Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016
In December 2016 I attended 2 MVMCP. The first was Sunday December 11 and the second was Tuesday December 13. The last MVMCP attended was in November 2013 I was excited to see how it has changed. The first major change was that guests were allowed in before 4pm, on Sunday I was allowed in around 3:30 and on Tuesday I was allowed in at 3:40. This was great since you can get fastpasses but they have to be used before the park closes at 7. On Sunday I had one from 3:15-4:15, 4:25-5:25, and 5:30-6:30. Getting in early was helpful and I could easily get to the first attraction without rushing. Decorations in the Magic Kingdom are also different since my last Christmas Party.
Jingle Cruise is the holiday version of the Jungle Cruise. In 2013 I did not remember much about it this year it seemed like it was decorated more and the jokes were a bit different.
Club Tinsel is a dance party inside Cosmic Ray Starlight Cafe. Elves, Raindeer, and a DJ are featured. You can dance the night away and also grab some food if your hungry.
Behind Aladdin's Magic Carpets Aladdin usually meets with Jasmine during the day. During the party it rotates between Aladdin and Abu then Jasmine and Genie. I heard late in the party all 4 were meeting. I tried to confirm this bust cast members said no, at least the night I met them. I got in line just as Aladdin and Abu were meeting with their last guest, it was 15 minutes before Jasmine and Genie were due to come out for a 30 minute set. I waited and they came out late and only met for 15 minutes, I could have met them but a little girl behind me was dressed as Jasmine so I allowed her to go. Aladdin and Abu came out as Jasmine and Genie went in.
Jack Sparrow can be seen during Pirate Tutorials during the day in Adventureland on the stage outside of Pirates. He only greets guests during Halloween and Christmas parties. In the picture he was checking out my watch and since he couldn't hear it tick he didn't want it. He is funny and cracks lots of drinking jokes especially about rum.
Peter Pan meets during the day near Peter Pan's Flight. During the party he was "traveling" around Adventureland and was wearing his winter scarf. He would stop for a picture or two and then have guests "fly" or chase him around Adventureland. He was taunting Jack Sparrow as I was in line doing his rooster call.
The Country Bears were wandering around Fronterland. I met them shortly before the second parade. Only one had a cast member with him so I had to stop people walking by to take pictures for me. I was hoping to get them all in one picture like I did in 2013.
Mary Poppins and Bert meet together in Fantasyland. This year they meet next to PhilharMagic. Mary and Bert are very chatty so expect to show up early for a meet and wait a bit. I happened to be the last guest in their first set which was lucky. Mary meets in this outfit in the Magic Kingdom during the day and also in the UK at Epcot. Bert only comes out during the Christmas and Halloween Parties or special events.
At Princess Fairytale Hall you can meet the princesses with their princes (this is the only time of year this happens!). In one line is Cinderella and Prince Charming with Elena of Avalor. As usual Cinderella was friendly and complimented my sweater, Prince Charming was quiet and just smiled a lot. Elena was friendly and was excited to see we matched, she is the newest addition to fairytale hall. In the other line is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider with Tiana and Prince Naveen. Flynn was very chatty which was fun. Naveen was making lots of "frog" faces and I chatted with Tiana about baking.
Snow White and her Prince and Aurora and Phillip were greeting guests at the New Fantasyland Wall. Their que was pretty busy since they were outside and easy to see. I went to see them after the first parade. Snow White was first then Aurora, when I first got into line it was the opposite. Snow White was sweet and asked how much hot coco I had so far. Aurora invited me to an "ugly swater" party even though she found my sweater cute.
A very popular only during MVMCP is Scrooge McDuck. This year he met at Casey Jr with Donald, in the past Dasiey has been with them as well.
The 7 Dwarfs only meet during Christmas and Halloween Parties. This year they were meeting in the Storybook Circus area. They came out at 6:30 and guests started lining up at 5. I got in line at 5:30 and met them by 7. Since they do not sign the line goes very quickly.
Jacky Skellington as Sandy Claws was perfection. He meets in the gazaboo near Ye Old Christmas Shop (Tiana used to meet here). The line starts super early (between 4-4:30). I was told he would come out at 7 (he had been coming out at 6:30) and I would be in line for an hour after that (from the cast member who was handing out autogrph cards). I lined up at 5:45 hoping he'd be out at 6:30, the line was already pretty long and the people behind me said when he comes out he talks alot so it would be 2 hours or more till we reached the front. I was plesantly suprised that even though Jack took time with each group the line moved quickly and I got to the front in an hour (so I was in line a 2 hours since I arrived early). Jack asked me about the snow on my sweater and if it snowed where I was from. We chatted about snowball fights and sledding, he said that he hoped it snowed in Halloweentown this year. People behind us didn't stay in the long line since it went over the bridge and by the time I met Jack the line was super short.
After exiting the Haunted Mansion I got a photo with Zero. Of course you needed to pretend he was in the picture, if you have Memory Maker it also is a video with Zero coming out of the ground and moving infront of you.
Pooh and Tigger meet in this spot during the day (next to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh). The only place inside the parks to meet all four characters is Crystal Palace or during MNSSHP. For this meet you need to arrive just as the previous meet is ending since the line cuts off very quickly.
Nick Wild and Judy Hopps are meeting for the first time during the Christmas Parties in Tomorrowland near BuzzLighter Space Ranger. Cast members hand out autograph cards so the line moves pretty quick since it is just pictures.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade happens twice during the party. The first is 8:30 and the second is 11. The first parade is very busy you you would need to get a spot anywherere from 1-2 hours before. I like viewing the second parade in Frontierland and you can get a sport about 15-20 minutes before. I grab a snack and take a seat before a bit before the parade starts.
The Frontierland Band is something you should take time to check out. They are great on a typical day in the Magic Kingdom and during the parties they perform some holiday music.
snow on Main street usa
Between 7-12pm it is snowing at the beginning of Main Street USA. The first time you experience it the view is breathtaking. It's truely magical to see snow falling as you walk down the street
Holiday Wishes is a special firework show put on between 10-10:15 during the MVMCP.