Similarly to MNSSHP, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is a seasonal, additional ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that can strike fear in the hearts of Weight Watchers members because of all of the holiday goodies it has to offer! Here are my tips for surviving the event.
Avoid the free cookies. They aren't worth it!
You can get free cookies and hot chocolate at certain stations at the Magic Kingdom if you seek it out. I had the cookie in 2015 when I went before I was on Weight Watchers and honestly, the cookie tasted gross. It tasted really cheap, not like something you'd expect from Disney World, so don't waste your points on it just because it's free. The hot cocoa also isn't the greatest because they're churning out so much for no additional cost to guests so the quality isn't going to be super high. Don't waste your points on these!
Busy yourself with activities!
There are plenty of things to do during MVMCP that unwanted food distractions/temptations are easy to avoid.
The Christmas parade is an absolute must-see, as are the Holiday Wishes fireworks. Another show is the castle lighting ceremony - "A Frozen Holiday Wish" for 2015 and 2016 - where Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. The show featuring the characters from Frozen is cute even if you don't have kids, and the actual castle lighting in itself is a stunning sight. There's also a dance party with Pixar characters in Tomorrowland.
New to 2016 is "Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration," a show that happens on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. According to WDW's website:
"Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto are dropping by dressed in their Christmas best. Peter Pan is flying in from Never Land, Alice and the White Rabbit are hurrying over from Wonderland and Woody and Jessie from Toy Story are galloping in for this holiday ho ho hoedown. Plus, Snow White and Dopey, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket and many more surprise guests will be stopping by."
Character meet and greets
There are also some great character meet and greet opportunities, some of which only available to MVMCP. While Mickey and friends are out in some really cute holiday get up, the princesses are joined by their princes (a MVMCP exclusive and thus fairly high in demand), the Seven Dwarves (exclusive to MVMCP and the Halloween party, but for MVMCP they wear cute scarves), Jack Skellington in his Sandy Claws get up (exclusive to MVMCP), and many more who don't frequently show up. New to 2016, Nick and Judy from Zootopia will also be meeting. For a full list of characters, WDW Prep School lists them and their locations.
If you're worried about special sweets and don't want to spend the points on them, just skip out on them! As you can probably tell, there are so many activities going on - and that's not even including the rides that are normally open during the day that extend into party hours - that you'll likely be too busy to even think about finding time to grab a special event cupcake.
I personally would recommend finding spots for parades and shows fairly early, and getting in line for the more in-demand characters (like the Seven Dwarves, Jack Skellington, Santa, or some of the princes with the princesses) even earlier. As far as characters go, if you're interested in meeting Jack and/or the Dwarves, they always have the longest lines so it's recommended you get there before the 7 P.M. party start time so you don't waste party time on them. I'd also recommend trying to catch the later parade/show showings since it's usually got a lighter crowd.