Christmas and New Years have always been our favorite time at Disney World.  The whole resort transforms into a wintery fairyland.  For several years, Disney World presented a special travel itinerary called the ‘Ultimate Disney Christmas Package’  that gave a touch of extra magic over Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  Our ultimate Disney Christmas package review will discuss our experience during this limited-time special event.

We were super excited to try this exclusive holiday itinerary.  While we chose to indulge in the luxurious package, we decided to minimize outside costs and avoid the Disney dining package.  Below, we will discuss ways that we saved money and provided snacks for our kids.

The ultimate Disney Christmas package review for 2017

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package Review

Our family is a gluten-free, Disney-loving bunch who love cuddling and talking about how much we love each other.  This fabulous Walt Disney World Christmas package was easily one of our top three best experiences.

The package made us feel like royalty. Every day was a new celebration and we enjoyed spending so much family intensive time over the holidays.

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package 2017 package

Upon check-in to the most magical place on Earth, we received a magical envelope containing our itinerary. We also received party tickets, package passes, and additional information.

Ultimate Disney Christmas package credentials lanyard 2017

Day One

Ultimate Disney Christmas package itinerary 2017

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) at Magic Kingdom Park (7p to 12a)
The initial check-in packet featured admission tickets to the MVMCP. We received them for each member of our party (except our little one under 2 years old). The check-in package made us feel like we were receiving exclusive treatment.

Family of four sipping cider at Disney's Christmas Party

We attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The party runs from 7p to 12a, but you can enter the park at 4p with the MVMCP ticket. Keep your eyes peeled, because there is a separate entrance for Party guests. Even as early as 4p, the party guests go behind Main Street to the first treat spot.

Our family went wild over the snowfall that occurs each evening on Main Street. There are also special character interactions that are unique to this party.

Disney Glow Girl Sorcerer Mickey

While FastPass+ options are unavailable during parties, the Disability Access Service (DAS) is available for rides and character meet and greets.

Every single party snack station provides a gluten-free alternative. For our gluten-devouring friends, there was a snowman soft pretzel and a variety of cookies. Our children loved Sno-cones. The drinks include eggnog, chilled apple cider (in a plastic wine glass), and hot chocolate.

Day Two

Exclusive Nighttime Access to Pandora- The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park (9p-11p)

Flight of Passage was literally life-changing. Pandora was a brand new land at the time and the landscape and rides were fabulous.

Day Three

Holiday Character Experience at Disney’s Holiday Studios. Sunset Showcase hosts a one of a time Christmas Party featuring DJ GOOFY and his pack (9a-2:30p)

This dance party was a great time and a once in a lifetime experience. Picture dancing with Pluto and Santa Goofy. There were reindeer, elves, and other characters to “party” with. My kids had a great time and spent the afternoon dancing.

Holiday Character Experience at Disneys Hollywood Studios 2017 Christmas Elf

The celebration encouraged a positive attitude from each child. Even the shyest children danced the night away. The cast, characters, and costumes are so festive that it makes you feel as if they are in the North Pole.

Santa Goofy at Disney Hollywood Studios 2017

Day Four

Christmas Eve Dinner Celebration at EPCOT at 4:30 PM, located between Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Christmas Eve dinner in Epcot at Disney World

World Showplace hosts a festive seasonal dining experience featuring a jazz band performing holiday favorites and Disney songs. There were buffet tables everywhere, including one for children, one for pasta, and other holiday food items.

Check out our review of the Christmas Dinner here.

Day Five

Christmas Day presents delivered to our door on Christmas morning.

Santa sack and giftbag in Disney World

The package was a Santa sack containing a cellophane-wrapped Christmas package. included Holiday-themed Rice Krispie treats, gingerbread cookies, and caramel popcorn. There was also a Mickey throw blanket, a Mickey-themed serving platter, two Mickey holiday mugs, a Mickey Mouse frame, and Disney puzzles.

Gift bag in Disney World

While all parks were particularly packed during this busy time of year, visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season is a must-do. Our family will always treasure the twinkling of castle lights as we strolled down Main Street, admiring the gargantuan Christmas trees at each park and admiring the spectacular decor at each resort.

Day Six

Our last day. There was nothing scheduled for this day, but we boarded our Magical Express approximately 3 hours prior to our flight’s departure. In our case, that was 4 o’clock in the morning. We had to take a golf cart to the front of the Caribbean Beach Resort to board our Magical Express bus. It was stressful, but the rest of the trip was perfect. The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package Review discussed why you shouldn’t wait to book this as soon as you possibly can. What more could you be waiting for?

Pro Tip: Don’t ever leave depart before 7 o’clock unless you (and your children) are morning people.

How to Do Disney without the Dining Plan

We ordered a slew of treats for our hotel room. If you have luggage services drop it off, you have to pay a fee. However, I sent my husband (and the stroller) to wheel all the food to us.

Our favorite place to order groceries from is Amazon Prime Now. Since we are gluten-free, our grocery list may look different than some of yours.

See our favorite holiday decorations in the parks and resorts.

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