All right all you festive frogs, we are halfway to the holidays and we couldn't be more excited to deck the halls! New this year, Walt Disney World has gifted us with Disney Very Merriest After Hours, a special ticketed event with lots of holiday extras at Magic Kingdom Park, beginning Nov. 8, 2021. We are big fans of the After Hours events and the traditional Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party — put them together, and you've got Disney Very Merriest After Hours!
Much like other After Hours events, Disney Very Merriest After Hours will grant guests with exclusive access to Magic Kingdom after it closes to non-ticketed guests — for four fa-la-la-la fabulous hours! What's better than a stocking full of goodies? Bottled beverages, popcorn, holiday treats, and ice cream are all included with your ticket. Plus, you can expect a special fireworks show, characters in their holiday best and more! While we wait to unwrap even more details, we've wrapped up what we know so far in a shiny red bow. Cue our Christmas song playlist — it might not be lookin' like Christmas just yet, but it sure is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in this Frog Pond!
Overview of Disney Very Merriest After Hours
If you've ever wanted to see snow fall on Main Street, here's your chance! The entire park will be decking its halls and ready for holiday company this year. At Disney Very Merriest After Hours, take part in holiday fun for four festive hours after the park closes. Enjoy special character sightings, fireworks, castle projections, ride overlays — and of course, food and beverages — just for the holly-jolly occasion. With limited capacity, that also means you can enjoy lower wait times on your favorite rides!
Disney Very Merriest After Hours will replace Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for 2021. For Halloween fans, Disney also debuted the Disney After Hours Boo Bash coming this fall.
Disney Very Merriest After Hours Dates
This special ticketed event will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 21, 2021. Typically, special events will happen about three days a week, often on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, though the exact dates for Very Merriest have yet to be confirmed. Event tickets will allow entry as early as 7 p.m. to Magic Kingdom.
Even if you aren't planning on attending Very Merriest After Hours, but you'll be at Walt Disney World while the event is taking place, you'll want to take note of the event dates. Magic Kingdom closes early on event nights, so if you've got a base ticket and are not attending Very Merriest, you may want to choose another park for the day to make the most of your time. Only ticketed guests will be able to remain in the park after 9 p.m.
Disney Very Merriest After Hours Tickets
Tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours will go on sale in August. As we mentioned before (we're checking our list twice!), event admission will allow entry to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. A Disney Park Pass reservation will not be required for this event, and you do not need regular park admission if you're only attending Very Merriest. (If you wish to arrive earlier than 7 p.m., you will need daytime admission.) Select Walt Disney World hotel guests will be able to purchase tickets early. And be sure to check back with us frogs for discounted tickets!
Disney Very Merriest After Hours Entertainment
Holiday fireworks are back with the return of Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks! For the first time since 2019, guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive fireworks show only seen on event nights. Keep an eye on the castle throughout the night as Cinderella Castle receives special holiday projections, alternating with the new Beacon of Magic projections for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Other entertainment at Very Merriest will include character sightings throughout the park. We love seeing our favorite characters decked in holiday garb or even catching some rare characters out and about — what a gift! There is no word yet on whether or not holiday character cavalcades, as seen in 2020, will return.
Guests can also enjoy the festive ambiance with snowfall on Main Street and themed lighting, music and decor throughout Magic Kingdom. Snap the perfect holiday card photo with holiday-themed PhotoPass photo opportunities. For our ride lovers, enjoy lower wait times for select attractions and even experience holiday-themed attraction overlays, including the ever-popular Jingle Cruise. (Those homesick skippers sure do know how to decorate!)
Disney Very Merriest After Hours Food and Beverages
Nothing says "holiday season" without some delicious themed food and beverage available for purchase. As with all After Hours events, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages are all complimentary. But save some room — there will be specialty treats available for purchase, too!
Do you plan on attending the new Disney Very Merriest After Hours? Have you begun the countdown to Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!