Orlando's Holly Jolly Christmas and Holiday Events are underway, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park is the perfect place to Deck the Halls in high spirit. From tasty treats to stunning entertainment, the separate-ticketed event is sure to brighten the season for young and old alike.
The party is truly a feast for all of your senses, as you take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that mark this, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Whether this event is a longstanding tradition for you, or you'll be attending the party for the very first time, we are sharing our 8 reasons why you can't miss Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016 (select nights now through Dec. 22.)
1. Snow on Main Street and Special Decorations
Snow is a rare occurrence in Orlando, but thanks to the magic of Disney, you can enjoy this spectacular seasonal event each evening during the party. Coupled with the park's picture perfect Christmas decorations, the gentle snowfall makes for unforgettable memories.
Also, take note of the decorations themselves. Special wreaths have replaced garland along Main Street, allowing for a better view of Cinderella Castle and the Holiday Wishes Fireworks Spectacular.
2. Special Seasonal Photo Ops
You and your loved ones won't want to miss special photo ops at spots throughout the park. Professional photographers stationed throughout the park ensure that your memories will be picture perfect.
3. Rare Character Meet and Greets
If you love the chance to rub elbows with some of your favorite rarely seen Disney characters, you're in for something special. The Disney stars come out to play as night falls during the party. Have your photo taken with Jack Skellington, or engage with other character decked out in holiday finery.
4. New Complimentary Treats
One of the hallmarks of the party has always been the complimentary Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodles served throughout the evening to guests. But new in 2016, guests have lots more choices when it comes to treats! Indulge in one of the new options like Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookies or Snow Cones and Snowman Sugar Cookies. Be sure to check the program guide for more information about what's available.
5. Exclusive Party Eats
It's always an adventure to find other party exclusive goodies as well. Cupcake lovers can indulge in special flavors at a few spots throughout the park, including the Christmas Tree Cupcake at Gaston's Tavern. Lightly Spiced Cake topped with a festive frosting Christmas Tree is a memorable seasonal indulgence.
6. Once Upon a Christmastime Parade with Mickey and Minnie
One of the highlights of the night is the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. The spectacular event incorporates more than 160 performers. Mickey and Minnie are on hand, of course, and so is the big guy himself, Santa!
Twelve floats celebrate the season, bringing not just the sights and sounds, but also the smells of the holidays to life. Don't miss the fragrance of peppermint and gingerbread as Goofy's Candy Company and Bake Shoppe floats glide by, and prepare for the bracing scent of evergreen when the Christmas Tree and Ski Shoppe floats arrive.
The parade takes place at 8:30 p.m and 10:30 p.m. each evening during the party.
7. Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration
Party crowds are delighted in 2016 as a brand new stage show debuts in front of Cinderella Castle. Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration incorporates stage performances by your favorite Disney Characters with a stunning projection show that uses Cinderella Castle as a back drop.
8. Exclusive Event Merchandise and Special Holiday Gifts
Plenty of commemorative merchandise allows guests to take the magic home with them. Special edition t-shirts bear the logo of the party. Other party merchandise includes a limited special edition magic band as well as a line of limited edition collector's pins. Guests can also take home a Christmas ornament created just for the occasion.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift to complete your list? You're sure to find it in one of the many merchandise shops along Main Street and throughout the park.
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