Thursday, November 17, 2016

Universal Studios Day #2, Part #2 - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

So much happened on Day #2 of our trip that it needed two separate blog posts!  You can read part #1 of our day (in Universal) by clicking HERE

After we spent the day in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, we headed back to our hotel room around 3pm to change and head to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom!  This is a special party ticket!  The party officially starts at 7:00pm but with your ticket, you can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm!  

We took an Uber from the Cabana Bay Resort to the Polynesian Resort!  Uber is such an easy way to get around, but you cannot take it directly to the Magic Kingdom.  You either need to take it to one of the on property hotels or take it to the Ticket and Transportation Center.  We took it to the Polynesian because that is where we stayed last year, and John and I wanted a Dole Whip!  Otherwise, I would have taken it to the Contemporary since you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from that resort! 

Driving through the Walt Disney and Magic Kingdom gates! 



John at the Polynesian! 

Our friend Corey, who was in town on business, met us there! 

 Dole Whip!!! If you have never had one of these, you are seriously missing out!  I love the Pineapple and Vanilla swirl! 


We took the boat from the Polynesian to the Magic Kingdom and walked through the front gates.  They scan your ticket and give you a Christmas Party wristband! Cast Members check these wristbands throughout the night.

As soon as you walk in, you got a cookie!  You get lots more complimentary treats throughout the night as well! 



Our first stop was STARBUCKS!  At this point, no one should be surprised!  

Starbucks is good all the time, but it's the BEST in Disney! 


After our coffee, we rode so many rides!  This is the best thing about the Christmas Party - the entire park is open and there are very little wait times!  They have two times that you can see Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - one at 8:30pm and one at 11:00pm.  Almost everyone with little kids goes to the 8:30pm parade (and they start lining up on the street as early as 7:00pm to get a front row seat).  If you can stay late enough for the 11:00pm parade, you definitely should so that you can do tons of rides during the first parade time slot! 

Here are a list of the rides we were able to get on with a 15 minute or less wait:
Pirates of the Caribbean 
The Haunted Mansion
The Jungle Cruise (which they turn into the Jingle Cruise for Christmas)
Space Mountain
It's a Small World
Tomorrowland Speedway
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
Dumbo
The Barnstormer
Mad Tea Party

John got to carry the time card! 





John and I also waited to meet Disney's newest princess Elena of Avalor!  She was so sweet and friendly!  The girls will be very excited to meet her on our next trip!

We also stopped to eat treats along the way!  This year they are offering different treats at each stand! 
Peppermint Cookies and Hot Chocolate

 Sugar Cookies and a Snowcone

This is a list of all the complimentary treats around the park! 

Around 9:45pm we headed to the front of Cinderella's Castle so that we could view Holiday Wishes, a special fireworks display set to Christmas Music (what could be better than that?!?)! 


As soon as the fireworks are over, about 75% of the people head right for the gates!  This is the perfect time to grab a spot on Main Street and wait for the second parade that begins at 11:00pm!  

We grabbed a front row spot...right in front of Starbucks! 

How cute is this cupcake I ate while I was waiting?!?

Snow on Main Street! 

Little Bits of the PARADE! 












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