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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

by Mommy Frog on November 10, 2022 1874 Orlando

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Summary

Attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is one of our absolute favorite ways to celebrate and spread Christmas cheer, which is why we are feeling extra jolly that this classic holiday event is back at Magic Kingdom on select nights Nov. 8 to Dec. 22, 2022. Enjoy Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, fireworks, castle show, special characters, food and drink and even snowfall on Main Street. You won't want to miss this special ticketed event! We attended the first party and have updated our guide with all the frogciting details. Let's hop in!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Overview of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

There's something about celebrating the holidays at Walt Disney World that just feels extra magical. The resort maximizes this magical season by transforming the theme parks into their own unique winter wonderlands promptly after Halloween comes to a close. While visiting during this special time, we always have to attend our favorite event, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

This special event occurs after regular park hours and requires a separate party ticket to enjoy all its exclusive offerings. Running from 7 p.m. to midnight on select nights, the party features rare characters, special entertainment, jolly-good treats and more! There is even “snowfall” on Main Street intermittently throughout the night. Tad and Lily especially lovvvveeee to stuff their bellies with the cookies and hot chocolate that are given out around the park for free.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is back in 2022 after a three-year hiatus, and while it may have rained during our visit, the weather still didn't dampen our holiday spirit! It was frogtastic to welcome back Moana, who is greeting guests once again at the Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as seeing the princes with their princesses. As always, the party was a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dates and Tickets

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Nov. 8 to Dec. 22, 2022, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket. You do not need a Disney Park Pass reservation if you're only attending the party (but if you have regular admission tickets and plan to arrive prior to 4 p.m., you would need a park reservation).

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event, which means you must purchase a party ticket to attend. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels were given a special early booking opportunity in June. Tickets are now sold out for all remaining dates ... but be sure to save some green with other discount theme park tickets when purchasing through Undercover Tourist!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Dates

Best Days to Attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Pricing is the strongest indicator of what Disney expects to be its busiest days. Higher prices mean higher demand, and higher demand means bigger anticipated crowds. Cheaper tickets generally mean fewer crowds. The last three parties of the year are typically the most expensive as they are the closest to Christmas. Surprisingly, the first two are typically not the cheapest as some families decide to go all out and time their vacations so that they can experience both the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Many parties have already sold out, so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend. Disney does not publish attendance numbers, but these parties are always well-attended, so plan accordingly!

If you want to learn more about all of the festivities at Disney World going on during this time, check out our full guide to Disney World holiday events.

Before we get to the party itself, we have a weather warning! This time of year can be consistently inconsistent. Sometimes Florida can be true to the Christmas season with temperatures in the low 60s, but more often than not, highs are in the 80s. We find it can go from a hot, muggy day to a chilly night pretty quickly. So wear a flexible outfit with layers to accommodate whatever Florida throws your way. Hoppy news — there are usually a few super cute holiday-themed spirit jerseys available to purchase around property to keep you looking festive and feeling toasty warm! Less commonly, there can be a chance of rain. So it's always best to double-check the weather forecast before your trip!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Entry Procedures

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party map

The party doesn't officially start until 7 p.m., but guests can get into the park starting at 4 p.m. with a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket. We highly recommend doing this, as this will give you more time to ride a few rides and have an early dinner before the party-exclusive activities begin. Of course, allot time for security and ticketing to be sure to arrive on time and enjoy the most of your evening. (Additionally, if you're driving, keep in mind the extra time to park and ride the monorail or the ferryboat — it can take about 30 minutes just to get to the entrance!)

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members will direct you toward specific touchpoints for entry (often on the right-hand side, but be sure to double-check with signage or cast members). Wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touchpoints. Be sure to grab a party map, as well!

Upon entering, beginning at 4 p.m., party guests have a VIP entrance through the backside of Main Street behind Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. New this year, you'll receive your complimentary 50th-themed ornament through this Market Street alleyway. There are also fun photo-ops to start off your visit.

Family posing at holiday photo-op

Note: Magic Kingdom closes at 6 p.m. on party nights for regular daytime guests to allow for a smooth transition into party time.

If you are already enjoying a day at Magic Kingdom, you can stop by a wristband station to swipe your ticket and have a cast member apply your wristband. The locations are Tortuga Tavern, across from Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Chamber of Commerce. It’s important to snag these before the party starts — cast members will be on the lookout for wristbands as soon as 6 p.m. hits!

You can find cast members filtering guests out at major intersections throughout the park — primarily when you’re headed from Main Street, U.S.A. into the Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland entrances. Keep your wristbands on and visible, as cast members will be keeping an eye out for them throughout the night while you are waiting for the parade or shows to begin.

For those of you reading this who will not be attending the party and hoping to stick around past 6 p.m., we wouldn’t count on it. Cast members will not allow you on any rides or into certain areas without a wristband and will promptly lead you toward the park exit. If you have a late dining reservation, you may finish your meal and then a cast member will escort you to the exit.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Complimentary 50th anniversary ornament

New for 2022, party guests can enjoy three new photo opportunities throughout the park — in front of Cinderella Castle, Tomorrowland and Adventureland. Be sure to pick up your complimentary 50th-anniversary ornament on Market Street (or other wristband locations) by 8 p.m. Try not to froget to grab it, as these locations close early in the night and grabbing an ornament later can be more challenging. Guests were directed under the train station to get their ornament at the end of the night, but this location and timing could vary, so it's best to get it right away. If arriving to the party after 8 p.m., you will be handed your ornament after you get your wristband.

I know what you're thinking — I really don't want to carry around an ornament all night? Disney thought of that and the ornament is flat and in packaging, so you can just slide it in with the rest of your delicious cookie supply. Once you exit the park, you'll receive a 50th-anniversary commemorative holiday print.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Special Entertainment

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

By far, our favorite part of the night is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade. We love it so much that we go to both showings! Dancing nutcrackers, gingerbread men, reindeer and the big man himself — Santa — join your favorite Disney characters for a gorgeous parade complete with scented floats (yes, you can smell Clarabelle Cow's cooking!).

The parade occurs twice and steps off in the Frontierland area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square Bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, heads down Main Street, U.S.A., circles Town Square in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and ends next to Harmony Barbershop. Note: If watching from Town Square, the parade won't reach you until about 20 minutes after its scheduled start time.

If you want a prime parade spot along Main Street, U.S.A. or in front of the castle, we recommend snagging your seats at least an hour ahead of showtime, and up to two hours for front-row viewing at the base of the giant Christmas tree. If you don’t want to waste valuable party time waiting, try for a less popular spot in Frontierland or near the train station in Town Square. If you’re OK with the tadpoles staying up past their bedtime, the second showing is usually less crowded. For the shortest wait, try for the second parade in Frontierland for easy spots close to kickoff. On a recent party, we got second-row spots by the entrance to Liberty Square about 15 minutes before parade kick-off, and the parade got to us about 8:40 p.m. We liked our section as it was right in front of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe (I of course hopped in for some holiday shopping while we waited).

After the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year (Dec. 22), Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is shown to day guests at Magic Kingdom. The parade will run twice daily at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. from Dec. 23 through Dec. 31.

Showtimes: 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks 

Fireworks at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

The fireworks spectacular show returns this year after making its debut at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019. It's hosted by Minnie Mouse and features medleys of beloved holiday songs, including "Joy to the World" and "Deck the Halls." The fireworks only occur once, and there is no showing of Disney Enchantment on party nights.

Guests can book a fireworks dessert party with holiday-themed treats, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks. Enjoy your sweets and reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace or a reserved standing view at the Plaza Garden. (Check out our overview of the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties to know what to expect). Limited bookings are available now for both Tomorrowland Terrace Viewing ($114 per adult, $69 per child, tax included) and Plaza Viewing ($99 per adult, $59 per child, tax included).

Once the party season is over, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will run nightly from Dec. 23 through Dec. 29 to regular daytime guests. There will be no showing of Disney Enchantment on those nights.

Showtime: 10 p.m.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party — Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration show

Mickey and Minnie host their very own holiday party and invite your favorite Disney pals to ring and sing in the holidays with classic carols and new favorites. It includes medleys of holiday tunes, both classic and contemporary, and features Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, who are celebrating just a few days before Christmas. Woody, Jessie, Peter Pan, Snow White, Alice and many more stop by! The highlight of this show for us is the iconic Clarabelle Cow belting out “All I Want for Christmas is You” in true Mariah Carey fashion while strutting her stuff in a silver sequin dress.

In case of inclement weather, the stage show may be delayed or modified.

Once the party season is over, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration will run daily from Dec. 23 through Dec. 31 to regular daytime guests (showtimes vary).

Showtimes: 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:35 p.m., 11:55 p.m.

“A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” Show 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party — A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Taking place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland, we find A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas to be the most underrated part of the whole party. This hilarious show follows the storyline of Stitch trying to hunt down Santa to bring snow to Tomorrowland. There are plenty of jokes along the way as Stitch tries to come to grips with who exactly Santa is, and the best way to hunt down his reindeer. In the meantime, Buzz Lightyear and Mike Wazowski each have their own brilliant musical numbers. Tad and Lily especially love this show as it’s suited for the younger audience and even has a kids-only area at the front of the stage. With five performances, this is one that you can fit in as you have time or in passing.

Showtimes: 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.

Edge Effect

Also on the Rockettower Plaza Stage, the Edge Effect returns to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and alternates with A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. We really recommend checking out these shows back-to-back and taking a small break in between to grab cookies and apple cider from The Lunching Pad. The Edge Effect is an incredible a capella group that will wow you with its vocals-only performances of classic Christmas tunes. This show is a great break and will get you into the spirit with their unbelievable talent.

Club Tinsel Dance Party 

Dance the night away with a live DJ and holiday friends at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café from 7 p.m. to midnight. Polar bears, reindeer and elves groove with your tadpoles to fun musical hits. We love mingling with the iconic parade reindeer!

Snowfall on Main Street

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Snowfall on Main Street

Snowfall in Florida is magical enough, but you can’t miss the beauty of snow fluttering down in Magic Kingdom. While the snowfall hoppens randomly throughout the night, you can typically find flurries down Main Street during both parades and all of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration showings.

Reindeer Wranglers

Join the Reindeer Wranglers in Frontierland for their holiday hoedown and enjoy seasonal songs with a country twist.

Showtimes: 7:15 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:40 p.m.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam

The Disney Junior Jingle Jam in Storybook Circus takes place throughout the entire party so little ones can move and groove with their faves including Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina and Timon. We recommend hopping over here before you sit and wait for the parade to get any extra tadpole energy out prior to staying in one place for a while.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Character Greetings and Rides

Characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet

Special characters are one of the main draws of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Rare characters such as Jack Skellington (aka Sandy Claws) and the princes can be found, and “regular” characters are out in their holiday finest. This is such a fun, exciting part of the season and an excellent photo-op!

Visit our Very Merry character guide for all the details on the 2022 character line-up!

Rides

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Tomorrowland Speedway holiday overlay

Because it is a separately ticketed event, one of the party perks is significantly fewer guests in the park. And with so many special experiences available, ride waits are typically much shorter. Holiday ride overlays are back this year! The fan-favorite Jingle Cruise returns, as well as special enhancements to Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party.

The Frog Family is usually too busy hoppin’ from character to character and enjoying the special shows to tackle too many coasters, but we do have a few tips. In our experience, the wait times get shorter and shorter as the night goes on. Aside from waiting until later in the night, the best time to hit popular rides is during parades and showtimes. If you’re waiting to attend the 11 p.m. parade, then use the first showing time to hop on high-demand rides such as Jingle Cruise, Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan’s Flight. The wait times will be significantly shorter since so many people will be lined up on Main Street for the parade. Power through all night and wait times in the last hour are all typically down to just five minutes!

Disney Genie+ is not available during the party. And note that wait times between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will not appear in the My Disney Experience app, but all attractions should remain open to party guests during that time (The app sees the park as closing at 6 p.m. and then reopening at 7 p.m., but don't worry, the park is very much open during this time for you to enjoy before the real party begins at 7 p.m.).

Attractions Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: 

Adventureland

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Jingle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Tomorrowland

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Mickey's PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress, Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Tom Sawyer Island and the Enchanted Tiki Room are closed during the party.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dining and Merchandise

Holiday Treats

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Cookie and hot cocoa

One of the extra perks of the party is the complimentary holiday treats! Keep an eye out for gigantic, inflatable peppermint sticks to signify a treat location. There are often a variety of cookies (snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, sugar and gingerbread) and beverages (hot chocolate, apple cider, eggnog) throughout the park. Here are the holiday treat locations for 2022:

  • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland) — sugar cookie and apple cider
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) — snickerdoodle cookie and hot cocoa
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland) — gingerbread cookie with icing and hot cocoa
  • Columbia Harbor House (Liberty Square) — chocolate chip cookie and hot cocoa
  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland) — sugar cookie and eggnog

All of the cookies are individually wrapped. This is perfect for those concerned about allergies ... or if you just want to stock up on your treat stash for the winter. Speaking of allergies, there are also allergen-friendly options. There should be Werther's Original sugar-free candies and Homefree cookies (gluten/allergy-free option) at each of the treat locations.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Mickey Mousse Ornament Treat from Main Street Bakery

In addition to these complimentary (and did we mention, unlimited?) sweets and treats, there is also special seasonal food available for purchase. There are so many sweet goodies, such as the Mickey Mousse Ornament Treat from Main Street Bakery (pictured). It's almost too pretty to eat! For an interesting array of flavors, Casey's Corner offers both a Holiday Dinner hot dog with cranberry mustard, stuffing funnel cake and cheese curds, as well as Christmas Tree Cake, a red velvet brownie cheesecake with eggnog buttercream and spiced caramel. There's plenty of extra sugar to partake in with churros, doughnuts, milkshakes and more!

Only select restaurants are usually open during party time throughout the park, so plan ahead. We recommend snagging a big dinner before the party and then snacking throughout the night so as to not spend precious party time grubbing, but there are also event-exclusive dining options.

Quick-Service Restaurants Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • Main Street Bakery
  • Casey's Corner
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Aloha Isle (until 9 p.m.)
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Friar's Nook
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cool Ship

Table-Service Restaurants Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:

Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table are both open during the party. Reservations are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are highly recommended. You must have a party ticket in order to dine during the event.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

Holiday merchandise at the Emporium

For 2022, there is no party-exclusive merchandise. However, there is plenty of general Christmas merchandise throughout the resort, so we recommend shopping during your non-party time. The Emporium at Magic Kingdom and World of Disney at Disney Springs have the most holiday offerings available. Check out our holiday wishlist for our favorite merchandise and shopping tips!

New this year, all guests will receive a free commemorative print and ornament!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tips

Here are three major tips we adhere to when attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party this year!

1. Have a Plan

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Park Plan

Planning is critical at these parties, as time is limited and experiences are endless. Because they get crowded and are packed with special activities, including meet-and-greets with rare characters — or your favorites in their fun holiday attire — you really need a plan. Start by identifying your family’s not-to-miss activities and then fill in the gaps when you get to the park with some unexpected surprises. There are more fun things to see and do than a typical family could probably accomplish in one night, so set your expectations in advance! Fresh out of the frogs' workshop, we've put together a hopful Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Park Plan to download and take with you.

2. Arrive Early for Entertainment

Make sure to allow for extra time to get in place for the shows and parades — Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks — as the hub around Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. get very crowded. You need to arrive at least 30 minutes early even for the second parade to have a shot at the front row of viewing. If a front-row view isn't a priority, you can come in after that and still find great spots.

3. Stay Until the End of the Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Family in holiday outfits

There are heavier crowds at the beginning of the party, but as the night winds down (especially noticeable after the fireworks), the crowds lighten up. Crowd levels vary by party, but it's safe to say that you'll want to stay until the very end to maximize your time because there's soooo much to do. (Special fireworks, exclusive character meet-and-greets and free cookies, oh my!)

Because the party is a separately ticketed event, we hear that many other frog families often question, “Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth the extra price tag?” It really depends on what you want out of the experience and if you can budget the extra cost. Many families use party day to sleep in, explore Disney Springs or resort hop to see holiday decorations before heading into Magic Kingdom to get their jingle on, using the savings from what would have been regular park admission toward paying for their party tickets. Keep in mind that Magic Kingdom closes early on party days, so if you opt out of the party, your time will be best spent at a different park if you’re looking for a full park day.

If you’re only going for the shorter lines at rides, it’s probably not worth it. But if you love getting into the Christmas spirit and want to see all of the exclusive characters, shows and parades that the party has to offer, we think it’s toadally worth it. Come dressed for the occasion, and wear matching Christmas shirts ... or pajamas! Just be sure to plan ahead and maximize your time there by arriving early!

For us, we love all the holiday hoopla surrounding Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and savor our time (and the cocoa!) at this annual event. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the party, and especially for those of you who have never attended, we'd love to answer any questions! 

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 9, 2022 at 4:39 a.m. Dennis Says...

Just finished with Christmas party. From park timing to parade advice to cookie/beverage locations, the advice was spot on. Very helpfull.

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Dec 5, 2022 at 10:01 p.m. Rochelle Says...

Such great ideas. Thanks.

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Nov 23, 2022 at 4:06 a.m. Mark Says...

Is it possible there will be more tickets released? Is there a wait list?

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Nov 23, 2022 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

There isn't a waitlist available, and it is unlikely that additional tickets will go on sale.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2022 at 12:56 a.m. Sherri Says...

We are going to the party in December and have dinner reservations at Be our guest. Would it be inappropriate to wear our matching disney Christmas pajamas to dinner as we won't have time to change after dinner/before the party.

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Nov 16, 2022 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherri!

Be Our Guest does not have a specific dress code, so you should be toadally fine as long as the pajamas fit the standard theme park attire guidelines!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2022 at 12:26 a.m. Kerry Says...

Hello,

My husband is a cast member (ESPN). Do we get a discount to the event?

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Nov 12, 2022 at 7:52 a.m. Sharon Says...

I was wondering if there is a sugar free option , in complimentary drinks or treats, anywhere in the park for the very merry party.

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Nov 16, 2022 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

There should be Werther's Original sugar-free candies and Homefree cookies (gluten/allergy free option) at each of the treat locations!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2022 at 1:04 a.m. Jonny Says...

In order to enter the park at 4pm, what time would you recommend arriving at the park? Thanks, love all the helpful info!

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Nov 14, 2022 at 1:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonny!

We'd say it usually takes about 20 minutes or so in total to get through security and the turnstiles :) Hope this helps - have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2022 at 6:39 p.m. Julie Says...

Our two dates during our vacation mid Dec are sold out. Any chance the add dates, add tickets or release tickets somewhere on site the day off such as will call? Desperate here…

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Oct 18, 2022 at 1:02 a.m. Suzie Says...

Can I visit epcot during the day and go to the Christmas party at night? Base day ticket for epcot and separate christmas party ticket are purchased

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Oct 18, 2022 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzie!

You toadally can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2022 at 9:50 p.m. Suzie Says...

will you restock tickets for this even Dec. 16th?

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Oct 18, 2022 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzie!

At the time of writing this comment, there are still tickets available for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec. 16!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2022 at 1:11 p.m. Annette Says...

Are adults allowed to wear costumes to MVMCP? Last year at Disneyland’s Christmas Nights, costumes were encouraged. Thanks!

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Oct 13, 2022 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette!

While holiday-themed outfits are toadally fine, we'd refer to the park dress guidelines for costumes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2022 at 6:57 p.m. CarrieBeth Says...

If I have dinner reservations at Crystal Palace for 5:30 but do not have a party ticket can I still be eating after 6?

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Sep 19, 2022 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CarrieBeth!

A dinner reservation at 5:30 p.m. will be toadally fine, even if it spills a little beyond 6 p.m. Cast members will check for wristbands upon leaving, and for those without, they'll be directed toward the park exit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2022 at 5:56 p.m. DisneyGuy Says...

Good afternoon! I am going to the Christmas party and I was able to snag a dinner reservation but it is at 3:15. Will I be able to get in the park early for that? I know it said 4pm. But that was the only time available. Thanks!

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Sep 13, 2022 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DisneyGuy!

If you hoppen to have regular admission or an annual pass, plus a theme park reservation, then yes! But if you only have a party ticket, then no, you would not be able to enter early. With a party ticket, you can only be let in at the designated event turnstiles, and the earliest time that cast members could start letting party guests in is 3:45 p.m. but we've noticed they've been holding off until closer to 4 p.m. this year for Not-So-Scary parties. Keep looking though, in case other times pop up due to cancellations or additional releases! Depending on the restaurant and its availability, you may also be able to join a Walk-Up list once you've arrived at the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2022 at 1:03 p.m. Jaci Says...

I’ve been to the Christmas party before. A long time ago. I have a two and four-year-old. Do you think it’s worth it for them? Not sure how late they’ll last.

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Sep 12, 2022 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaci!

We love Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and think it's worth going, but if you think it would be hard for them to stay up late, then it may be better to wait until they are a little older.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2022 at 7:04 p.m. Michele Says...

Christmas time is my favorite

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Aug 24, 2022 at 4:46 a.m. Carrie Says...

Which day do you believe will be less crowded for the party - November 29 or December 6?

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Aug 24, 2022 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

We think crowds would be about the same. If Mickey's Very Merry follows a similar pattern as Not-So-Scary this year, then most nights will sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2022 at 8:22 p.m. Vince Says...

Has Disney reduced the Christmas activities and attractions on non-paid party evenings? There used to be snowfall at Christmas time during the night time show in front of the castle and there were Christmas parades day and night as well. I recall a special Christmas Festival of Lights attraction at Hollywood studios as well.

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Aug 2, 2022 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vince!

You can hop over to our general holiday special events guide for Walt Disney World to see what's going on at all four theme parks, as this guide is specifically for the party at Magic Kingdom. The Christmas parade, as well as the holiday fireworks show, usually hoppen during the week of Christmas.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2022 at 1:44 p.m. Wes Says...

For the Mickey’s Christmas party, If we want to go just for the party (after 4 PM), do we need both a regular park admission ticket as well as the special event ticket? First time visiting during the holidays so I just want to be clear on what I need for tickets.

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Jul 5, 2022 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wes!

No, you would not need regular admission if you're only planning to go for the party and enter after 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2022 at 6:50 p.m. Tasha Says...

Will UT be selling tickets on Thurs June 30th? What are the prices for Nov 29 party thru UT?

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Jun 29, 2022 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasha!

We will begin to sell Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets starting July 7!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2020 at 1:27 p.m. Tela Says...

When does the Epcot holiday festival end?

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Sep 15, 2020 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tela!

This year, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will end Dec. 30.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:47 p.m. MBF Says...

I wish I was there for christmas. I miss all the decorations and the festive atmosphere. I will be there in 2021

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Jan 30, 2020 at 1:37 a.m. Leslie Says...

Can you please tell me.... when do tickets for the Very Merry Christmas Party become available for sale?

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Jan 30, 2020 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

We unfortunately don't have details for 2020's tickets just yet, but in 2019, tickets were on sale in early April :) We'll update you as soon as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 28, 2020 at 1:38 p.m. Deanna Says...

I have heard rumors that the last party of the year is open to all. Is this true?

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Jan 29, 2020 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanna!

Not to our knowledge - we wish! As far as we know, the only way to attend the party is by purchasing a ticket. Some of the entertainment, such as the parade and the fireworks, will carry over during general operating hours for all guest visitors on Christmas week though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 12, 2019 at 3:04 a.m. Rosana Barros Says...

Thank you for the tips, such an amazing reading. Happy Holiday!

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Dec 11, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. southwego2fl Says...

Thank you for very helpful guides!

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Dec 11, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Robert Roles Says...

what if the weather condition change to rain what happens then do they cancel and refund your money

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Dec 11, 2019 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place rain or shine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 13, 2019 at 3:29 a.m. Happy birthday faith Says...

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Love you friends hug

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Dec 10, 2019 at 4:42 a.m. LuAnn Pino Says...

Can you see the mvmcp fireworks from the grounds of the Floridian?

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Dec 11, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LuAnn,

Yes! You can see the party's new fireworks show from The Grand Floridian.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. Glenn Says...

Hey,

We are going to MVMCP and plan to get in at 4pm when are allowed in. Are there any rides or attractions we should do that are not available once the party starts that we should prioritize before 7pm?

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Dec 10, 2019 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Glenn,

The majority of the rides and attractions are open during the party! Some of those that aren't open include the Enchanted Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, Tom Sawyer Island, Mickey's PhilharMagic, The Hall of Presidents and Enchanted Tales with Belle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 6, 2019 at 9:37 a.m. Zsanara A Hoskins Says...

Trying to save as much money as possible. We have been to Disney several times, all parks but never during Christmas. Trying to save money as we were just there in July. Wondering if it might be best to do the Very Merry Christmas Party ticket and purchase tickets for one additional day at another park and if so, which one is best to see during Christmas?

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Dec 6, 2019 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zsanara!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is a great pick for Christmas! All of the parks are decorated this year for the holidays, but the Festival of the Holidays is an extra gift this time of year, with traditions from around the world :) You can read all about it here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2019 at 7:04 a.m. Brandon G Says...

We are attending the Dec 8th party and so excited for the night! We also splurged and got reservations for Tony’s party. My question is, after the 11 pm parade we’re hoping to make it back into the park for one or two more rides. Do you think that’s feasible fighting the crowds leaving after the parade, since we’d be starting at the Christmas tree? It would be nice if the back alley was still open that they use for the party entrance, but I assume that’s closed that late in the night?

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Dec 6, 2019 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

You are correct - the back alley closes at 8 p.m. It would be difficult to hop back towards the rides because the parade starts at 11 p.m. in Frontierland and won’t even arrive at that area until 11:15/11:20 or so (but it's definitely not impossible!). If you were to fight the crowds, we’d suggest Adventureland because of the parade route clipping off the lower left part of the hub, so more people will be on the right side by Tomorrowland. Ask cast members nearby, as well, because they may have some advice on how best to make your way through the parade crowds. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 3, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. dennis w case Says...

looks like a nice place to get info

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Nov 30, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Susana Ramos Says...

Can we use FastPass+ at Party

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Dec 8, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. Erin Says...

Yes!!!

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Nov 28, 2019 at 12:54 p.m. Ella J GREENMAN Says...

I love this blog so much! Your information is so helpful when planning our Feb 2020 vaca!

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Nov 20, 2019 at 3:20 a.m. Krystell Says...

I got your e-mail tickets for the party, do I just go to the entrance with the copy or do I need to do something else?

Is the Minnie show similar to the happily ever after show? We are doing a park day the next day after the Christmas Party just because that day the park has this the Happily Ever After show, otherwise we would leave it for another day. Is it really worth it?

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Nov 20, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystell!

You can go straight to the gate with a copy of your ticket, or you can link it to My Disney Experience and use your MagicBand :) Either way, you're all set to head to the gate on your party day! Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show is a brand-new show only available for the parties. It's themed for the season, with holiday music, castle effects and fireworks. We definitely recommend watching if you're able! Both Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show and Happily Ever After are worth seeing ... maybe even a couple of times ;) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2019 at 5:02 p.m. Lindsey Says...

This is not our first time at Disney but, it is our first time at a Party. We are so excited. Will you tell me if this is a good plan: Find a spot in front of Casey's Corner about 9:15ish and stay there through the Fireworks at 10:00, Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration at 10:30 and the second parade at 11:00? I want to make sure the kids get to experience the snow on Main Street as well.

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Nov 18, 2019 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Have a hoppin' fun time! We think that hitting all three entertainment options in a row is a good idea. However, if you stake out a spot by Casey's Corner, you won't be able to view the stage for Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration. In that case, we think a better spot is near the hub of Cinderella Castle, closer to the stage. The snowfall on Main Street takes place intermittently throughout the night, including at the very end of the night, so you could catch it at different time other than during the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. Ashley Says...

Great information!

Do all events start after the 7pm start time?

Meaning if we arrive at 4pm what is open ready for us to do?

Thanks

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Nov 13, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

All of the party-specific events begin at 7, but prior to then, you can ride attractions or meet characters throughout Magic Kingdom :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2019 at 5:11 p.m. Chris Says...

Thanks so much for your helpful tips, they really helped us make the most of the party!!! :)

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Nov 12, 2019 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

This makes us so happy, Chris! You are so welcome - thank you for taking the time to share with us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2019 at 10:14 p.m. Cami Bacon Says...

Since we aren't staying at a Disney resort we won't get Magic Bands. Can I link a Magic Band from a past trip? Will we get tickets/cards? My SIL is coming with me & she has never been to Disney.

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Nov 12, 2019 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami!

You sure can! You'll need to link your tickets first. Then, in My Disney Experience, if you go to "My Profile" and then "MagicBands and Cards," you can link your MagicBand using the serial number. You'll need to make sure you have your Sister in Law on your Friends and Family list :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2019 at 10:12 p.m. Cami Bacon Says...

What characters sign autographs during the Christmas Party? I am trying to complete my autograph book with the rare characters, but don't want to stand in a long line if they aren't signing autographs?

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Nov 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami!

The rarer characters often don't sign autographs unfortunately. We know for certain that the Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws have autograph cards rather than signing the books themselves. Others in the Frog Pond may have some insight, as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. Siva Says...

Hi

we have booked the MVMC party on Dec 22. Traveling from Boston and reaching Orlando Dec 22 noon. planning to be in the park at 4 pm after the hotel check-in. i would like to get details about the parking? or any advice on how to avoid the rush or suggest any other alternatives.

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Nov 8, 2019 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Siva!

Are you staying on-site at a Disney property? If so, you'll have access to free transportation to Magic Kingdom (plus free parking at the park)! If not, you can park at Magic Kingdom for $25, then will take a tram to either the monorail or the boat to get to the main park entrance (there will be signs and cast members to help navigate!). We'd suggest giving yourself about 45 minutes to an hour in total to get parked, to the main entrance and through security and the turnstiles at 4. Another option (depending on where you're staying and whether or not it's offered there) would be to take a Minnie Van (via Lyft), which can actually drop you off at the main entrance's bus depot - it's a costlier option, but also potentially the fastest. If you log into your Lyft app, you'll see Minnie Van as an option if it's available in your area.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. Amy Says...

I booked a 5:40 reservation at Be Our Guest before I realized it was a night of MVMCP. Honestly I'm not sure when they announced the days since I booked at the 180 day mark. We are not planning on attending this time. Will there be any issues with being able to keep the reservation?

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Nov 8, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

The park is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. to regular park guests that evening, so we'd suggest calling the dining line and asking about this so that you don't get surprised on the day of your reservation. The dining line may also be able to help you snag an earlier reservation or a reservation on another day if you'd prefer. They can be reached at (407) 939-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2019 at 8:55 p.m. Lenora Hines Says...

We have tickets for MVMCP for Dec 1st. I am trying to locate a map for 2019 so we can plan out our evening. Yes I am that person who likes to plan out where to go and what to see. This is our first time doing the party and want to get the most out of our visit.

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Nov 6, 2019 at 6:07 p.m. Kat Says...

Thank you for this guide! Even though I'm preparing myself for it to be packed I gave in and got tickets (we are never usually in Disney this time of year). We really want to get the Santa picture done. Do you know what time he's typically there so we can check this off our list? Also, is it safe to say that the 11/11 (holiday) will be busier than Tuesday, 11/12?

Lastly, which rides are the most decorated for the season?

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Nov 8, 2019 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kat!

Yes, it's safe to say that Tuesday will be less crowded than Monday. Santa will be available for photos all evening! The ride overlays available include Jingle Cruise, Tomorrowland Speedway, Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Our personal favorite is the Jingle Cruise :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 6, 2019 at 3:13 a.m. Ron Says...

The first party is this Friday night (and

yes, I was lucky enough to get a ticket

for it). So why isn't there a definite start

time yet for the fireworks posted on the

disney world website? I kind of need to

know what time they are supposed to

begin because I only want to enter the

park while the fireworks are going off

(since that is normally when the lines

for the rides finally start to die down).

Do you think maybe the reason why

nothing is posted is because the time

will be exactly at 10 p.m. like it was the

last few years?

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Nov 6, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron!

The fireworks tend to take place around the same time each year, so we think planning for 10 p.m. for fireworks is a safe bet. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2019 at 4:38 a.m. Ron Says...

Thanks for the advice. I will plan on getting

to the gate about 10 p.m. as you suggested.

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Nov 7, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome - we're glad you hopped by! We hope you enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. Steele Says...

We purchased regular WDWMK tickets to attend on one of the Christmas Party Days. Will they literally kick us out of the park at 6pm? Knowing that there are activities that we won't be able to do, could we just hang out at the park during the Christmas party stuff?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steele!

Guests without Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets won't be permitted to stay in the park, unfortunately. Party guests will have wristbands, and cast members will slowly start funneling those without wristbands towards the exit as party time approaches.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2019 at 12:44 p.m. Sarah Says...

We are planning on doing rides from 4-6 before the party and will likely be in Fantasyland at 6. I was wondering if we’d still be able to walk through the tunnel under the castle see the 6:15 Frozen Holiday show, or do they close off the castle around show times?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

Generally, the castle is closed off close to show time (about 30 minutes before and after), so the tunnel won't be available at that time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:21 a.m. Amy Says...

We have tickets for the Nov 8 Christmas party. We would like to tour the resorts to see the gingerbread houses before the party. Will the Grand Floridian, Board Walk, Yacht Club and Beach Club have their gingerbread displays out by then?

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Nov 7, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

The Grand Floridian gingerbread house is set to open on Nov. 13, and the other hotels don't have a posted date for completion just yet (though we'd imagine it'd be a similar timeframe). We'll update you if we hear anything more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2019 at 10:38 p.m. Sara Says...

Is Magic Kingdom less or more crowded during the day on the days that they have the Very Merry Christmas Party?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

This largely depends on the time. Crowds pick up as the month moves on, regardless of whether or not it's a party day. Some people with park hoppers will head to the park before party times, while others will hop to the park for the party, so there can be a steady flow of people throughout the day when it's a busier time in Orlando. You can see details about specific dates on our Crowd Calendar here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2019 at 8:13 p.m. Adrienne Says...

Greetings! We purchased tickets to MVMPC on December 22nd. We are DVC Members but those tickets were gone already so we got the regularly priced ones. Do you know if we show our DVC card if we can get a 2pm DVC Member Early Entry? Thank you, Hoping to make reservations at Liberty Tree or Tony's for 2:30pm :)

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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrienne!

Your DVC Member card is what grants you access to the DVC Member Early Entry, no matter what type of ticket you have to the event - so you're good to go! Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. Sue Says...

You mentioned parties on Saturday's, there arent any parties held on Saturday's...

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Oct 29, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

You are correct! That was a flub on our end - thank you for letting us know! We've corrected the post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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