While Magic Kingdom is magical any time of year, it’s especially so during the holidays when the Christmas decorations come out and everyone gets into the spirit! Of course, one of the very biggest Disney World holiday events is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party—back in 2016 for 21 festive evenings.
The party is similar to Mickey’s Not So Very Scary Halloween Party and is also a separately ticketed event, which means you must purchase a party ticket to attend. We've got the lowdown on what to expect at this year's party, so keep reading.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 Dates
- November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
- December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 ticket prices range from to $86-$99 for adults and $81-$94 for children (ages 3-9) without tax. For comparison, last year's tickets ranged from $74-$82 without tax for adults and from $69-77 for children (ages 3-9). Children under 3 are free.
Mickey's Very Merry Party 2016 Advance Ticket Prices By Date
$86 adults/$99 children: November 10, 13
$91 adults/$86 children: November 7, 8, 11, 15 December 1
$92 adults/$87 children: November 18, 27, 29 December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13
$96 adults/$91 children: December 9, 15
$99 adults/$94 children: December 16, 18, 22
We will not be selling these tickets, but you can purchase them directly from Disney here. This pricing is the strongest indicator of what Disney expects to be its busiest days. The last three parties of the year are the most expensive. And the first two are not the cheapest. This makes sense given that many 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. Some of the Thursdays are less expensive than Tuesdays.
If you want to learn more about all of Disney World's holiday events, check out our full guide.
Details for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016
The party doesn’t officially start until 7 p.m. (and runs through 12 a.m.), but you can get into the park starting at 4 p.m. with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket. We highly recommend doing this, as this will you give you more time to ride a few rides and have an early dinner. You'll need a little extra time to get through bag check and ticketing, so have all of your bags open and your tickets handy.
There is a new castle stage show for 2016 called "Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration." It includes medleys of holiday tunes, both classic and contemporary, and features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, who are celebrating just a few days before Christmas. Woody, Jessie, Peter Pan, Snow White, Alice, the White Rabbit and many more stop by! Also for the first time, you can catch Zootopia's Nick and Judy in Tomorrowland.
Most of the park attractions do stay open throughout the party, but since there are so many wondrous happenings that you don't normally see at Magic Kingdom, we try to ride as many rides as we can before the party starts.
Because these parties can get very crowded and are packed with special activities, including meet-and-greets with characters (some in fancy holiday attire), you must have 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! Make sure to allow for extra time to get in place for "A Frozen Holiday Wish," "Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration," Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and Holiday Wishes, as the hub around Cinderella's 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 front row isn't a priority, you can come in after that and still find great spots.
There is a “snowfall” on Main Street before the parades and then at the end of the evening. Tad and Lily especially lovvvveeee to stuff their bellies with the cookies and hot chocolate that are given out around the park for free.
Expected Schedule of Events (subject to change at any time):
- A Frozen Holiday Wish, 8:15 p.m.
- Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration, 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 12 a.m.
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
- Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season 10 p.m.
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas 7:40 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:45 p.m.
List of attractions expected to be open during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties for 2016:
- Astro Orbiter
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
- Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales With Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- "it's a small world"
- Jingle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey's PhilharMagic
- Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Stitch's Great Escape
- The Barnstormer
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid
Expected Character Greetings at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016
The most in-demand characters include the Seven Dwarfs, who have taken up camp in Storybook Circus (along with Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Scrooge McDuck and Santa Goofy). Jack Skellington, dressed in his Sandy Claws suit, is in the gazebo near the bridge between Cinderella Castle and Liberty Square. Snow White and Aurora, along with their princes, are meeting up behind Cinderella Castle near the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Santa Claus is up near City Hall on Main Street. Do note that most of the characters don’t come out to their special locations until the party officially starts, but you can (and should) get in line early for the most in-demand characters.
Since you cannot use Fastpass+ during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, it’s most crucial to make a plan if you want to meet the most in-demand characters.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
One of the big highlights of the night is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, which runs twice each evening of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This is your chance to catch dancing gingerbread men and reindeer, and the big man himself — Santa — aboard his sleigh, along with plenty of your favorite Disney characters.
The parade steps off in 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.
There are plenty of great spots to watch Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. Some of our favorite spots are in front of Cinderella Castle facing the bridge from Liberty Square, along Main Street and in the Town Square hub looking down toward the castle, but just know that if you want to watch the first parade from this location, you’ll need to get a spot at least 30 minutes in advance (earlier if you want to be front row). You’ll be able to watch the “Celebrate the Season” Castle Stage Show while you wait for first location, and you can catch the fireworks from the same spot afterwards.
The second show is always much less crowded if you’re OK with the kiddos staying up so late.
Here Are a Few of the Other Expected Big Events for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016!
A Frozen Holiday Wish
While you can catch Queen Elsa's lighting of Cinderella Castle in icy, glittering lights any time during the holiday season, not just the party, you definitely don't want to miss it. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf join her in a brief stage show leading up to the big reveal!
“Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” Fireworks
Jiminy Cricket narrates this amazing Disney fireworks show. We like the spot in the middle of Main Street U.S.A. next to Casey’s Corner, but the show can be seen all around the park. For the first time in Magic Kingdom history, guests can wear light up "Glow With the Show" ear hats in sync with the show during this year's "Holiday Wishes!"
“Celebrate the Season” Show
Mickey presents Minnie with her present with a little help from Goofy, Donald and the gang in this twist on The Nutcracker, which takes place on the Castle Forecourt Stage.
“A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” Show
"A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and features Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch in this musical review. 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.
For us, we love all the holiday hoopla surrounding Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 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 have never attended, we'd love to answer any questions! Check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline for more tips!