It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! It may not be Thanksgiving (just yet… a few more hours to go!), but Christmas is in full swing at Walt Disney World! And I was beyond excited to visit during this magical holiday season, just over a week ago. I hadn’t visiting during Christmas in quite some time, so this was pretty special! And I couldn’t possibly visit Walt Disney World at Christmas without attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I was so excited and counting down every minute, and it did not disappoint. I was ready to take it all in – the snow, the music, the cookies, the hot chocolate! YUM!!
When Disney announced a while back that they were going to add another dessert party to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP), I must admit, I thought another one?? There are already two fireworks dessert party’s during the event (Holiday Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party and Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party). After reading more about the newest edition to the dessert party lineup, I realized this one was a little different, and I decided to attend to experience it. But let’s be real here and address what most would want to know, there is an additional (and somewhat high) cost involved. Tony’s Merriest Town Square Party cost an additional $99 per person ($105 with tax) on top of the MVMCP party ticket that you purchase – cost for that varies depending the night you attend. For me, all in all, it cost $210 for the evening. So you wonder… is it worth it? Let’s find out!
It’s been a very, very long time since I visited Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, I’m talking years! I generally opt for other table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, so I don’t often get to Tony’s. With that said, I was looking forward to experiencing it again in a whole new way.
My best friend and I entered Magic Kingdom around 5:00PM for MVMCP. We were immediately ushered to the walkway behind Main Street U.S.A. where the party was already rocking! Since it’s been a while since we had attended a MVMCP we were most excited for the new PhotoPass opportunities, the parade, visiting as many attractions as possible, and of course Tony’s!
After running around Magic Kingdom enjoying the Christmas Party, we entered Tony’s around 9:20PM. The staff was extremely friendly and excited to see us! We were provided wristbands and walked into the main room where we were greeted by even more friendly-faced, super happy staff. They showed us the main buffet table, the wine/beer bar, the varied cheese/meats table and the dessert table. They explained we could eat as much as we wanted, come and go as we please, and make ourselves feel at home. We could sit wherever we wanted (inside or outside), so we chose a table outside to watch as Guests walked by in the town square. The beautiful Main Street U.S.A. tree was in perfect view!
The food was hot and plentiful, and continuously refreshed throughout the evening all the way up until closing time at 12:30AM. I will caution that the majority of the main buffet options were fried, so if that may be an issue for you, this might not be the right option for you. I admit, I need to watch my fried food intake, so I was cautious with how much I ate! The meat/cheese display and array was fantastic, as were the desserts. No complaints there! The wine/beer bar had very nice options, enough of a variety to satisfy any palate. Considering alcohol is not an option in Magic Kingdom unless you are dining at a Table Service restaurant, it was a nice treat to be able to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the hustle and bustle!
The selection was bountiful at the various table locations set up throughout Tony’s, offerings a wide variety of options. Here is a list of all of the choices on the evening I attended. I assume this is the standard menu on party nights:
Main Buffet Table:
- Meatballs in marinara
- Beef empanada bites
- Slices of pizza (cheese, pepperoni, and veggie)
- Smoked chicken and leek in puff pastry
- Boursin cheese-stuffed artichokes
- Cured meats (mortadella, capocollo, and salami)
- Cheeses (gorgonzola, parmesan, cheddar, colby jack, brie, and swiss)
- Bite-size tiramisu
- Pumpkin tartlets
- Slices of yule log cake
- Red velvet cupcakes
- White Wine: Pinot Grigio or Soave Classico
- Red Wine: Valpolicella or Chianti
- Beer: Peroni or Moretti
- Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
- Coffee or Hot Chocolate with Whip Cream and Crushed Peppermint
I think though the absolute highlight of the evening, above all else, was meeting Tony himself at the event. We haven’t seen the likes of his character in quite some time (if ever!), and it was an awesome experience. He was funny, entertaining, jovial! He made his way around from table to table talking to everyone, telling jokes and causing shenanigans. He was hysterical and the life of the party! Be careful what you say, he may yell it out loud and try to embarrass you! It’s all in good fun, and added to the merriment of the evening! While I personally didn’t eat a lot of the food (because most of it was fried), without a doubt the entertainment was worth the price of admission!
Having a reserved spot for the 11:00PM viewing of the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade was also fabulous! We wandered out of Tony’s around 10:50PM and had plenty of room to sit on the curb and wait. The reserved section was a prime spot for the parade! And for that, also worth the price of admission. Normally on MVMCP nights, depending on the crowds, you have to save your seat for up to 2 hours ahead of the parade time to guarantee yourself a good spot. Having the priority seating/viewing at the later parade frees up your time to do other things! There is so much to do at the party (and at the party within the party), that it was nice not to have to spend time just waiting.
If I could call out two mistakes I made that I would be sure not to do again, it would be the following:
- First, when the fireworks started at 10:00PM, we were 20 minutes into drinking a glass of wine and eating, and didn’t want to get up to run onto Main Street U.S.A. If I had to do it again, I would get up. The food, the drinks, etc. aren’t going anywhere! That is the beauty of this event, it’s from 9:30PM-12:30AM and you can come and go. You aren’t tethered to your seat!
- Second, I would have wandered out sooner to claim my spot for the parade. While the whole reserved section is great and you really can’t go wrong anywhere you sit, in hindsight, I would have liked to have been more centered to view the parade coming down Main Street U.S.A. with the Castle in the background! I was sitting on the curb directly facing Tony’s Restaurant. There was also a bright light atop the Main Street Confectionery building that made it difficult to take pictures in that direction. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t sit there. Just my personal recommendation.
All in all, I would recommend this to any family. I think it’s worth to try at least once. I know it’s pricey and it adds up very quickly, but the experience and laughs you walk away with are priceless and ones you will remember for a lifetime. My best friend and I laughed the entire trip back to the hotel reliving the moments from the evening. Disney is all about creating memories and experiences for every family, and even though this one comes with a price tag, I think it’s worth it!
Reviewed Holidays 2018