It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the first nights of the party, so I wanted to give an overview on some of the highlights of the night!
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, located on the forecourt stage in the Magic Kingdom is the worst musical production put on by any Disney park I’ve ever been to. I am sorry to those that like this show, but I just don’t get it. In comparison to the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show, which is the main stage show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this stage show lacks a certain theatrical presentation and just comes off as if it was thrown together. The incorporation of modern technology with iconic Disney characters, all wrapped up in a Christmas story line, makes this stage show both complex and meaningless. The only reason I am giving it a D and not an F is because there are still some iconic Disney characters that I could never give a completely failing grade to.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas!
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! is located at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, and features Buzz Lightyear and Mike Wazowski as they sing and dance to Christmas music! Surprisingly, after giving this show a fair chance I realized that it had some charm to it. While I am clearly not the target audience, I still saw why kids and their parents enjoy this show. This cute performance is definitely a do-not-miss if you have small children, but it leaves something to be desired if you are in a group of adults.
A Frozen Holiday Wish
I highly suggest watching A Frozen Holiday Wish, even if you are sick and tired of the Frozen soundtrack. It is the perfect way to kick off the party and watch as the castle lights up all at once! While the Frozen soundtrack is tired, I still think you should give this show a shot.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Year after year Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade continues to be my favorite part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This parade is what really signifies that the holiday has begun. The iconic Toy Soldiers marching in the parade, the Disney characters in their Christmas outfits, and of course Santa himself make this a must-see parade. I will say two negatives about the parade though, and that is it felt very Frozen heavy. I know Frozen was a great film, but it has been almost 4 years since it was released, and Disney needs to move on and not allow this one film to take over everything. The other thing I wanted to mention was that I highly suggest watching this parade on Main Street U.S.A. because that is the only place that has the snow falling while you watch the parade, trust me when I say it isn’t the same without it.
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
I am a sucker for 180 degree fireworks in the Magic Kingdom and Christmas music. Put those two things together and you have what might be my favorite fireworks spectacular at Walt Disney World. There really isn’t much I can say except that I highly suggest you visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party just so that you can see how great they are.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the merchandise selection this year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. There were some nice things, but there wasn’t a must-have item in my opinion. I haven’t been a huge fan of the Very Merry Christmas Party logo the last couple of years, so that has been part of my disapproval. There is a ton of fun Christmas merchandise, but I don’t know if it is specific to the party itself.
Every year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there are an assortment of cookies and hot chocolate that are handed out at holiday treat locations throughout the Magic Kingdom. This year Disney flipped the script, and instead of just offering cookies and hot chocolate there were also soft pretzels, sno-cones, eggnog, sparking apple cider, and Nesquik. This, of course, was in addition to cookies and hot chocolate that were still offered. I enjoyed having this wider variety, and I hope Disney continues to think of new holiday treat ideas for Christmas parties in the future. This was one of the best changes to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Disney did it again! The 2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has officially gotten me in the Christmas spirit. The specialty fireworks and the parade all make this event so special. For me personally, some of this year’s highlights include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes, and the new holiday treats. I desperately hope that they change the stage show next year, but I have a bad feeling that is unlikely. The cast members were excellent during the party, and I didn’t want that to go unnoticed. The night ended with a bizarre twist. As we were walking out a cast member handed me a couple times guides of the Freeform 25 Days of Christmas. I’ve never seen Disney do something that tacky, and the whole situation didn’t feel like it was up to Disney’s own standards.
Overall Grade: A