Ho, ho, ho, it’s here! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is here! And I went on the very first night so I could give you the scoop on all the holiday bites and sips!
The Magic Kingdom was bedecked in her absolute finest, Cinderella Castle was positively glowing, and there was more than enough merriment to go around!
Exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise
One of the fun things about a holiday party event at the Magic Kingdom is the party-specific gear! And I found lots of cool tee shirt options! This hooded dancing reindeer shirt seemed to be a favorite among guests.
He is very happy to be celebrating with Mickey.
And Mickey is very happy to be celebrating with Minnie! I love that this holiday shirt deviates from traditional red and green with this pretty mint color. So you can, you know, wear it all the time!
This dark green kids’ shirt has Mickey surrounded by gifts, as any kid on the nice list knows is the ideal thing to be surrounded by. :p
If you like to commemorate the major Disney events in your life by donning awesome Magic Bands, there’s a band for you! The year is clearly printed on it, and we love the little starbursts around the center icon. Note that it’s a limited edition of 3,000!
There are also Passholder-only party shirts and tons, tons, tons of pins! Collectors, get your wallets out!
I feel like I also have to get the Mickey and Minnie ornament. Because it’s so cute and understated. I love it!
But what about the food? Friends, there’s so much.
All Day Eats
So first up are treats you can get even if you’re not attending the party because these are available all the live-long day at counter service locations around the park! (Well, according to Disney they’re supposed to be…but tonight they didn’t put the peppermint cupcake out until 7PM.)
You might remember the Spider Mickey Cinnamon Bun that was available for the Halloween season (was that just a couple weeks ago?!). Well, the Mickey Cinnamon Bun is back — with a Christmas twist!
The bun, we’re happy to say, is great — sweet, cinnamon-y, and big enough to share. We do miss the chocolate spider web (that made the Halloween version!), but this one has a little more icing and a white chocolate snowflake, so we can live with it.
The Peppermint Cupcake is tasty and has terrific cooling action from the shard of white chocolate peppermint bark on top and the Peppermint Mousse Filling.
We love the texture of the bark, too, since it adds a little contrast to the otherwise soft cake — which is Red Velvet! — and Cream Cheese Frosting.
This cupcake was really, really good. Well, I’m not sure if it was really, really good out of context, but it was really, really good compared to a lot of the other Christmas Party eats… .
Peppermint fans will want to head to Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor or Storybook Treats for the Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae. It’s basically a mint chocolate chip sundae with a sprinkle of candy cane on top, so it’s maybe not the most inventive treat of the year. But if you want some ice cream, this is yummy.
Party Exclusive Treats: FREEEEEEEE!!! (with admission)
So there are two categories of treats available exclusively during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The first treats we want to share are complimentary to party guests — so find those Peppermint Stick Treat Markers, and load up on the free stuff!
In the past, these treats were the same across the board: snickerdoodles and hot cocoa for everyone! And while those are some good eats, we really appreciated when they party offered a variety of different treats all around the park last year.
If you really want the Snickerdoodles and Hot Cocoa, hit Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, where they’re serving these. Solid snack options, friends.
Nearby at Auntie Gravity’s, guests get a Santa Claus Cookie and a Snow Cone. We love an edible Santa as much as the next guy, so even though he was a little (lot) dry, he was still pleasant to munch on.
Pinocchio Village Haus is the spot for Apple Cider and a selection of cookies. I grabbed some Allergy-Friendly Cookies from Enjoy Life.
I also grabbed one of each of the other cookies offered here, which turned out to be all the cookies. So if you’re at the party and don’t want to spend time going from snack locale to snack locale, it might be worth it to stop at Pinocchio’s first.
We loved the Peppermint Crunch Cookie and rich Nestle Chocolate Milk available at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus. The chocolate milk satisfied the kid inside, while the peppermint crunch was, for the second year in a row, the cookie winner of the night!!
If you want some straight-up chocolate, you’ll find Dove Chocolates at Friar’s Nook, along with Sparkling Apple Cider. The creamy chocolates were simple but a nice departure from the several servings of cookies I ate. (Although let’s be honest: who stops at just two Dove Chocolates?)
For quintessential Christmas treats Egg Nog and Ginger Molasses Cookies, head to the Ticket Booth in Liberty Square. These were a great pair of treats, with the slightly spicy cookie contrasting well with creamy Eggnog.
Over in Adventureland at Tortuga Tavern, we tried the Sno-Cone and Snowman Soft Pretzel. The Pretzel was a decent portion size (especially considering everything else there is to eat at the party!).
Party Exclusive Treats: For Purchase
Now for the Exclusive Treats that’ll cost you a little extra. You’ll recall that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party absolutely slayed the treat game with four Haunted Mansion-inspired tarts. Yeah, those are pretty unforgettable. I was so happy that the Christmas Party pulled out all the stops!!
They’re served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Caramel Sauce, and Sprinkles. And they were actually pretty good! The flavor was really chocolatey, and they tasted great with the ice cream.
And I was relieved to discover that they were a lot less electric-red than they appeared in promo shots!
Sleepy Hollow also has a Sandy Claws Cake Push-Pop. (You might remember that we weren’t fans of the Jack Skellington Push-Pop version that was here during the Halloween Party.)
The Sandy Claws version was much more enjoyable. It’s comprised of Orange Vanilla Cake, Cranberry Cherry Mousse, White Crispy Pearls, Cream Cheese Buttercream, and holiday sprinkles. The fruity mousse was not at all like the icky panna cotta of the Halloween version, and the buttercream on top was yummy. He’s a winner!
At Main Street Bakery the yule log has a base of Flourless Chocolate Cake, a triangular log of Raspberry Mousse, White Chocolate Mousse, and Cassis Pate de Fruit (basically a sleeve of jellied fruit!). Yule log purists might want to think of this as a spin on a yule log. Or a fruit yule log.
It’s like a fruity cheesecake in terms of consistency, and it’s pretty good…but…unexpected. The tartness of the Raspberry Mousse balances well with the sweet White Chocolate Mousse. The Flourless Chocolate Cake was dense and rich, but it did combine well with the other flavors. The Pate de Fruit was super tart. It tasted great, but completely overpowered everything else in the mix. Prepare to pucker.
Peco Bill’s Yule Log has the same base of Flourless Chocolate Cake, a swirl of Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Ganache, and a Chip and Dale and Donald Duck White Chocolate Piece.
The exterior has a classic yule log look, with ribbed chocolate to mimic bark and a nice nob of marshmallow and chocolate for a stump. And the white chocolate character piece is so colorful and fun!
This yule log is a little more traditional with all the chocolate and the rolled cake/mousse, and it’s insanely chocolately!! If you’re not a HUGE chocolate lover, skip this one.
Over at Gaston’s Tavern, party-goers can purchase an Enchanted Christmas Belle Dessert (another gluten free option!).
It’s really lovely to look at — with the White Chocolate Belle seeming to dance atop her yellow, mirror-glazed dome.
Inside the dome is Flourless Chocolate Cake and White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse. These simple flavors should have worked, but while it wasn’t too peppermint-y, it left behind a weird aftertaste. This is a skip for us, unfortunately. I had NO desire to keep eating this one after the first bite.
Tinker Bell appeared in dessert form at Auntie Gravity’s on the first night of the party (she was erroneously delivered there instead of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, where guests will find her from now on!). DFB reader Rebecca grabbed a pic for us after Chef Robert went to get one for her!
Tink features layers of Chocolate Peppermint, Raspberry, and Dark Chocolate Mousses, as well as the Flourless Chocolate Cake!
Next up was the Eggnog Custard Dessert at Storybook Treats. This is simple enough: Eggnog Custard is topped with Spiced Chocolate Cake and Meringue.
OK, this was just…not worth it for me. The supposed eggnog custard itself was flavorless, and the ‘meringue’ was very whipped creamy.
The best part about it is the Scrooge McDuck Chocolate Coin. Seriously. Don’t bother with this dessert.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a fun and festive experience, and now that there are so many treats to try, it’s possible to spend the entire party trying them all! We definitely recommend prioritizing the desserts you want to try most — or delegating your friends and family members to gather them all!
You won’t want to miss the entertainment, including character meet and greets (some in their holiday best!). The Seven Dwarfs are a major party get — but the line grows at an exponential rate.
You’ll also want to catch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Holiday Wishes Spectacular, and special entertainment like the dance party Club Tinsel (where you can get jingly with it)!
And — of course — you’ll still have access to the Magic Kingdom’s rides and attractions! There’s so much holly jolly fun to be had!
If you want to know more about this year’s parties, we’ve gathered all the info you need! And if you want to know everything there is to know about the holidays at Walt Disney World, there’s a DFB Guide book for that!