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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

by Mommy Frog on November 20, 2023 1888 Orlando

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Attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is one of our absolute favorite ways to celebrate and spread Christmas cheer. This classic holiday event at Magic Kingdom occurs on select nights from Nov. 9 to Dec. 22, 2023. Enjoy Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, fireworks, castle shows, special characters, food and drink and even snowfall on Main Street — plus a new castle show featuring your favorite "Frozen" characters. Tickets are now sold out for the 2023 events. For those attending the remaining dates, we have all the frogciting details. Let's hop in!

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

Overview of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Sign

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 Dates and Tickets

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 Dates

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Nov. 9 to Dec. 22, 2023. The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and 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. Undercover Tourist offered discount tickets beginning July 6, 2023. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are now sold out for 2023.

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. A few 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 — Cover of guide 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!)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Complimentary ornament

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, plus a complimentary ornament. Be sure to grab a party map, which unfolds to reveal a map and lots of event details! On opening night (a sold-out party), there were long lines at the entrance at 4 p.m., but it moved quickly — we were scanned in within 15 minutes!

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. There are also fun photo-ops to start off your visit.

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 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!

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.

Day guests and party guests can enjoy three photo opportunities throughout the park — near Tomorrowland Terrace, across from Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and across from Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Special Entertainment

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Minnie and Mickey in 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. Last year, we got second-row spots by the entrance to Liberty Square about 15 minutes before parade kick-off, and the parade got to us at 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, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is typically shown to day guests at Magic Kingdom through Dec. 31.

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

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Fireworks

The fireworks spectacular show returns 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 Happily Ever After 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).

Once the party season is over, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks often run nightly until Dec. 29 to regular daytime guests. There will be no showing of regular fireworks on those nights.

Showtime: 10 p.m.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration 

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

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 typically runs daily 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.

"Frozen Holiday Surprise" (New for 2023)

"Frozen Holiday Surprise" at Magic Kingdom

New this year, Magic Kingdom offers “Frozen Holiday Surprise,” a "Frozen”-inspired show that illuminates the castle in a whole new way. Guests can see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies in front of Cinderella Castle, all dressed in their rare holiday outfits. Available as of Nov. 7, this new offering runs nightly, both during regular park hours and during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Once the castle is magically transformed, the look remains projected throughout the evening for a perfect wintery backdrop.

"Frozen Holiday Surprise" at Magic Kingdom

We frogs really enjoyed this cool new entertainment and loved seeing Anna and Elsa in their festive outfits. We recommend arriving about 10-15 minutes ahead of time to claim a spot, though you can also arrive further down Main Street and still hear the show and see the castle illuminated.

Showtimes: 6:15 p.m. (regular park hours) and 8:15 p.m. (MVMCP)

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.

Disney Junior Jingle Jam

The Disney Junior Jingle Jam in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe 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.

Club Tinsel Dance Party 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Club Tinsel dance party

Dance the night away with a live DJ and holiday friends at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland intermittently from 7 p.m. to midnight. Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and Chip 'n' Dale groove in the crowd to fun musical hits.

The Collective 5ive

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — The Collective 5ive

New for 2023, this "boy band" rocks the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland with holiday hits. You can find this singing group intermittently from 7 p.m. to midnight.

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., 11:40 p.m.

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 2023 character line-up!

Rides

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — Mad Tea Party 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.

New for 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run is available during the party via a virtual queue. Guests with a party ticket may join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. through the My Disney Experience app. You do not need to be inside Magic Kingdom to join the virtual queue.

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, though you should be able to purchase either Genie+ or an individual Lightning Lane, with just a party ticket, if interested in stacking rides from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also note that wait times between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will not appear in the My Disney Experience app, but all attractions will 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

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

  • TRON Lightcycle / Run (Virtual queue only)
  • 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

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party — Complimentary treat locations

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dining

Dreaming of sugar plums? Well, we dream about the food at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! One of the perks of attending the party is the complimentary treat stations where you can pick up assorted pre-packaged cookies and a holiday beverage (think hot cocoa and eggnog!). But that's not all — specialty food and drink offerings are also available during the party.

Only select restaurants are usually open during party time throughout the park, so plan ahead. We recommend eating a full dinner during the pre-party time, and then snacking on the complimentary and specialty treats the rest of the night.

For full menus and foodie details, hop over to our foodie guide for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

In 2023, there is party-exclusive merchandise available at The Emporium and Star Traders! There's also plenty of general Christmas merchandise throughout the resort. 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!

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 26, 2023 at 8:43 p.m. Kelly jo Says...

How hard will it be for me to buy a ticket for Dec 22, 2024 if I'm not staying on resort? Do I have a chance even of getting one?

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Dec 27, 2023 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly Jo!

Yes, you've got a chance of getting a ticket, even if you can't purchase in the early booking window. This year, tickets went on sale June 29 and all event dates were sold out as of Nov. 29. The first two dates to go were the first two nights, but those did not sell out until October. If you are able to purchase the first day tickets go on sale, odds are very good you'll be able to secure your dates. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2023 at 3:43 p.m. Shen Says...

Thank you for your guide! I attended the 2023 MVMCP on Nov. 26th. Some things I'll note for others that reference this in the future:

1. Be mindful of the weather! It rained when my group first arrived and it caused things to be much slower getting in to the park. It took about 1 hr 20 minutes to get in (arrived at parking ~3:15, didn't enter MK until 4:40)

2. Depending on the weather, characters may not be available for outside pics, so be prepared to flex your itinerary. Also, Characters that sign autographs take MUCH longer to meet than those that have signature cards.

3. Ride lines really were manageable and so we were able to ride a LOT, BUT, be aware of who is in your group! Small kids and older family members take longer to walk around (plus the time to park the stroller), so it may not be worth it to go to the party if you can't move about quickly.

4. The parade is EPIC! Absolutely a masterpiece. Make sure you line up early if you want to sit on the curb, but even if you arrive around 20 minutes prior, you can angle yourself and still get a great view. Photo pass photographers will also be walking down the route prior to the parade start, so flag them down if you want group shots while you wait.

5. The evening flies by, so make sure you have a priority list. You really can NOT ride all the rides, watch the shows, get all the treats, and shop. But, you will get a nice mix of each if you plan in advance.

Have fun!

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Nov 29, 2023 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much for hopping by and sharing your advice for other frogs in the pond, Shen! You made some toadally awesome points :) Hoppy Holidays!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2023 at 5:39 a.m. Chrys Says...

Hi! We will be attending MVMCP on Friday (yay!) and was wondering if buses, etc run late that evening because if the extended hours. I am hoping so but wanted to plan ahead if not.

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Nov 16, 2023 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrys!

Disney World transportation does run after special events, including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Have a frogtastic time, and Hoppy Holidays!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2023 at 3:58 p.m. Deanne Mills Says...

If you have tickets for the Christmas party and also want to go to the park during the day, you need another park ticket for that as well? Or does the Christmas party cover all day?

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Nov 13, 2023 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanne!

The party ticket allows you to enter as early as 4 p.m. If you wish to go to Magic Kingdom earlier, you would need a separate general admission ticket, as well as a theme park reservation (if attending this year).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2023 at 12:35 p.m. Robert Says...

If I arrive at 4 pm to enter the park, do I have to pay for parking?

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Nov 6, 2023 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

Parking fees would apply and are not included with the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2023 at 5:54 p.m. Misty Says...

So, you can JUST buy the Tickets to the party and get in at 4pm and ride rides, etc - you dont have to have a park ticket for that day?

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Oct 12, 2023 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty!

That is correct! If you just want to attend the party for that day, you do not need a general admission day ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 6, 2023 at 5:07 p.m. Karla Stelly Says...

My question is that if you only purchase the event ticket for Merriest if you arrive at 4pm Are you allowed to start riding rides or Are you only allowed to walk around see the decorations etc till the 7pm start. Thank you and God bless

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Nov 6, 2023 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

Yes, you can toadally hop on some rides during the pre-party time!

Hoppy planning!

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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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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