Mickeys Very MERRY Christmas Party – Disney World

Thinking about visiting Disney World over the Holidays? Wondering if the Christmas Party is right for you? READ on…

Hey fans, as I know its TOO early to talk Christmas, in Disney terms…its not. Welcome to Christmas in July where we discuss the Holidays 6 months early. I am, of course, referring to the Holiday Party – Mickeys Very MERRY Christmas Party. It happens every Nov/Dec and is the BEST way to bring on your Christmas Spirit or is it?

Mickey’s Very MERRY Christmas Party
IS it RIGHT for me:

Deciding to do or not to do the Holiday party, either Holiday Party, is a common question and its usually something I discuss on a case by case basis. Families with young kids, people who sleep early, people who have an already active trip might want to think carefully about this. People who love late nights, who have a few extra $$…this is definitely a good option.

What IS the Party:

In basic terms, the party is ringing in the Holiday season with Disney cheer. Parades, Fireworks, Holiday dressed Characters, Holiday music and Dance Parties, Holiday treats, Hot Chocolate and Rides. Don’t forget that the rides are also open. AND…if in the right spot, it will snow on Main Street as Santa joins the parade towards the finale. Nothing beats snow in the Magic Kingdom 🙂 WATCH the PARADE live…

The Skinny:

The party usually starts at 7pm and runs until Midnight or so. General guests get kicked out (ok escorted out) at 6pm, which gives Party people 1 hour to roam the parks with only other party guests. Each party guest is given a special wristband and you are welcomed by Holiday clad Cast Members with Cookies and Treats. Lots of photo opportunities with backdrops, characters and decor. NOTE: Think your Holiday Card. Many comes dressed to celebrate; some in matching outfits, some in Holiday PJs and some with festive sweaters and Mouse Ears. Its a LONG, LATE Magical Night.

Is it Worth the Price:

So its no secret, this party is $$$, easily about $100+ per person. But the answer is YES, YES its worth the cost. But its only worth it, if you will enjoy it. If you aren’t dragging tired kids along. If you aren’t being a Grinch yourself due to the long park day you have already encountered. I mention the negative side as I have seen some things, let me tell you. Not everyone is in the Christmas Spirit and that goes for the kids and some adults. BUT if you are looking for a way to ring in the Holidays, LOVE parades and Disney Characters…then this could be the party for you.

Like I said, I help my clients with this, and other concerns/questions on a case by case basis. Only you can determine if this is the right fit for your family and your pocketbook. It was YEARS before I took my own kids as I wanted them to get the FULL enjoyment out of the party. But once my daughter saw it, she made it to about 10:30 and LOVED it. She always asks to do it again.

Hope this helped. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

Mickeys Toontown RIDES at Disneyland

Thinking about Disney? Wondering between World or Land? READ and LEARN about Toontown Rides, a Disneyland exclusive.

Hey guys, thought I would switch gears and head back to Disneyland. After the recent events at Toontown, I though I would share some HAPPY times in this area. Did you know Mickeys Toontown is a kids, little kids, playgound? But adults have just as much fun with 2 coaster/rides and a 3rd ride coming in the near future.

Mickey’s Toontown – Disneyland
Little Kids:

So Toontown is FILLED with stuff for kids, but the toddlers too. The land has a few playground areas with playhouses that kids can explore. Kids can go down slides, climb stairs, sit in Mickey’s furniture and try to drive Goofy’s car. Many of the areas are interactive too, so be sure to give plenty of time to explore. PLUS, it gets all the wiggles out. For a kid, this is a MUST!

Bigger Kids and Kids at Heart:

Along with the kiddie stuff, there is a coaster and a car spin ride to enjoy. Bigger kids can also explore the houses and relive childhood dreams. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Mickey’s House and Donald’s Boat. Plenty of photo ops and snacks too. We had to wait a few times for adults to finish taking selfies so we could do the same, lol. Its a good time for all and definatly not just for kids.

Location:

This land is located at Disneyland Park as I mentioned. Its in what I call the back end or far end of Fantasyland. Its located next to It’s A Small World and is basically straight back from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Mickeys Toontown even has its own stop on the Disneyland Railroad and might have different operating hours from the rest of the park. It does fill up fast, so try to go early OR as I say, get in, then get out, lol

RIDES:

As mentioned, there are 2 rides currently in Toontown. A 3rd has been mentioned, a Mickey & Minnie Railway Ride (Exact or Similar to the one designed for WDW). But the 2 current rides are Gadgets GO Coaster, a family roller coaster, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The coaster is a coaster, just on a smaller scale. But Roger Rabbit’s spin is a Disney “dark” ride that spins. I am gonna compare it to Mr’s Toads but MORE wild, lol. SEE my RIDE Video. And its a Fastpass Ride as well.

Overall I wouldn’t personally call it a MUST unless you have little ones that NEED to run, but I would say to do it. After years of passing it by, since I got plenty of exposure to it when I was younger…It is a fun area to explore. Even as an adult, I enjoyed reliving some childhood magic. We go back next month and its on the list, again. We want to explore it further, as a fastpass cut our time short before. So give it a try, Mickeys Toontown is worth the time to explore and release some energy!!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

Sweet Treats & Mickey Dessert – Disney Cruise

Thinking about a Disney Cruise? Wondering if you can get Mickey shaped Desserts? READ this review…

Hi guys, Its hot out and I am remembering the yummy ice cream sundae I enjoyed on my recent Disney Cruise. I know many people LOVE the fun desserts they have in the parks and wonder if the cruises do too. Well I am here to report, they do!! 2 of the 4 ships actually have Disney themed sweet shops on board to fill that Mickey shaped void. READ this Dessert Review.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats
Disney Dream:

My most recent cruise adventure was on the Disney Dream. The Dream is a fabulous ship with a hidden sweet shop, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats. Yep, as in Wreck it Ralph. This cute little gem is all decked out with King Candy, Vanellope’s Go Cart and lots and lots of sugar filled goodness. Ice Cream, Ice cream concoctions, Mickey shaped cupcakes, cookies, oh my and other sweet treats. A life sized candy Go Cart is in the shop for your perfect Instagram pics. And I must add, I found the sweetest Cast Member working behind the counter.

Disney Fantasy:

I cruised on the Fantasy just a few months back and found a very similar Sweet Shop on board – Sweet On You. This very cute confectionery is decorated with Minnie and Mickey. A sculpture (if you will) of Minnie and Mickey sharing an ice cream treat while seated in old fashioned patio furniture is featured in the shop. The treats sold are very similar, if not the same as the Disney Dream. Several pre-packaged options were also in the shops, like they do in the parks. The dark chocolate covered pretzels are a fave. Now if only they can sell the Soft Mickey Pretzels, yum!!

The Skinny:

The shops described above are extra, meaning the cost is not included in the cruise fare. But this didn’t stop me, nor did it stop all the other cruise guests. Every time I walked past these shops, business was hopping. Guests just can’t get enough of their favorite sweet Mickey shaped goodness. Of course for those that are watching your pennies you can always get the unlimited Dairy FULL soft serve as well as order Mickey Premium Ice Cream bar from Room Service.

Food Allergies/Vegan:

If you are allergic to dairy and/or are vegan…both of the shops had options for us. I was able to score yummy Chocolate Ice Cream on BOTH ships and the Dream had a few extra flavors I didn’t remember the Fantasy having. So I was able to score a frozen vegan treat like all the other guests. And, although not guaranteed, I was able to get SAFE vegan ice cream with a clean spoon and scoops from a safe container. The Cast Member did give me the usual CC warnings, so be cautious and ask questions.

The other ships:

The Disney Magic and Wonder do NOT currently have these yummy additions to the ships but don’t you worry. The buffets are FILLED with sweet treats and so are the dinner menus. They also sell Dole Whips on board now, so that’s a HUGE plus. If you have food allergies, I help my clients with this so you too can have yummy treats. I have enjoyed many cookies, brownies and most recently a strawberry shortcake with my allergies.

I hope this helped you either get excited about your up-coming cruise or perhaps makes you want to book one, which I can help with. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina