We decided it was finally time to take a trip to see the mouse. Located just 2 1/2 hours south of Jacksonville, a trip to Disney is a must when stationed in Jacksonville. We have been here almost four years and had yet to take a family trip. This being our 3rd time living in Florida, we are no strangers to the mouse; however, we have never been during Christmastime. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights in November and December. I consulted the Pinterest calendars and figured out the best time to go. Well, let’s be honest. I consulted the ships schedule and hubby’s duty schedule first, and then cross-checked Pinterest to see if the date I picked was a good one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there are charts on Pinterest and all over the internet that will tell you which days at Disney are “Green, Yellow, or Red.” Green meaning, GO, it’ll be awesome, very few lines and a nice time go. Yellow meaning, moderate crowds. Red meaning, are you insane? It just so happens that the day we were able to go was a GREEN DAY, which means there were short lines. I suggest you consult these calendars before planning your Disney trip.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts at 7PM and the party goes until midnight. Party ticket holders can enter the park at 4PM. You have to purchase a special party ticket in order to participate. Tickets start at $67 but this year they did a special on select nights for military for $46.90. Military Disney Tips has all the information about that.
What makes Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so special? I’m glad you asked. First, there are complimentary hot cocoa and cookie stations set up throughout the park. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas parade is wonderful and for those Frozen loving families, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf make a grand appearance in the parade along with Santa. Cinderella’s castle is completely transformed into a beautiful icy, sparkling centerpiece as the friends from Frozen give their holiday wish. The entire place is decorated for the holidays and Christmas music plays throughout and my personal favorite, a magical snowfall on Main Street. Disney Tourist Blog had some great Christmas Party tips as to where to watch the parade and a trip review.
Our family had a blast riding our favorite rides with our 2 year old. He had a blast on the tea cups, Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and his favorite, DUMBO, the Flying Elephant! They have a new “line” set up in Dumbo that was super great. They give you a buzzer when you walk in, and there is an air conditioned play area for the kids to play while you wait your turn to ride. Genius. Yes, wish all of lines were that fun. We downloaded this great app called “Disney World Wait Times” to help us decided which rides to go to next without having
to wait very long in line. It was super helpful. That night, we decided to book a room at a nearby Marriott. I have found that the military discount is often cheaper there than Shades of Green. However, the perk of staying at Shades of Green is that they have bus service to the parks.
I highly recommend checking it out! Have a great time.