Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth It?
You love Christmas. You love Disney World. The special Disney World Christmas party seems like a dream come true! And yet… You can’t help wondering- is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth it?
But wait! You say. Why are you writing about Christmas? Summer isn’t even over yet!
Well… You know those people who rage against Christmas decorations showing up in stores in October? Who narrow their eyes with annoyance when holiday tunes belt over mall speakers before Thanksgiving has passed? I am one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas season. But only in December. Until then, I’m a scrooge to give Scrooge McDuck a run for his scrooge! There is, however, one notable exception. You may not have guessed it, cleverly hidden as it is on a Disney World blog, but, that exception is… drumroll please… Disney World!
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m going to get all dewy-eyed imagining the Christmas tree I’m going to have or the carols I’ll be singing. What it means is that I have traveled enough to know that trips take planning- and holiday trips take even more than usual!
So, early as it may seem, now is the time to start planning your trip if you want to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas. I’m not the only one to think of it- Many of the Disney blogs I subscribe too are urging people to make their plans now! This article doesn’t focus on the planning side though. Instead, I’m going to help you decide whether or not you want to go.
Firstly, I already know the answer- you DO want to go, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post! The real question is, is it worth it to you? If you want a simple answer:
If you have an Annual Pass? Questionable.
If you don’t have an Annual Pass? Yes.
Now, that being said, the above will not be true for everyone. So, read on for all the details!
The best thing about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, in my opinion, is the low crowd levels. If you are frustrated by long lines and fighting your way through crowds, this party could be the best present under your tree. There are limited passes sold for the party, and the number is low enough that it is decently un-crowded. Not all the rides are open, but the most popular attractions are. Lines won’t be completely non-existent, but in the few times I’ve gone during a Christmas party, I’ve never had to wait long.
The second-best thing about the Christmas Disney party are the special holiday features (check out the official Disney site for descriptions). I exclude the decorations from this- They are certainly incredible, and I highly recommend you visit Disney World while they’re up. But, you don’t need to go to the party to see them, so I don’t count them as a reason to go. But there are several features exclusive to the Christmas party: A Christmas parade, Christmas shows, special (and free!) Christmas treats, party-themed souvenirs you can only get at the parties. There are also characters that are, to my knowledge, pretty much exclusive to the party: including some seldom-seen princes with their princesses! Last, but certainly not least, there are the Christmas fireworks. Intelliguest Tip: If you’re a long-time Disney fan and are still sobbing over the death of Wishes (I know my family is), this is your chance: Holiday Wishes still exists! Sure it’s not the exact same show, but it’s pretty darn close.
Officially, the parties run from 7pm-12pm. During that time, the park is closed to all non-party guests (so don’t go on a party day if you’re on a regular day pass and planning on staying til park closing!). But, we found out that party guests can actually get into the park around 4pm. If you don’t have an Annual Pass, this is a great incentive to get the party pass. Instead of getting 5 hours in the park, you get 8! That makes the price a little more reasonable when compared to a regular day pass. Wondering what to do while waiting for the holiday festivities start? Check out my post about the Best Attractions at Magic Kingdom for ideas!
With tax, tickets will cost you around $100-$116 per adult (prices vary depending which night you choose). Annual Passholders can buy up to 4 discounted tickets on select nights for around $92-$97 per adult.
Once you know the enter-at-4 rule, the time you get in the park is not much shorter than what you’d get on a day pass (depending on what time of year you go). And the price is quite similar to a day pass as well. So, in my mind, if you want to go to Disney World without an Annual Pass, there’s no good reason to NOT go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Not only do you get the festive fun exclusive to the party, but you don’t have to wake up early! I don’t know about you, but for me that is great appeal.
In fact, there are only two cons I can think of:
- Some rides aren’t open (but the closed ones have never caused me distress)
- Restaurant reservations are even harder to get than usual
But I have an Annual Pass- Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth It?
Not if you want to go! Even if you DO have an Annual Pass, it doesn’t mean you should write off the party. My mom and sister have gone multiple years while they had Annual Passes, and they always have a great time. If you love the holidays and exclusive Disney fun, it can still be worth it to shell out the extra $100 on top of what you paid for your Annual Pass.
What do you think- Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth it? Comment below!