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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort

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It's time to celebrate the most glorious season of all, and what better place to make merry than in one of the most magical places on earth, Walt Disney World Resort? There's nothing like attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park to get you in the holiday spirit.

Snow falls softly on Main Street, U.S.A., as Magic Kingdom Park closes to all but event ticket holders to this special Party, held on select evenings through December 20. Even during the balmiest of Florida evenings, you'd swear Jack Frost was nipping at your nose as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, sparkling lights, and enchanting, life-sized wooden toy soldiers. Holiday cheer emanates from seven different refreshment areas, where cast members clad in candy-cane-striped aprons hand out complimentary holiday treats--steaming cups of hot chocolate, cinnamon-sugar Snickerdoodle cookies (with a sweet, buttery flavor), and apple slices.

Even Grumpy the dwarf might have to crack a smile at the sight of 200,000 white lights shining on Cinderella Castle, giving the effect of glittering icicles. The transformation of the Castle is what sugar plum dreams are made of and gives a hint of the wonders still in store for guests staying in Magic Kingdom Park for the Christmas Party.

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade features all your favorite Disney characters decked out in holiday finery, including Duffy the Disney Bear, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Chip and Dale, Goofy, and, of course, Mickey, with his perennial girlfriend, Minnie. There are also dancing gingerbread men, prancing elves, and high-stepping reindeer (with high-flying hooves that would put the Rockettes to shame), all making way for Santa Claus himself. "Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow" will find it hard to take their eyes off this parade, and so will their equally bedazzled parents.

Celebrate the Magic, a magnificent castle projection show, incorporates holiday themes along with clips from beloved Disney animated films. A festive finale showcases a gingerbread castle, candy canes, and gifts wrapped in fanciful Christmas packages. If you buy a pair of Glow with the Show ears, you can actually become part of the magic, your Mouse Ears pulsing with colors and lights in time to the projections!

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season is a breathtaking music and fireworks show, with a special live appearance by Tinkerbell the fairy, soaring into the sky. What could be more magical? And the spectacle is enhanced by Glow with the Show ears, lighting up in perfect sync with the pyrotechnic explosions.

What's Christmas without the music of the Nutcracker suite? In the Celebrate the Season show on Cinderella Castle Stage, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald bring Tchaikovsky's stirring ballet to life in a dazzling celebration of the holidays.

Don't miss riding the Jingle Cruise (a first-time-ever holiday-themed version of the Jungle Cruise) in Adventureland. The holly jolly decorations are delightful additions to the cruise, and the skippers plying those treacherous waterways have a boatload of new corny jokes sure to "sleigh" you.

During the Party there are plenty of special Disney Character Appearances (including those lovable-beyond-belief Seven Dwarfs), as well as Christmas shows and dance parties, like A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show and Club Tinsel, both in Tomorrowland. Perhaps the most heartwarming Character Dance Party takes place at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square--Woody's Hootin' Holiday Open House. Woody the gentle cowboy dances the night away with toddlers, parents and grandparents, never losing his friendly smile or gallant demeanor, a true personification of the Christmas spirit.

Although the Party kicks off at 7 p.m., guests with MVMCP tickets can enter the Park as early as 4 p.m., giving them plenty of chances to go on their favorite rides before the gala entertainment begins.

Once you've experienced a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, don't be surprised if you decide to make this event an annual tradition for your family. Truly, it's a one-of-a-kind, masterfully-executed extravaganza that could only have been engineered by Disney.

THE FINE PRINT

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event that takes place in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on select fall nights from November 8-December 20, 2013. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend. Purchase your tickets at the official Disney World site. For assistance with your WDW Resort visit, call (407) 939-5277.

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