Today, December 22, marked the first day of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade daytime hours at Magic Kingdom. Earlier, we confirmed that this iconic holiday parade was added to Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane, which is now causing a lot of conversations between Disney fans.
Once we announced that Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade was added to Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane, many did not hesitate to express their frustrations. Inside the Magic Facebook follower Todd G. commented:
so you pay now to watch a parade in a sweet spot? so many $$$improvements$$$
And another Disney fan Garret H. said:
Do they not see the negative public reaction to these shenanigans?
Kim E. chimed in saying she will be going to Universal Orlando instead:
That’s it, Universal Studios has my money and we will be sipping Butterbeer while laughing at how things are getting even more ridiculous.
Which is something Emily J. also expressed:
It’s not even worth it anymore. We went in September, super crowded, from former Disney cast members things have changed, and not for the better. Universal Studios has my money now
Another Inside the Magic Facebook follower, Julie B. said:
seriously????????? they are going off the deep end now
And Kari R. chimed in, writing:
More yacht money for Bob Paycheck!
Meanwhile, Amanda W. brought up the comparison to how Festival of Fantasy used to be an option through FastPass+:
Does no one remember Festival of Fantasy being included as a fastpass+ option?
And Holly P. said:
What is the big deal? Don’t like it? Don’t pay. You still see the parade. This is no different than the parade viewing option they offered for fast pass.
We do want to note that the only difference between Festival of Fantasy being a choice on FastPass+ verses Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade being added to Lightning Lane is that Guests have to pay an additional fee for Disney Genie+, whereas FastPass+ was included in your Walt Disney World Park ticket.
More on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
The official Disney World website describes the show as:
Holiday Fun Along Main Street, U.S.A.
Delight in an entertaining display chock-full of good cheer.
The legendary street comes alive with yuletide spirit on select nights during Disney Very Merriest After Hours! Snap memorable photos of dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers and beloved Disney Characters as they float by, waving hello. There’s even a special appearance by Santa Claus–riding in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Not attending Disney Very Merriest After Hours? Check the My Disney Experience app for parade performances taking place between December 22, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
Know Before You Go
Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the performance schedule. This is an outdoor parade and subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. In addition, showtimes are subject to change.
Are you visiting Magic Kingdom this week? Will you be using Lightning Lane for Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade? Let us know in the comments below.
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