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Holiday Sleigh Rides

Bring a classic Christmas carol to life with a delightful 25-minute jaunt o’er fields and through wooded forests.

Revel in the magic of the holidays with an evening excursion in a one-horse open “sleigh.”

Take in the unspoiled beauty of the woodlands surrounding Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and see them as you’ve never seen them before. Your group of up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 small children) will be laughing all the way as you ride in a horse-drawn carriage done up like a sleigh, festooned with festive lights and garlands for the holidays. Each sleigh ride costs $79.

Holiday sleigh rides depart from the main entrance of Crockett’s Tavern at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground every 30 minutes and are offered nightly during the month of December.

Due to their seasonal nature, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY, or (407) 939-7529.  

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HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD RETURNS TO EPCOT NOVEMBER 27

Beginning Nov. 27, 2015, you and your family can celebrate a world of cheer as Holidays Around the World returns to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. Amid joyful music and seasonal food favorites, time-honored traditions spring to life as costumed performers present holiday heritage throughout World Showcase.

This year, you and your family can enjoy new live musical performances by American Music Machine. This five-member a capella group will perform modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

“Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” enlivens the Fountain Stage throughout the day, while the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take us on a musical exploration of holiday traditions from across the Great White North in the Canada Pavilion. In Mexico, “Feliz Navidad” features colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance, and the China Pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

Plus the Candlelight Processional, one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World Resort, takes place at America Gardens Theater at 5, 6:45 and 9 p.m. each evening. 

Holidays Around the World at Epcot takes place Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2015.

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HALLOWEEN ON THE HIGH SEAS – A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME ABOARD DISNEY CRUISE LINE!

When you and your family sail on a Disney Cruise Line vacation this fall, you’ll enjoy a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland. Several spooky events are planned to celebrate Halloween including a costume contest for adult Guests and a special costume parade for children.  From spellbinding storytelling, fun-filled family entertainment and yummy treats, the Halloween on the High Seas voyages are truly special.

You and your family can join the special Halloween celebration by bringing along their own costumes. When considering costume options, you should refrain from bringing toys or props that resemble guns, knives or other related implements, as these items will not be allowed on board.

Halloween on the High Seas will be offered on cruises that depart in the following time periods:

  • Disney Magic – Oct. 4-28, 2015

  • Disney Wonder – Oct. 1-23, 2015

  • Disney Dream – Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 2015

  • Disney Fantasy – Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 2015

If you are interested in booking a Disney Cruise, please feel free to CONTACT ME!

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of food and drink from around the world. This even runs from the last weekend in September through the middle of November. This event draws a HUGE crowd of anxious foodies wanting to sample everything there is to offer.

The Food & Wine Festival is included with our general admission ticket into Epcot, there is no additional ticket needed to get into the event. The items that the booths offer could get pretty pricey, so pace yourself!

– Taste Your Way Around the World –

As you travel around World Showcase you can try at least 30 unique cultural cuisines, fine wine and craft beers. Each booth has a menu that is inspired by the region that it represents.  You can rest assured that there’s something for every kind of foodie. To get a list of the booths that will be on display see Global Marketplaces on the Walt Disney World website. All of the food that is served is in small portions so that you can sample foods from multiple booth. Plus if you have a Disney Dining Plan, most of the available food items count as a snack.

– New! Food & Wine in Future World – 

The Food & Wine Festival will be expanding from World Showcase out into Future World! In Future World West, near Imagination, you will find the Artistry of Wine & Cheese area. Here you can sample wine and cheese. Over near the Epcot Character Spot, is the new Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab. This area is inspired by ABC’s hit food-based talk show, “The Chew”. Sustainable Chew will offer three dishes while Chew Lab will demonstrate culinary technology.

– Eat to the Beat Concert Series –

This event only occurs during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. As you enjoy your food and wine or beer, every evening at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm one of over twenty chart-topping bands and solo artists bring their hits to the American Garden Theater! To find out more information about which music acts will be performing this year see, Eat to the Beat Concert Series on the Walt Disney World Website.

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– Culinary Demonstrations From the Pros –

Cook up a new kind of cuisine as you learn from some of the most celebrated chefs. Each session is 45 minutes and is a separately ticketed event. During these session you collect very useful culinary tips from these leading minds and then, the best part, you get to sample and taste the food and beverage that is demonstrated during the session. To get a full list of what chefs are coming see Culinary Demonstrations. You can call 407-939-3378 or use your local travel agent, ME!, to reserve a spot in one of the many Culinary Demonstrations.

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– Premium Events –

As always there are extra events that you can experience for a little bit more money. Some of these events are:

  • Rockin’ Burger Block Party – Dine on a mouthwatering menu full of incredible burgers and party to some of the best music of the century from a live D.J. To find out more see Rockin’ Burger Block Party on the Walt Disney World website.

  • Tokyo Pairing – Celebrate the marriage of three tasting-size portions of elegant Japanese cuisine with sake and Japanese craft beer. To find out more see Tokyo Pairing on the Walt Disney World website.

  • What’s Cookin’ With… – Dig into one of your guest of honor’s favorite dishes as they offer their keen, culinary insights into what makes their selection so special. To find out information about this event see What’s Cookin’ With… on the Walt Disney World website.

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If you are wanting to purchase a souvenir, besides all of the food and drink you’ve just tasted, you can head over to the Food & Wine’s Welcome Center. The Food & Wine’s Welcome Center is located in the building between Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Mission:SPACE.

To find out more information about the International Food & Wine Festival go to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Presented by Chase at the Walt Disney World website. Booking and reservations can be made on the Walt Disney World Website as well or you can make them through ME!

** For more information about other Holiday Events, Parties and Festivals that takes place at Walt Disney World, CLICK HERE!**

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Candlelight Processional

Holidays Around the World transforms Epcot into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with festive decorations and live entertainment.

Each night at the American Garden Theater during the Holiday season you can catch this biblical tale of a savoir born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Awe inspiring choral pieces are performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration of a celebrity narrator. For more information about who will be narrating this year, please see the Walt Disney World Website or check the Times Guide on the night that you plan on attending. Show times take place three times each day.

You can also purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. With this package you can enjoy guaranteed seating and a delicious lunch or dinner at select locations in Epcot. Please not that the Candlelight Processional Dining Package does not grant you admission into the park itself.

** To find out more information about where you can choose to get with the Candlelight Processional Dining Package please click this link, Candlelight Processional Dining Package Information.**

See the video below to get an idea of what the Candlelight Processional consists of.

If you have already booked your Walt Disney World Vacation and would like to purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, please feel free to CONTACT ME!

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Crowd Calendar

As you might have guessed, the times throughout the year that have the most crowds are of course whenever school is out for a holiday or the summer. I have created a calendar that may be able to show you how to avoid the crowds all together or you might find that some holidays aren’t actually as crowded as you thought. Take a minute and have a look! If you have any questions please feel free to CONTACT ME! For more information about when is the best or worst time to visit Walt Disney World check out this post, The Best and Worst Times to Visit Walt Disney World”. You can click on each month’s image to enlarge. Hope my crowd calendar helps you get an idea of how crowded or not crowded it will be when you decide to take your Disney Vacation! 

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In the beginning of January crowds are still a heavy and dwindling down from the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Crowds also pick up on and around the marathon weekends as well. The three day weekend that is associated with the Martin Luther King Day, MLK Day, is a pretty crowded Holiday that a lot of people think that it’s not going to be. The month of January ends with a very light crowd that continues on into the beginning of February.

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February starts off with very light crowds, sometimes you feel like you are the only ones in the park! Usually the first weekend of February a cheer leading competition is held, crowds can seem to pick up. Also, depending on when Mardi Gras takes place, a lot of people from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi head down to Disney on vacation because they have these days off. The second to last weekend in February, the Princess Half Marathon takes place and the crowds will pick up. February ends with very light crowds leading into March.

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March starts off with very light crowds. And ends with very heavy crowds due to spring break weeks for elementary, middle, high school, and colleges. Also, depending on when Easter falls, it too can bring heavy crowds to the month of March.

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The only thing bringing a crowd to the month of April is Easter. If Easter is early in the year than you pretty much have the park to yourself the whole month of Easter!

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Most of May is very light crowds. Most of the crowds here are end of the year school field trips. They usually always have some type of matching t-shirt and only go to one park for the day. So stay clear of the group of same colored t-shirts!

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The first part of June you will still see moderate to heavy crowds. This is also when Gay Days take place at Walt Disney World. From the middle of June until the end and on into July is when the heavier summer crowds begin.

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The whole month of July you can expect to most heaviest crowds to be at Disney World, besides at Christmas and Thanksgiving. The crowds are really heavy around July 4th, sometimes the Magic Kingdom can even close due to full capacity. So if you are going on the 4th and would like to see the special occasion fireworks, plan on being there pretty much all day.

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At the beginning of August the summer crowds are still in full swing. The middle and on into the end of August summer crowds start to decrease as the schools go back in session.

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Overall September crowds are pretty light. Crowds do pick up around Labor Day, but it is nothing to right home about. Also, some school fall breaks can fall at the end of September which can make crowds seem more than they are.

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For the most part the Fall Breaks determine the crowds throughout October. Some families take advantage of the Columbus Day Holiday and vacation at Disney for a long weekend. Usually the Central Florida schools have a two week fall break towards the end of October, which can cause crowds to be heavy on certain days. Also, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is going on during October which brings heavy crowds to Epcot during the evenings and especially on the weekends.

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There are a few events that happen during November besides Thanksgiving that brings crowds to Disney World. The second week of November is usually when the schools in New Jersey have some days off and families choose this time to head down to Disney during this time. The second weekend during November is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, which usually brings a slight crowd to Disney World. Also, Epcot’s Food and Wind Festival is still going on and many locals attend during the evenings on the weekends bringing a heavy crowd to Epcot during this time. The week leading to Thanksgiving the crowds get pretty heavy. Sometimes the Magic Kingdom can close due to capacity. But, once Thanksgiving has passed crowds become very light and carries on into December.

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December pretty much always starts out with very light crowds. If you wold like to experience Disney when all of the Christmas decorations and events are going on, now would be the time to go. The prices on hotels and crowds are low which will allow you to experience all the rides, attractions and Christmas events with little to no crowds. Also, at the beginning of December is when they film the Christmas Day Parade at the Magic Kingdom that airs on TV on Christmas Day. The week prior to, the week of and the week after Christmas is probably THE most crowded time at Disney. The Magic Kingdom is more than likely to close at some point during the day due to high capacity inside the park. The heavy crowds finish out the month of December and continue into the beginning of January for New Year’s celebrations.

** Each year the dates will change for each month, check back each year to get an updated  color coded crowd calendar. The general flow of crowds will typically stay the same around each holiday or event that is taking place at Walt Disney World. The only thing that changes is when the holiday or events will fall throughout the year.**

If you are ready to Get The Magic Started for you and your family, please feel free to CONTACT ME or you can fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET! I hope to hear from ya real soon!

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Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney (Disney Springs)

Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, brings the magic of the Holidays to it’s guests by mesmerizing lights and decorations,a grand Christmas tree and plenty of Christmas cheer! You can also experience live entertainment that will only add to the spirit of the season! You can see performances such as:

  • Holiday Carolers

  • Latin, Jazz and Pop performances of some of your favorite Christmas songs.

  • Costumed stilt walkers and street performers

  • Holiday dance party with a D.J.

You can also visit Santa Claus himself! You can meet Santa and give him your Christmas list while you get your picture taken! Santa meets his guests in Santa’s Chalet located next to the World of Disney Store. After Christmas has passed and Santa goes home to rest until next season, you can meet with Santa Goofy!

Also, make sure to bring your Christmas lists with you while you’re shopping at Downtown Disney! There are various specialty shops that you won’t be able to find items elsewhere! Some of those shops include: World of Disney, Lego Imagination Center, Orlando Harley-Davidson, and Once Upon a Toy.

** Please be advised that Downtown Disney is in the process of being turned into Disney Springs. Some of the information on this post may change due to the construction going on during the holiday season. Please check back when it gets closer to the Holiday season to see if anything had changed! **

To find out more about what’s coming to Downtown Disney see my post Downtown Disney Excitement at Walt Disney World Resort!

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BOOK 2015 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL DINING PACKAGES TODAY!

The rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir fill the America Gardens Theater, and a special celebrity narrator takes the stage for a stirring retelling of the Christmas story as Candlelight Processional returns to Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort Nov 27-Dec. 30, 2015.

You and your family can enjoy guaranteed seating for this holiday tradition, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable).

Here’s a look at a few of the Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year (subject to change without notice):

  • TBD Nov. 27-29, 2015

  • Neil Patrick Harris Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2015

  • Whoopi Goldberg Dec. 4-5, 2015

  • Joe Morton Dec. 6-8, 2015

  • TBD Dec. 9-11, 2015

  • Meredith Vieira Dec. 12-14, 2015

  • TBD Dec.15-23, 2015

  • Edward James Olmos Dec. 24-26, 2015

  • TBD Dec. 27-28, 2015

  • Amy Grant Dec. 29-30

Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

Book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package for you and your family today by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visit Disneyworld.com/holidays. Don’t forget about using your local Travel Agent, ME! 

** To find out more information about where you can reserve dinner reservations at or get updated on celebrity narrators see the Walt Disney World Website for more details!**

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COMING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! MINNIE’S HOLIDAY DINE AT HOLLYWOOD & VINE DINNER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT!

Your and your family can celebrate the holiday season with Minnie and her friends during a festive dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner, which takes place select nights Nov.7, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, features Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Santa Goofy. (Characters are subject to change). With holiday-themed décor, food, music and activities this offering is the perfect spot for you and your family to deck the halls with family and friends.

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner is $46.99 for adults and $27.99 for children and is included on the Disney Dining Plan as one table-service entitlement!

You can enjoy reserved seating at Fantasmic! when you book Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine as part of the Fantasmic! Dining Package. The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine are now available through 407-WDW-DINE, online at Disneyworld.com/dine or your local Disney Travel Agent, ME!

Please note Disney Junor Play ‘n Dine will still take place during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine

If you are interested in booking a reservation for this ALL-NEW character dining experience, please feel free to CONTACT ME today! If you would like more information about all of the other Character Dining Locations that are available, click this think CHARACTER DINING LOCATIONS! If you are ready to Get The Magic Started, please fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET and I will get back with you shortly! I hope to hear from ya real soon! 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an annual event at the Magic Kingdom during the Holiday Season. It is a separately ticketed event, meaning only those that have purchased a ticket to the party will be allowed into the park from 7:00 pm until 12:00 am (midnight). You may enter the park at 4:00 pm on the evening that you are planning on attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which I would recommend in order to dodge the crowds that will be waiting in line to get into the event later that evening. Plus by getting to the park three hours before the event starts, you will be able to get something to get at one of the amazing restaurants inside the Magic Kingdom. (For a list of what restaurants are available with Disney’s Dining Plans, CLICK HERE.) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party festivities start when the “snow” starts to fall on Main Street U.S.A.!

While attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you will get to enjoy things like: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Firework Shows, Stage Shows at Cinderella Castle and Character Dance Parties!

There are so many things to see and do in the five hours that the party goes on. I would highly recommend that you have a plan of action for you and your family before you go so that you can make sure that you don’t miss out on your must see and do activities.

Make sure to allow for extra time to get your perfect viewing spot for “A Frozen Holiday Wish”, Celebrate the Season, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Celebrate the Magic and Holiday Wishes! These events take place at Cinderella Castle, so make sure to stake out a spot early in the Hub or along Main Street.

– Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade –

What is a Christmas party with Santa Claus? See Mickey along with plenty of your favorites parade through the Magic Kingdom on their Christmas themed floats and costumes! The parade ends with dancing reindeer and Santa Claus upon his sleigh! The parade starts in Frontierland and goes through Liberty Square and over the bridge where it circles around Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, then it heads down Main Street where it circles Town Square and ends next to Harmony Barbour Shop. You can catch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade twice every evening during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. My advice would be to plan on catching the first run of this parade at a spot where you can also see the Castle Stage Show, Celebrate the Season as well as the Firework Shows that are soon to follow the parade. Click the video below to get a preview of what you can expect from Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade! 

To find more videos like this check out the YouTube channel, Disney Parks.

– Celebrate the Season Castle Stage Show –

At this show Mickey presents Minnie with her Christmas present with the help from Goofy, Donald and the rest of the gang! This show is a great way to see all of the characters in their Christmas costumes without standing in line for a meet and greet. This show takes place on Cinderella Castle’s Stage.

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– Holiday Wishes! Celebrate the Spirit of the Seasons –

Just like the regular firework show Wishes! that is performed every night at the Magic Kingdom, Holiday Wishes! is narrated by Jiminy Cricket and features some traditional Christmas songs as well as original songs that go along with an amazing firework show! This is a definite must see if you are going to be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

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– A Frozen Holiday Wish –

This show features Anna and Elsa with appearances by Kristoff and Olaf. By using her powers Queen Elsa presents her gift to everyone in the Kingdom by turning Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the Holidays.

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– Celebrate the Magic-Holidays Edition –

This is the same Celebrate the Magic show that we have all come to know and love but with a few Holiday touches added to it. Watch the show to see if you can figure out what’s different!

– A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show –

This show takes place in Tomorrwland at Rockettower Plaza Stage. It features Buzz, Mike Wazowski and Stitch along with a host that sings some of your favorite Christmas songs. The host has asked Stitch to track down Stand Claus and get him to come to the show. Make some time to watch the show, you just might get to see Santa!

– Character Meet & Greets –

You can meet several rare characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You can also meet the Princesses along with their Princes at Princess Fairytale Hall where they will be dressed in their Christmas best! You can also meet with the usual regular characters where they will be dressed in their Christmas costumes as well.

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– Dance Parties –

There are two character Dance Parties that you can attend. One is in the Golden Horseshoe and it is called Holiday Hootenanny. The other is called Club Tinsel and it is located in Tomorrowland at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe’.

– Free Cookies & Hot Cocoa! –

At stations throughout the park, cast members will hand out complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. You have a choice between snicker doodle or chocolate chip and hot cocoa or apple juice.

– 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates & Ticket Prices –

November: 8, 10, 13, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29

December: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Ticket Prices: Adults $74-$82 Children ages 3-9 $69-$77

**If you would like to purchase tickets for this not to miss after-hours party, CONTACT ME today! The closer Christmas gets the faster these parties get all booked up!**

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a ticketed event just like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Being that it is a ticketed event means that only those that have purchased a ticket to the event will be allowed into the Magic Kingdom during the time and day that the event takes place. It may seem that it is very crowded at times because many of the guests attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be concentrated around the parades, fireworks and stage shows. You will just have to plan ahead and check out the Times Guide to make your experience the best that it can be.

** To find out more information about other Holiday Events, Parties & Festivals that take place at Walt Disney World, CLICK HERE.**

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