Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Recap & Review


We missed VoicePlay, which was unfortunate since I’ve heard good things about them, and this was literally the one new piece of entertainment at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Now I guess we have to go back next year, right?!

Okay, now the 800-pound elephant in the room: A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. (I realize I mixed metaphors there, but this is such an important issue that it just needed to be done for dramatic emphasis.) Too many of you are probably thinking, “what’s that?” Well, only the greatest thing ever.

I love A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. Seriously. It’s not actually the greatest thing ever (there’s nary a dinosaur in sight, after all), but it is pretty awesome. There are probably only a handful of people in the world over the age of 8 who will admit to enjoying this show, and we are both among that handful. This is a show that has slowly won us over, and has attained must-do status at the Christmas Party for us. When it initially debuted several years ago, replacing Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas, we were both annoyed. Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas was an excellent, legitimately good show.

By contrast, when it was announced, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas sounded like it would be the Christmasified version of Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration, a show so atrocious that it was put out of its misery after only a month of performances.

To put that into perspective, Stitch’s Great Escape has been terrorizing Magic Kingdom guests for over a decade now, and that lame Tomorrowland dance party with a hashtag for a name is also still a thing. Against all odds, Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration managed to be worse than both.

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Thanks to its indirect predecessors, a lot of Disney fans–us included–carried a bias against A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas before even seeing the show. It took us a while to see A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas for what it is…and frankly, I’m still not entirely sure what that is…and appreciate its “brilliance.”

Our love for A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas falls somewhere between ironic and earnest love. The show probably doesn’t get a lot of love because its plot is incredibly basic, and doesn’t really explain why the first two dance numbers occur. If you can get past this, though, the show makes up for the flimsy story with two things: 1) the first and only true-to-character appearance of Stitch in any theme park, and 2) Zurg dancers.

Before there was Olaf, Stitch was the hot, similarly miscast, character who filled the “obnoxious and annoying” role in the parks because…well, I’m not really sure why there needs to be an annoying and obnoxious role. Prior to this show, every use of Stitch in the parks was obnoxious and annoying. The problem is, that’s not Stitch. If you’re going by the movie (a logical starting place), the actual character of Stitch is mischievous, yet innocent and endearing. This show nails his real personality as Stitch struggles to grasp the concept of Santa Claus.


Then there’s the dancing. The showdown between Buzz Lightyear and the Zurg Dancers is one of those things no words can do justice. It’s fun, crazy, and downright silly, but overall, enjoyable. Mike Wazowski’s dance number is not nearly as good, but still fun, with a number of corny jokes that are worth a chuckle.

In the end, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas is a lot like Stitch: endearing mischief. It never goes totally off the rails into awful or obnoxious territory, but it is not legitimately great, either. Rather, in not taking itself too seriously while offering some fun segments, it sneaks up on you and you end up loving it for all its good-natured ridiculousness and charm. I feel like the only thing that could make the show better is if Santa did appear in the show, but as Santa ALF, in a stirring finale featuring the lovable alien backed by a line of Rockettes dressed as cats. That type of absurdity would be a perfect fit, and really cement A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas’ status as a cult classic.

Whew, that’s a lot of words about A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, but this was what was running through my head as I gleefully watched the show to conclude Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that evening (perhaps I had a few too many cookies!). It seems relatively ignored by fans, so why not ramble on about it for 1,000 words or so?!


Overall, we had a great time at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It does go up in price each year, and the cost can undoubtedly be steep for families, but–minor quibbles aside–I think Walt Disney World puts on a worthwhile event with the Christmas Party. MVMCP has a lot of entertainment and a jolly holiday atmosphere, making for solid value for money even as the price increases, I think. Failing that, just eat your weight worth of snickerdoodle cookies!

You’ll notice that I don’t mention any rides–that’s because we didn’t do any. If you’re reading this in advance of attending your first Christmas Party, I implore you: don’t do any attractions during the party! If you must do attractions, do them from 4 p.m. (when you can first enter Magic Kingdom with the party ticket) until 6 p.m. After that, you need to eat (unless you plan on subsisting entirely on the ‘free’ party treats, a strategy that our blog wholeheartedly endorses) and line up for a character meet & greet before 7 p.m.

We didn’t do a single attraction during the party, and we still missed several things. Even at 100% efficiency, you cannot do all of the party-exclusive entertainment during a single party. This is strong slate of exclusive entertainment is a big part of why I’m a fan of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but honestly, I’d probably go even if I didn’t love the parade, fireworks, and shows thanks to that ambiance. Between MVMCP and the Osborne Lights (and in a different way, the lobby of Wilderness Lodge), this is about as close as you can get to real Christmas atmosphere in Florida.


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