Even though we’ve just ushered in Spring, Disney World released their holiday party dates. The Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are all being planned for our fall and winter enjoyment. I’ve attend both, over the years, and I plan to go back! Who doesn’t love a good party, right? Disney knows how to do them the best!
If you’ve never been to the MNSSHP, you’ve been missing out on some great fun! This year, you will have 29 chances to enjoy the excitement! Some of the festivities include the Boo To You parade, Trick or Treating throughout the Magic Kingdom and Happy Hallowishes Fireworks. They are also bringing back “Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular,” which debut last year. The Sanderson sister conjured up some magic with their new friends, the Disney Villains. I can’t wait to see what frightening adventure Winifred, Mary and Sarah can find this Halloween season!
Two hot spots are the dance parties that are held at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and Club Villain in the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. Some of the Saloon dancers, from past years, include Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine and more. After the Boo to You Parade, the Grand Finale is the eerie Hallowishes Fireworks. Plan a cat nap during the day so you and your little goblins can stay up late and enjoy the party until the wee “haunting” hours of the night.
Disney World has set into place a new costume policy. I’m going to miss the creative costumes that visitors create. I’ve seen some incredible family costumes over the years! Guests 14 and older can wear costumes during special events, but are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes. They may be subject to additional security screening. Also, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for a weapon. So, leave your light saber back in the room!
The dates that you can “scare up some fun”:
2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31.
One of the most spectacular times to visit Disney World is during the Christmas Season. The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a hit with every age! This special event doesn’t officially start until 7:00pm but, with a ticket, you can get through the gates at 4:00pm. Most of the major attractions will stay open during the party. This is actually a great time to jump in shorter lines! Some of the more popular (and crowded) attractions are “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” Celebrate the Season, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Celebrate the Magic and Holiday Wishes. The “hub” around Cinderella’s Castle and Main Street can get very crowded. You need to arrive at least 30 minutes early even for the second parade to have a shot at the front row of viewing. If front row isn’t a priority, you can come in after that and still find great spots.
A Frozen Holiday Wish is breathtaking! Elsa is in her element when they need someone to light the castle. It is amazing what they can do with lights and music. I thought that this event would only appeal to the little girls in the crowd. I was so wrong! This is a “don’t miss!” There really isn’t a bad place to stand. As long as you can see the Castle, you are good. What happens on the stage isn’t really important as the music (unless you are one of those, before mentioned, little girls).
The Once Upon a Christmas Parade is fabulous! Here, you will see almost every Disney character. They even pull out some oldies but goodies like Clarabell Cow. One of the crowd favs are the Toy Soldiers. Of course, no holiday parade would be complete without the bearded man himself, Ole Saint Nick.
Once again, Disney wows the crowds with the Holiday Wishes fireworks display. It’s filled with great holiday songs and ends with snow! Keep an eye out. You may see a cute little Pixie make an appearance on the right side of the castle.
Don’t forget to grab a map, at the entrance. You will want a game plan so you don’t miss anything. If you’re anything like me, you will circle all of the areas with the free cookies and hot chocolate. They have distribution spots set up all around the park. Yum!
The dates for this awesome party are:
November: 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
The prices for these special even tickets have not been released yet. Although it may be an additional expenses added to your vacation, I can promise that it is well worth it. Both parties are filled with special activities and tons of fun!
Call your favorite OLP Travel Pixie and get your reservations booked for either or both of these great parties! And, you can add to the fun by staying at Disney World’s onsite resorts. There are so many to pick from that it will fit into everyone’s budget! It’s never too early to start planning your magical Disney vacation.