MNSSHP or MVMCP? by Laurie Schaerer

If you’ve been a Disney fan for any length of time, I bet these initials look familiar to you.  Wait. What?  You don’t know?  Well let me help you out.  These are two of the most popular events at Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  But which one should you plan your vacation for?  Let’s talk about them for a minute.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom is a treat for everyone.  You’ll see kids of all ages dressed up as their favorite Disney character.  The Villains get a chance to shine in the Mickey’s Boo to You Parade, as well as in Hallowishes.  There are pumpkins, and scarecrows, and silly spooks everywhere. Cookies, drinks and candy are free to everyone who attends.  This is a separate ticketed event, however, and the party runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Also during the time of year for MNSSHP, The International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT is also taking place.  There are so many wonderful and unique food and drink experiences from around the world.  If you are on Disney’s Plus Dining Plan, using Snack Credits for these tempting tastes is a great way to use them.  There are also plenty of culinary demonstrations to attend as well, some at no cost, and some requiring reservations and a fee.

Now for MVMCP: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also a separate ticketed event in Magic Kingdom, like MNSSHP, but with a quite different feeling.  You’ll hear Christmas Carols, and munch on hot chocolate and warm cookies. There’s even snow on Main Street.  Grab your place for Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade, then stay for Holiday Wishes.  The Characters are all dressed up in their holiday finest, and Christmas decorations abound.

Now, if you’re the house on the block that has the biggest and brightest Christmas display, you’ll definitely want to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights.  The millions of Christmas Lights are choreographed to familiar Christmas songs.  It’s truly amazing.  There’s even “snow”! Be on the lookout for Mulch, Sweat and Tears singing their version of your favorite Christmas tunes.

So, did I make the choice any easier for you?  Well, I know what to do…..how about planning a Walt Disney World vacation during the Fall Season 2015, then a Christmas vacation in 2016.  You can then decide for yourself.

Happy Deciding.

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