I was just reading some rave reviews of the MK holiday parties in other threads, which got me thinking about another bad experience.
In November of 2010, hubby, another couple, and I went to DW for a week. We had tickets to Mickey's Christmas party for the Friday of our visit. I asked our friends if they'd prefer to do our regular Magic Kingdom visit on another day and then rest up Friday prior to MVMCP, or spend all of Friday at Magic Kingdom. They preferred the latter option. So then Friday came and we spent the day touring. The party had barely started when one of the friends complained his legs were sore and he was tired and asked when we could go back to our resort (not a Disney resort, so a little more difficult to get to and from). I reminded them that we had paid extra big bucks to be there that evening and leaving early was basically throwing away over a hundred dollars per couple. So we stayed, but they didn't want to do ANYTHING. We had to see the early parade because they didn't want to stay long enough for the second one, but we couldn't find a good spot so ended up not really seeing the parade at all. They didn't want to walk around or ride anything. All they wanted to do was find a seat, wait for the fireworks, and get the hell out. This was our last day in the parks, so the whole experience was a huge letdown for me. And that has colored my opinion of the holiday parties.
So tell me, should I try again without the party poopers? Are the parties really worth it? Because based solely on that one lousy experience, they aren't.