“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the excitement of a holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes–Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” during a special after-hours party inside the Magic Kingdom theme park. The jingle-jolly event also features live Disney character stage shows, like “Celebrate the Season,” Mickey’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Show and Fantasyland Pavilion Cotillion, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A. Plus, the most-popular Magic Kingdom attractions are open to party guests. For a quarter century Walt Disney World guests have been entertained and mesmerized by this time-honored tradition.

This season, Magic Kingdom there will be 18 evenings of holiday fun: November 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30 and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2008. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests with tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy the holiday splendor with lively stage shows and favorite holiday traditions.

Guests can enjoy festive surprises including an all-new Castle Light Show. Cinderella Castle is adorned with thousands of shimmering white lights, covering the turrets and towers like a glistening blanket of ice. The twinkling lights create an elegant wintry effect perfect for the seasonal celebration. Cinderella joins Mickey, Minnie and the gang for the nightly ceremony light show. Disney characters can also be found throughout the park in holiday garb for meet-and-greets. The dazzling “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” a memorable fireworks spectacle orchestrated to classic holiday melodies will be displayed nightly.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” celebrates the many festive moods of the holiday season, showcasing a series of holiday themes including a Friends and Family Christmastime Party, a sleigh ride through a Winter Wonderland, a romantic Fairy Tale Christmastime, a scrumptious display of Christmastime sweets, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus in a grand finale. And for longtime Disney Christmas parade fans: soldiers, snowflakes and dancing deer are all still in the parade. The parade features original music as well as both classic and current holiday tunes.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party comes with a winter-weather forecast guests can count on – a 100 percent chance of snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A every night. And just in case the sight causes a chill: complimentary hot cocoa and cookies are served. Many popular Magic Kingdom attractions are open to guests.

Admission to the party requires a separate ticket. Discounts are available for advance purchase of tickets. Be aware that many party nights sell out in advance.

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