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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

by Mommy Frog on November 12, 2019 1813 Orlando

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party GuideIt's the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are in full swing at Magic Kingdom, and attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is one of our absolute favorite ways to celebrate and spread Christmas cheer. Disney World maximizes this magical season by transforming the park into a winter wonderland promptly after Halloween comes to a close.

We hopped over to this year's event and have filled this guide with everything you need to know about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019. We've got all the details about the new Fantasyland and Tomorrowland ride overlays (you'll definitely want to check out Tomorrowland Speedway) and a brand-new fireworks show, which ends with a fantastically festive finale! However, our favorite part of the night still has to be Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, during which we get to see all our Disney pals AND Santa Claus himself.

During our visit, we noticed heavier crowds at the beginning of the party, but as the night winded down (especially notable after the fireworks), the crowds lightened up. Crowd levels may 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. We befriended another frog family who told us they attended last year's event, and this year, they had a completely different plan to do the things they missed out last time. Toadally relatable!

Dates, Tickets & Pricing | Crowds & Best Days to Attend | Entrance Procedures & Overview | Characters | Entertainment & Rides | Is It Worth It? | Comments

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 Dates, Tickets and Pricing

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event, which means you must purchase a party ticket to attend. The pary usually starts about a week after the last Halloween party in early November and runs through late December. Prices typically increase each year, and select dates are likely to be more expensive than others.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 is taking place on select nights from Nov. 8 through Dec. 22, 2019. This year, an extra party night has been added, bringing it to 23 parties in total!

Here are Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 dates:

  • November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24
  • December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

We're very hoppy to be offering discount Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 tickets again this year, but keep in mind that some dates are now sold out :(

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 Crowds & Best Days to Attend

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Christmas Tree

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 less crowds. The last three parties of the year are typically the most expensive, and the first two are not the cheapest. This makes sense. 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. Based on pricing, the best week to attend is usually the one before Thanksgiving. Disney does not publish attendance numbers, but these parties are always well-attended, so plan accordingly!

If you want to learn more, check out our full guide to Disney World holiday events.

Before we get into 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.

Entrance Procedures & Overview of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Getting Wristband at Entrance

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 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 bag check 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 45 minutes just to get to the entrance!) Head toward the separate event entrance in order to receive your wristband upon arriving at the gate.

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

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Cast Member Welcome Sign

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. This is the first treat spot, where cast members hand out a welcomed holiday treat. There are also fun photo-ops with props and a few merchandise kiosks for those interested in special holiday Mickey ears or a T-shirt.

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 most convenient locations we found were near Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. 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!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Wristband Distribution

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 Fantasy, Adventure, Frontier and Tomorrowland entrances. Be sure to 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.

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! Make sure to allow for extra time to get in place for the shows and parades — A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the brand-new Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks — as the hub around Cinderella Castle and Main Street U.S.A. gets 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 right when the clock strikes 7 p.m. and then it continues 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 Schedule of Events 2019:

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Princess Float in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

  • A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
  • Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration - 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
  • Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks - 10 p.m.
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.
  • Club Tinsel - 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Snowfall on Main Street - intermittently

Character Greetings at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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. (Don’t worry, PhotoPass+ photographers can be found with each character, except for those “roaming” as listed below.)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde

Some of the popular rare characters. such as the Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Moana, start meeting guests before the party starts. You're able to line up for these characters once you receive your wristband. However, these wait times can grow very long early on. It's better to wait until later in the night, such as during the first parade. We recommend visiting Sandy during this time and catching the second showing of the parade!

Crowds die down later in the night and characters become less of a priority. Anytime after Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks at 10 p.m., you're likely to experience shorter waits. With so much to do at the party, we’d hate to spend so much time waiting in line. Most characters have at least an hour wait time, so be sure to prioritize who your frog squad REALLY wants to meet ahead of time.

Party-exclusive characters can now be located using the MyDisneyExperience app.

Here are the characters that were available to jingle and mingle during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Santa Claus (Main Street Courtyard)
  • Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater)
  • Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally (Town Square Theater, where Tinkerbell normally meets)

Adventureland

  • Aladdin + Abu, Jasmine + Genie (alternating every 30 minutes next to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
  • Captain Jack Sparrow (across from Pirates of the Caribbean ride)
  • Moana (in the Tiki Room)
  • Peter Pan (roaming)

Frontierland

  • The Country Bears (roaming)

Liberty Square

  • Mary Poppins and Bert

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Ariel and Prince Eric

Fantasyland

  • Ariel and Prince Eric (across from Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid)
  • Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Tiana and Naveen, Princess Elena of Avalor (Princess Fairytale Hall)
  • Snow White and her Prince, and Aurora and Prince Phillip (near the Castle Wall near Princess Fairytale Hall)
  • Belle (to the right side of Bonjour! Village Gifts)
  • Pooh and Friends (next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
  • Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum (next to Mad Tea Party)
  • The Seven Dwarfs (inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus)
  • Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck (Storybook Circus)
  • Santa Goofy (next to Barnstormer exit in Storybook Circus)

Tomorrowland

  • Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (at the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 Entertainment & Rides

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!). Keep an eye out for lesser-seen characters such as Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz.

The parade typically 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. 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 for front row viewing. We got lucky and managed to find a prime front row spot in front of Casey's Corner about 45 minutes before, but it was a tight squeeze. 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. However, we really recommend taking the time to view from one of our favorite spots such as in front of Cinderella Castle facing the bridge from Liberty Square. If you’re OK with the tadpoles staying up past their bedtime, the 11 p.m. showing is usually much less crowded.

A Frozen Holiday Wish

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - A Frozen Holiday Wish

Get swept up in the holiday spirit as Queen Elsa uses her powers to create a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration. This show is short and sweet at less than 10 minutes long, and a must-see for Frozen fans. Even if Anna and Elsa aren’t your favorite, it is a truly magical moment to see the castle come alive with its iconic, glowing icicles. 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!

If you don't want to waste valuable party time, you can watch the show at 6:15 p.m. However, keep in mind that it will be busy with lingering daytime guests. Main Street will be packed once the show finishes as they leave the park, so we recommended heading to Liberty Square, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland immediately following the 6:15 p.m. show.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

The brand-new fireworks spectacular show made its debut this year at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019. It's hosted by Minnie Mouse and features medleys of beloved holiday songs, including "Joy to the World" and "Deck the Halls."

The projections are fun to see, but they don't necessarily tell a story. Since the show isn't too dependent on castle projections, you can really view the spectacular from anywhere in the park. If you're standing in front of Cinderella Castle, you'll see Tinker Bell fly into the night from the top of the castle in the blink of an eye, which was a cool sight to see! Disney is also offering a dessert party premium package for this show at an extra cost.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Find a good seat for the 10:30 p.m. showing, and stick around in that same spot for the 11 p.m. parade!

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, the White Rabbit 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.

“A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” Show

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 - 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.

The Edge Effect

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect (formerly VoicePlay) returns to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 for alternating shows between A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. We really recommend checking out these shows back-to-back, and taking the 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 really great break from the chaos of characters at the party and will really get you into the spirit with their unbelievable talent.

Club Tinsel 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 - Club Tinsel

Dance the night away with a live DJ and holiday friends at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. Polar bears, reindeer and elves will 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. You can find flurries down Main Street during both parades and all of the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration showings.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam

Following the success of a similar dance party taking place at the 2018 Halloween Party, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam 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.

Rides

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Mad Tea Party

Because it is a separately ticketed event, one of the party perks are significantly less guests in the park. And with so many special experiences available, ride waits are typically much shorter. If you aren't able to get ahold of a Seven Dwarfs FastPass+ during your trip, the party may be the perfect time to ride it.

For the first time this year, some rides will be receiving special holiday enhancements! Zoom down a festive freeway decorated with thousands of lights on the Tomorrowland Speedway. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will put on a new show, and both Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party will have special lighting and music to celebrate holiday cheer.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Tomorrowland Speedway

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 parade and show times. If you’re waiting to attend the 11 p.m. parade, then use the first showing time to hop on the high-demand rides such as 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. We found the popular rides anywhere between a 10- and 45-minute wait depending on the time of night.

While we may be alone in this, one of our favorite memories is seeing the fireworks while riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a magical, surreal experience and a way to enjoy two magical things at once — and there are significantly shorter lines during the fireworks!

“Smaller” rides such as Mad Tea Party and “it’s a small world” will have a consistently short wait that typically won’t exceed more than 20 minutes throughout the night. These are great to quickly hop on if you have time to kill before a show!

Attractions that are open during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019: 

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square Theater

Adventureland

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Jingle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

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

Tomorrowland

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

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Snacks & More

Keep an eye out for gigantic, inflatable peppermint sticks to signify a treat location! You can find the following treats and beverages at these locations:

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Holiday Treats at Pinocchio Village Haus

  • Welcome Holiday Treat - Market Street (open until 8 p.m.)
  • Ginger Molasses Cookie - Jingle Cruise, The Lunching Pad
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie - Golden Oak Outpost, Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Peppermint Cookie - Miner's Cove, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie - The Diamond Horseshoe, The Friar's Nook
  • Snowman Pretzel - Tortuga Tavern, Storybook Snack Carts
  • Fanta - Tortuga Tavern, Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Eggnog - The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Apple Cider - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, The Lunching Pad
  • Hot Chocolate - Pinocchio Village Haus, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

We always like to stop by Tortuga Tavern for the party's salty selection, a snowman soft pretzel. Our favorite stop this year was Pinocchio Village Haus for a snickerdoodle and hot cocoa. All of the cookies we came across this year are individually wrapped. This is perfect for those concerned about allergies ... or if you just want to stock up your treat stash for the winter. Speaking of allergies, most treat locations offer allergen-friendly locations. You can ask the cast member at the front what the options are.

Take your cookies to go so you can enjoy them while waiting for the parade!

In addition to these complimentary (and did we mention, unlimited?) sweets and treats, there are also special seasonal food available such as the To Be Jolly float from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Our favorite, you ask? The Olaf's Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake was delish and a hit with the whole Frog Family.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Olaf Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake

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 as to not spend precious party time grubbing, but there are also event-exclusive dining options.

Restaurants Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019:

  • Main Street Bakery
  • Casey's Corner
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Aloha Isle
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • Storybook Treats
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cool Ship

Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party debuted last year, and it has returned in 2019. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., guests can pop in and out of Tony's Town Square restaurant for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and sweets during Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party. Last year, the tasty eats included Tony's famous meatballs, hand-tossed mini pizzas, boursin-stuffed artichokes, pumpkin tartlets, Yule Logs and more! There will also be an assortment of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party guests have access to special reserved seating for the second parade showing of the evening at 11 p.m. Tony's guests keep the party going until 12:30 a.m., even after Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party officially ends! It costs $99 per person (plus tax), and yes, you'll still need regular Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party admission.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

Christmas is a dangerous time for my wallet and me to be at Disney. Not only do I adore all of the wonderful décor and adorable present options, but the event-exclusive merchandise is pretty tough to say no to.

While, of course, general Christmas merchandise can be found throughout the park, the brochure highlights where to find party-exclusive gear. If you’re an annual passholder, there are special products just for you, too. We found the Emporium to be the one-stop shop for everything you could possibly be looking for, but you can also find party-exclusive items at Big Top Souvenirs, Star Traders, Frontier Trading Post and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Can I Catch Any of the Special Entertainment and Ride Overlays Outside of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?

After the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is usually shown daily at Magic Kingdom for park guests in the afternoon through the end of December. The new Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show is also expected to be available nightly at 10 p.m. from Dec. 23 through Dec. 29.

You can hop aboard Jingle Cruise during the day throughout the holiday season. Additionally, A Frozen Holiday Wish typically has a 6:15 p.m. showtime, so daytime guests can potentially squeeze it in on their way out of the park (or alternatively, on a day without a party scheduled). Just don't expect to be able to stay for the party without a wristband following this short show.

Is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Worth It?

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Family in Christmas Gear

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 towards 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!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Friends in Matching Christmas Pajamas

For us, we love all the holiday hoopla surrounding Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 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!

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, 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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Oct 25, 2019 at 1:56 a.m. Jamie Says...

Hi, thank you so much for all of this helpful information! I was wondering if you might know where MVMCP guests are “dumped out” (for lack of a better term!) into MK through the party entrance? We have a 3:15-4:15 FP to meet Mickey at Town Square and I’m wondering if we’ll have to backtrack now to get there. Hope my question makes sense! Thank you!

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Oct 25, 2019 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

Generally if you are entering before 4, guests head around the back right side of Main Street and are dumped out by the Plaza restaurant. However, you'll walk right past Town Square Theater, so we'd expect that you'd toadally be able to hop in there first to meet the Main Mouse before following the trail to get your swag :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2019 at 2:57 a.m. Jamie Says...

Thank you so much for replying! This is very helpful!

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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Jamie! Hoppy to help :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2019 at 12:58 a.m. Caren Says...

Hi! Was able to get reservations for Cinderella’s dinner at 11:15 on party night, but anxious about using valuable party time at a dinner, should I cancel and hope to get reservations another night?

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Oct 24, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caren!

This really depends on which you'd prefer to do! Since it's a later reservation, our advice is a little different than it would be for other commenters. At that time, you'll be past the fireworks and will have had about 7 hours in the park full of holiday festivities. If you think you will have done and seen most of what you'd like to, and dining in the castle is a top priority, then we'd say keep it! If dining in the castle is less of a priority than maybe taking in more rides, we'd cancel and try for another night - toadally up to you and your fam's preferences!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2019 at 8:12 p.m. Erik Says...

Hello,

Thanks for such a comprehensive guide! Question: we are looking to buy three tickets for MVMCP, will you ship the tickets to Toronto, Canada?

Erik

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Oct 23, 2019 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erik!

You are so welcome - we're glad you hopped by! We do ship to Canada (hooray!) You can check out our shipping times here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Carolyn Cameron Says...

Hi how do you purchase mvmcp tickets please

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Oct 21, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn!

You can find Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets here. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Dave Says...

I'm thinking of going to the Party on Sunday Dec 15th , is this date likely to sell out. Might not know for sure till end of November. If I ordered tickets around Nov 22 what is the likelihood of them still being available for Dec. 15th ( 6 tickets)

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Oct 21, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

Since it's a Sunday, and you have a large party, we'd recommend buying as soon as you're able since they can go quickly!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2019 at 12:18 a.m. Tracy Says...

Do you know if DAP is available during the party?

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Oct 21, 2019 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

It is - have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2019 at 4:39 p.m. Brenda L. Says...

I have the MVMCP tickets. It is stated that you can enter the park around 4 pm. But I have friends that have the same tickets and they can enter the park at 2 pm for MVMCP Is that true? My friends have been to the party before, so I just wanted to double check the time to enter.

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Oct 17, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

Party tickets get you into Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m., unless you are a DVC member, in which case you can get in a bit earlier - hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2019 at 5:32 p.m. Jeanine Says...

Planning our trip! Will definately be going to MCMCP! We have BOG lunch reservations (2pm). So late enough we likely don't need dinner. Do you know if the usual carts (selling snack items, popcorn, soft pretzels, etc) will be open during the party?

THANKS!

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Oct 16, 2019 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

They sure will - there will be some quick-service options available with special party snacks, as well. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2019 at 11:54 p.m. Frank Ambrosio Says...

I have a 4 day park hopper linked to my account. I am coming in November would like to go to the Christmas party. If I make 4pm fast passes on my account than decide to buy the Christmas ticket will these fast passes be honored without using my park hopper

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Oct 15, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank!

That's correct. Be sure to enter through the Special Event entrance and only your event ticket will be used. If you find anything amiss, City Hall and/or Guest Relations can help.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2019 at 10:53 p.m. Catherine Lewis Says...

This would be an awesome event to go to. I haven't been any place fun in years.

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Oct 11, 2019 at 1:37 a.m. Kerri Obrien Says...

Hi, we are coming to Disneyworld in mid December, will it be very cold?

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Oct 11, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri!

The monthly average temperature in Orlando in December is 71° (high) / 53° (low), so we'd definitely suggest layers!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:57 p.m. Sharon Says...

Excellent article full of tips. We don’t have Disney tickets and would be just buying the party tickets. How would I go about booking fast passes from 4pm?

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much for the kind words, Sharon! Be sure to hop back as we get a little closer, as we'll continue to update this article as new details are released. Your party ticket can be connected to My Disney Experience much like a normal park ticket, where you can then book FastPass reservations in the app. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. Derek Says...

Are you sure that is the case? I read elsewhere that you can only use FastPasses from 4-6 (no FastPasses during the actual party) and that if you use a FastPass from 4-6 it will use one of your regular park tickets. I want to book some FastPasses with my MVMCP tickets, but I don't want to mess anything up with my other tickets.

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Oct 16, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Derek!

We are sure - we called Disney to confirm :) You are able to book FastPasses between 4-6, but no FastPasses are available during the party, as you mentioned. Your park tickets will not be used, and if you find an error in My Disney Experience, Guest Services will be happy to help you sort it out. Be sure to hop into the special event entrance line when you enter so that only your party ticket is scanned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Sonia King Says...

Are the ride overlays (specifically Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc, and Jingle Cruise) only available during MVMCP, or are these attractions holiday themed the whole month of December? And if only during MVMCP, do they begin at 6pm or 4pm and do you need a fastpass?

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Oct 3, 2019 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonia!

The ride overlays will only be available during the party. They'll begin at 6 (some just after, depending on set up time!), but FastPass won't be necessary, as it's not available during the party. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. Veronica Gonzalez Says...

Rookie mistake...I booked CRT for dinner at 7:10pm, which is during the Christmas party. :( Is this a terrible decision? Will we miss most everything? I've looked and looked, but CRT is not available on any other day we are visiting. So my options are to keep it or drop it. What would you do?

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Oct 1, 2019 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica!

How long will you be at Walt Disney World? If you can, we would try to schedule a visit to Akershus instead (and keep checking back for CRT, as cancellations do happen!). That said, if your love for the Christmas activities exceeds your tadpoles' love for meeting the princesses in the castle, we'd ditch the reservation in favor of hopping around the party festivities, as it can be a long experience. We know you'll have a wonderful time either way!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 12:32 a.m. Lisa J Lawrence Says...

Do people dress up in costumes for this Christmas event? My kids want to ( they think we should too) but I’m not convinced.

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Sep 25, 2019 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Some do, certainly! (In fact, someone just asked today about dressing up like a nutcracker!) As long as you follow Disney's costume guidelines (nothing obstructive or offensive, no weapons and nothing covering the face), dressing up is toadally okay. Frog pond, how many of you wear costumes to Mickey's Very Merry?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. Ian Says...

What parts of the party will continue when the party finishes Christmas week? In particular the ride overlays, as we are attending the party but are concerned about not getting parts done. We are there Christmas week so can get some bits done then

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Sep 23, 2019 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian!

The ride overlays will be exclusive to the party, so if any of those are must-dos, be sure to make those a priority on your party night, as those may not stick around! Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be available during Christmas week, and the fireworks generally are as well, though those aren't yet listed on the Schedule of Events. We'll keep our eyes and ears open, too!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2019 at 12:44 p.m. Amy Says...

I read from another blog that if you don't have a regular pass for the day, and just the MVMCP ticket, and book fast passes between 4-6pm, they could be cancelled? Any additional data points on this? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

As long as your FastPasses begin at that 4 p.m. mark, you're good to go! If you have any questions, or run into any trouble, there is a direct Disney FastPass helpline at (407) 939-4357.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2019 at 4:15 a.m. Amy Says...

So can I book my first fastpass for 3:30-4:30pm? Or does it literally have to be earliest 4-5pm? Thanks so much for clarifying!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

3:30 - 4:30 should be just fine. You'll just want to take into account the time it takes to enter the park and walk to the attraction so you don't miss your window :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2019 at 5:53 p.m. Kmilo Says...

Would it be worth it to do the Christmas party from 4pm entrance until 9pm? Travelling with a toddler.

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

This is the most difficult question when you've got tadpoles - we know how important that bedtime is! This really depends on what you'd like to do and whether or not you have another Magic Kingdom day! If you won't have another Magic Kingdom day and are really looking to maximize your time with fewer lines and more holiday festivities, we say go for it! If you're a big holiday fan, this event is also toadally worth it. Others in the Frog Pond may weigh in with their experiences at the party with tadpoles to help you make the right decision for your family, as well :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. KL Says...

Hi, We will be at the 12/5 Very Merry Christmas Party and was curious if it is recommended or necessary to buy an additional Dessert Party ticket to have a good view the parade/fireworks. Thanks!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We don't think it's necessary to get the dessert party; we'd recommend staking out a spot about half an hour beforehand, where you can stay put to catch both, and enjoying the all-you-care-to-enjoy cookies (and maybe a special treat or two) instead :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Sheila Lucchesi Says...

Is the MVMCP at Disneyland also or just Disney World?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheila!

This event is exclusive to Disney World. Disneyland Resort doesn't have a party equivalent, but they do decorate for the holidays and have special seasonal food, activities and even ride overlays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Carrie Says...

Do you know what are the Christmas activities,/rides that will be displayed in Disneyland this year?

Will they also have the Christmas parade?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

Yes, Disneyland will have a Christmas parade - it's a great time to visit! We have a whole post dedicated to the Christmas events at Disneyland here with all of the festive details.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. Mickey Says...

Hi, this will be m first -time ever Christmas party and my first after hours event. It's also my birthday so I'm looking forward to it. I will only have a party ticket, can I still book fastpass+ for 4pm? Do you know how much Crystal Palace charges for dinner for 1 adult?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mickey!

You sure can! FastPass+ will run from 4 until the park officially closes at 6. Dinner will range between $52.00 and $59.99 for an adult for dinner (this varies between the days of the week sometimes!). Have a hoppy birthday!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2019 at 6:17 p.m. Catherine Pollard Says...

We are staying in Universal for Christmas but would like to take the teenagers to Mickey’s Christmas party . Please can someone advise if this is suitable for 4 teenagers and do you have to have Disney park tickets in addition to the party tickets??

Thank you

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

If you're looking to enter the park before 4 p.m., you'd need separate park admission - but your ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party grants you admission to Magic Kingdom from 4 p.m onward (no need for separate admission!). If your teens are into the holidays, we definitely recommend the party - though others from the Frog Pond may have first hand experience with teenagers at Mickey's Very Merry to lend a frog hand!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2019 at 12:51 a.m. Joely Says...

Thank you for all of your advice. My family and I will be enjoying Disney World for the first time the week of 11/3. In planing our schedule I noticed that the crowd calendar identifies 11/8 as a "busy day" for Magic Kingdom. But I also am reading that one of the benefits of MVMCP is the smaller crowds and shorter lines. Can you clarify the anticipated crowd for both the day of 11/8 and the MCMCP?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joely!

Since Monday, Nov. 11 is a holiday, we anticipate that crowds will start to roll in on the previous Friday to enjoy the 3-day weekend to the fullest :) We think Mickey's Very Merry is a great way to visit Magic Kingdom with lower crowds (especially since the park will close early that evening!). If you're into the holidays, we highly recommend, as most wait times for rides won't be more than 35 minutes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. Jodee Says...

Can you identify the exact range of dates when you can attend both the Halloween party and the Christmas party? We always fly in for Halloween but it would be fun to attend Christmas as well.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodee!

These events unfortunately don't overlap, but you could certainly plan a trip where you can attend both on different days! The last Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party of the season is Nov. 1, and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is Nov. 8.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2019 at 5:51 p.m. TBH Says...

We plan to visit the day before Thanksgiving and leave that following Sunday. Will the characters be dressed in Christmas outfits throughout the park? There is not a Very Merry Christmas Party on the dates that we will be able to visit the park :-(

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. Kate Z Says...

I read through all the comments, but I have a question regarding attire that I can't find the answer to! I plan on wearing a kitschy nutcracker themed 50's dress with a hat and makeup. I know it'll be party-approved, but I don't know if they will let me in at 4pm wearing that? Do you have any insight on attire and limitations for timing?

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Sep 25, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

No limitations on timing - you should be good to go at 4! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. Kate Z Says...

Santa Goofy can be found at Hollywood Studios during their Christmastime overlay for Flurry of Fun which goes on during regular operating hours. But that's about it for Christmas attire characters.

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Generally, characters are only in Christmas outfits for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Elizabeth Hovan Says...

It will be our first time going to the Christmas Party! Going to purchase tickets on your site but cant decide between Nov. 12 or Nov. 14. What do you suggest. It seems crowds have increased over the years anyways!

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Aug 26, 2019 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Both will be pretty similar in terms of crowds, though 11/12 may be a little busier due to the holiday the day before. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. Robin Says...

For the week of Dec 1, which Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party date will be best to attend....Dec 3 (Tues) or Dec 5 (Thurs)

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Aug 26, 2019 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

According to our Crowd Calendar, Tuesday will be a 6, while Thursday will be an 8, so we'd go with Tuesday! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 10:23 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi,

Thank you for the great info! I have always stayed on Disney property, but this year we are renting a house and going to Universal Studios. We still want to experience Xmas at Diseny so the MVMCP seems like a good option. My kids would benefit from the early 4pm enty, thanks for the tip! Is there only one fireworks show at 10:00? THey might not be able to stay awake that long. Thanks for the help!

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Aug 23, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

That's correct; the fireworks will just have one showing (and they're all-new this year!) We toadally get having sleepy tadpoles. That early park time will certainly be hopful!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:55 p.m. Diane Says...

Would you say fireworks are at 10pm?

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Oct 1, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

Yes, last year the fireworks took place at 10 p.m. As soon as we know the schedule for certain this year, we'll be sure to update!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Robin Says...

I am going to purchase my park hopper tix from this site. Where is the best place to purchase Very Merry Christmas tix?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

We also offer Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets! You can find those here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 6:14 a.m. tomi Says...

Say I wanted to go to H.S. the day I plan on going to MVMCP. Would I be able to attend with no park hopper.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tomi!

If you've got a base ticket and use it to go to Hollywood Studios, then head over at 4 p.m. to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with a valid party ticket, this would be just fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2019 at 3:42 a.m. Cindy Says...

Would you help me to understand what exactly is different between the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas night versus a open to the public night. I understand shorter lines, cookies and hot chocolate. Is the parade different as well as the fireworks and laser show? I guess I am wondering what we will miss going to a regular night versus the special event night. We did go one year and loved it: however, we have a family member who said there is minimal difference. Not trying to be difficult, just trying to find out more details so that I can present it to our in-laws and see if they want to go? Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

You aren't being difficult at all - it's a valid question, and a good one! Yes, there will be a special holiday-themed parade and fireworks show exclusive to the party. Most of the experiences listed in this article are exclusive to the party and wouldn't be able to be found on a regular park night. Like you mentioned, the things that would only be found at a party would be shorter lines and lower crowds, cookies, hot chocolate, special entertainment (A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration,Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Club Tinsel), snowfall on Main Street, special and sometimes rare character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and special food and merchandise themed to the party. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. Alexis Says...

Hi, we're staying at Universal Studios but have tickets for the Christmas party. What transportation would you recommend for getting from universal to Disney?

Thanks!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

You can use Mears shuttles or taxis/Uber/ride-share apps. You can also look into renting a car, which is most likely going to give you the most flexibility, but remember to take parking costs into consideration!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi. I found your article to very helpful! I was wondering if there is anyway to verify the 4pm entrance time for this year? I had reached out to Disney and they said you can enter after 7pm with party tickets. Do you know if this has always been the case in the past and they just don't like to advertise it or if they may be changing the policy this year? We are considering doing the party as our only time/event at the Disney parks so the extra 3 hours would make a big difference in our decision! Thanks in advance!

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Aug 8, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

We called as well just to ease our froggy minds and were told that party goers can still hop in around 4 p.m. :) DVC members can head into the party even sooner! If we hear anything to the contrary, we'll be sure to update this post ASAP.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2019 at 2:54 p.m. Audrey Says...

I hate that it's becoming more and more expensive each year, the MVMCP costs pretty much a park entry, but it's so worth it!

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:43 a.m. Pam Says...

Any idea if the wrist bands for MVMCP have latex in them?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam!

We just gave Disney a call and the Cast Member we spoke to said the wristbands are latex free!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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