Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party officially begins at 7:00 PM but many of the festivities start at 4:00 PM. Therefore I got to Magic Kingdom by 3:15 PM and waited at Tortuga Tavern which is one of three locations where the wristbands for the party are distributed.
Immediately upon getting my band just before 4:00 PM I headed to the Frontierland pin store where I purchased the complete set of the exclusive pins for the Christmas party as well as the passholder pin and shirt.
Next I went to the Emporium where I purchased the Christmas party exclusive shirts (red is long sleeve and green is short sleeve) and this year there is a Christmas ornament that is exclusive to the party as well.
I started walking into New Fantasyland and there was a photographer standing outside of Voyage of the Little Mermaid with no one in line. Therefore I stopped and got a picture and asked for the Sebastian magic shot.
And then the character hunting began:
The first line I got in was for Jack Skellington as Sandy Paws. The line was already fairly long for how early it was as there were about twenty people ahead of me. Cast members were on hand to check for party wristbands and they announced Jack would not be signing but handed out presigned cards.
It was raining off and on during the over hour I waited. They came out at 6:50 PM to cheers and applause from the large crowd that was in line for them.
I headed over to the Winnie the Pooh area but the line was closed so I moved over to the outdoor Prince & Princess area which is Auroura & Prince Phillip and Snow White & her Prince. The projected wait time was 45 minutes. Well it turned out to be a little over that because as I got close (4th from the front) they went on break. Then it started raining and that put them on a delay but they did come out.
To dodge the rain I headed to the Princess Fairytale Hall and saw Rapunzel with Flynn Rider and Cinderella with Prince Charming.
By the time I got out of the Princess Fairytale Hall the rain had subsided. I made my way over to the other side of Fantasyland to the Neverland Map. I got in line and was one of the last people allowed in line to see Peter Pan and Wendy.
I then got a picture with the green Christmas ball which is in Liberty Square. This was followed by a picture with the elf and reindeer by the red Christmas ball which are in Adventureland.
It was then on to more time in Adventureland. I first saw Aladdin as Prine Ali and Abu.
After Aladdin and Abu went back, Jasmine came out but without Genie. Genie had been out earlier but they said he had to do the fireworks.
I attempted to see Mary Poppins and Bert but the line was capped so I went in and got in line to see Mickey Mouse.
So I spent the entire party time getting the exclusive merchandise and character hunting. I didn’t see the parade, fireworks or any of the shows. I did get to see all of the characters except Winnie the Pooh and friends, Mary Poppins & Bert, Tinkerbell, and Genie.
I will be attending the Christmas Party one more time before I leave so I will focus on doing things I didn’t get to do tonight then.