Is it worth it? No, it's no worth it money wise. What do you get extra at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
You get some snacks, used to it was just cocoa and cookies, but now they've added some different snacks around the park. Each land has it's own special snack. The snacks are free.
Then there is the night time parade, the Christmas parade. It is amazing. It's beautiful. They also put out fake snow on Main Street. It's actually soap so you've got that soap, that snow look coming down Main Street, incredible. Those are the extras you get with the party.
This is the only way to see the Christmas parade at night. After the last party they run that Christmas parade during the day, not at night. It's just really special at night. It ends up with Santa Clause riding down Main Street and riding through the park. It's a very, very special parade.
Holiday Wishes is a great fireworks show - Photo by Wayne Wood
You've also got the Holiday Wishes fireworks show (if that's what they will call it this year now that Wishes is gone). It's a special fireworks show themed around Christmas. I love their holiday fireworks shows. I love both the Halloween and Christmas fireworks shows.
This applies to both the Christmas and Halloween Parties. The Halloween Party is just like the Christmas Party, special parade and fireworks. The only thing they add in the Halloween party is trick or treating around The Magic Kingdom and they have all kinds of great, really top line candy that they give out for the trick or treaters. You go up with your candy bag and they put some candy in your bag. It's really cool to be able to trick or treat in The Magic Kingdom. For the Christmas party they don't do that.
Let's talk about the rides. Yes, you do get to ride the rides and the lines will be very short. The last time Mrs. Mom and I went to a party we walked onto Jungle Cruise at 8:00 at night. Nobody there but us. We walked all the way through the line right to the front and get right in the boat. Lines are shorter at the parties, no doubt about it.
The Christmas and Halloween parties are typically held during some of the slower days of the year so the lines on the rides aren't usually too bad. On party days the Magic Kingdom crowds will be smaller than normal because the park closes early. Party days are usually a good day to go to the Magic Kingdom if you want to ride the rides.
Dad's Bottom Line
If you're struggling with money, no, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is not going to be worth it. If you can afford it, absolutely. It's a great show.
If you're going just to ride rides, no, it's not worth it. If you're going for the experience, and it is an experience, the parties are a great experience. If you're going for the experience, yes, it's worth it, but it's not worth it just for the shorter rides.