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Old 11-15-2012, 11:15 PM   #316
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Just back from tonight's party. Sold out so wall to wall people with not much room to move and groove! Those crowds are just insane.

Line for 7 Dwarfs was about 2 hours long. Even longer than that was the line for Cinderella, Prince and evil stepsisters and step mom all together. They were in front of new Fantasyland. I don't understand why people will spend so many hours waiting for these photo ops, missing the majority of the party???

I don't think we got enough value for what it costs. I'm glad we did it and had e experience. We've done the Halloween party, enjoyed it but once is enough. Crowds for the parade make it tough to really enjoy. Xmas Wishes is great but we enjoyed it far more from CA Grill on top of the Contemporary. That was awesome. Civilized, relaxed and fun.
I am starting to get a bit nervous about the crowds and the sold out parties I am hopeing these early parties are selling out due to FLE being open during party hours. I am not going until Nov 29 and will watch the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party and plan on seeing te second parade with any luck the crowds may thin out by then. It is my first and most likely only time we will go to MVMCP.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:36 AM   #317
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Just back from tonight's party. Sold out so wall to wall people with not much room to move and groove! Those crowds are just insane.

Line for 7 Dwarfs was about 2 hours long. Even longer than that was the line for Cinderella, Prince and evil stepsisters and step mom all together. They were in front of new Fantasyland. I don't understand why people will spend so many hours waiting for these photo ops, missing the majority of the party???

I don't think we got enough value for what it costs. I'm glad we did it and had e experience. We've done the Halloween party, enjoyed it but once is enough. Crowds for the parade make it tough to really enjoy. Xmas Wishes is great but we enjoyed it far more from CA Grill on top of the Contemporary. That was awesome. Civilized, relaxed and fun.
Character fans know this is a rare opportunity to see them. To them (well, us ) these things are a major appeal of the parties. And the experienced ones of us know to line up early so we get them and don't miss two hours of party time.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:45 AM   #318
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Character fans know this is a rare opportunity to see them. To them (well, us ) these things are a major appeal of the parties. And the experienced ones of us know to line up early so we get them and don't miss two hours of party time.
We are planning on a party next year when we are they. On the top of our list is to get there early, and get in line early for the Seven Dwarfs! They are a rare sighting and we have a huge Dopey fan in our family. Definitely going to make this a priority!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:00 AM   #319
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Just back from tonight's party. Sold out so wall to wall people with not much room to move and groove! Those crowds are just insane.

Line for 7 Dwarfs was about 2 hours long. Even longer than that was the line for Cinderella, Prince and evil stepsisters and step mom all together. They were in front of new Fantasyland. I don't understand why people will spend so many hours waiting for these photo ops, missing the majority of the party???

I don't think we got enough value for what it costs. I'm glad we did it and had e experience. We've done the Halloween party, enjoyed it but once is enough. Crowds for the parade make it tough to really enjoy. Xmas Wishes is great but we enjoyed it far more from CA Grill on top of the Contemporary. That was awesome. Civilized, relaxed and fun.

We were at last night's party too. It was packed! There were even signs at the entrance saying the party was sold out, which I was surprised by. We watched the 8:15 parade, and found a spot well over an hour before hand. Great parade, but we were squished with people around us, so it was somewhat hard to enjoy.
We also watched the fireworks back by the new Fantasyland. I really liked watching them here, the only problem was that we were behind the castle, so not as good for pictures. Seems like a lot of people had the same idea as us though, that area was packed for fireworks watching! My girls (21, 19, and 11), and were so tired from being up early that they didn't feel like standing in line for characters, so we did mostly rides. The ride lines were not long at all for the most part.
We had fun and the atmosphere was very festive. I will definitely go to MVMCP again, I just will prepare myself better next time for the crowds!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:11 AM   #320
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I am starting to get a bit nervous about the crowds and the sold out parties I am hopeing these early parties are selling out due to FLE being open during party hours. I am not going until Nov 29 and will watch the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party and plan on seeing te second parade with any luck the crowds may thin out by then. It is my first and most likely only time we will go to MVMCP.
ITA! Same here, except I have not booked the dessert party.

I am not planning to wait in super long lines for characters though. It would be fun to see the 7 Dwarves or the Cinderella family, but not at the expense of time we could be riding rides or watching special parades or fireworks.

I am hoping the 11/29 party has unbelievably low attendance for the great weather there will be that day...and I will choose to believe that right up until I am proven wrong. Hey, its a day at WDW, right?
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:35 AM   #321
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Last year we went to a sold out party. Got there early- 4:00, did a few rides and at 6:00 went over to get inline for the Dwarfs. Waited about an 1 1/2 hours and went to enjoy the rest of the party. This year we are going Dec. 16 at I hope to do at least one character and then enjoy the party. Going to be a tough decision on which character to shoot for this year.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:50 AM   #322
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Just back from tonight's party. Sold out so wall to wall people with not much room to move and groove! Those crowds are just insane.

Line for 7 Dwarfs was about 2 hours long. Even longer than that was the line for Cinderella, Prince and evil stepsisters and step mom all together. They were in front of new Fantasyland. I don't understand why people will spend so many hours waiting for these photo ops, missing the majority of the party???

I don't think we got enough value for what it costs. I'm glad we did it and had e experience. We've done the Halloween party, enjoyed it but once is enough. Crowds for the parade make it tough to really enjoy. Xmas Wishes is great but we enjoyed it far more from CA Grill on top of the Contemporary. That was awesome. Civilized, relaxed and fun.
Well, last year we totally lucked out on our Epcot Day as Cinderella and Prince Charming came right out near Int'l Gateway and we snagged an AWESOME photo with our DD! Same thing happened with the Fairy Godmother just through the Castle and Jasmine in Epcot. Only waited about 20 minutes for her! I think you luck out with Characters to be honest. However, I'm dying to have a photo with the Dwarfs! ARE THEY ONLY AROUND FOR PARTIES??? I guess that's what I'd like to know. I love them, but don't want to stand for 2 hours.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:52 AM   #323
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Well, last year we totally lucked out on our Epcot Day as Cinderella and Prince Charming came right out near Int'l Gateway and we snagged an AWESOME photo with our DD! Same thing happened with the Fairy Godmother just through the Castle and Jasmine in Epcot. Only waited about 20 minutes for her! I think you luck out with Characters to be honest. However, I'm dying to have a photo with the Dwarfs! ARE THEY ONLY AROUND FOR PARTIES??? I guess that's what I'd like to know. I love them, but don't want to stand for 2 hours.
Yep, 'fraid so--at least in recent years.
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We were at the party last night. Really enjoyed walking on all the rides. Watched the fireworks then went and found a spot for the parade. Afterwards we went and watched the last showing of the castle show. I really wish the party was earlier in the day. I felt so bad for all the little ones that were either sleeping or so overly tired they were miserable. I really didn't think the crowds were that bad for it being sold out. I've seen much worse. But then again we didn't do characters.

I was happy I got my shirt, mickey popcorn bucket, and Christmas mug! It was a great night for me
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We were at the party last night. Really enjoyed walking on all the rides. Watched the fireworks then went and found a spot for the parade. Afterwards we went and watched the last showing of the castle show. I really wish the party was earlier in the day. I felt so bad for all the little ones that were either sleeping or so overly tired they were miserable. I really didn't think the crowds were that bad for it being sold out. I've seen much worse. But then again we didn't do characters.

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I enjoyed the shows with no problem. I was there without kids. It's a totally different view.
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I have a quick question. When you do the MVMCP do you just go at 4pm or you do a park day as well? I was thinking of going to MK that day and then stay for the party or should I just rest?

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I have a quick question. When you do the MVMCP do you just go at 4pm or you do a park day as well? I was thinking of going to MK that day and then stay for the party or should I just rest?

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These posts are scaring me a bit.

Got a princess lover in the house now, so trying to see some of them during the party. Our day is next to the last party (Dec 20), so pretty confident it's gonna sell out.

Historically, how bad are the lines for Cinderella, Charming, et al, Rapunzel/Flynn and Snow White?

My daughter is heavy into Beauty & the Beast right now, so a bit bummed about no more M&G with Beast.
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If you have kids, I recommend the rest. If it's just adults and all can pull off 15 hours in the parks, go for it.
to this advice!

With 2 little ones, we would have never made it until midnight without taking it easy during the day and squeezing in naps. Even with an easy day, by the end of MVMCP, DH and I were feeling the pain of such a long afternoon/evening... Best of luck!
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