Earlier in the month, I had the chance to check out this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! I had gone the past three years, so I knew what to expect. But this year, there were a surprising number of changes, mainly because of the amazing success of Frozen. We're going to mainly look at what was new this year.
Replacing the classic show, Cinderella's Holiday Wish, A Frozen Holiday Wish had the same concept, but unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. The experience of getting a spot for the show was tremendously crazy, and the show was not worth fighting the crowd by any means. People were laying on the ground and wouldn't move, which created an issue.
In the show, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf are visiting Cinderella Castle and decide that it should be decorated. Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf encourage Elsa to transform the castle to ice. At first, she respectfully refuses, stating that they are just visiting. But Anna insists, and eventually, in a painfully long projection montage, the castle is transformed. The end result is beautiful, as always. But, they could have made the show much better and definitely cut down the transformation.
For fans of Frozen, the show would probably be great. But compared to the original show, this is a huge let down. I hope Disney at least enhances the show next year, or brings back the original.
Another thing that was new for this year was the ability to meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington dressed in his Sandy Claus outfit. Being a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I had to check this out. I had wanted to meet him for the past few years at the Halloween Party, but the Christmas addition had me determined to meet him.
When I met him, he had just come out to begin meeting guests. He was hilarious, and ended up being one of the highlights of my party! He was interactive, and started playing with my camera to see how it worked, which made the meet-and-greet unique for me.
Returning this year, is Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. This parade has become a classic over the years, as well as one of Disney's longest parades. This year, however, it went through many changes.
The first change was that, of course, Frozen was in there. Anna and Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf all replaced previous floats. Anna and Elsa were riding in a horse-drawn carriage while Kristoff took the place of Chip and Dale and Olaf took the place of Donald and Daisy, and previously Scrooge McDuck.
Another change was the addition of Wreck-it Ralph and Veneloppe Von Schweets. They were also in the Boo to You parade at this year's Halloween Party. They are some of my favorite characters, and I'm glad to see them in the parade. I would rate this year's parade 9/10 stars.