Thank you Disney for partnering with me and inviting me to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and making a few dreams come true for my daughter, Brooke!
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to take my daughter, Brooke, to Disney World to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I had never been to any sort of party like this at Disney, though I’ve heard how amazing they all were from others, so I was excited to surprise Brooke with a quick Girls’ Trip 🙂
We left our NYC apartment at 4:30am on a Friday, landed in Orlando around 8:30 and were in the parks by 10! We played all day, eating as we explored and had such a fun time at the Magic Kingdom for this years Christmas Party. Dare I say magical? We packed a lot into that Friday, relaxed for most of Saturday and flew home Saturday night. In and out in less than 48 hours. It was intense, but amazing! Especially because we didn’t have the younger boys slowing us down 😉
Most of these photos I’m sharing today were taken on Friday at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with a few pictures from Saturday added in. As usual, all my travel and food recommendations are listed at the bottom.
The nicest part of our two day adventure was the lovely weather! We had highs of 75 and lows of 65. It was perfection 🙂 We also picked up some super festive Christmas ears!!
Pizza and funnel cakes for lunch at Epcot! There is nothing better than carbs on carbs on carbs. Especially when you’re on your feet literally all day. Brooke happened to be wearing her pedometer and we walked 45,000 steps in 36 hours. BANANAS. So, no guilt over the funnel cakes!
When she genuinely smiles for the camera….be still my heart. Oh my heavens I love this girl. She mentioned a few times that she would love to be an only child!! Haha!! I can understand that completely.
Starting to get dark…ready for the magic to begin at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!! When we entered, we had our MagicBands, but we were also given extra bracelets.
These tacos were a lifesaver. Up until 6pm, we had only had pizza and funnel cakes. Oops? Mom of the year right here. Ha! But we both were starving and each got some soft tacos. This was a lot of food and we couldn’t hardly finish all the food they gave us! See below for more info.
They decorated the castle like Elsa was in da house (which she was…she performed!) It’s so pretty!!
Another cool thing that I didn’t know about until we got into the actual party was different *free* snacks were available at different venues around the Magic Kingdom! There was a list of six places we could visit and get a small little treat. This specific stop was a santa cookie and a snow cone. There were also chocolates, pretzels, sugar cookies, hot chocolate, peppermint cookies and more!
Around 9, we parked ourselves in front of the castle all ready for the fireworks show! There were quite a few people waiting with us, but it wasn’t terribly packed like the park usually would be if it was open to the public.
This was our view. See? Not a ton of people.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: the lights and fireworks show was amazing! This was our favorite part of the day. Disney thinks of everything and even my hard to impress 8 year old was ooh-ing and ahh-ing right along side me. I’m convinced that it’s impossible to be mad at any Disney Park.
By 10:30, we were exhausted, so we left after the fireworks show. We had been awake since 4am, so it was starting to catch up with us fast. So we caught the shuttle and headed for our hotel.
And of course it was snowing on Main Street as we were leaving. Of course Disney can make it snow in Florida 😉
Saturday was spent sleeping in, picking up a few souvenirs and swimming at the pool. Brooke actually spent 3 hours swimming after lunch before we had to leave for the airport. And I spent those three hours trying to nap, but it was raining on and off, so that was nearly impossible.
We hopped onto the Magical Express at 4:30 and were boarding our flight at 7. We walked into our apartment at 10:30 and were asleep in our beds by 11. It was a crazy, whirlwind of a trip, but man oh man, was it so so fun 🙂 Just making memories for my little girl that I hope she will remember forever and ever!
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- We took a JetBlue direct flight from JFK to MCO. The flight time is about 2 1/2 hours, so it was the perfect distance for us to reach from New York City. I love direct flights significantly.
- I had been planning this trip about a month in advance and made sure I ordered our MagicBands asap to ensure they got here in time. If you aren’t aware, the MagicBand is your key to your resort room, your ticket into the park and your FastPass holder. You link reservations you’ve made online to your MagicBand either online with My Disney Experience or through the My Disney Experience app. Technology is cool. I was able to check-in to our hotel room days prior and got a text message as we were on our way to the parks saying our room was ready and we could use our MagicBand to enter.
- You can also make your FastPass selections online ahead of time. I did this, but for some reason, they were all erased by the time we got there. Super big bummer, but, we made up for it at the Christmas Party.
I didn’t know this before, but paying to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is totally worth it because:
(1) the lines for all the rides are so so short! We rode Space Mountain twice in 30 minutes. We rode The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 5 times because there was no line at all! Lots of opportunities to get all the rides you want.
(2) free treats! Well, I guess technically they aren’t free, but included in your ticket price is the fun treats you can go around and collect.
(3) lots of parades and Character experiences. I don’t know the normal parade schedule, but I felt like we kept seeing Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and all the Princesses. We saw a lot of them.
(4) the amazing fireworks show. It was simply show stopping. We loved it.
- We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and it was great! Clean and simple. Plus the pool was not busy AT ALL when we were there. So, that is a big reason why Brooke spent THREE HOURS swimming around. It is a little further from the parks, but there are shuttle buses that will take you to any park you’d like.
- When we came to Disney World as a family in February, Brooke was barely too short to ride the big kid rides she was DYING to try, so thankfully this time she made the cut! So we were repeat riders on Space Mountain, Rock’n’Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. She loves the thrill, just like her mama. Space Mountain isn’t too scary or fast like the other two could potentially seem, so that was her very favorite.
- We had a Funnel Cake from a cart found in between the Japanese and American Pavilions at Epcot. Worth ever bit, ya’ll.
- The Pizza was from Via Napoli in the Italian Pavilion. We didn’t go into the actual restaurant, we just grabbed a quick slice from the quick service window to the left of the restaurant entrance.
- We got a cup of dole whip swirled together with vanilla soft serve. HOLY AMAZING. Found this at Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom.
- Soft tacos were from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. You can order chicken or beef and they have a huge condiments station with salsas, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, corn and more. It completely hit the spot. (We preferred the chicken tacos over the beef.)