal Disney day.
- At different stations all throughout the park, the cast serves hot chocolate & cookies, or snowcones and snowmen cookies, or hot cider and ginger snaps, etc.
- There are charater dance parties in different areas of the park
- There is a special Christmas parade and firework show
This event isn’t really advertises, but it is something you have to search for specially and purchase tickets. The Christmas season is a great time to visit Disney, but if you can’t make it for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party… you should also know they do a similar event for Halloween too!
Things to See While You’re There
If you’re going to Disney for the Christmas or Halloween party, then you’ll practically have a whole day before you can enter the park. But don’t worry, there is plenty to see at Disney while you’re there before you enter Magic Kingdom.
Disney Springs (Formerly Downtown Disney)
Disney Springs is a fun place to shop, play and dine. They have a lot of restaurants in this area with a newly constructed section offering even more. Here you’ll find the T-Rex Restaurant (with live dinosaurs), the Lego Store, the Disney Store, Rainforest Cafe. From here you can take the water taxi to Old Key West resort and Saratoga Resort. And new this year they do a flying drone show in the evening over the water.
Visit Disney Resorts
On the monorail or with boats, before you enter Magic Kingdom you can visit the close Disney resorts. They are decorated for Christmas and are so fun to tour around in seeing the different sites.
- Contemporary Resort: the hotel that the monorail goes right through the center. This year they had a 2 dimensional Frozen castle made from gingerbread.
- The Grand Floridian: our favorite resort at Disney to visit. It reminds us of a Biltmore style mansion all dressed up for Disney. The Grand Floridian also has a life-sized gingerbread house
- The Polynesian Resort: takes you back to a remote island with polynesian-style design and decor
- Wilderness Lodge: a Yellowstone-inspired resort with a log cabin feel. It even has a geyser like Old Faithful that erupts every hour (this one is only accessible from water taxi – not the monorail).
The Boardwalk is another fun place to stroll before spending your day at the park. I recommend at night with the lights by the water and the hotels you can visit. You can also talk some water taxis here to get around.
- The Swan Hotel & The Dolphin Hotel: really fun hotels to walk through and visit with Christmas themed decor. One features the largest chocolate display (made of real chocolate) and there is a nice sandy beach by the pools you can play in, where you will also find fire pits to roast marshmallows and outdoor movies.
Disney – December 2017
This year we stayed at Fantasy World Resort. We always joke about our hotel choices in Orlando because you can always find places on the cheap. We justify getting a cheap place because we don’t come to Orlando for the hotel. We just sleep there. But this one was not only a good price (I’m sure we booked it on Groupon) but also really a fun place for the kids with the pool, slides, and lazy river. #winning