Sometimes, something sticks with you the whole year long, especially when it is rooted in Christmas. Dear to me and dear to most of my readers. Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” has a passage where Scrooge meets “the ghost of Christmas Present”, a spectacular scene that glorifies everything we cherish about the holiday. Truly Scrooge must have been astonished and taken aback. I relish the scene and know that every year, I can experience that same astonishment myself at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! No Bah Humbug here pilgrims… it’s a jaw dropping extravaganza projecting just about everything Scrooge ever saw when he first met the ghost of Christmas Present. Charles Dickens would be proud to see it himself.
No kidding, Walt Disney World pulls out all the stops with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. If you don’t have the spirit after this party, woe to you. It’s absolutely one of the most pleasing, beautiful presentations you will ever hope to see.
First comes the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade winding down Main Street and through the Magic Kingdom. What eye candy this is, and it is topped by the Magic Castle Lighting. Magnificent is the only word I can think of. What a beautiful sight, pardon the musical reflection. But, the whole celebration is devoted to traditional Christmas values, focused upon our first childish impressions, and you cannot possibly fault that, especially when you have a glass of eggnog next to your keyboard as I do at the moment. Eggnog or no, it’s great!
And, in keeping with Disney’s usual fashion, a Holiday Fireworks spectacular caps off the affair, and I do mean SPECTACULAR. The audience does not move; thousands of people are transfixed as the powder burns overhead in every color imaginable, seemingly without end. Disney routinely does fireworks every evening at the Magic Kingdom, but this night, they out-do themselves. If you love pyrotechnics, this was the place to be.
Throughout the Magic Kingdom you will find free cookies and hot cocoa available, gratis during this event.
You can enter the park as early as 4pm with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket even though the party doesn’t start until 7pm. Remaining dates on the Party schedule include:
December 15, 17 and 18
By the way, Disney Studios’ production of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” was the best version yet, and I have all of them on disk dating back to the 1930s.