Review: Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016!

It’s time for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with Mickey at his own Very Merry Christmas Party!!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide

He’s throwing this festive bash on select nights at through December 22nd, and it’s one of my absolute favorite Magic Kingdom events EVER. I get excited just driving in and seeing the inflatable snow Mickey and Minnie over the park’s entrance gate and getting my Party wristband!

Magic Kingdom Entrance

Magic Kingdom Entrance

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party wristband

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party wristband

Mickey knows that part of being a great host — which he totally is! — is having plenty of festive eats for his many guests.

Decor at the Party

Decor at the Party

After all, you need some treats to keep your energy up when there’s so much to do, like watching Elsa light up Cinderella Castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish (which YOU can watch, too, on our DFB Facebook page).

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

And, of course, there are some majorly merry fireworks with Holiday Wishes (you can watch those on our Facebook page, too!)

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

I never miss the Toy Soldiers marching in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade!

Toy Soldiers During the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Toy Soldiers During the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Plus the party offers great chances to mingle with some Disney characters you may not regularly see.

Jack Skellington Sandy Claws character meet

Jack Skellington Sandy Claws character meet

Okay, Donald isn’t super hard to find… but Scrooge McDuck (he’s on the right) sure is!

Donald and Scrooge McDuck

Donald and Scrooge McDuck

And I totally dig the new show, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, with some old pals like the Three Caballeros and Clarabelle Cow.

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Not a must-see, exactly, but still very cute.

Oh… and don’t forget that there’s SHOPPING to do!!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party shirts

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party shirts

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party shirt design

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party shirt design

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Pins

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Limited Release Party Pins

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Passholder Pin

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Passholder Pin

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Passholder Pin

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Passholder Pin

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Pin

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Pin

Eats

Yep. All this… AND food! As always, there are plenty of extra snacks available for purchase — and we’ll be checking those out, too — but something unique to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are the Holiday Treats Cookie and Drink stations offering complimentary snacks included with your party admission.

Complimentary Treat Locations on Guide

Complimentary Treat Locations on Guide

Just keep an eye out for the light-up peppermint sticks to find the cookie locations as listed on the Party Guide.

Peppermint Stick leading to Treats at Pete's

Peppermint Stick leading to Treats at Pete’s

Complimentary Cookies and Beverages

New this year, though, are different varieties of cookies and drinks at each treat stop. SO fun!

Cookie and Beverage #1: If you’ve attended the party previously, then you’re likely familiar with the Snickerdoodle Cookies and Hot Cocoa that can be found at Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland and Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland.

Hot Cocoa and Snickerdoodles at Auntie Gravity's

Hot Cocoa and Snickerdoodles at Auntie Gravity’s

These are probably the best snickerdoodles I’ve ever had (super soft!), and the hot cocoa was kept at a not-too-hot temperature at most stops.

Hot Cocoa and Snickerdoodles

Hot Cocoa and Snickerdoodles

Cookie and Beverage #2: My favorite stop was Heritage House in Liberty Square, which had Ginger Molasses Cookies and Eggnog (non-spiked, but still delicious ;) ) on hand! I’m not even an eggnog fan and I was super impressed! And the ginger molasses cookies were amazing!! Here’s a TIP: Heritage House is a great stop to grab cookies before you watch the Christmas parade from Liberty Square!

Eggnog and Ginger Molasses Cookies

Eggnog and Ginger Molasses Cookies

Cookie and Beverage #3: My other top spot was The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland for the Peppermint Bark Cookies and hot cocoa. These are brand new to the party this year, and were basically chocolate chip cookies using peppermint bark instead of chocolate chips. Fun idea, and super delicious.

Cookie and Beverage Station at The Lunching Pad

Cookie and Beverage Station at The Lunching Pad

Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookies

Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookies

Cookie and Beverage #4: The Snowman Sugar Cookie is served with Spiced Apple Cider at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in New Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus. The apple cider was one of my favorite beverages this year!

Apple Cider, Snowman Sugar Cookie, and Enjoy Life Cookies

Apple Cider, Snowman Sugar Cookie, and Enjoy Life Cookies

And, as always, gluten-free and allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies are available throughout the party as well.

Enjoy Life Cookie Package

Enjoy Life Cookie Package

Cookie and Beverage #5: The Snowman sugar cookie also pops up at Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland, where he’s paired with blue raspberry Snow Cones!

Snow Cone and Sugar Cookies sign

Snow Cone and Sugar Cookies sign

Snowman Sugar Cookies and Snow Cone

Snowman Sugar Cookies and Snow Cone

And while they’re unique, the blue raspberry snow cones aren’t the best — they’re made of that super “grainy” ice, as opposed to a finer shaved ice. Still, it’s a fun idea, the kiddos will love ‘em, and hey… they’re free with admission, so you may as well grab one ;) !

Snow Cones

Snow Cones

Eats for Purchase

I am all for this new variety of free cookie goodness at the Party! But I also checked out the additional treats available for purchase, starting with an old favorite: the Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow.

Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae sign

Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae sign

This one used to be an offering at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but — much to my chagrin — it didn’t return to that event this year. So I was SUPER pumped to find out it was making a return at the Christmas Party.

Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae

Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sundae

And guess what? It’s even BETTER. This fragrant, warm, autumn-spiced waffle is now topped with hard-scooped vanilla ice cream (and sprinkled with cinnamon!), instead of the quick-melting soft serve of yore.

The Holiday Tree Cupcake has returned to Gaston’s Tavern.

Holiday Tree Cupcake

Holiday Tree Cupcake

This cupcake isn’t huge, and the bright green color of the buttercream frosting — though in keeping with the tree theme :) — can be a little off-putting.

Holiday Tree Cupcake

Holiday Tree Cupcake

But the base of this cake tastes great, and even unique due to the use of color to spice it up. (In the past we were told they used clove and star anise along with cinnamon to flavor the cake, but it honestly just tasted like vanilla to me this year. There was a slight peppermint flavor from the candy cane sprinkles on top.)

Overall, this was SUPER not worth the $5 pricetag.

Holiday Tree Cupcake

Holiday Tree Cupcake

Of course, more cupcakes are available at Main Street Bakery: the Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake and the Holiday Wish Cupcake.

Holiday Cupcake Sign

Holiday Cupcake Sign

Peppermint and Holiday Wish Cupcakes

Peppermint and Holiday Wish Cupcakes

And you can always stop by Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for a Holiday Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich or Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundae!

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Holiday sugar cookie for ice cream sandwiches

Holiday sugar cookie for ice cream sandwiches

Peppermint Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Peppermint Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Secret Cookie!

And speaking of cookies… there is also a “Secret” Cookie up for grabs this year! It’s a super-big, wrapped version of the Snowman Sugar Cookie.

Snowman Sugar Cookie

Snowman Sugar Cookie

You can find these on the trail to the right of Le Chapeau — they open it up to party-goers only in order to improve traffic flow before the party begins.

Now, I can’t guarantee that this will be part of your Party experience ;) , but on the night of my visit a few of the Cast Members handing them out looked suspiciously like…

Cast Members

Cast Members

SANTA CLAUS!! Coincidence?!? 

Santa Claus in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Santa Claus in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

I think not :)! After all, just leave it to Mickey to think through every last detail for his Merriest Party of the Year!

Are you attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Jean says

    Great review! I really enjoyed all the cookie and beverage varieties this year (with ginger molasses also being my favorite, along with the spiced cider). I probably took home about 2 dozen extra cookies that I’d collected! I was so stuffed from all the complimentary treats that I never managed to get a pumpkin ice cream waffle, though. That would’ve been so delicious. Also, on the night that I went, they weren’t handing out large snowman cookies in the backstage walkway; instead it was a plastic-wrapped, green Christmas tree shaped sugar cookie.

  2. Michelle P says

    The night I went, they weren’t offering the cookies on the walkway behind Main Street – but that might have been because we got there right at 4. Maybe once the party officially started they were there?

  3. Katie says

    I went with my parents to the Party a few weeks ago and we had a great time. I would say the snickerdoodles were my favorite cookie, I thought the ginger molasses had a funny, artificial flavor. The hot chocolate was the best drink we had. It was chocolatey but not too sweet and it was the absolute perfect temperature! The eggnog was good too!

  4. Nancy says

    I loved the variety of free treats this year! My favorite cookie was the Peppermint Bark Cookie. And it was great they had some cold drink options as well.

    “The night I went, they weren’t offering the cookies on the walkway behind Main Street – but that might have been because we got there right at 4. Maybe once the party officially started they were there?”
    Although you can enter the park at 4 PM, none of the free treat locations open until 7 PM. At least that’s what it was like the night that I went.

  5. Dawn Kidle says

    Does anyone know what there Sugar-Free alternatives would be? We have a diabetic in our party – He can have some sugar but too much would cause an issue.

  6. Susan says

    Hi. Could anyone tell me if you can buy eggnog cupcakes anywhere else besides Be Our Guest? Had one last year that was amazing, but don’t have reservations at Guest this year. Still wanting the cupcake! Thanks!

  7. Connie says

    I was just there for the party and Wow, the cookies!!! I was wondering if anyone knows how to make the peppermint Bark cookies from the Lunching Pad?

  8. Jacqueline says

    We got the green Christmas Tree cookies as well when we entered the backstage walkway to the right of Le Chapeau. We entered right at 4:00. They were delicious!

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