Friday, November 15, 2013

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

AKA Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Recap - Party 2 :)

This fabulousness needed its own post!!  And my profound thanks to the DisBroads own BRF and media queen, Bonnie, who provided some of these pics, since my phone crapped out on me.  Thanks Bonnie!!!

After the expo Friday, the DisBroads all headed over to the Magic Kingdom where we had tickets to this year's very first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP).  The park was officially open until 7pm and then the party started but with your special events ticket you could get in at 4pm.  We didn't quite get there that early but when we did arrive, the Magic Kingdom was decked for the holidays!



I felt like a little kid again.  Literally.  Walking down Main Street USA with all the Christmas decorations - I am pretty sure I let out a little squeal.



The decor is UNREAL.  When we walked in, the castle was still dark and a cast member told us that the show where the castle is lit was about to start, so we took a place up closer to the castle and watched.



Not-so-long story short - Mickey and Minnie call upon the Fairy Godmother to help them decorate the castle for the holidays.  The Fairy Godmother calls Cinderella and Prince Charming out to help.  It is HER castle, after all.



Panel by panel, the lights came up on the castle until the whole thing was glowing with Christmas lights.  When I ran the marathon back in January they still had the castle decorated with the lights but since the sun was already on the horizon they were kinda harder to see.  Seeing it at night, and on this night in particular, was SO much better and almost indescribable.





After that we decided that we should probably eat dinner.  Not all of the restaurants in the Magic Kingdom were open for service so we went over to Cosmic Ray's and were pleased to find that their audioanimatronic alien had been replaced with Club Tinsel and DJ Cane was rocking some tunes while we ate!



Chip and Dale, Goofy, and Pluto were there dancing too.  And, I'll admit that some of us DisBroads got out and shook our groove thing.

Don't believe me?  Here's proof.


Told ya.  And yes, I was already hydrating for the next day.  And yes, there is video out there.  But no, you're not seeing it.  At least not from me ;)

The restaurants that were not open with their full service were serving holiday treats, aka hot chocolate and cookies.  We stopped for a few of those too; they were VERY good!  There was even some Christmas caroling going on at Pinocchio Village Haus.  And we MAY or may not have sang with them...

One of the other highlights of the evening for me was walking through the new Fantasyland.  Most of it was still closed in January - I got to see the new Under the Sea:  Adventures of the Little Mermaid and even ventured into Gaston's Tavern and sat in his big chair.




Rides were open and there were not many long lines so we took advantage and went to the Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, which I have never been on and it was GREAT!  We also wanted to make sure we got to go on the Jungle  Jingle Cruise, which had received it's holiday makeover.  I really love that ride and the holiday version was just as neat.



After a few more rides we caught Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which was really awesome.  We secured a spot right next to Splash Mountain so we saw the parade from the very beginning (tip for any of the parades, they always start right there next to Splash Mountain in Frontierland, so avoid the crowds on Main Street and find a spot there to watch!)





Since I was carb-loading, I got to try the deliciousness that was the Nutella Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow.  Imagine a warm, Belgian waffle slathered in Nutella and topped with fresh bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.....OH yes.  Sadly, I do not have a picture of it.  But listen to me when I tell you it is one of the best things I have.ever.eaten.  And if you don't try one the next time you are at Disney World, we can no longer be friends.

And lastly, the night would not be complete without watching Holiday Wishes - on Main Street.  While drinking my Starbucks.  AND - it snowed.



We closed the park down that night.  It was a fantastic time and the only thing I can think of that would have made it better was if my fam had been there to experience it with me!  Oh well, maybe next year ;)

Next up:  Fun at Hollywood Studios and lunch at Kona Cafe!

QOTD:  Have you ever been to MVMCP?  What was your favorite part??