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Watch Rusty Cutlass Pirate Band Play ‘Ahoy! To The World’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


There are dozens of holiday entertainment options here at the Walt Disney World Resort – from choirs to characters in costume, we have more choices than you could ever imagine!

One of the more creative holiday acts that can only be seen this time of year is Rusty Cutlass, the pirate band that entertains guests during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Here they are, bringing you a special performance of “Ahoy! To The World.”

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Very Merry Ad Campaign For Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 25th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Have you ever wondered what makes Mickey’s Christmas Party “very merry” and not just normal merry? Well, for the first time ever, the creative team here at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group found the answer.

The idea behind this year’s holiday campaign revolves all around the name of Mickey’s Christmas Party – which you can see in a new VERY merry logo and over-the-top merry scenes. Since the party is a classic Christmas party at Magic Kingdom Park, the style and tone of the campaign – from the hand-drawn logo to a traditional animated short – was inspired by the classic Disney shorts and vintage holiday greeting cards.

One of the most exciting pieces to work on was an original 30-second animation featuring Mickey and the gang getting ready for the very-est, merriest party of the year. The commercial was traditionally animated in the style of the Disney classic cartoons of the late 1930s and 1940s. The sound design was really fun, too. We love the narrator’s ‘Goofy How-To’ vibe and the character voices throughout. The soundtrack, a jazzy rendition of Jingle Bells, was also inspired by a 1940s big band and recorded by a live orchestra.

The entire campaign was sparked by a fun Christmas story that explains the origins of Mickey’s first Very Merry Christmas Party. The story is a great way to get your kids excited for the Christmas Party. And, even if you’re not going this year, it’s just really fun to ad-lib Donald Duck’s not-so-merry outbursts. You can download the full story by clicking the image below.

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You can also expect to see very merry billboards, banner ads, and hear radio spots leading up to the party, which is happening select nights now through December 20. (Tickets are on sale now at mickeyschristmasparty.com.)

And, since no Christmas would be complete without a gift or two, we made some very merry wallpapers just for our Disney Parks Blog readers. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download it.

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Have a VERY merry Christmas!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Tips for Beginners

posted on November 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The holiday season officially kicked off at Magic Kingdom Park last Friday, with the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties!
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In case you’re attending your first party this year, here are some tips on how you can make the merriest of the night!

It Requires a Separate Party Ticket
We get this question often, and yes, entry to the party requires a separate Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket (even if you’re visiting the park earlier in the day, the party requires a separate ticket). Here’s a tip – you may receive a discount on select party nights when you purchase tickets in advance. Buying tickets ahead of time is suggested, as some nights do sell out. Click here to learn more.

Your Party Ticket Allows Entry as Early as 4 p.m.
Get the biggest bang for your buck by using your party ticket to enter Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4 p.m. The holiday festivities don’t start until 7 p.m., so you could use this time to get through a few more attractions.

Grab a Special Event Map
The easiest way to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the holiday fun is to pick up a special event map on your way into the park. Special entertainment times, character greeting locations and more are listed there.

Wear “Glow With the Show” Ears
This year’s party entertainment will be enhanced for the first time with “Glow With the Show” ears. They’ll be used along with the Celebrate the Magic castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks. Ear hats can be purchased at locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park, or you can bring hats you previously purchased at other Disney Parks to wear – they will work.

Head to the Jingle Cruise
For the first time in park history, Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is undergoing a holiday transformation. Head to the attraction to see the skippers’ homemade holiday decor and hear their new seasonal jokes!

Meet Characters
Pick up an event map to keep tabs on special Disney character greeting opportunities throughout the park. And be on the lookout for Santa Claus in Town Square!

Don’t Forget the Free Cocoa & Cookies
Be sure to check out your event map for snack stations throughout the park that offer complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Healthy options are available upon request.

Do you have a great tip to share about attending the party? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 8th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s nothing like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to get you in the spirit of the season! Do you have plans to attend this year? If so, here are a few “must-have” items to add to your list of things to pick up during the event.

First, be sure to deck yourself and your family out in our Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas best, with special commemorative T-shirts and fleece.

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If you’re hoping for limited-release and limited-edition pins you’ve come to the right place. You will find some of Disney’s most beloved characters appearing as if they were in a snow globe.

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Look for a special tiered boxed set and framed set featuring the same pins, as well as two specially created completer limited edition pins. Wishing there was more? You’ve got it. Also releasing during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a jumbo trading pin.

Passholders don’t worry, we have you covered too. There will be a special limited edition holiday pin created just for you and featuring none other than Grumpy. Those of you hoping to add another ornament to your tree or ever growing collection, be sure to pick up this years dated piece.

Look for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise at Big Top Souvenirs, Emporium, Heritage House and Mickey’s Star Traders. Of course, if you are only looking for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party pins, Frontierland Trading Post is the place to be.

Not able to make it to the party this year? That’s okay! You’ll find select items including youth and adult T-shirts, a youth fleece and specially offered D-Tech on Demand iPhone 4 and 5 cases for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party online via www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents, November 12 – 17. Check out the D-Tech case below.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns To Magic Kingdom Park November 8

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Would you believe that we are only one week away from the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park?

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In case you aren’t familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park throughout November and December. Parties give you an opportunity to celebrate with snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A., Disney characters in holiday attire, and very special entertainment offerings, including Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Cinderella Castle Dream Lights. For the first time this year, the Celebrate the Magic! castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks will be enhanced with “Glow With The Show” ears – what an amazing sight this will be!

Also new for this year, attendees can experience Jingle Cruise, the first-ever holiday transformation of the Jungle Cruise attraction, which will feature seasonal decor, new holiday jokes and more. Party goers can also pick up a complimentary, event exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card that features Donald’s nephews. And when it comes to character greeting opportunities, look for Merida’s Fairytale Garden to stay open for parties this year.

This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to learn more.

What’s your favorite part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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‘Donald’s Nephews’ Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card To Be Released at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, and this season Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pick up the “gift” of an event-exclusive game card during party nights.

Huey, Dewey and Louie Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card To Be Released at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Just in case you’re new to the game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive game that allows guests join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are planning to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use spell cards to ruin a villain’s plan. The quest begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up complimentary key cards, spell cards and maps (additional cards can be purchased at select merchandise locations).

This year’s event-exclusive card features Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and players can use the card to engage Disney villains in a snowball fight.

This special event card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs. The card will be available at both the Magic Kingdom Firehouse and the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. Guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Are you ready for a virtual snowball fight? Share your excitement in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks Quick Hits: Resort Awards, Holiday Tickets and Wild Africa Trek Savings

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We wanted to begin the day with a few quick updates for Disney Parks Blog readers, including some wonderful news for many of our resorts.

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More than 30 resorts recently won the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. According to TripAdvisor, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on their site. Here are the lists of winners.

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Also, a quick reminder that tickets for fall special events taking place at Magic Kingdom Park are on sale, including tickets for this year’s Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom Offers Guests Up-Close Views of Some of the Park's Animals, Including Hippos

And if you’re looking for adventure this weekend, you can now get $50 off the price of Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when you book an experience for 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., now through October 26, 2013. To book, call 407-WDW-TOUR.

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Tickets Now Available for Not-So-Scary Halloween, Very Merry Christmas Parties

posted on May 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tickets for fall special events taking place at Magic Kingdom Park are now on sale, including tickets for this year’s Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.
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This year’s Night of Joy event will take place September 6-7, from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. nightly. The event features contemporary Christian rock, pop and gospel music, plus use of favorite Magic Kingdom Park attractions. This year’s lineup includes: MercyMe, Michael W. Smith/Steven Curtis Chapman, Skillet, Audio Adrenaline, Mandisa, For KING & COUNTRY, City Harbor, We As Human and Moriah Peters (September 6); and TobyMac, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Jamie Grace and Plumb (September 7). Single-day tickets start at $55 per person.
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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties return to the park September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29; October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; and November 1. From 7 p.m. to midnight, guests can enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the park, attractions, special Halloween-themed entertainment and much more.
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Then Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will take place November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22; and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Parties include special holiday-themed entertainment, including a parade and fireworks, Disney characters in holiday attire, and much more.

Ticket prices for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties vary per event date and if you purchase in advance or on the night of the event. For more details visit Walt Disney World Special Events & Tours. (Annual Passholders can call 407-560-PASS for additional information. Disney Vacation Club members can also call DVC Member Services at 800-800-9800.)

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What Does It Take to March in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park?

posted on November 19th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What does it take to be a marching toy soldier in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade?
A Hopeful Toy Soldier Practices for Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

Check out how one hopeful soldier aims to make his dream of performing in the parade come true with a lot of hard work, practice, and a wish or two.

 
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Unwrapping the Entertainment for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 9th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Tonight’s the night!

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It’s time for the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the season at Magic Kingdom Park, and nothing else puts me in the holiday spirit quite like it! All your favorites are back this year – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., “Celebrate the Season” at Cinderella Castle and the Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular in the skies surrounding the park.

Since its debut a few years ago, “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” has become another must-see for my family. We love seeing characters like Buzz Lightyear, Stitch and Mike Wazowski in the show and really enjoy the fun, modern twist on classic holiday tunes.

This year, the Creative Entertainment team is introducing a couple more modern elements that kids of all ages will be sure to enjoy. The popular dance party with Disney characters over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is getting a new look and a new name – Club Tinsel. And the Kringle Crew will be keeping everyone entertained on Main Street, U.S.A., while you’re waiting for the parade to arrive.

The Kringle Crew shows up with a “Ho! Ho! Ho!” calling all elves big and small to join them in the street and dance it out like Santa. They’ll teach you moves like the Candy Cane Twist, Hang the Tinsel, the Santa Shake and Drive the Sleigh, all to the tune of “Shake Santa Shake” by Zendaya, from the new Disney Channel Holiday Playlist album. The dance-along soon turns into a sing-along, and the next thing you know, it’s time for the parade.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is being held on 20 select nights between now and Dec. 21. I know my boys will be ready to show off their moves at Club Tinsel and jam with the Kringle Crew. How about you? I can’t wait to see them – and you – out there. Happy holidays!

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