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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Is Disney Christmas party worth a separate ticket?



disneycandycane.jpgWe asked our Disney mom, Suzannah DiMarzio, to fill us in on big Christmas party over at Disney World. Suzannah has her own blog,, and she's a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, so she's got it bad for the Mouse. But she always gets asked whether it's worth it to buy this separate ticket event. There are new character meets this year, she reports, Phineas & Ferb and Duffy the Disney Bear will be there to meet the kids. And Duffy is now appearing on the float in the parade with Mickey and Minnie. The holiday addition to Cinderella's Castle is what really lit up her eyes. The castle transforms right before your eyes, appearing as a giant gingerbread house, a gift wrapped in paper and bows, or as a giant candy cane.

Here's Suzannah's guide to a Disney Christmas:

I know the Halloween candy isn't even gone yet, but Christmas is already all around us if you venture into a Target, Starbucks, or of course, Walt Disney World. Not quite all of the holiday decor and magic that you'll find at the resort is completed yet, but the main park decorations, holiday music, merchandise and treats are ready to get even the humbug-iest among us into the spirit of the season. The holiday happenings at most of the parks are free to enjoy, but similar to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, November brings Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a separately ticketed event. Many people ask me if it's worth the price, especially those with annual passes that may not want to spend the extra cash. My answer is always a resounding yes. Here's why:

Minimal Crowds - You’re able to experience the Magic Kingdom with almost no crowds because it is a special event. You practically have the park to yourself until midnight! You also are able to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies at various locations throughout the Magic Kingdom (apples are also available). Who doesn't love free cookies and cocoa? On your way to the cookies, experience "snow" on Main Street. It's impossible not to smile.

Holiday Characters - The characters are out in their holiday costumes, and you’re able to get pictures of these rare sights. I patiently wait each year to see Donald Duck in his little lumber jack outfit looking adorable. This year Phineas and Ferb and Duffy the Disney Bear join the rest of the characters for the party. There are also special holiday stage shows, like the one in the castle forecourt and the one in Tomorrowland.

Fireworks and Castle Show
- In addition, you’ll get to see Holiday Wishes, the special edition of the fireworks spectacular only shown during the party. New this year, The Magic, The Memories, and You castle projection show that premiered back in January will have some holiday additions, including effects which make Cinderella Castle look like a giant gingerbread house.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - There are two separate showings of the special holiday parade with a Duffy float being added this year. The music is contagious, you’ll find yourself singing along in no time. (I actually have the song in my head as I type this... *whistles*) As several of the elaborate floats sail by, you can smell the scents of the season: pine trees, cookies, and more. Of course Santa Claus will close out the parade with his famous laugh filling the air. It truly makes the night, and you won't be able to see this parade outside of party nights until Christmas week.

Annual Passholder discounts are available on certain nights as well as pre-purchase discounts. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will take place Nov. 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30, Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18, 2011, from 7 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $51.95- $62.95, with discounts for advanced purchases and for pass holders. Visit

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