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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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Oct 11, 2015 at 4:46 p.m. Patricia Says...

Hello!

I read through some of the posts and saw that questions regarding FastPasses were asked a lot. I'm sorry but it's still unclear to me. If I only purchased a ticket for MVMCP and not regular admission, can I still reserve FastPasses for 4pm-7pm that day? Do I need regular admission to get FastPasses?

Thank you!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patricia,

You can still reserve FastPass+. You just need to link your party ticket in My Disney Experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Martha Says...

I saw a post where you said the rides that are open during MVMCP were listed in a previous post but I just can't find it. We are hoping to get in at 4PM and rides some MK rides and use our tickets for AK instead of another visit to MK. But want to be sure we can hit the high spots of MK during the party. Thanks!

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Oct 28, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha,

So sorry! That list is now included in the post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. Jose Says...

During MVMCP days, do they do any other parade in Main Street as usual days? or the only parade is the one of the MVMCP? I am planning to go with my daughters but was not planning to stay late for the MVMCP.

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Oct 9, 2015 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose,

During the day, the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade is shown. It is very good — you don't want to miss it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. Nick Says...

So, we are going to Magic Kingdom on a MVMCP day. We were able to find dinner reservations at Be Our Guest for 7:20 pm. Would we need to buy MVMCP tickets to enter the restaurant, or would we be allowed to eat and then leave the park?

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Oct 13, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. Jorge Says...

Nick, I was in the same dilemma as you are. I booked reservations for Be Our Guest at 7:40 on November 10th, only to find out I would need to purchase hard tickets to the MVMCP in order to make that reservation. I spoke with 2 different Disney employees who confirmed a hard ticket is necessary to attend the dinner during the MVMCP times.

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Oct 8, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

You should contact Disney for confirmation, but my guess is that you will not be able to stay unless you have a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2015 at 8:08 a.m. Mrs jumbo Says...

Ours are at 7 pm we weren't planning on attending the party do I need to cancel since the park won't be closed if we show up 10 mind early for reservations

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Oct 26, 2015 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

I would reach out to Disney directly to confirm this.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2015 at 1:27 a.m. Jessica Says...

Hey there! My son will be 18 months when we go. What do you suggest we do? My hopes is we can ride things like Small World, Dumbo, etc with shorter ride times vs. a normal day. Do you think this is true or wishful thinking? What activities/shows at his age do you suggest we make a point to attend that night? He will probably be crashed by 9 so we plan to get there at 4 to get a decent amount of time. For me its just fun to be around the Christmas spirit, fake snow on main street, music, etc. What are the "dance partys?" Dinner shows? Thanks so much....love your site!

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Sep 30, 2015 at 9:35 p.m. Pam Says...

We have already received our tickets for MVMCP for December, we are staying on property and will be receiving magic bands for our vacation in the near future...Is there a separate magic band for the party, or do we just get the cards?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

You can link your party tickets in My Disney Experience. They will be linked to your MagicBand. Take along a copy of your party ticket or the physical ticket if you opted for home delivery.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Pam,

There is no separate MagicBand for the event, but the party tickets can be linked to your My Disney Experience account and resort MagicBands. All you have to do is log in to My Disney Experience and link the tickets using the number printed on the back of the card.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2015 at 9:46 p.m. Ashley Says...

I am travelling with 4 adults and 2 children ages 4 and 7 and we will be arriving to Orlando on December 18th. Our flight lands at 5:30 and we are planning on taking a taxi to our hotel, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Is there anyway of us making it to the party that night or should we just skip it and not worry about rushing? If we skip it, what do you recommend we do for our first evening?

Thank you!

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Sep 29, 2015 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

You're earliest party arrival time would likely be 7 p.m. That's if you're flight isn't delayed and all goes to plan. Ultimately, you have to decide if you want to take the chance. If you decide not to do it, I would suggest spending that first night at Disney Springs. You could eat dinner (make reservations!), walk around and take in the new Christmas decorations, shop and even meet Santa!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2015 at 10:27 a.m. Victoria Says...

Hi this page is great, very informative, thank you!

Just wondering what the Christmas party actually includes, is it worthwhile?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 6:39 p.m. renee Says...

Hi. Just a quick question. We will only have a day in a half in Orlando and wanted to do something fun with our kids 11 &13. They haven't been to WDW since they were 3&6. Is it possible just to purchase tickets for the xmas party that evening and not daytime tickets...and if so are any rides operating at that time or is it just the parade and meet and greets?

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Oct 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m. Tom Says...

We have been to both the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.....both are excellent and worth every penny. For both, all the rides are open and there are either very small or no lines at all. The parades and fireworks are different, incredible and memorable. You can enter the park at 4 pm to get three extra hours (although the tickets say 7 pm...you always get in starting at 4. An unbelievable amount of candy during the Halloween Party and unlimited cookies and hot chocolate during the Christmas party. So many special events going on.....it is worth every penny.

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Sep 29, 2015 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

This sounds like a terrific idea! You can just purchase party tickets, and most rides are in operation (and waits are generally lower during the party).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Forg

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:06 a.m. Courtney Says...

I'm planning a trip November 15-20, on November 17th, Hollywood Studios closes at 4 for a staff appreciation event. Do you still think the 17th will be a night with low crowds even though Epcot will be the only park open in the evening? Thanks!

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Sep 29, 2015 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

We would expect that Disney's Hollywood Studios closing early would impact Christmas party and Epcot attendance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. Dani Bauerle Says...

Hi! We are planning on arriving for a MVMCP at 4PM with tickets to that event (not planning to use park tickets that day). The only ADR we could get for BOG for dinner was 4:10PM. Do you think they will allow us to go in a few minutes before 4PM to be able to make it to our ADR in time?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

Yes, I expect they would allow this. At worst, you would be just a little late arriving to your reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2015 at 9:21 a.m. David Says...

Trying to choose between attending the party on 10th, 11th, 13th or 15th December. The later dates (15th really) is the most convenient for us, but the earlier dates are possible. How much real difference in crowds do you think there will be between say the 10th (when you expect medium crowds) and the 15th (which you expect to be a sell out?). is it worth going for the 10th to have a significantly better experience do you think, or will it actually only make a marginal difference? On your crowd calendar you are actually showing green days at the MK for the 11th, 13th and 15th, whereas the 10th is a yellow day so unsure why it is the opposite for the actual party.....

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Sep 25, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

The parties are not included in the Crowd Calendar. Honestly, most of the Christmas parties sell out. If one of the dates works best for you, then go with that one.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2015 at 3:38 p.m. Danielle Says...

Hi,

This is an awesome article but I do have a question. We will be at WDW from Nov 15-20. I was originally planning on the Nov 17th party but HS will be closing that day at 4pm and I am wondering if you think that will impact crowds at the party? My plans are very flexible and we could move our party date to Nov. 19th but I see that is a moderate instead of a low crowd date. Do you still think given the early closing time at HS that the Nov. 17th party will still be low crowds?

Thanks in advance.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

You are right. I think the early closing at DHS will definitely impact party crowds. Hard to say, but I think the 17th is likely to be as crowded or more crowded as Nov. 19.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 10:04 p.m. A_C Says...

Wanted to find out why the park was closing early on the date we were visiting WDW and found out this party is on! We are an adult couple in our 30s, will we still love this Chistmas party, or is it purely something for the children? Also is it worth us still going to WDW during that day and purchasing the separate ticket for the Christmas party as well, or should we choose one or the other given our ages? A final question - do you know whether the Kiss goodnight still happens on a Christmas party date?

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Oct 4, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. Kristy Says...

A_C, my husband and I are also choosing to go to the MVMCP during our upcoming anniversary trip to WDW. We are also a couple in our 30's and this trip will be without our children just us for our anniversary. We have done quite a bit of research for this event and found that there are certain things we may not enjoy that are also some things that we will choose to take part in. This is also a great way to enjoy the rides for an extra 5 hours with minimal crowds. I think for that alone especially if it's just the two of you would be well worth the price.

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Sep 24, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

I am not certain about the Kiss Goodnight, but would expect it to still happen. The party would still be fun for adults, but that is really your call!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. Vaness Says...

Hi. We will being going to WDW this November for my son's Make a Wish trip. They included tickets to the Christmas party. I know we will not have to wait in lines and get "special " treatment, do you think this goes for the Christmas Party as well? Also if you are already in the park do you have to exit and go back in for the party? We won't have magic bands. They gave us credit card type things as our tickets to the party.

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Sep 25, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vaness,

I would think that your same special treatment would be in place for the Christmas Party. You won't have to exit to come back in the party. Starting at 4 p.m. cast members will be near the park entrances verifying party tickets and having our wristbands.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 2:29 p.m. Jen Says...

Which date would you recommend for MVMCP between December 11th and December 13th for smaller crowds?

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Sep 24, 2015 at 2:54 a.m. Maria Jose Says...

Which date would you recommend for MVMCP between December 11th and December 13th and 18 for smaller crowds?

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Sep 29, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

I expect all of these dates to be busy and/or sold out, so I would pick whichever one works best with your schedule.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

I would opt for the 13th!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 2:49 a.m. Kisha Says...

I've found your site very informative, thank you for sharing. I'll be taking my daughters (5 and 19 months) to WDW Oct 30 through Nov 9th. We have tickets for the last day of MNSSHP and the first day of the Holiday Party. My 5 year old has been to the Halloween Party before 2 years ago. We'll go back to Disney again so rides won't ready be an issue this trip. Do you have any suggestions on what we should do at each party. I guess I'm worried about them being "bored", probably not possible, by doing the same thing at both. We focused on trick or treating and characters. 5 year old is into the Princesses. I obviously would love photos with the characters in both holiday costumes but don't want to miss out on all the other festivities. Thank you in advance for any suggestions. Excited for our trip just not sure how to plan our visits.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kisha,

I don't think your little ones will be bored, and the parties are different. I would focus more on trick-or-treating at MNSSHP and the Halloween entertainment. If they aren't set on meeting the Halloween characters and villains, you could save that for the Christmas party, or do a little character greeting at both parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2015 at 5:24 p.m. BE Whitney Says...

This is all GREAT information- thanks!

Quick and silly question- we will arrive on the afternoon of 12/6, and don't want to purchase a park ticket for that day since we will not be in until 2pm. I was looking at the MVMCP on 12/6, but want to make sure that we only need to purchase a ticket for the Christmas party, and will not need to buy a general park ticket on top of it. Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

You only need the party ticket! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. David Says...

Wonder if you could help as I'm really undecided.

We are trying to decide between going to MVMCP on Dec 10th or on Dec 15th - how much difference will there really be in terms of crowds? The 10th is the day after we arrive from UK so children are likely to be tired/jet-lagged and struggle to stay awake but it will be a less crowded option (which is v important to us), but the 15th is showing a busy sell out crowd.

Other option is to miss the MVMCP altogether and just schedule an extra day in the park on a regular park ticket (for our family it will cost an extra $380 to attend the MVMCP as opposed to just $50 to buy an extra day of regular park tickets so quite a big saving) as to be honest we are all far more interested in the fast rides and not having to queue ages for them than meeting characters etc, but also do really want a lovely christmassy experience at WDW and accept that there is a price to be paid for that.

If we don't go to the MVMCP at all then the only day we could visit MK that isn't an early closing MVMCP day (as we would want to see the fireworks once unless there is a good option to watch them from outside the park that is just as good?) is December 12th, which will be quite busy too I think (similar to crows on the 15th at the MVMCP do you think?)

What do you think? We have 6 days in total at WDW so I was planning one day visiting the Xmas decorations at the hotels followed by MVMCP, one normal day at WDW (OK for us to choose a quiet day and to leave early if it is MVMCP day as we wont need to stay for the fireworks etc), plus one day each at Epcot/Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdon, with the final day allocated to whichever park the children want to revisit. Please help me decide!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

Maybe others here will chime in with opinions. The party is a lovely option, but budget must be factored in! Any of the parties could sell out, so I would keep that in mind. If the 15th works better, than go with it. You will still have a Christmasy experience, as the parks will be decorated, Christmas music will be playing etc. Touring the resorts is a great idea!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 3:19 a.m. LauraCerna Says...

Hi! If i want to go just for the party they let me in? Without the regular ticket?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, you just need a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:20 p.m. Nicole Says...

I've gotten conflicted answers so far, but do you know if guests are allowed to dress up in costume at this even like the Halloween event?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

This isn't a costumed event, and you would need to follow the official costume policy:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2015 at 5:46 a.m. Bill Says...

Hi,

I really like your site, and used it quite a bit to plan a trip to WDW last December for our 40th anniversary. I'm going back again this Dec, mostly because it will be last time that the Osborne lights will be at Hollywood Studios.

As several people have asked and you answered, the party requires a wristband, and several cast members did ask to see ours as they were shooing non-party-ticketed guests toward the exits.

And besides the cookies and hot chocolate, there is enough extra going on to justify going to a party rather than going closer to Christmas when most of the party attractions are included in the regular admission. I think the parade looses a lot in the daytime, with all the lighting that is on the floats.

My question is somewhat unrelated to the party - Everyone else last December was wearing retro Christmas light necklaces, but they were already sold out when we were there. Do you have any info on if they will be back this year, if they can be ordered ahead of time, and approx. when? Also, could I see the same thing happen with the "Glow With the Show" ear hats that you mentioned?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 1:28 a.m. Bridgette Says...

I am trying to weigh whether it is worth the expense of going to MVMCP. We will be there for the Nov. 17 and 19 dates. What rides are open during this? Just trying to decide if its worth it vs EMH the next day.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridgette,

We list which rides are open at the top of the post, but most of them are!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. Diana Says...

Hi,

We will be at there from 12/15 to 12/21. I recently heard that after the 18th, all the MVMCP entertainment is "built-in" to the regular admission, and that there is therefore no need to buy separate party tickets. Is this the case and is all the same party entertainment (snow falling on Main Street, hot cocoa and cookies, etc.) provided on the 19th and after? Thanks!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

The Christmas parade moves to the daytime after the last party, but Holiday Wishes will be shown nightly. Sadly, no cocoa and cookies.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2015 at 4:45 p.m. Julie Says...

So, the Christmas parade on the 19th will be during the day? I'm assuming the regular evening fireworks on the other nights will not have Christmas music. How disappointing to spend so much going to DisneyWorld and not get to experience Holiday things without paying an extra arm and leg!

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Sep 17, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

After the last Christmas party, Holiday Wishes is expected to be shown nightly.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2015 at 3:36 p.m. Diana Says...

Thanks for your response! One more question about that - will they still make it snow during the daytime Christmas parade?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

No, unfortunately, there is no snow :(

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. Jeff Says...

Does the snow only fall at 7pm or at other times/throughout the night?

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Sep 14, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Sherry Says...

Do you know when the tickets at Disneyland for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party go on sale this year?

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Sep 21, 2015 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry,

Disneyland does not have a party like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World, but the holiday festivities are set to begin Nov. 13.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2015 at 10:10 a.m. Nousha Says...

Hi!

I'm looking into going to DIsneyworld during the christmas season for the first time, but I am really confused over how ticketing works. So during the MVMCP dates is magical kingdom closed completely? does tha mean in order to enter I'd have to buy a regular and an event ticket or would i buy regular but get booted out at 7? I do believe I'm going to go to one park per atleast one day, (and it sounds like id need to go to MVMCP twice to get the full experience since there's so many events going on at once), so I would go to MK twice, but in case i wanted to not purchase the event ticket but still wanted to go to MK on the day of the event could i? And i'm still not 100% on this vacation so how much time from now do i have before tickets sell out do you think?

thanks for all the help!

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Sep 16, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. Lori Says...

Yes, if you buy a regular ticket, you will be booted out at 7. If you do not have park hopper tickets, magic kingdom may not be the best value for you to visit on a day when a party is scheduled.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nousha,

You only need a party ticket if you want to attend during the party (you can enter starting at 4 p.m.). Most party dates that sell out do so a few days in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. Megan Says...

My husband and I will be there the first full week in december -- do they still have the parade and fireworks on the evenings when it is NOT the Very Merry party? I am trying to figure out what is "exclusive" to the party and if it is worth the $150 for two adult tix, seems pricy if all it would really get us is free cocoa and cookies.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

There will be a parade and fireworks, they just won't be the Christmas parade and fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 1:09 a.m. Carrie Says...

We are planning a trip this November around Thanksgiving. My question is should we book November 21-28 or November 23-30 and stick around for MVMCP on the 29th? I'm a teacher and very limited on when I can take time off. I have 2 daughters ages 7 and 4. I'm concerned if we go during the week of Thanksgiving the parks will be crazy busy and we won't get much in. On the other hand it lists the 29th as one of the busiest days, so this may not help fit things in either. Thoughts??

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Sep 9, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

There is not a huge difference in the crowd levels over these two sets of dates, so I would pick whichever one makes more sense for you and whether you want to do the party. It will be crowded, but you can still have a great time!

Check out our Thanksgiving survival guide: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/a-thanksgiving-day-planning-guide-for-walt-disney-world/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. Bette Musto Says...

I purchased my MVMCP tickets and now I am not sure if I can make that day. I know they are non-refundable but I wondered if there was a way I could change them for a different date. How would I go about doing that?

Thank you for any help

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Oct 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Karen Says...

I was concerned about needing to change the tickets later, so I called Disney before purchasing them. I was told that if you are traveling from outside Orlando and your plans change, they will change the dates for you or issue a refund. Might not be a bad idea to double check

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Sep 9, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bette,

Your best bet would be to contact Disney directly, but unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be possible.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2015 at 5:36 p.m. Carolyn Says...

I see that they are doing a special dessert party at the Halloween party. It is offering reserved viewing for the parade and fireworks. I willing to pay for it if the offer it for mvmcp. Will they be offering it?

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Sep 7, 2015 at 2:11 a.m. Paige Says...

I am thinking of giving my kids a trip to Magic Kingdom for Christmas. I know this is a very busy time of year. I am mostly interested in the activities that are offered during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. I know it's included with the base ticket during those days. Do they still have all of the activities during those dates? Even the snowfall and cookies??? Thank you in advance!

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Sep 3, 2015 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn,

The Halloween dessert party includes a reserved viewing location for Mickey's Boo to You Parade at the Town Square location. Then guests will be escorted to Tomorrowland Terrace for the dessert party and Happy HalloWishes fireworks viewing at 10 p.m.

A version of it hasn't yet been announced for the Christmas party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. Jim Says...

I am in Orlando mid Nov. for business and a colleague and I have a free day on 11/19. We purchased MK tickets for the day as well as tickets for MVMCP. We have dinner reservations at 5:00 at the Grand Floridian so will be hoping the monorail to there and back. We won't be arriving back in the park until around 7:00, which I guess is when the festivities start. So..we won't have time to stake out a good viewing spot, which I suppose is what you need. Any suggestions for making the most of the party with the 2 of us being late to the party at 7:00?

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Sep 2, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim,

I would recommend visiting the second parade, which isn't as crowded so you have a little time to take it all in and explore. If you can't, it won't be the end of the world. There are plenty of good viewing locations along the parade route. If you don't want anyone in front of you for the first parade, you would need to stake out your spot 35-45 minutes ahead of time. If you don't mind sitting or standing behind someone else, you shouldn't have trouble finding a spot 15-20 minutes in advance.

Sounds like it's going to be a fun work trip ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 5:04 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! My boyfriend and myself are visiting the first weekend in December. I am full of so many questions!! Any clue when they might release times and specifics about Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party? Also, do you have experience with the Magical Express? I want to get to the party as soon as we can but don't want to be delayed. Also, how is the weather is December?

THANKS

Ashley

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Sep 2, 2015 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

We expect the times to be the same or very close to what we have listed above. It sounds like you will be attending the party on the day you get in. You can read more about Disney's Magical Express here. We now include the weather (historical weather for dates further out) on our Crowd Calendar. Check it out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. Shannon Says...

Hi there, thanks for the info on Mickey's Christmas party! We have never been during the holidays before and are looking forward to our November visit this year. We will be at Disney for a week and are visiting a couple of the parks, is the Magic Kingdom usually more crowded during the day of a Christmas Party? I'm trying to decide whether we should hit another park during the day and then come over to MK between 4 and 7 for the Christmas party, or should we just plan on MK for that whole day?

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Sep 1, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

Magic Kingdom is normally less crowded on party days because of the shorter hours, so it's a good day to go.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 2:28 a.m. Elisabeth Kinsey Says...

My husband and I will be attending the Very Merry Christmas party without children! It's our 25th wedding anniversary trip. Do you have any suggestions for us? This will be our first fall visit to WDW.

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elisabeth,

How wonderful for you and the hubby! We've got some romantic suggestions to help make your anniversary trip extra special.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2015 at 4:13 a.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi! My daughter and I have tickets to the Christmas party on December 15th. Would it be wise to purchase a base ticket for the day, then stay for the Christmas party? Or will there be enough excitement during the Christmas party alone?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

If you have not been to Magic Kingdom before, I would definitely plan another day or that morning to experience the park. The party has plenty of excitement though and lots of Christmas-y fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2015 at 1:34 a.m. Kara Says...

Hi there,

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my 2 year old to the Very Merry Christmas Party? I know 2 year olds don't need park tickets regularly, but I don't know if this is different for the party.

Thanks!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

No, your 2-year-old does not need tickets to the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. Dove Says...

Hi,

My family and I are visiting WDW in November from South Africa. It is our 2nd visit ever (1st was in January 2013). We are on a limited budget and I am trying to make the most of the trip. The costs for us to purchase the Very Merry Christmas Party tickets is more or less the same as 1-day tickets to visit Universal Studios- island of adventure. Do you think we should go to Universal instead with that money? or do you think Mickey's christmas party trumps a day at Universal? Thanks so much for this website. Its been a great help to me while planning this trip and the previous one!

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Aug 27, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dove,

I would need to know more about your family, what ages they are and interests etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. Dove Says...

We are a family of 5: we have 3 daughters ages 9, 7 and 1. The older girls are very much into princesses and stuff. I am not sure what will interest them in Universal because they are not big fans of Harry Potter etc (the reason we are thinking of going there is primarily for my husband and I). However, the trip is really about the kids so whatever will make their trip memorable is a winner. Thanks so much for replying!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi again,

If your older two daughters are really into thrill rides, for sure, yes, go to Universal. If they are not into thrill rides, they would still have fun, but probably not as much fun as the party. Of course, you grownups will though ;) Ultimately you're call!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. Sarah K Says...

Hi ya.

We're coming to Florida on 16th November (from uk) with our 22 month old boy. We've decided to only do a few parks as a lot of them do not cater for his age. We'd defo like to do Magic Kingdom & Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party but wondering whether to do these on separate days rather than squeeze in 1 day? Also want to do sea world and maybe somewhere else. Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks!!!

Sarah K

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

If you can, we think it would be better to split the day and do something else in the morning. One of the wonderful things to do this time of year is tour the deluxe resorts and see the Christmas decorations. SeaWorld is a good choice, so is LEGOLAND. Disney's Animal Kingdom is also great for that age since it has so many animals.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 18, 2015 at 10:04 p.m. Maggie L Says...

Hey there! I'm so glad to find your blog. So much great information. I will be taking my 4 year old Princess loving daughter to WDW For the first time In November. I've never attended a Disney Party before, so I don't really know what to expect. I've also never given a second thought or put any effort into meeting characters since I haven't been to Disney since having a child.. Well, I am ON A MISSION now.. haha.. Do the characters sign autographs during the Christmas Party? Also, do the princes meet WITH their princesses and sign autographs? I know I saw something about Jasmin and Genie meeting together, and Aladdin and Abu together. Thank you so much for any advice you may have!!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

Yes, the characters sign autographs during the party, and the princes meet with the princesses and sign autographs too!

Have fun with all of your planning! There are worse things you could be doing ;)

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2015 at 12:58 a.m. annette Says...

Do they do a dessert fireworks party during the Christmas Party?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette,

Yes, normally it is available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. Sheila Says...

Does this include special viewing of the parade before fireworks party?

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Aug 15, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. Darcy Says...

Trying to figure if it is worth the money. We have all of our dinners with Charter's planned. The Minnie Mouse holiday Dine and the Dessert with fireworks. Can you still ride all the rides and we be there during one of the busiest nights. Not sure if it is worth the extra money. Please help me on this one. What makes it totally different than any other night

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darcy,

Whether it is worth it really depends on you and whether you'd enjoy the extra festive Christmas atmosphere, Christmas shows and meeting the characters in their Christmas duds. You can still ride the rides, but most people are focused on the other entertainment during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2015 at 5:18 a.m. Riley Says...

Are the cast members at the character meet and greets during the Christmas party to take your pictures for memory maker?? Are there other photographers around the park to take pictures as well during the party?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Riley,

Yes, Photopass photographers are at every character meet-and-greet location and at other picturesque locations around the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Eric Says...

Great article thanks. I don't see Dec 17 in your list of crowd rankings. Where do you see that one falling, most likely to sell out?

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Aug 3, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric,

Great catch! Unfortunately, that one falls into the likely to sell out category. Don't let it stop you from going, just know it will be busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. Jane Says...

Hi,

We will arriving in Orlando on the 10th December but will be based at a Universal Studios resort until the 14th December when we will move to a Disney Resort. Should we just attend Mickey's Xmas Party on the 15th when based at a Disney Resort or take a trip from Universal to attend on the 10th, 11th or 13th?

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane,

Sounds like fun! You didn't mention when your trip will be over and what else you are planning to do. That would factor in to the answer. It is not too much trouble to attend the earlier party, even if you are staying at Universal, but it would be easier to do it when you are at Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2015 at 3:16 a.m. Jane Says...

Hi Mommy Frog

We are arriving late 11pm on the 9th December from Australia after large amount of flying and going straight to Universal Resort. After reading your information about busy times I thought maybe we could sleep for the day and head to the Xmas Party that afternoon/night, rather than wasting a total day. We are then going to Disney Resort on the 14th and staying until the 20th when we flight out. So also thinking it might maximise time at Disney if we go to Xmas Party on 10th as 14th is out for moving and then we will only have 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and we do have a 5 day ticket. What do you think? Jane

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Aug 2, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane,

I think you've got it!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2015 at 5:38 p.m. B Says...

Hi,

Quick question- On the nights of the Christmas Party - do all of the parks close at 7pm or just the Magic Kingdom? If we have a park hopper pass -can we use that to go to the other parks?

Thanks in advance for your help! It's would be our first trip and I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. :)

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi B,

You can see the park hours for the date you want to attend on our Crowd Calendar. At least one park should be open later. Yes, you could use your park hopper, start your day in Magic Kingdom and them hop over to another park at night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2015 at 3:23 p.m. Claire Jones Says...

I was hoping to go to the party night on the Tuesday 1st Dec. As I am only going to Magic Kingdom while in Orlando, as I have to buy both day and night ticket, I was going to attend the party on the 1st and Magic Kingdom for the full day on the 30th Nov. However I have heard that you don't get fireworks/night parade etc on none party nights at this time of year? So my question is can you confirm if I go to Magic Kingdom for the day on a normal ticket on a none party night will I be able to have the full MK experience? If you don't know is there anywhere I can find out?

Thanks

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

You can verify it on Disney's website for both Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade. Both will be available on Nov. 30, and I expect they will be shown during all of this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2015 at 1:52 p.m. Jodi Says...

Once park closes for the MVMCP do they make everyone without ticket leave. Just wondering if I am paying for a ticket when others that have not will be allowed to stay.

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi,

They do make other guests leave.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi, I'm trying to understand the entire process with the Very Micky Christmas. How does the park make all of the attendees exit the park and only keep those with the extra ticket?

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Aug 5, 2015 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

It's actually a fairly unobtrusive process. Anyone entering the park after 4 p.m. who is attending the party gets a party wristband. A few hours before the party, cast members start reminding guests that the park closes at 7 p.m. As the time gets closer, guests that do not have wristbands are directed toward the exits. Then as the party begins, expect to see cast members asking to see your wristbands.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2015 at 12:11 a.m. Meghan Says...

What time can you get into the park with only the Christmas party ticket that day? Is it 7?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan,

You can usually enter the park starting at 4 p.m. with the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. Meli Says...

Greetings! I'm going to be in the WDW area Nov 4-11 and was wondering which is the better day to go to the party, Sunday the 8th or Tuesday the 10th.

thanks!

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Aug 5, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meli,

Tuesday is better.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. Leonardo Says...

Hi, I will go to the MK and Xmas Party on dec 10th. I have already purchased the both tickets. Where will I take the wristband? Can I will stay in the park for all day? Thanks and congratulations for the blog.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leonardo,

Cast members will give you a wristband at the park, and yes, you can stay all day!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2015 at 5:09 a.m. Frank in Miami Says...

Wow, we have had our vacation booked for a couple of months now. Grabbing reservations at Chef Mickeys for breakfast and at Cinderellas Table for dinner, both on the 3rd of December without realizing the park was closing at 7 for the party. We have three kids. We like to hit the parks early and usually head back to the room for a nap from about 3-6 then go back till they close. Our dinner reservation is at 6:55. I guess I have to drop another couple hundred dollars so we can stay at the park. I would change the day we visit the castle, but we pushed back our vacation three times trying to get those reservations. Ugh.

Thanks for the info.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank,

You don't have to cancel your reservation. You will be allowed to stay in for dinner, even if you don't have a party ticket. You will just have to leave immediately afterwards.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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