We made it out to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party last night to enjoy some of the attraction overlays and new fireworks show. Before we provided our full review of the event, we wanted to put out a full ride through and our thoughts on the brand new Space Mountain holiday overlay.
If you’ve read any of our special event reviews in the past such as our 2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party review or our Villains After Hours review, you might remember our disdain for the attempts that have been made for a Space Mountain overlay. While turning off the lights during the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party might have made it a scarier ride, it wasn’t an overlay so much as it was a way to save electricity.
Thankfully, we finally have a real attraction overlay for Space Mountain and it’s absolutely amazing! Special lighting effects and music make this an overlay worth experiencing, and maybe even more than once. As you can see in the video below, the special lighting effects illuminate the interior of Space Mountain briefly during your ride, giving you a truly special (and maybe frightening) look at the interior of the iconic attraction. The music was turned up loud enough to get to enjoy. Overall, Disney has done a complete 180 on the concept of an attraction overlay at Space Mountain, and all of our complaints about overlays of the past have been addressed. We really want to commend Disney on creating a special experience here and highly recommend that you fit it into your Very Merry Christmas Party visit this year. As far as logistics, the lines tend to be longer at the beginning of the party and die down towards the end of the party. Because we think you’ll want to reride, we suggest saving it for after the fireworks and maybe even after 11pm when the lines are more manageable and accommodating for a re-ride.
A bonus tip is to ride the PeopleMover and get some wonderful views of the holiday lights and music. If you’re not able to ride Space Mountain for whatever reason, we still recommend you jump on the PeopleMover (if there isn’t too long of a line), and check out the overlay from there. Typically it’s dark, but with the light and special effects, there is plenty to see!
Check out our full video of the full ride on Space Mountain as well as a look at the overlay from the PeopleMover below.