|By Rebekah Coley|
Even before the Halloween candy has been eaten, many are ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! On that note, why not celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful place? In today’s article, Rebekah Coley discusses one of her favorite holiday celebrations in Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Specifically, she discusses the magic and wonder of the newest castle show called "Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration." Enjoy this glowing review as we continue to celebrate Christmas time the Disney way...
After years of admiring WDW Christmas traditions from afar, I finally made my own pilgrimage last year. Armed with holiday ears, a new Minnie sweater, and high expectations, I nearly ran through the park gates. I was not disappointed. I saw Main Street covered in glistening wreaths and tinsel. I heard Bing Crosby’s voice over the speakers. I ate fresh cookies and drank my weight in eggnog while watching snow fall… in Florida. The atmosphere was intoxicating for a Christmas enthusiast.
As per usual, I was focused on watching the special entertainment. Throughout the party I enjoyed the parade (twice), the fireworks, and the special character appearances. What truly won my heart though, was the brand new castle show. While my night was “productive”, I lost count of how many times I happily sat through “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration."
|The former Celebrate the Season stage show|
Its predecessor, “Celebrate the Season”, was certainly a lovely show, but even I suspected (based on recordings and testimonies) that the production had become a bit stale. Based on the success of the new Hocus Pocus castle show for MNSSHP (2015), someone at Disney entertainment saw another opportunity for an upgrade. Unlike past festive shows, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” strays from the traditional route, but still manages to fill hearts with holiday exhilaration. And this may be the greatest “gift” to receive at the party.
|Featuring castle projections, precise dancers, countless characters, and hopelessly catchy songs, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is delightful from start to finish.|
Featuring castle projections, precise dancers, countless characters, and hopelessly catchy songs, the show is delightful from start to finish. Admittedly, the storyline is simple. Mickey and his friends have planned a holiday party and as each guest arrives, a song-and-dance number occurs. (In addition to the ensemble, the characters are flanked by two talented soloists that enhance each song.) The irresistible playlist includes numbers such as, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, and “Feliz Navidad” (featuring a very spicy, salsa dance break). Personally, my favorite selection is the show’s finale piece, “It Feels Like Christmas”, from A Muppet Christmas Carol.
In many ways, the show is predictably good. Like many castle shows (especially the seasonal ones), the show elements are a cut above the rest. This one struck me differently though. This wasn’t just entertaining. This show is a glorious reminder of the season and our capacity to form friendships that truly feel like family. At random, I listen to the soundtrack and find myself reminiscing about dear friends and family … even the ones who have no interest in WDW and are unlikely to ever enjoy this show with me. This show reminds me that Christmas isn’t the time to focus on differences. It’s the time to focus on love.
With that being said, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” is a yuletide gem that will be enchanting guests for years to come. This is one you won't want to miss folks. If you aren't able to make it to the Magic Kingdom this year we got you covered. Below you can watch the full show that is sure to get you in that magical, Disney Christmas spirit. Happy Holidays...
(For your viewing pleasure, be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player located above prior to playing the video below if you are on a desktop computer.)
Rebekah Coley is a Pittsburgh native who has been obsessing over Disney films (and the corporation in general) for her entire life. Starting with a childhood of constantly dressing up in princess costumes, memorizing songs, and watching the newest Disney VHS tapes on repeat, her love and passion for Disney magic has not faded over time.
In addition to loving the most popular Disney movies, Rebekah has a soft spot for underrated works that didn’t receive the same fanfare (e.g. A Goofy Movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.) It is a passion of hers to remind other fans of their existence and excellence.
By day, Rebekah works in professional development and holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management from Point Park University. By night, she performs in community theater musicals, reads and exercises compulsively, and strives to stay on top of any Disney-related news. As a lover of entertainment, Rebekah’s blogs focus on reviewing Disney’s theme park productions, stage adaptations, films, and books.
You can find additional examples of Rebekah’s work on her personal blog- https://toeachhisownblog.wordpress.com/.
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