Day 8, Part 3: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party & Wishes Dessert Party with the Roots!

Continuing the “experience double-dipping” caused by D23’s failure to release info about Magic & Merriment in a timely fashion, that evening I went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the second time in 48 hours. However, proving that there’s always something new to do at Disney, I had a very different experience.

I’d been looking forward to seeing the party through Jensey’s eyes, since Christmas is her favorite holiday. Also, she had very kindly agreed to give up some of our party time to try out the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party, and in return, I spent the rest of the party camped out with her, Nate, and her sister, Amelia, to watch Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade from her favorite spot.

It was a Tuesday night, but the place was PACKED—further proof that hard-ticketed events at Disney theme parks may actually be more crowded than a regular night. I can’t get over how Disney trumpets the “exclusivity” of these things as justification of the high price when they are cramming people in like sardines.

At first we were all trying so hard to be polite and considerate of the others that we couldn’t really decide what to do and just sorta wandered around taking it all in.

Inside Columbia Harbor House, where we decided not to eat

Eventually I decided to “What Would Patrick Do?” and put forth more decisive opinions about what we could do. This resulted in a ride on Haunted Mansion—hooray!


And then things went horribly wrong and we ended up in the heinously crowded and noisy Cosmic Rays for this nutritious dinner:

The view was nice, though!

After dinner we staggered into Tomorrowland to be overwhelmed by this preternaturally perky stage show.

And then we went on the Peoplemover!

…Really FAST!

This is the point when we hooked up with Jensey’s sister (I know… I thought we started out with her too!), as well as fellow Root Disney bride Jennifer and her husband, Dan, and all went on Buzz Lightyear together.

It was nice to have Amelia as my ride buddy, and she even gave me pointers on which were the high-scoring targets!

Let's pretend like this was my score…

As we got off the ride, Amelia (who WORKS at Walt Disney World) revealed that she had never been on Stitch’s Great Escape—whaaaaa???? So of course we then whisked her off to experience that great nadir of WDI creativity.

As I recall, Amelia declared it not too shabby, which induced lots of ribbing from the rest of us. Fortunately there was no time for a re-ride because we were due at the Tomorrowland Terrace for the Wishes Dessert Party. I’d had to shoehorn it into our packed schedule on an MVMCP night because it was the only time that worked for us. I think we all would rather have been on Main Street to see the fireworks, but it was interesting getting this close-but-off-center perspective on them. Oh, and there were desserts…


The Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party experience was… interesting. If I’d been there on my own, I’d have been the nerd forming a line at the entrance an hour before the place opened. But since we were all just out enjoying the party together as a group, we ended up getting there right before it opened and were last in line. It was a free-for-all, with people dashing around trying to secure the best tables, all of which were crammed SO close together you could barely maneuver. The desserts were sporadically replenished and we all got to go back for seconds, but… I guess I should know by now what to expect from Disney: dry, leaden brownies; “peanut butter chocolate” tarts with just a dab of peanut butter on top; cold, flavorless “chocolate lava” cakes; bland mousse… maybe the fruit desserts were good, though—I wouldn’t know! Oh, and I liked the supermarket-style mini cupcakes cuz I’m into that kind of thing, and the chocolate cheesecakes were good cuz they didn’t actually taste like cheesecake! Plus they had milk to go with everything, which was nice.

I found some iPhone pix I took that show more of the layout of the dessert party, along with some of the dud desserts…



The best part, of course, is the view. As I said, it’s definitely off-center, but you are SO close to the fireworks! I’d never really seen Tink before that night. Here’s what the view looks like from Tomorrowland Terrace:

These next 2 shots would be funny as a slideshow…

Looks like they blew off the top of the castle!


And then… the Apocalypse!

Yep, they definitely blew the top off the castle!


Up Next: Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade & Slumber Party at Bay Lake Tower!

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6 Responses
  • Hope
    December 21, 2011

    So what exactly is so special about the MVMCP? Is it just an exclusive fireworks show and parade or is the same thing you see on a regular night at the park? Is it worth the extra expense?

    • lurkyloo
      December 22, 2011

      I think people who like characters like it because more of them are out for photo ops, and in the stage show. And I think maybe they have dance parties? Also, you get free watery hot chocolate and crumbly cookies—that’s gotta be worth $65, right? Apparently in the early days the parties had way more value, like a commemorative gift, more exclusive merchandise, and crowds that were actually smaller than on a regular day in the parks. But as you said, now it boils down to a fireworks show and a parade, and I don’t think I’d spend the money to see either of them again.

      • Hope
        December 22, 2011

        So it’s like the Halloween Party out here then. It does sound cool but not $65 cool. :/

  • Claire
    March 14, 2011

    some of my favourite Roots photos ever

    • lurkyloo
      March 14, 2011

      Totally! I mean, Roots + Christmas… what could be bad?

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