Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing ways to splurge on your next Disney trip that won’t break the bank.
My family isn’t rich by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, we’ve been blessed and lucky to be able to get to Disney World consecutive years since 2009.
So, when we decided to go on a trip to Disney World in December of 2013, and knew that it would be decorated for Christmas we also chose to splurge and buy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets.
The night that we decided to do Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we started off at dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern with our dear friends, Melissa from Rolling With the Magic, and her husband. It was a great way to start the evening, and we had a scrumptious dinner before a long night at the Magic Kingdom park.
Probably my favorite part of the whole Christmas Party, was the fact that you could meet characters that weren’t always around in the parks. We got to stand in line to meet so many of them, and it fun to get them to sign our autograph books, and have a picture taken with them! Probably my favorite was meeting Flynn Rider, as I’ve been in love with him since the movie Tangled came out a few years ago!
It was so interesting to be able to meet the princes that went along with the princesses because that’s a rare occurrence when you’re just waiting to meet certain characters!
Another interesting set of characters we got to meet for the 7 Dwarfs. I had met them when I was 5 in 1999 but I’ve never seen them all together in one place since then!
I guess I am just young at heart – isn’t everyone at Disney? – because I just love to spend time meeting with characters, and could honestly just do that! Disney is pretty good about getting people that can easily play the part of the characters, and I’m always thrilled when they take the time to actually interact with you.
After we meet-and-greeted some of our favorite characters, we decided that we’d watch the parade. We watched by Peco’s Bills – right where the parade started. It was NOT the best location, and we said if we ever went back we’d try to see it somewhere different. *Note: we went this year, and were too tired to stay and watch the parade, so this is still something on our list of things to do! I want to see the Christmas parade from Main Street USA so that I can see the snow falling! :p There’s gotta be something magical about the snow falling when it’s warm!
A bunch of the restaurants are serving complimentary hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies, as well! You can go back for as much as you want! We stopped by quite a few of the restaurants for these snacks throughout the evening!
One of the highlights of the whole evening was getting to meet Captain Jack Sparrow. I had never met him before, and he was out when we were leaving the park, so we had to stop for a quick picture – and to get our autograph books signed!
While the price of the Christmas party is $67 per adult and $62 per child, I think that it’s well worth the money for what you get! The park is a lot emptier during the party, and you can walk on a bunch of the rides without much of a line at all. For instance, we only waited 10 minutes in line for Peter Pan’s Flight, instead of the normal 1.5-2 hour wait that it often has!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Reasonable Disney Trip Splurges Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Dessert Parties
- 2nd Stop – Ashely Aspires | Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- 3rd Stop – Disney Mamas | Walt Disney World Fireworks Cruises
- 4th Stop – Disney Nouns | Premium Merchandise
- 5th Stop – What’s the Point? | Candlelight Processional Dining Package