It’s the Very Merriest time of the year, and Disney is in full celebration mode! The parks are beautifully decorated, the merchandise is popping up in the shops (and in my cart), and the After Hours event is in full swing! I attended the first Very Merriest event on November 8 and had an amazing time–much better than I was expecting, in fact! This year’s event is a bit more expensive than the traditional parties we’ve had before, and you may be wondering if it’s worth it. Grab your coffee and let’s break it down!
Very Merriest vs. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
So what makes this year’s Very Merriest different from past Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties? Honestly, not that much. The full Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is back (and let me tell you, seeing a full parade for the first time in over a year was an emotional experience!) I loved Minnie’s Holiday Wishes fireworks! It reminds me of the older firework shows which had more bang and fewer projections. Select restaurants still have cocoa and cookies, but this year, they only have a snickerdoodle cookie from Cheryl’s Cookies instead of a different treat at every stop. Characters are still out, although there aren’t as many as in years past. Most of the characters are wearing normal attire instead of festive holiday outfits, which was a little disappointing for me. I was especially excited to see snoap on Main Street again! This Florida girl loves snoap!
The crowd level at Very Merriest made for such a relaxing experience! I didn’t have to camp out for an hour to see the parade or shows. I got a great view just showing up ten minutes prior which gave me time to enjoy all the park had to offer. Wait times for the attractions were mostly 5-10 minutes all night long, and Jungle Cruise and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor both had holiday overlays.
Four specialty treats are available just for Very Merriest! I tried the Gingerbread Almond Cake Pop and the To Be Jolly Float. The cake pop was my favorite, and it’s highly Instagrammable! You could also purchase a Ginger Apple Funnel Cake and an Orange Bird Churro. And just like past After Hours events, soda, water, ice cream bars, and popcorn are all included in the ticket price! On your way out of the park, the Cast Members give you a peppermint marshmallow–a sweet little treat to mark the end of the night!
There is no specific merchandise for Very Merriest, but The Emporium and Star Traders are both open for shopping. The event map listed both places as having holiday merchandise, but due to supply issues, it was only in The Emporium. I must admit that I missed having a spirit jersey or mug to commemorate the night.
Ticket prices for this event start at $169. I really enjoyed this event, but it’s definitely a pricey add-on. If you have the extra money tucked away in your vacation account though, this is definitely where you want to spend it! Low crowds, fireworks, and the parade will fill your holiday season with festive fun!
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