Top 15 “Must Know” Insider Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom delights guests with yuletide traditions and holiday cheer. From watching Queen Elsa from "Frozen" transform Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace to hearing the infamous toy soldiers march in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas Parade, you're sure to get swept up in the holiday spirit.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, held select nights through Dec. 19, includes lively stage shows featuring Disney characters in their holiday best, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Here are our top 15 insider tips you need to know before you go to this special ticketed event.

Top 15 Insider Tips:

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#1. The party starts at 7 p.m. but ticket holders can enter as early at 4 p.m. We suggest you come early to watch Queen Elsa use her magical powers to light Cinderella Castle at 6:15 p.m.
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#2. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party has two parade times. Bypass the first one - which typically has the bigger crowd - in favor of experiencing rides and attractions with shorter lines.
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#3. Grab a spot along Main Street to get the full effect of the falling snow while watching the parade.
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#4. Develop a plan for the evening, but be willing to go with the flow, as some of your best memories may come from watching your kids rock out at one of the Character Dance Parties.
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Bonus Tip: Stay connected with your family by purchasing festive Christmas light necklaces and you'll never lose each other in the crowd!

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#5. Not every restaurant is open during the event as some are used for cookie and cocoa stations. Check the event guide to see what's open or arrive early and eat before the party officially starts.
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#6. Jungle Cruise fans won't want to miss the festive Jingle Cruise with plenty of fun banter and holiday antics to get you in the spirit.
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#7. If you prefer a healthier treat, complimentary apple slices and apple juice are also available at cookie and cocoa stations.
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#8. Ready to make your friends jealous? Special merchandise will be available exclusively for this event that can't be purchased anywhere else. The selection includes trading pins, T-shirts and commemorative tree ornaments.
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Bonus Tip: For MyMagic+ fans, you'll want to grab yourself a limited edition graphic MagicBand!

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#9. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pick up the exclusive 'Elsa's Icy Shield' card by showing their wristband at the Firehouse on Main Street.
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#10. Closer isn't always better. During the Holiday Wishes fireworks, the farther back you are from the castle, the grander the view!
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Bonus Tip: For a more intimate fireworks experience with 360-degree viewing, stake out a spot behind the Castle in New Fantasyland.

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#11. Stop by the Candy Cane Garden for a photo with Santa in front of a picturesque holiday backdrop.
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#12. Look up! You may notice something different about Main Street U.S.A. That's right, the garland that used to string across the street has been replaced with giant wreaths above the sidewalks. This brand new element was designed to provide clear sight lines of the Castle.
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#13. Santa's helpers (aka Cast Members) are dressed in holiday garb and dispersed throughout the park. Take advantage of their expertise for help navigating the event and most importantly - locating cookie stations!
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#14. Special ice cream cones that are swirled festively in red and green can be found at Storybook Treats.
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#15. There are five cookies and cocoa distribution locations throughout the park and can be easily identified by an inflated candy cane. Some locations are busier than others. We saw significant lines at Columbia Harbor House but there were no lines at the Tomorrowland Terrace location.
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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is just one of the many Holly Jolly Christmas and Holiday Events in Orlando  happening now through New Year's Day. Contact one of our Official Travel Counselors to help plan holly jolly holiday traditions that will have your family singing "fa-la-la-la" all the way home.

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