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Halfway to the Holidays at the Disney Parks — Unwrap All of the Details, Including an All-New Holiday Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dates!

by Mommy Frog on June 13, 2023
2 Orlando

The holidays at the Disney Parks are extra magical — there's nothing quite like seeing the castle alight while snow falls on Main Street! Every year, we can barely wait for the holidays to start to take in the decorations ... and the specialty food offerings. (Gingerbread? Peppermint? Cocoa? Yes please!) So when Disney Parks teased holiday announcements were coming, we decided to wrap it all up in a bow for you in one place. By resort, here is everything we know so far about the 2023 holiday season at Disneyland, Disney World, on the Disney Cruise Line and more ... including all-new holiday parties!ho

Before we jump into the deets, be sure to check out this sneak peek of holiday merchandise coming to the Disney Parks — these Hanukkah ears are going on our wish list!

Halfway to the Holidays - Merchandise Sneak Peek

Disneyland Resort

Mickey & Minnie's Holiday Outfits at Disneyland

  • Mickey and Minnie's new holiday outfits have been revealed — don't they look cozy and cute?!
  • it's a small world holiday will return for the 2023 season (what smells do you think will be included this year?!)

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Jollywood Nights

Halfway to the Holidays - Jollywood Nights

  • An all-new holiday party is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios! Disney Jollywood Nights is a separately ticketed event taking place from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on 10 select nights from Nov. 11 to Dec. 20, 2023.
  • The event will feature the return of the fan-favorite "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM" nighttime spectacular, plus even more special entertainment — including a holiday special at Theater of the Stars hosted by Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
  • There will also be two new limited-capacity entertainment areas at the Hollywood Brown Derby and the Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard.
  • PhotoPass downloads from the event are included with your admission.
  • The party also includes access to favorite rides such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (with a virtual queue), Slinky Dog Dash and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
  • There will also be special PhotoPass stops and holiday-themed Magic Shots around the park, as well as specialty food offerings.
  • Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests (and guests of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels and Shades of Green) can buy tickets starting June 29, 2023. Ticket sales will open to the public July 6, 2023.
  • Party dates are Nov. 11, 18, 20, 27 and 29, and Dec. 4, 6, 16, 18 and 20, 2023.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Regular Park Hours

  • Projections will return to The Hollywood Tower Hotel.
  • Woody, Jessie and Buzz will don their holiday best in Toy Story Land.

Magic Kingdom Park - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is returning to Magic Kingdom on 25 select nights from Nov. 9 to Dec. 22, 2023.
  • Returning entertainment includes “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,”  “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” and “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run will be open during the event and operate using the virtual queue system.
  • Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will go on sale to the general public July 6, 2023. Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests (and those staying at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green) can begin purchasing tickets as early as June 29, 2023.
  • Don't froget that you can save some green when purchasing your Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets through Undercover Tourist!
  • Party dates are Nov. 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 30, and Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22, 2023.

Magic Kingdom Park - Regular Park Hours

Halfway to the Holidays - New Frozen Holiday Show

  • An all-new castle show is coming for the holiday season! Available during regular park hours and at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, guests can join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies for “Frozen Holiday Surprise."


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The adorable Merry Menagerie will once again return to spread holiday cheer at Animal Kingdom.

Disney Springs

Of course, this is just a peek at what's coming to Disney World for the holiday season in 2023! Hop over to our full guide of holiday events for even more information.

Disney Cruise Line

Very Merrytime Cruises - New Deck Party

  • 2023 Very Merrytime cruises will have two brand-new entertainment experiences to enjoy! Gather 'round the atrium tree with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy for a sing-along of classic holiday songs, then count down to watch the tree come to life and introduce the guest of honor: Santa! Plus, an all-new deck party — themed for the season — will be available at Mickey and Minnie's Holiday Party.
  • 2024 Very Merrytime cruise itineraries on the Disney Cruise Line are now available!


  • A virtual 12Ks of Christmas is coming this December! The runDisney event will be the first of its kind and feature three 4K running events and a challenge hosted by Disney friends. Registration opens July 25, 2023.

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 18, 2023 at 3:07 p.m.
Tarrah C Says...

Christmas is the best time to visit Disney!

Jun 14, 2023 at 7:49 p.m.
Paula Tylus Says...

Can’t wait to go !!


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