MouseFest on land began with the bang of fireworks at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party last night! There was a special holiday version of Wishes with all of us "MouseFesters" meeting at the Rose Garden near the base of Cinderella Castle.
I began my day at MouseFest meeting Mike Scopa and other MouseFesters at the Dole Whip meet at the Magic Kingdom. I’ve never had pineapple soft serve before and found it to be…well….interesting. However, it wasn’t nearly as interesting as watching and chatting with everyone. I knew that a lot of the attendees are HUGE Disney fans and it was fun to see everyone dressed in their Disney best! There were pin collections and fun Christmas hats and a lot of not-so-hidden Mickeys.
In between the Dole Whip meet and the Hidden Mickey meet I attended next, my family and I jumped on Pirates of the Caribbean. We came off just in time to see a gathering of MouseFesters with patches on their eyes and practicing their best pirate ARGH!! This group headed onto Pirates with lyric sheets in hand and I heard later, had blast singing their way through the attraction!
My next stop was the Hidden Mickey Hunt where I discovered that I’m not the only one obsessed with finding those three circles in the attractions. We saw several very good ones including a set of Mickey Mouse ears made of hay in Mickey’s Toontown.
My family and I then headed to a few attractions and headed over to O’Hana for a wonderful meal. However, the grand finale of my evening was yet to come. The Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are special on a normal day. However, we were at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The special holiday edition was made even more wonderful by meeting what can only be described as an amazing turnout of MouseFesters. We sipped hot chocolate, ate sugar cookies and greeted each other so warmly that we didn’t even notice the chill in the night air.
And now I’m excited to see what day two of the land portion of MouseFest brings. I’m sure it will bring more smiles, laughs, hugs and good times…land ho…ho, ho!