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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mommy Frog's Note: Unfortunately, with stage shows, parades and fireworks unable to take place at Walt Disney World Resort due to new health and safety measures, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2020 has been canceled. However, special holiday decor, food, merchandise and even character cavalcades will still be available this year to make spirits bright! In the meantime, you can read all of the holly-jolly details from 2019's event below. 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - PinterestSanta Claus is probably working hard in the North Pole right now, prepping for his annual December voyage, while you are organizing your own holiday trip. Attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is usually one of our absolute favorite ways to celebrate and spread Christmas cheer. Walt Disney World Resort maximizes this magical season by transforming the theme parks into their own unique winter wonderlands promptly after Halloween comes to a close. However, this year will look a little different due to COVID-19, which has prompted the cancellation of the event. Don't worry, Santa will still be making a special appearance as part of the park's new holiday cavalcades. But for now, we'll just have to put Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on our 2021 holiday wish list. We've left in details from the 2019 event in this guide, so you can plan for its return in the future!

During our visit in 2019, we noticed heavier crowds at the beginning of the party, but as the night wound down (especially noticeable after the fireworks), the crowds lightened 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!) We befriended another frog family who told us they attended the previous year's event, and at the 2019 party, they had a completely different plan to do the things they missed out last time. Toadally relatable ... but have no fear, your favorite frogs are here!

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 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 party 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. In 2019, there were 23 parties total, starting as early as Nov. 8 and ending Dec. 22. 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 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 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 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. (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!)

Entrance Procedures and Overview of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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

In recent years, the party hasn't officially started until 7 p.m. (and ran through 12 a.m.), but guests have been able to 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 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 (generally a separate turnstile with a sign noting the special event) 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 welcome 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 in the past have been located 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 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.

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 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 front row isn't a priority, you can come in after that and still find great spots.

There is “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 

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

Here are the entertainment showtimes from 2019. We expect a similar lineup of entertainment in future years.

  • 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, to hop in line. We recommend visiting Sandy Claws 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 be located using the My Disney Experience 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 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 Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.

The parade typically 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 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 less crowded.

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 fireworks spectacular show made its debut at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019, and we hope to see it return in 2021. 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! Disney also offered a dessert party premium package for this show at an extra cost last year.

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 - 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

The Edge Effect (formerly VoicePlay) returned 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 great break from the chaos of characters at the party and will get you into the spirit with their unbelievable talent.

Club Tinsel 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Club Tinsel

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

Snowfall on Main Street

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

Snowfall in Florida is magical enough, but you can’t miss the beauty of snow fluttering down in Magic Kingdom. 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.

For the first time, in 2019, some rides received special holiday enhancements! We zoomed down a festive freeway decorated with thousands of lights on the Tomorrowland Speedway. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor put on a new show, and both Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party had special lighting and music to celebrate holiday cheer. The fan-favorite Jingle Cruise returned in 2019, as well, and is available for all Magic Kingdom guests in 2020. We'd expect to see these ride overlays again in 2021.

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 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 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 Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: 

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 and More

Keep an eye out for gigantic, inflatable peppermint sticks to signify a treat location! We found the following treats and beverages at these locations in 2019. The treats and locations usually stay the same year after year, but the combination of the two may be switched around (for instance, the peppermint cookie might be found at Tortuga Tavern instead of Cosmic Ray's).

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 last year was Pinocchio Village Haus for a snickerdoodle and hot cocoa. All of the cookies we came across were 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 options. 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 is also special seasonal food available, such as the To Be Jolly float from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Our favorite, you ask? Olaf's Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake was delish and a hit with the whole Frog Family in 2019.

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:

  • 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 in 2018, and we expect it may return in the future. 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. In 2019, the tasty eats included Tony's famous meatballs, hand-tossed mini pizzas, boursin-stuffed artichokes, pumpkin tartlets, Yule Logs and more! There is also 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! The party cost $99 per person (plus tax) in 2019. 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 event guide 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. Last year, the new Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show was also available nightly from Dec. 23 through Dec. 29, 2019.

You can usually 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?

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 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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Dec 7, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. Steven Says...

I don't understand the crowds. If they are sold out Tuesday Dec 8, how is that less crowded on a sold out Friday Dec 11? Wouldn't it be the same crowds?

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Dec 11, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. Mike Says...

We will able attending the Christmas party on the 15th. Is Mickey dressed in Santa suit? And is Santa available for pictures? If so, where are they located?

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Dec 9, 2015 at 1:48 a.m. Jordan Says...

They are saying that December 8th is a recommended day to go, but the 11th will be sold out.

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Dec 7, 2015 at 6:01 p.m. Gy Says...

Another question about crowds-

Do people with regular tickets have to leave with the MVMC party starts? If not, it seems that crowds would be super crowded! Thanks!

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Dec 7, 2015 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

It is no different. Sold out is sold out in terms of crowd levels.

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. Jodie Says...

I see that you compared a sold-out party to a crowd calendar 7 -- is this true for the attractions as well? At the Halloween party we thought that the streets and events (parades, shows) were super crowded but the lines were very reasonable. Is this true for MVMCP? Or can we expect long attraction lines as well? We have our tickets for Dec. 13 (not sold out yet but who knows) but it's a short WDW trip so the party may be our only time at MK and we want to see some attractions as well as other things (2 adults, no kids, lots of stamina). Thoughts?

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Dec 7, 2015 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

This is more for parades, shows, restaurants etc. The lines for rides will still be lighter than a regular day crowd level 7.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. Jim Says...

Is FastPass Plus available during the Christmas Party?

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Dec 4, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim,

No, it is not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 3, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Missy Knapp Says...

Hi...Read your blog...great tips for do's/don'ts. Thank you. Thinking about going to MVMCP. If I go to the park at 4:05 pm...am I reading the blogs correctly...I don't need a day pass? Thanks.

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Dec 4, 2015 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Missy,

You are correct! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 3, 2015 at 3:21 a.m. Tom Says...

We will be @ MK Friday Dec 4 with two kids under 3 years of age. Got lucky and scored a 7:05pm reservation at Be Our Guest but really don't want to pay for the party since we will likely just leave after dinner (kids will be exhausted and way past bedtime). Since the park is open until 7pm do you think its possible I could get to the restaurant early and be seated without a party ticket? Will they enforce this at the restaurant? Thanks!

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Dec 4, 2015 at 1:44 a.m. Walsh Says...

When you booked the 7:05 reservation did it give a warning message that a special event ticket is needed? I think 7:05p to slot is the last reservation where you don't need the special ticket. I would just arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation as suggested by Disney.

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Dec 3, 2015 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

I would reach out to Disney directly on this.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 1, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. Izabel Says...

can you help on something, I bought a ticket for me and filled all information while buying it ( puted my name and my age...), but paid with my mother`s card and used her account on the Disney site . And when he got the voucher, the ticket was in her name, thats normal?

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Dec 2, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Izabel,

It doesn't matter whose name is on the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 2, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Izebel,

It doesn't matter whose name is on the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 1, 2015 at 2:20 a.m. Disney fan Says...

Hi there,

Can you purchase tickets ONLY for the party and arrive to the park at 7? Or do you have to buy a regular ticket PLUS the party ticket even if you plan to arrive when the party starts?

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Dec 1, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

In this case, you only need the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. Terrilyn Jones Says...

Good afternoon! My husband and I won't be going to Disney World till November 2017, leaving the day after thanksgiving. But I'm one that likes to plan ahead. LoL. so I wanted to ask a question, I know MVMCP is a separate ticket event but would that still be considered as "Park Hopping" if we went to one of the other parks the day of the party? This will be my 3rd visit but my husband's 1st visit, we weren't getting the park hopper option because even though we want to enjoy the rides and shows we still want some relaxation time once we're done with a park for the day plus on a previous family vacation we all purchased it and it turned out to be waste but I wasn't too fond of it anyway. Long story short I know it's still a long ways away but I'm always writing and adding notes to my Disney Planner so we came plan ehich days to visit which parks once we purchase tickets. Thank You!

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Dec 1, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terrilyn,

We LOVE planners, and this is a good question. It won't be considered park hopping since it's a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2015 at 3:39 p.m. Julie T Says...

In your opinion is it possible to see the Osbourne lights and Mickey's Very Merry? Or would that be too much to accomplish in one evening? Any idea on when the lights turn on for Osbourne?

Thanks!

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Nov 30, 2015 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

I would not schedule these for the same night. The lights turn on around 6 p.m.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2015 at 2:52 a.m. Alyssa Says...

This may not be the smartest question but would I have to purchase a regular park pass plus a party ticket to go to Magic Kingdom before 4pm?

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Nov 30, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

Yes, you would.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2015 at 3:36 p.m. Jamie Says...

We are planning to purchase tickets to attend our first MVMCP. We have never dined at Cinderella's Royal Table and saw there were reservations open for 8:40-9ish. Do you recommend this or should we skip CRT and enjoy the festivities?

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Dec 7, 2015 at 12:51 p.m. Terrie Romaine Says...

Hi Jamie, as someone who had dinner at same location, same time frame, the fireworks show from Cinderella's Table is amazing. My girls and I sat on the floor under the windows to watch :)

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Terrie.

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2015 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

This is a tough call. You would miss the fireworks, which are really spectacular. If you have another night you will be around, you could see the holiday fireworks from Ticket and Transportation Center or Disney's Polynesian or Grand Floridian, and the music is piped in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2015 at 9:02 p.m. Beth Says...

We are planning on attending a MVMCP early in December with our 5 year old. If we get into the park after 4 and do the rides early on and stay till the park closes what's a good schedule to see all the show's, parades, etc?

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Nov 25, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. KC Says...

Will all the stores be open as usual during the party? We are only in for the day so we want to make sure we can still hit everything we normally would on a MK visit.

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Dec 4, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KC,

Yes! All the stores will be open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2015 at 1:57 a.m. Kelly Says...

Hi there!

My son and I are going to WDW weekend of Dec 18th. We are going to the Christmas party on Friday, and have Saturday and Sunday to be in parks. I originally was thinking MK on Saturday all day and Sunday split between Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Do you think we need to have any time for Studios? He is 7 years old. Just want to maximize our time the best way. Thank you in advance for any help.

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Dec 3, 2015 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

I think this is a good option. With all of the holiday happenings going on at Epcot, you will enjoy having more time there and conceivably devote a whole day there, just something to consider. Personally, I think Animal Kingdom is a better choice than Hollywood Studios for a boy your son's age, but the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights is pretty amazing. It's possible you could hop over there Saturday evening for a few hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2015 at 7:42 p.m. Laurie Says...

We will be there on Tuesday, December 1. Is the Very Merry Christmas another ticket on top of the regular park pass or is it something happening during regular Magic Kingdom hours?

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Nov 30, 2015 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurie,

Yes, it is a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2015 at 2:44 a.m. Jennifer Says...

We have 3 day tickets and Christmas party tickets - all linked to magic band. The party will be our first night (Tues Dec 1). If we go in the park at 4, how does the system know that we want to use our party tickets and not the regular ones (which we need for Wed - Fri)? I could just use the paper tickets to get in the party, but was wondering about the fastpasses from 4-6:30. I just want to make certain that we won't be chancing having a regular ticket used that first day.

Thank you!

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Nov 24, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

This is a smart question. I would use the paper tickets to insure that you are not using your other tickets for the party. With your party ticket linked in My Disney Experience, you will be good to go on the FastPasses.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 23, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Kim Says...

Are regular park tickets cheaper the day of the party since you must leave at 7?

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Nov 24, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Unfortunately, they are not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. jcjs Says...

Hi may I know what are the transport option available if we stay till the end of MVMCP on 10 dec around midnight? Are taxi readily available? From MK to Holiday Inn Disney Spring how much would it cost via taxi? Are there free shuttle to disney spring from MK at that hour? Complimentry shuttle by hotel may not be available at that hour. I received a quote for over $100 for a town car. Is that reasonable? I find it rather high as my airport transfer from MCO to HRH cost almost as much even though distance covered a lot more. Kindly advise. Thank you.

Jcjs

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Dec 14, 2015 at 1:33 a.m. Keith Says...

Try Mears Transportation. I have A quote of $35 for a one way from Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs.

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Nov 24, 2015 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

I would check with your hotel directly to find out when the last shuttle pickup is.

While buses run between the Disney resorts and Disney Springs until around 2 a.m., I am not certain there would be one from Magic Kingdom at that time. Cast members would definitely know and be able to help you, but you could hop on the monorail to Disney's Contemporary or boat to Disney's Grand Floridian, and then take the shuttle to Disney Springs and then walk back to your hotel. If need be, you could take a taxi from those destinations too. You would need to pickup a taxi from Ticket & Transportation Center if you decided you want to do that instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2015 at 3:30 a.m. AE Says...

We are traveling to Disney World over Thanksgiving. I am about to buy tickets for MVMCP for the 29th. I just read about the negative experience that some have had. My children are ages 16 and 13. What are your thoughts. Is it worth the admission? Also, would you recommend printing tickets at home or picking them up at Will call? Thanks!!

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Nov 24, 2015 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AE,

We think it's worth it and such a great experience, but it is VERY busy. You need to set priorities and give yourself plenty of time to get in position for parades and shows. I would definitely print tickets from home so you can link them in My Disney Experience and use FastPass between 4 and 6:30 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 28, 2015 at 12:57 p.m. Jennifer S Says...

I have MVMCP ticke s for Dec 8. It's supposed to be a great day to go. I've heard about getting in at 4 but never thought of using FP for those few hours until reading this. I appreciate that. I'm new to the Disney app so how do I link my MCVMP tickets?

Also, will Elsa and Anna be around to meet? We are big Disney goers so these 2 are the only ones left to meet this season.

Thanks!

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Nov 30, 2015 at 6:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

It's really easy to do. Once you have created your profile, you would go to My Reservations and Tickets in the navigation, and then select Link Tickets. You could then key in the ID number. Alternatively, if you use the app, you can actually scan the bar code on your ticket.

Elsa and Anna will be there! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 19, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. Mandy Says...

I am bringing my 21 month old son on December 17th, who adores Mickey Mouse and this was extremely helpful. So, I just wanted to say thank you for writing this.

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Nov 17, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. Fredy Says...

We will travel to Disney on Dec. 17 -23, we buy the tickets for the MVMCS on Dec. 18. I have a doubt, we need to buy a Magic Kingdom Park Ticket? or we only need the MVMCS's ticket?

Thanks,

FP

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fredy,

You do not need regular admission if you enter with your party ticket after 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. Heidi Says...

Hi!

I'm planning to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party with my boyfriend this year. However, he's not sure if he will be able to get off of work the date we are planning to attend, and I definitely want to purchase our tickets in advance. Do you know if Disney will allow another guest to use his ticket if he is not able to go on that specific day?

Thanks!

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

I am not sure about this, but I have heard that Disney did let someone change their party dates for another. It's worth reaching out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2015 at 3:59 a.m. Christi Says...

Attending MVMCP on 12/3 (hope it will be a good night to go). I am wanting to meet sandy claws, 7 dwarves, mcscrooge said gang, princesses with princes and Aladdin and genie, then watch 930 fireworks, 1030 parade and then the tomorrow land show at 1145. Is this possible? If so, which character line do you think I should get in first? First timer to MVMCP and want to get the most out of the time but no kids so we will be closing the park down. Hehe. Thanks.

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Nov 17, 2015 at 6:07 a.m. CJ Says...

I apologize in advance for adding my experience here which I feel compelled to share.

I have been trying to find a placeholder to add my recent experience with MVMCP on Nov 10th. I read this blog many times before making up our mind that we would spend extra ~230 for buying 3 tickets (2 adults + a 5yr old daughter) for this Party.

I regret to say that the experience was not great and I won't recommend anyone to waste time and money, unless you are really into the spirit of Christmas that anything dressed red and green will fill your hearts with joy of Christmas. Here's how the evening went for us. We reached park at 5PM as it allows the Party guests to enter after 4PM. you will get a special wrist band (paper) to distinguish from the day guests. As we went with our 5 year old daughter to celebrate her 5th birthday in Magic Kingdom, meeting princesses was bit high on our agenda. we thought that including Christmas night and one more full day in MK, we will be able to really fulfill her wishes. Now for starters anyone who says that the crowd is less for these Christmas party, has really not seen it. when you enter before 7pm, you would be jostling with the Day crowd who are also trying to make the most of their day (early close but paid full price) and have advantage of fast pass. Yes, first setback was there are no fast passes for MVMCP. As I spoke with Disney cast members. per them they don't expect much crowd because of the "limited" number of tickets, hence they don't think fast pass is needed. there was a show at 6:45PM at the castle which both day and party guests were jostling to get a space. We stood early on in the lines of Elsa + Anna (one line) and was glad that we managed clicks with them in 30 mins. but then next we got into lines for Cinderella and Rapunzel. took 45+ mins. Was told that both of them are with their prince and are "talkers" and hence line moves painfully slow. What we later realized that all these characters go on long breaks in between (30 - 45 mins) and almost simultaneously. the cast members will not tell you when exactly they are going to come back (its always "will be back shortly") and will warn you that if you leave the line you will loose your spot. so after standing 30 - 40 mins in line - what choice you are left with - stand for another 40 - 60 mins when the character will come back and you will finally get to them. Next, stood in Snow white and Aurora's line (outdoors) for 30 mins and missed the 8:30PM parade. They went on break with no ETA. So we thought, OK, let go the spot and do some rides. Rides - long lines. got back again in line at 9:30 - hoping that we will be able to get the click and would manage 10:30pm parade. Little did I know that they will again go on break 20 mins into the line. again - cast member have no ETA ('ll be back shortly). we didn't want to miss the Laser show and parade which were really beautiful, so we requested them to allow us to join back in line after we do a ride or two more and attend the parade. We assumed that since the park is open till midnight, we would have good shot to stand in the line at 11PM after parade and still get the click. Little did we know that they close the character line between 10:30 / 11pm. we rushed to join back the line as soon as the parade ended and the cast members just refused to let us in with very cold face. We literally begged them as it was my daughter's birthday and she started to cry for not being able to meet her favorite princesses, but it was a stern NO. Nothing magical, Wish didn't come true. we were heart broken. with very heavy hearts, we just decided to just do couple of more rides. thankfully by that time the lines thinned out so we managed to do Seven dwarfs and Peter Pan. liked Severn Dwarfs. Peter Pan is over rated. Most of the rides lines are close before midnight and so did the "famous" free hot chocolate stands. Coming to the another "famous" selling point of snow at main street, anyone going from North will laugh at that. there were very small flurries which won't even make to 6 ft above the ground of Main street, during parade.

I would say only go to this party -

1. if you are really into Christmas, decoration and special parade.

2. if free hot chocolate, cookies and apple slices are your calling.

3. if you have never seen snow in your life such that anything which distantly resembles it, will fill your heart with joy.

4. You are definitely not into meeting princesses or characters. Much better chances of meeting all of them in Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios.

We spent one more day (till 7PM because of another Christmas night) in MK and managed to get better milage / bang for the buck with the help of fast passes. I would recommend doing two days in MK including night fireworks and parade over the special party.

Also, just want to warn you, as we went to MK again on Nov 12th (another MVMCP night), make no mistake, Disney staff really push you out of the park after 7PM if you don't have the band. and they are not polite or gentle about it. We were tired as hell at 7pm and thought to just sit down for a bit and munch some pop corns near castle. but they just forced us to march towards the exit gate. No warm smiles, No warm good byes, No Thanks for visiting. No - can't even stop to click last pictures of entrance or lighted up castle.

Magic Kingdom has lost its magic.

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Nov 22, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. BR Says...

I'm sorry CJ I know a lot of families come from far and wide and may have barriers that do not allow them to look too closely at an expensive event in O-town but this tragic story could've easily been prevented and I find it quite amusing! Nobody who seriously wants to take pictures with 6+ princesses in one night should ever go even the week before Christmas, that is laughable and I'm actually surprised you fit as much in as you did. People are flying in from all over the world for this event and can create max capacity crowds quite rapidly. MVMCP is not about dragging an over-tired, exhausted 5 year old to "make magic memories" with every character in less than 7 hours- it's about taking it slow, enjoying your family, the lights, the memories. Life, much like theme parks, is often full of disappointments but if you set your goals properly (and do not visit any theme park from December 23rd-January 2nd lol) you'd be surprised at how much happiness you will find!!

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Nov 19, 2015 at 5:28 a.m. dee Says...

thank you for telling your experience with MVMCP. i was debating if i should pay all that money for a few hours, fight the crowds, dealing with rude people and of course trying to keep up with my kids....not to say its at night...can my kids survive...or better yet...can mommy survive with their whining or crying?!?!?!?!?! i appreciate your input and i have come to a conclusion...i don't need to be there with 2 young kids, in the dark in an overcrowded park! thanks again......maybe i'll go in a couple of years when the kids are older!

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Nov 18, 2015 at 4:31 p.m. Viiki Says...

Hello we are flying in on the 16-26 as a massive suprise for my children.

We have booked some lovely bits including MCP. ????

We will be around for Christmas day but can't get booked in anywhere for dinner.

Where would you suggest we take them... They are 6 and 7 and this is there dream holiday?

Thanks so much.

Vikki UK xx

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

I would keep trying for reservations. You don't mention which park you'll be in or if you'll even be in a park for Christmas Day. Have you tried Open Table for reservations? Many of the Disney Springs restaurants, including The Boathouse, Morimoto, Raglan Road and House of Blues also offer reservations through this system. As of now, I see reservations for all of these restaurants on Christmas Day for lunch and dinner.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CJ,

Thanks for sharing your experience and so sorry to hear about the characters. These parties are getting more and more crowded, and the time before the party starts when regular guests are still in the park, can be very crowded. The characters and other entertainment are a major draw, especially the princesses, as you learned.

Mommy Frog

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Nov 19, 2015 at 4:36 a.m. CJ Says...

Agree about the crowd. but it was more of a mismanagement of Disney and rude behavior of some of the cast members. They should have clear times including break times of the characters mentioned on their schedules, if characters are going to take 30 - 45 min breaks. I understand Disney parks are going to be crowded and characters are big draw but I felt that Disney intentionally does this to keep characters available for limited time slots, longer breaks to keep long lines (demand and supply). i am sure most families on an average would spend an extra day in parks for getting the characters or catch up on rides and parades - more revenue for Disney. However, what hurt most is very "mean" behavior of cast members who perhaps are trained that way. How can you not know how long a character will go for a break and why you will not allow people to also take a break and reserve their spots? I felt humiliated that I have to beg a cast member half of my age just to be refused coldly and threatened to call manager, in front of my child. I still feel anguished remembering the whole thing which overshadows the good moments also which we spent there.

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Nov 19, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CJ,

I hear what you are saying. No one deserves to be treated rudely. If you haven't already done so, you can share information with Disney World guest communications at wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com or 407-824-4321. We've used it before to share praise for cast members, who went above and beyond.

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christi,

I think this will be tough to pull off to see all of these characters but you might pull it off if Jack is meeting early. I would head to Sandy Claws early (5 p.m.) and see if he is meeting early. If, yes, get in that line. If no, then check out the situation near the dwarfs. I would get in line for the dwarfs by 5:30-6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2015 at 7:25 a.m. Christi Says...

Is there anywhere else at Disney world to meet Genie from Aladdin or only at mvmcp?

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christi,

Genie occasionally comes out in Adventureland with Aladdin, but this is pretty rare. He is available at the Christmas and Halloween parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. Theresa Ivey Says...

We are planning on going to the party on Dec. 1. We have wristbands from last year....when I buy them online, can I link them to the bands we already have and use the bands to get into the park for the party? FYI...we arent staying at a Disney resort this time, don't know if that matters.

Thanks!!

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Nov 13, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

Yes, you can do this, but please bring your party tickets or printout with you just in case.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. Brian Says...

We will be attending Disney World from Dec. 13 thru 19. I have MVMC tickets for the evening of Dec. 15. We decided to book our Disney trip approximately 85 days out so I was late booking my dinner reservations. We purchased the basic Disney dining plan. Obviously, when I initially started booking reservations, "Be Our Guest" reservations were booked for our time at Disney World. I kept looking daily for people to cancel and one evening I got lucky and an 8:10 pm reservation became available for Dec. 15, the evening we will be attending the MVMC event. I have recently found a brochure of the MVMC event and all the times of the various parades, shows etc. The "Celebrate the Magic" castle transformation will be happening at 9:15 with Holiday Wishes right after at 9:30. This will be our first and probably only Disney trip during Christmas time. I'm worried that the "Be Our Guest" reservations will be running late and other than cramming the food down our throats as fast as possible "as opposed to truly experiencing "Be Our Guest" as it should be", is the only way to get back to main st. and get a good location for Celebrate the Magic and Holiday Wishes which should be at least 30 minutes in advance. We have a 4 year old, 6 year old, and 9 year old that will be enjoying the festivities also. My question is, Should I cancel the "Be Our Guest" reservations so that we will have plenty of time to stake out a good location and guarantee we see the Celebrate the Magic and Holiday Wishes shows or is "Be Our Guest" reservations too valuable and also a once in a lifetime experience that needs to be done too. First time doing the dining plan and probably won't do it again so "Be Our Guest" will not be on the list in future trips. For what it is worth, We will be at Magic Kingdom on Saturday, Dec. 19 (last day) and I know some of the events that were just for MVMC events will be done on that day but I don't know if "Celebrate the Magic" will be done that day.

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Nov 18, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Ultimately you have to make the call, but I would keep checking for reservations on the 19th. Be Our Guest is a fantastic experience, and you really need to allow at least 45 minutes for dinner. If you can't get the other date, it's possible that you could skip Celebrate the Magic on the party night and see it on the 19th and head over to the backside of Cinderella's Castle after you get out for Holiday Wishes. You don't want to miss this fireworks show - it's really quite spectacular - but you can see it from that back side of the castle and there will be other people watching from there as well. It's not as good a spot as the front, but depending on when you get out from dinner, it's going to be tough to get over there and get a decent spot to watch.

You're best chances of getting a reservation at BOG will be in the couple of days leading up to the date as people's plans change and they don't want to pay the no-show reservation fee. If there is a solid chance of rain on that Saturday evening, your chances would also increase. It's possible you could even walk up for dinner. Let us know what you decide.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 23, 2015 at 9:48 p.m. Shannon Says...

we cancelled our BOG reso for 7:10 on the 17th, was too worried about rushing through our meal or missing the first parade. We paid a lot of money for the party, so didn't feel it was worth it to risk missing events at the party. I really wanted to have a drink at MK :)

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Nov 9, 2015 at 3:10 p.m. Audrey Says...

Autocorrect will be the death of me. Meant Disney instead of Cindy in previous comment, lol!

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Nov 9, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. Audrey Says...

Hi! I am planning a trip to Disney with a friend in the beginning of December. I was wondering if you could help me decide what tickets to purchase? We want to go to Cindy for sure on the 10th, but if we needed another day could go the 9th after about 2 P.M. We are High School Seniors, and we both think it would be fun To attend MVMC the 10th, if we went early in the day would we also need to purchase a day pass? Also I would like to see The Osbourne Light Show, is there anyway we could work that out for maybe the 9th?

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Nov 13, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Audrey,

On Cindy, do you mean Cinderella's Royal Table? If so, you definitely need a reservation. You could get a 1-day Park Hopper and visit Osborne lights along with Magic Kingdom, and also get the party ticket, which would allow you to enter Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m.

Now I see your followup comment ;) You could get a 1 Day Magic Your Way ticket for the 9th to Disney's Hollywood Studios and then get the party ticket for the next day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2015 at 2:22 p.m. Kaleigh Kirkpatrick Says...

Any thoughts on November 17th being more crowded than expected because Hollywood Studios will be closed? I am debating between going on November 17th or 19th and want to pick the best date between the two.

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Nov 13, 2015 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaleigh,

I think they will be close.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2015 at 2:54 p.m. Roberto Lopez Says...

Hello! I'm going to be in the WDW area Nov 14-21 and was wondering which is the better day to go to the party and If I already have a base ticket to MK, Do I still need the ticket for the party?

Thanks Mommy Frog!

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Nov 13, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roberto,

You need a party ticket to get in to the party. I would pick the 15th, 17th or 19th.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2015 at 3:32 a.m. Millie J. Says...

Hi! I'm planning to go to the Christmas celebration and I noticed that you posted November 8 like one of the least crowded, however when I went to the Crowd calendar, it says that that day is really

crowded! :/ now I'm not sure what to do, I'm taking my husband with the promise of not many people there that day... Help! (of course, we all know that Disney is a crowded place, but I don't want to go the worst day)

Thanks for all the info!!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Millie,

The Crowd Calendar does not apply to the party. They are separate. I wouldn't let that stop you from going.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. HS Says...

Hoping you can advise me: we're two adult FL residents who have been to MK 50+ times, but love it best at night! Trying to decide between visiting on a non-party night (Wed 12/9) or the party Fri 12/11. I know the Fri party will be busy/sold out, but Wed, 12/9 is an EMH night. With MK open very few evenings that week, I hear those nights now get extra busy. I don't mind busy, but hoping to avoid insanely overwhelming peak holiday crowds where you can't even walk or navigate through. We love the holidays and would enjoy Christmas atmosphere, but would get that on either night. Disregarding price, which night do you think would be best for us: a little less crowded? Really appreciate your help

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Nov 9, 2015 at 5:22 p.m. Lindsey Jackson Says...

Hi there.. We have tickets to MvMCP for December 10. We want to catch the 8:15 parade. Where would you recommend getting some dinner around 7 before the start of the parade but also allowing us time to get a good spot for the parade? Also, is the fast pass option available for ticket party holders from 4-7 that evening? Thanks!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

I think the 9th is the slightly better choice, but with few non-party nights at Magic Kingdom that week, it will be busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2015 at 9:19 a.m. Heather Says...

Hello there!

I wanted to run my possible vacation plans by to ensure I'm not messing up my planning.

We'll be driving down to Orlando on December 11th and staying through the morning of the 18th. Most of the trip (12/15-17) will be spent at Cabana Bay/Universal Studios since I won tickets to the parks. However, as a surprise, my significant other surprised me by purchasing Hollywood Studio tickets for Monday, December 14th (given the Osborne Lights will be discontinued). Best Christmas present to date! To top it off, he booked an All-Star resort stay for the night of 12/13. Very excited!

Since we won't arrive until roughly 3PM, I was thinking about purchasing the party tickets as a special surprise for HIM considering he hasn't been to the Magic Kingdom in 20+ years, but I wanted to be sure I didn't need to purchase the additional park ticket base (since we won't be able to be at the park until around 4PM, thus a full ticket wouldn't make financial sense), only the special event ticket.

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Nov 2, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Wow, how lucky for you! Sounds like a great trip, and the party tickets are a great idea. Yes, all you would need are the party tickets to get in Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2015 at 8:24 p.m. Cathy Says...

hi Mommy Frog - follow up question, I am also going to the party on the 10th but I was under the impression we could not enter the park until 7 pm. I am not purchasing day tickets to Magic Kingdom that day as we are just flying in.

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Nov 4, 2015 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

You can enter the park at 4 p.m. with the party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2015 at 2:10 a.m. Lindsey Jackson Says...

A follow up question..

We have purchased party tickets for December 10. Is the fast pass option available for party ticket holders from 4-7? Thanks

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Nov 10, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Yes, it is until 6:30 p.m. Just link your tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2015 at 3:42 a.m. Amtrev Says...

Hi there, ice purchased tickets for MVMCP for 17th Nov but ive also got unlimited 14day access to all the disney parks. Did I need to purchase the party tickets ? If I was in the park from earlier that day with no party tickets - how would that work ?

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, you would still need to the party tickets to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. Says...

Hi! I love that you have this blog to offer support and answer questions, thank you!!!

This is our first trip to Disney. I've been lucky to have some suggestions along the way to help me plan well for dining and fast passes, but I've been unable to score any princess dining for the trip yet for my 5-year-old daughter...still trying everyday to find an opening...

Right now, we have dinner reservations for 7:25 at Be Our Guest on 11/12. We plan to catch the beginning of the Christmas party, then run over to our dinner, then come back to party until close. We definitely want to catch Santa, a parade, and see the special shows with Elsa, Jiminy, etc.

We are already eating dinner at Epcot at 3:00 that afternoon, so we won't be starving by any means...we could probably cancel the BOG reservation and just catch a snack on the go...but I hate to not have that experience (especially since we can't get a reservation at any other MK places). What are your thoughts?

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Nov 4, 2015 at 2:24 a.m. Mlissa Says...

Hi,

I read your comment I will also be in MK the 12th with my 9 month old. This was a last minute trip planned by my parents for my sons first disney trip. (My husband is missing since he has to work :-( We originally were leaving MK to have dinner but we checked every day found something in MK at the Plaza restaurant but that also happens to be where we are having lunch. We kept checking and found a reservation at Tonys. Just keep checking daily and more. People cancel reservations all the time. You might get lucky and find something or keep the one at BOG. And just give your daughter a snack or fruit or try a quick service meal for her if she cant wait til 730.

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Nov 2, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Be Our Guest reservations are very hard to come by. So long as you don't mind giving up some of your party time, I think it's still a good idea. You didn't mention what your Epcot dining reservation is for, but I would consider giving that one up. There are lots of quick dining options at Epcot, and Be Our Guest is one of the best dining experiences in all of Disney World.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2015 at 2:15 a.m. Shabhi10 Says...

Hi, I would really appreciate if you can help us plan our trip. We will be visiting magic kingdom in mid november, My question is that if we purchase single day park ticket, can we still stay in park at time of mickey's party, we do not plan on using rides/ meets and greets during party hours its just watching snow fall and parade... We have only one day when park is closing early due to party. Can we just feel the atmosphere of party with the full day park ticket?

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, you cannot. You would need to purchase the party ticket to enjoy the party entertainment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2015 at 8:11 p.m. Sandy Says...

Since this is a party, would there be free food too?

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Oct 29, 2015 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

Just free cookies and hot chocolate :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2015 at 7:14 a.m. jcjs Says...

Hi staying in holiday inn disney spring 3 dec to 12 dec. Rookie in orlando. Not sure how to split up my days to visit the 4 parks in wdw. Intend to get a 6 day single park tix. Read about MVMC from your website and would like to attend it too. Problem trying to figure out which day to attend which park as well as MVMC. Tried using the crowd calendar and take into consideration the operation hours of the various parks and MVMC. Getting overwhelmed and confused. Family with a 10 yr old. May you kindly offer us some good pointers eg if we hv tix to MVMC we can enter MK at 4pm. For that day do we go shopping at outlet or shall we go to AK which has the shortest opening hours. Looking forward to some good advice. Have been following your website and learned a lot but now very stressed due to information overload. Thanks.

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Oct 31, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. jcjs Says...

Hi Mommy Frog thanks for your reply. Add to the stress is that one of our group member has her visa application rejected under Section 214b. We are reapplying but we cannot get the park tickets until her visa status is firmed up. If it is still rejected she will be deprived of this trip and it will be party of just 2A1C : (

Anyway this is our first and we do not know when we can again afford time and resources to fly half the world to Florida and so we really want to make the most of our precious trip.

We are arriving in MCO on 29th Nov. We will head to Universal's HRH staying there for 4 nights checking out on 3 Dec. We will get 3 day Universal Park to Park tix. From HRH we will make our way to Holiday Inn Disney Spring and stay for 9 nights. We intend to get the 6 days single park tix for WDW. Plus MVMCP tix we technically have 6 full days (and 4pm to midnight on date of MVMCP to visit MK). So need to work out which day to visit which park in WDW to take full advantage of the special events in Epcot, Animal Kingdom and DHS.. As we are staying off site we do not enjoy disney magical extended hours. The youngest in our group is 10. Will it be possible for you to recommend how we should split our visits to WDW 4 parks based our our schedule. For Univeral it is easier since only 2 parks there. We would also like to do some outlet shopping. Lastly if we stayed till end of MVMCP at midnight what options do we have to return to Holiday Inn Disney Spring? And the cost involved dor 3A1C? Sorry for the long post and appreciate help and advice.

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Nov 2, 2015 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

OK, thanks for the context. I would plan to visit Magic kingdom on Dec. 9 and do the part on Dec. 10. You could tour the deluxe resorts on the morning of Dec. 11. Here's how it could work:

Dec. 3 - Epcot

Dec. 4 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Dec. 5 - Free day/shopping/another attraction (SeaWorld, LEGOLAND etc.) or this could be a Magic Kingdom day (although not best crowd day)

Dec. 6 - Disney's Animal Kingdom/Disney Springs in the evening

Dec. 7 - Epcot

Dec. 8 - Free day/shopping/another attraction or revisit a favorite Disney Park

Dec. 9 - Magic Kingdom

Dec. 10 - Resort tour/Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Dec. 11 Free day/shopping/another attraction or revisit a favorite Disney Park

Dec. 12 - leave

Since you want to shop, you may consider a day or two for the outlets and Disney Springs. Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) will have holiday entertainment that will be especially fun in the evenings, but it gets very crowded, so for hard core shopping, you'd be better off doing that during the day. Don't miss out on some of the new restaurants! We especially like The BOATHOUSE. For a fun excursion, you all could take the boat from Disney Springs to Disney's Port Orleans Resort, where you could just enjoy the ride or go fishing or take a carriage ride. For free evenings, you could do a dinner show such as the Spirit of Aloha at Disney's Polynesian or Chip and Dale's Campfire Sing-Along. The latter is free, and you can all meet Chip and Dale. You should check with your hotel to determine the shuttle schedule, but the Disney Springs hotels typically run an hour or so past park close. Additionally since you're so close to Disney Springs, you could take Disney transportation back to Disney Springs and walk to your hotel, which is likely more reliable than the hotel shuttle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. jcjs Says...

Dear Mommy Frog

Thanks for your prompt and comprehensive reply. It certainly sounds good and brought a lot of clarity to our vacation plan.

Your blog is so helpful and informative. It is so wonderful to have it for first time visitors. Excellent job. Thanks for helping us in our holiday planning.

Cheers!

Jcjs

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Oct 30, 2015 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Oh no! Vacation stress is not what we're aiming for :) I would pick Dec. 8 or 10 for your party. As for the day, that is up to you, but doing something relaxing is preferable. By that time in your trip, it will be nice to have some down time. You don't mention any other attractions you might be visiting, but I would consider adding in Universal, SeaWorld or LEGOLAND (maybe a couple of these). Definitely plan to visit Magic Kingdom before the party, so maybe on the 4th. I will hold off on making specific recommendations until I hear more from you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2015 at 1:07 a.m. Nikki Says...

Hi! We have been to Disney World many times but this is our first time in Orlando when the Very Merry Christmas Party is happening, we will be attending on November 15th, do you recommend we buy tickets in advance for this date? Thank you!!

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Oct 26, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki,

We always recommend buying tickets in advance :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Susan Says...

Hi, I have a specific question about character meet n greet during the party? If my family is in line to meet a character near the end of the night, and say we get in line at 11:45, but still haven't had a chance to meet/take photos by midnight, will we be allowed to remain in line to do so, or does the character leave at 12 on the dot? We REALLY want pics with Scrooge McDuck, and are trying to figure out the best strategy to meet him.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

You will be able to remain in line, but keep in mind that cast members will begin shutting off the line toward the end of the evening so you do want to make sure you get in line before that happens. If Scrooge is a priority, I would get in line early, by 6:30-6:45 p.m. and meet him first thing when the party starts at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. Erica Says...

From this response and a few others, I wonder. Am I understanding correctly that to meet any of the characters I should be in one line by 630? Do all the characters pull from the same line so we only get to see one of them? Sorry if this is incorrect, I'm trying to plan my attack well. We want to meet Anna and Elsa and Rapunzel. Also see the parades, and ride a few rides. We plan to park by 330 and be at the gates for 4 o'clock entry

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Nov 30, 2015 at 6:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

The characters are all spread around the park.

You really need to be in line even earlier for popular characters such as the Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington. For Anna and Elsa, since you can meet them anytime, there is less demand for them during the party, so I would get in line for Rapunzel around 6:30. Ask the cast member to make sure you are in the line to meet her with Flynn Rider (he's so dreamy). After that, I would get in line for Elsa and Anna.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2015 at 11:55 p.m. Jarod Says...

We will be at MK on a day when MVMCP is scheduled. We plan to buy tickets for the party that day as well. I've read that people with hard tickets for the party can book FP+ between 4 and 7 pm. If I already have my park admission tickets and my FP+ booked for the regular admission day, can I get 3 more attractions with FP+ through my separate party ticket for 4-7 pm?

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jarod,

You would not be able to do this and you wouldn't want to anyway, because it would count against your other FP+ days in the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2015 at 1:37 p.m. Laurel Says...

Hi, Great information. I am planning in advance for next December. My son, (14) and I will be cruising on the Dream from December 5th to 9th and I'm thinking of flying in on the 3rd to spend a little time at WDW since he has never been. Would like to do BOG for dinner and then considering doing the Christmas party and wondering about times. Would it be worth it to do just the Christmas Party? Trying to figure costs and time available to get the most for our low Canadian dollar...

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Oct 28, 2015 at 9:25 p.m. marilia Says...

If i by one day tickect with park hopper to go on december 18, can i see the christmas party? How can i do to go to epcot on mornig and magic kingdom in the afternoon and watch the party??

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurel,

I think it's worth doing the Christmas party. Getting dinner reservations at Be Our Guest is going to be really tough, and with just one night at Magic Kingdom, I would recommend doing a quick dinner so you can enjoy more of the party. Let us know what you decide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2015 at 2:38 a.m. Shanda Says...

Hi

I have a question I hope you can help with!! I have a Character Dinner scheduled at Crystal Palace @ 6:05pm on the same night that I have Very Merry Christmas Party scheduled!!! Should I reschedule the dinner? Thanks

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanda,

That is up to you and your party priorities, whether you wanted to get a jump on meeting characters by getting in line early. It's entirely possible with a reservation that early you could enjoy dinner and then get hopping when the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. Missy Says...

So we have purchased our tickets for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas for the first time this year. I received cards in the mail similar to those to get into the park. What wristband are you talking about? Do they issue it once we get there? Thanks so much!

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Missy,

The wristband is the MagicBand. You can add your ticket to your My Disney Experience account and use either the physical tickets that your have or the MagicBand to get in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2015 at 8:02 p.m. Katie Says...

Hey! Great info! We are going Dec 15-17 and will only be going to Animal KIngdom and Magic Kingdom. Trying to decide whether to make a full day at Magic Kingdom and do the Mickey Party or go to Animal Kingdom first then head to magic kingdom for the party?

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Oct 22, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. Chrissy Says...

Hi Katie! If you have 2 full park days during your trip I would definitely do the MK on a non-party day and then split the party day between the AK and MVMCP. We did this last year and it was a great way to feel like you are park hopping without getting a park hopper, especially since AK already closes earlier. You really need more than 1 day to see the MK! Have fun!

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Oct 21, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. Love Disney Says...

I'd suggest going to Animal Kingdom during the day and heading over to Magic Kingdom at 4:00 when you can early enter for the party! That way you get the best of both worlds!!

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Oct 20, 2015 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

It really depends on how else you are dividing your days, but I don't really think the party is enough time to devote to Magic Kingdom for a first visit. If you want to experience all of the parks, and this is the best way, then go for it. Just keep in mind you won't get to see nearly all of Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2015 at 4:15 a.m. Candy Says...

Hello - we are planning to go to the Xmas event on either the 15th or 17th of November - is one of those dates better than the other crowd-wise? And do we need to purchase the tickets in advance or could they be available on the day? I am worried they might sell out!

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Oct 28, 2015 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy,

The 17th is a better day. We always recommend purchasing tickets in advance, and these tickets can and do sell out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2015 at 1:44 p.m. Martijn Says...

Hi! This advice doesn't match with the main post and some comments from your side, where you state that Tue 17 will be more crowded that Sun 15 (due to the early closure of Hollywood Studios).

We have to make an decision between these dates. Can you give a final conclusion on crowds?

We will enter the park on one of these days directly at 4 and want to ride a lot of rides on this day, because it will be our only visit to Magic Kingdom. Thanks!

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

With DHS closing early on the 17th, some folks will hit the Christmas party that night that weren't originally planning to. With the DHS closing early, the two parties are closer to each other in terms of crowd levels. Some people without park hoppers will be less likely to spend their day at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and so we'd see more people coming to Magic Kingdom (and all of the other parks) during regular park hours. I would still go with the one that makes sense for you schedule-wise. Crowds have been more unpredictable than usual this year for the Halloween party, and we expect some of that to continue for the Christmas party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2015 at 2:41 a.m. Jnancy Says...

We are planning our boys first trip to Disney the week of 11/14-11/21. We are visiting magic kingdom. Boys are 9 & 12. They do not care to do meet and greets. My question is should we go to mk on a less crowded day with regular tickets that closes early for the Christmas party (we don't plan to purchase tickets) or should we go on a busier day where the party isn't going on. They want to ride rides, I want to see the fireworks. Is there anywhere to see the fireworks off the park so I am not missing out? Thank you.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Visit during regular hours on a party day for the lowest crowds. Make sure to get there ahead of park opening to maximize your time in the park. As for fireworks, you can see them from Disney's Grand Floridian, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Ticket & Transportation Center. You can also view the fireworks from the observation deck at California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. This is my favorite outside-the-park place to view the fireworks. You do need to have a reservation to do this, but you can get a reservation at any time of the day and then get back in for the fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. Kristine Says...

What restaurants are open during MVMCP. We bought tickets for November 12th. When I tried to make reservations months ago, there were NO tables available at MK. Will restaurants even be open?

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Oct 20, 2015 at 6:47 a.m. Kristen58 Says...

We just made reservations for Be Our Guest during the party, so I know that one definitely is.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristine,

All of the table service restaurants are open during the party. I would continue checking daily, something might open up, but keep in mind, that this is valuable party time. You might be better off eating earlier from one of the quick-service locations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. Annahleise Says...

On Christmas party days does the park actually close at 7pm. Do daytime guests leave? I read that you can enter as early as 4 pm. Can you get fastpasses for the time between 4pm-7? Thanks.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Annahleise,

The park does close at 7 p.m. for those who don't have party tickets. Party guests can link their party tickets to get Fastpasses between 4 and 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. Susan Says...

Hi there! We are arriving at Disney on Dec 19th (the day after the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade). I've heard that it still goes on the week of Christmas but no tickets are sold as its available to the general public who bought park tickets. Is this true? If not, are there any other kind of holiday events you would reccomend for that week?bthanks in advance!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

Yes, the Christmas parade will run daily in the afternoon the week of Christmas. You can also enjoy the Candlelight Processional and Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney' Hollywood Studios and the Holidays at Disney Springs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2015 at 8:45 p.m. Lisa Says...

So when exactly is the Christmas Party in the afternoon... Im going the 15-21 and debating on buying tickets for it

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

It starts at 7 p.m., but you can enter starting at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2015 at 5:06 p.m. Roger Says...

Initially we thought we will take our 6 year old son to Magic Kingdom but came to know fireworks are not included because of MVMCP. My son also loves Legos. Is it a good strategy to go to Legoland during the day and come here in the evening?

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Oct 27, 2015 at 2:26 a.m. Disney and lego lover Says...

I would suggest you need a solid day for lego land. The kids really enjoyed all the hands on activities and they looked at stuff a lot longer than I planned. Plus From gate to gate, I estimate 1-1/2 hrs of travel with parking time and monorail ride to MK. It seems to take forever to move around Downtown Disney traffic and I 4

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roger,

This can work, but keep in mind that LEGOLAND is about 30 miles away. It's probably better to do LEGOLAND on another day, so you can spend your full day there.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2015 at 1:09 p.m. Brandi Says...

Hello!

We are not purchasing Park Hopper tickets to save money, but are planning on going to Animal Kingdom Tuesday 1 Dec., it is closing at 5 pm so I was going to purchase MVMCP Tickets for that evening - will be able to get into Magic Kingdom that evening (since we have already exhausted our 1 park per day for that day) using the MVMCP tickets?

Thank you for all of the information!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

Yes, that will work, and it's a great plan!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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