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Dos and Don’ts to Make the Most of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Planning on going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year? Check out these dos and don’ts to make the most of your time.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

You’ve ordered your party tickets, picked out your festive holiday outfits and have begun the countdown to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. Now all that’s left is putting together your game plan to make sure you get the most bang for your buck at this special holiday party. In all the discussion boards and Facebook groups I’m in, everyone seems to have a different goal. There’s no right or wrong answer, no right or wrong goal. Whether your going to get photos with all the special characters, just shopping for the limited edition merchandise or just want to eat all those free snacks you, you’ll want to make sure you have somewhat of a plan in place!  Here are a few of my do’s and don’ts to make the most of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party

I attended a Media FAM trip in partnership with Walt Disney World. All opinions are my own. 

I’m speaking from experience here. I’ve been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party twice. Once a few years ago before Evie was even born and the second just a few weeks ago when we were invited down to Disney to check out all of the special holiday events going on.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

We had such an amazing time on our most recent trip but I learned a few things from the experience. We had a front row seat to the parade and the low crowds allowed us to ride some of our favorite rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain over and over again!

We literally road Splash Mountain six times in a row. Six times. We didn’t even get off the ride. We just kept going and going until we were to wet we had no choice but to get off!

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Because we spent so much time riding the rides. We missed out on all the treats!

That’s right we didn’t get one cookie, sno-cone or drink. Nothing.

The night was over and we didn’t get one cookie so while I can’t report back on how good they were. I can report back on some tips to help you manage your time a bit better than we did.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

DO MAKE A PLAN

Figure out what’s important to each of the members of your party and make a list of the things each of you want to see, do and eat. Or you might not get any cookies or treats like we did. Even if you don’t like to plan our your days and you like to “wing it”, at least have a little idea of the things that are important for you to see and do while you are there. This way you won’t forget any of the important characters

DO GET THEIR EARLY

While the party doesn’t officially start until 7 pm, event ticket holders are allowed in the park as early as 4pm. So plan on getting there as close to that time as you can! Eat dinner in the park Since we were at an event prior to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we didn’t get over to the park until well after the 4pm entry time. When we go back again, I’ll make sure we are there right at 3pm to maximize the time we have to spent in the park.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

DO WEAR FUN OUTFITS

Now is the time to wear your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater, matching holiday shirts or other holiday themed clothes. Bring out the Santa hats and fun light up necklaces. I’ve even seen kids wearing cute pj’s at the park! Feel free to get as festive as you’d like

DO PRIORITIZE

Once you have your list in place, figure out what’s important and the things you have to see and do. Then make it a goal to try and see the rest if there is time.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

DO SEE THE PARADE

While my daughter is not a fan of fireworks (we use that time to hit the rides), she does love the parades and this is definitely one parade you don’t want miss.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF TO GET YOUR TICKETS

This is a popular event and tickets DO SELL OUT! Once you decide this is an event you want to go to, book your tickets! Waiting until the last minute might backfire and you won’t be able to go at all.

DON’T SET UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Whether you’re traveling with friends or with kids, keep your expectations manageable and you’ll have a fun night! Don’t set out to do and see everything. It’s practically impossible especially if you have kids with you.

Dos and Don'ts to Make the Most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

DON’T STRESS

If you’re traveling with kids, the likelyhood of getting to see and do everything is slim. I was so upset when it was time to leave and I realized we didn’t get any treats. But once I stopped and realized what we DID get to do, those feelings of regret quickly subsided. Next year, I’ll just plan out my night a little better. So don’t and just go and have a good time.

and last but not least,

DO HAVE FUN!

Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party before? What was your favorite part?

Dawn

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Friday 4th of January 2019

I would love to see that parade! I wish I could attend this party!

Helen

Friday 4th of January 2019

My little ones would love this. Christmas and Disney are two of our favorites.

sandra

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

What a fun place to go for the holidays

Kelly D

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

I always loved Splash Mountain. This sounds like a lot of fun.