"Official" 2018 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Holiday Magic

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dachsie

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My favorite spot is near the flagpole / train station, as this area tends to fill up slower, you get the castle in background, and it only “snows” on Main Street.
So the snow is in that area too? I was thinking it was only on that stretch between the buildings
 

dachsie

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Kinda off topic, but still Christmas - Has anyone seen the Partner's Statue Hallmark ornament. May have to go buy
 
  • apxstitch

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    I'm going to my first party on 11/27 and I'm really nervous it's going to be crowded like these Halloween parties I've been watching on YT. I am still looking forward to it though.
     

    Moramoon

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    FWIW last year we planned a somewhat last minute trip for the second to last party (found an awesome deal staying in one of the good neighbor hotels and we were getting the Disney itch). It was our first party ever and we loved every minute of it. Even though it was a sold out party we thought the crowds were very manageable. We got in a little after 4 and had FP's for Big Thunder, Splash, and Jingle Cruise (probably could have done without JC). The time between when party guests could arrive and day guests could leave was a little hectic, but since we had FP's for that time it really wasn't bad to us. After our last FP we had about 15 minutes to the first stage show and managed to find a spot relatively close to the right side of the stage. After the show was over we went to Dumbo (no line) got our first cookies by Pete's Silly Sideshow, then saw the line for Minnie and Daisy only had 5 families in it and they were set to come out in 15 minutes so we waited for them while eating our cookies. I think the longest lines we stood in all night were for the princesses and they were about 20-25 minutes. We were heading to the pin shop in Fronteirland and stumbled onto the first parade starting. We were planning on watching the 2nd parade, but found a spot behind some people sitting so we decided to watch the first. Towards the end of the night we visited Belle and Ariel and Eric with no wait then rode Little Mermaid before the park closed. We went in with a plan of the things we wanted to do, but since we have little ones (son was 5 and daughter was 2 at the time) and our first party we played it by ear. We had such a great time that we decided to make it a yearly tradition. We're going again this year, 2nd to last party. We're DVC members now so it will be interesting seeing how the 2pm entry will play out, but I'm sure we'll still enjoy it just as much.
     
  • monique5

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    I'm not so sure I want every last detail, some surprises are nice. But I do want a park map.
    I need details, very helpful on Sold Out nights when have a plan, but can change and go with flow, but still get much accomplished. This will be 1st time going in November, always in December and on Sold Out nights. Party Map starting to be released later and later each year. Last year, only the day before (day of this year for MNSSHP). We'll see!
     

    monique5

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    FWIW last year we planned a somewhat last minute trip for the second to last party (found an awesome deal staying in one of the good neighbor hotels and we were getting the Disney itch). It was our first party ever and we loved every minute of it. Even though it was a sold out party we thought the crowds were very manageable. We got in a little after 4 and had FP's for Big Thunder, Splash, and Jingle Cruise (probably could have done without JC). The time between when party guests could arrive and day guests could leave was a little hectic, but since we had FP's for that time it really wasn't bad to us. After our last FP we had about 15 minutes to the first stage show and managed to find a spot relatively close to the right side of the stage. After the show was over we went to Dumbo (no line) got our first cookies by Pete's Silly Sideshow, then saw the line for Minnie and Daisy only had 5 families in it and they were set to come out in 15 minutes so we waited for them while eating our cookies. I think the longest lines we stood in all night were for the princesses and they were about 20-25 minutes. We were heading to the pin shop in Fronteirland and stumbled onto the first parade starting. We were planning on watching the 2nd parade, but found a spot behind some people sitting so we decided to watch the first. Towards the end of the night we visited Belle and Ariel and Eric with no wait then rode Little Mermaid before the park closed. We went in with a plan of the things we wanted to do, but since we have little ones (son was 5 and daughter was 2 at the time) and our first party we played it by ear. We had such a great time that we decided to make it a yearly tradition. We're going again this year, 2nd to last party. We're DVC members now so it will be interesting seeing how the 2pm entry will play out, but I'm sure we'll still enjoy it just as much.
    Very true, having a plan but making changes as the night goes on --- did that for both parties we attended last year. DVC too, so interested in how that plays out this year.
     
  • ashnicole

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    FWIW last year we planned a somewhat last minute trip for the second to last party (found an awesome deal staying in one of the good neighbor hotels and we were getting the Disney itch). It was our first party ever and we loved every minute of it. Even though it was a sold out party we thought the crowds were very manageable. We got in a little after 4 and had FP's for Big Thunder, Splash, and Jingle Cruise (probably could have done without JC). The time between when party guests could arrive and day guests could leave was a little hectic, but since we had FP's for that time it really wasn't bad to us. After our last FP we had about 15 minutes to the first stage show and managed to find a spot relatively close to the right side of the stage. After the show was over we went to Dumbo (no line) got our first cookies by Pete's Silly Sideshow, then saw the line for Minnie and Daisy only had 5 families in it and they were set to come out in 15 minutes so we waited for them while eating our cookies. I think the longest lines we stood in all night were for the princesses and they were about 20-25 minutes. We were heading to the pin shop in Fronteirland and stumbled onto the first parade starting. We were planning on watching the 2nd parade, but found a spot behind some people sitting so we decided to watch the first. Towards the end of the night we visited Belle and Ariel and Eric with no wait then rode Little Mermaid before the park closed. We went in with a plan of the things we wanted to do, but since we have little ones (son was 5 and daughter was 2 at the time) and our first party we played it by ear. We had such a great time that we decided to make it a yearly tradition. We're going again this year, 2nd to last party. We're DVC members now so it will be interesting seeing how the 2pm entry will play out, but I'm sure we'll still enjoy it just as much.
    Thank you so much for sharing how you did the party last year!!
    I went to the second or third party last year (Sunday, 11/12). It was pretty crowded but we basically parked on main street to get a spot for the parade, show, and fireworks. I wouldn’t recommend that because it took up so much of the party time and I didn’t realize it didn’t snow in the hub area (which makes sense but I’m used to DLR). We also shopped a little, got treats, met Ariel and Eric, the country bears, and rode a couple of rides. I had a lot of fun, but I’m definitely looking for a different plan! I love characters but I’m personally not big on waiting a long time for characters and my grandma probably won’t be either. We only have 1 1/2 other MK days so I’m hoping to make the most of this year’s party!
    Last year my trip had already started the time of the first party so I didn’t really look up the plans or reviews I just scrolled to find the map and looked at the updates on the first page of the thread.
     

    funkyspunky871

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    Just wanted to update: the touring plans reservation finder worked! We found a 4:40pm ADR for Crystal Palace on Dec. 16th (thank you to whoever cancelled it!!!). It's our favorite place to eat in MK, and now we get to go there before the party! Whoo!

    Our next goal is to see the parade. I hear the area in front of the train station is a good place, I guess because it's at the end of the parade route. How early do you guys recommend getting a spot? If the first parade starts around 8:30 like it did last year, would 7 be ok?
     

    soniam

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    Just a tip for potentially cold party nights, especially later in December. If you think your family will want hot tea or hot chocolate, bring a couple of bags/packets. We were there on a really cold night in 2016. They ran out of tea bags and hot chocolate but not cups or hot water. They basically gave you a cup and hot water for free. I don't think they ran out of coffee.
     

    Cluelyss

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    Our next goal is to see the parade. I hear the area in front of the train station is a good place, I guess because it's at the end of the parade route. How early do you guys recommend getting a spot? If the first parade starts around 8:30 like it did last year, would 7 be ok?
    This area is one of the last places to fill up and the parade won’t get there until almost 9. 7 would be much too early, you’re likely fine arriving at 8! Maybe a bit earlier if it’s a sold out night.
     

    asc72

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    We are going to be in the parks for the day but likely aren't going to be attending the party. In terms of guests leaving the park, if we got into a ride queue before 6pm would we be allowed to stay in the queue and then leave immediately after, or would they not let us ride?
     

    monique5

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