On Friday, December 13th, my family and I took our third trip to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, and were not disappointed in the least. Just walking up to the enormous Christmas tree in the entrance of the park and seeing the icicled Cinderella Castle twinkle in the background instantly got me and others in the holiday spirit.
The actual event didn’t begin until 7 p.m., but guests partaking the in the party’s festivities could enter the park using their ticket, and receive their iconic wrist bands, as early as 4 p.m and stay until midnight. Seeing as how the Disney parks, especially around the holiday seasons, are chock full of tourists, I was surprised the park wasn’t horribly crowded. To put it in perspective, the Kingdom’s newest attraction, “Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid” only had a posted 20 minute wait, which ended up being even shorter than that.
Aside from the ridiculously short wait times, my personal favorite of the event was the free snacks available all throughout the park lands. Guests were treated with Snicker doodle cookies, and their choice of hot cocoa, milk, or apple juice, and were free to visit any of these stands at any time and as many times during the event.
Although while at Disney there’s not much to be disappointed about, I didn’t really enjoy the park’s Jingle Cruise attraction. The Jungle Cruise boat ride was given a new twist with festive decorations and promised riders some quirky holiday jokes. The laughs, however, fell short seeing as how the skippers had kept most of their old shenanigans and only added a hand full of holly jolly jokes which had the laughter on the boat often fall flat.
Other party events included a stunning firework display over the castle in “Holiday Wishes”, and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade, which was full of classic character all decked out and ready for the season. Guests could be greeted/interact with anyone from the big guy in red himself, to any of the numerous icons like Minnie, Ariel, Hook, Smee, or the Country Bears.
Tickets for the event were $67, but would make for a great gift for children of all ages. Who wouldn’t want to see the “snow” fall on Main Street, or simply partake in some hot cocoa while one waits for a ride for half the usual time? Though the price is a bit steep, it is Disney and I can say anyone who attends this event wont leave unsatisfied.
Emily Goldbach / Opinion Editor