Here’s the ultimate vegan guide to navigate Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
You’ve shelled out a pretty penny to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and you need to make the most of it. We’re here to cut down on the learning curve and make your visit a little bit more magical. We’ll show you where to grab all those yummy vegan treats, what’s new and what’s not to be missed.
Vegan Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs select evenings throughout the months of November and December. The party itself begins at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight however your party ticket will get you into Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m.
We entered early to take advantage of some of the natural light for photos. The days are extremely short this time of year and it gets dark around 5:30 p.m., so maximize your party experience by heading in as early as possible. Early entry also gave us the opportunity to fill our bellies with yummy vegan food before indulging in complementary sweet treats later in the evening.
Magic Kingdom has been leading the charge lately with plant-based options. Our first order of business was to head to Casey’s on the corner of Main Street U.S.A. for their Plant-based Slaw Dog and french fries. I can’t see myself going to Magic Kingdom and NOT indulging in one of these dogs. Every. Single. Time!
Then it was back out onto Main Street to snap some photos before we headed to the Fire Station, adjacent to City Hall which houses guest relations, to pick up our complementary Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom commemorative card. This makes for a nice souvenir to remember your evening by.
As day guests are filtering down Main Street U.S.A. and escorted to the exit, party guests are directed to the Main Street bypass on the right-hand side of town center. There are several “Christmas card worthy” photo opps in this exclusive area as well as your first opportunity for complementary cookies. Party goers are given a Mickey shortbread cookie while vegans and guests with allergies are gifted a bag of Enjoy Life cookies.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Entertainment
There are a few shows that will take place in front of Cinderella Castle during the party.
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is performed several times throughout the evening on the Castle Forecourt Stage (7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, 11:55pm). This character extravaganza features Mickey Mouse and friends enjoying a Christmas party with music, festivities and fun.
A Frozen Holiday Wish takes place just before the first parade at 8:15 pm and ushers in the lighting of Cinderella Castle.
New in 2019 is Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Fireworks Show at 10:00 pm. You are going to want to stand in front of Cinderella Castle for this one as the new show is more about castle projections then the fireworks.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is by far one of the lengthiest specialty productions that Walt Disney World puts on. The Christmas music is infectious, the parade floats pump out holiday scents into the air, there’s snow falling on Main Street and all of your favorite characters are dressed up in their holiday finery.
There was also a Photopass photographer wandering Main Street U.S.A. beforehand taking pics of guests as they awaited the arrival of the first parade float.
The parade runs twice per night (8:30pm and 11:00pm) so you can pick which viewing best fits your schedule or watch them both from different vantage points if you choose. It begins its journey in Frontierland next to Splash Mountain and ends at the foot of Main Street U.S.A.
Over at Storybook Circus you can get your groove on from 7:00pm to midnight with Disney Junior characters at the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam.
At Tomorrowland’s Rockettower Plaza Stage rock out to The Edge Effect (8:10pm, 9:00pm, 10:20pm, 11:10pm) featuring an a cappella holiday concert. And in between sets get down and boogie with Disney characters during A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas dance party at 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:45 pm and 11:35pm.
Also in Tomorrowland, Club Tinsel is hoppin with holiday elf’s and Santa’s reindeer inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Free Treats
Much like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is offering guests complementary treats. Here’s a complete list of where to find them.
You’ll find your Welcome Holiday Treat on the Main Street U.S.A. bypass when you first enter the park. Your guide map refers to this area as Market Street and it is only open until 8:00 pm. We were offered Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies here.
The Golden Oak Outpost is the only spot for cookies in Frontierland.
Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction was surving complementary vegan snowman pretzels and grape Fanta.
In years past these pretzels have been cold and kind of stale. This year we got a batch that tasted like it was fresh out of the oven. The pretzels were warm and fluffy.
Pirates of the Caribbean also has a festive exterior overlay so be sure and check that out.
You can also grab Enjoy Life cookies at the Adventureland treat station by the Jingle Cruise.
Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland was serving up bags of Enjoy Life cookies and grape Fanta.
You can find those vegan Snowman Pretzels in Fantasyland at Storybook Snack Carts as well.
Also in Fantasyland, look to Friar’s Nook for additional bags of cookies.
In Liberty Square, enjoy a hoedown in the streets with live country music artists and The Country Bears and then head into The Diamond Horseshoe to take in the gorgeous decorations as well as pick up bags of cookies or GoGo Squeeze Applesauce.
In Tomorrowland you’ll find cookies at The Lunching Pad.
At Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café you’ll find apple juice, cookies and GoGo Squeeze applesauce.
There are supplemental exclusive specialty Christmas treats for purchase during the party but none are vegan as-is.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party “Holiday Twist” Attractions
Five Magic Kingdom attractions receive a special holiday twist to them and they can be experienced during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
In Adventureland take a ride on the Jingle Cruise.
In Fantasyland holiday enhancements begin at nightfall on the Mad Tea Party teacups.
Tomorrowland’s Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor will crack you up with corny holiday puns. Also in Tomorrowland, take a ride on Space Mountain where the Christmas lights and music are pumpin’. I especially enjoyed this overlay because instead of riding in complete darkness, you can actually see the track while riding the attraction.
Strap in for a drive on the Tomorrowland Speedway where you can take in all of the festive Christmas lights and displays set along the track.
And just past the stroke of midnight it will be time to say goodbye to the Magic Kingdom.
…but not before snapping a few more photos…and taking advantage of those special “Magic Shots”.
For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates and pricing visit the official Walt Disney World website.
Special thanks to Disney for hosting us at the event for the purpose of collecting content for this guide.
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