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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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Jul 25, 2015 at 2:38 a.m. Tiffani Perry Says...

I will be purchasing 4 tickets for either Dec 8 or 10 but would like to know is attendance to the park on that day required ? My daughters b day is Dec 9 and on that day magic kingdom has emh and I would like to take advantage of that.

Thank you

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Aug 3, 2015 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffani,

You will need a party ticket to enter the party when it officially starts at 7 p.m. (you can enter starting at 4 p.m.). If you want to enter before then, you would need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2015 at 2:20 a.m. David Says...

We have no kids but want to experience the Christmas theme. Is it really worth purchasing the extra ticket??

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Aug 20, 2015 at 3:52 p.m. Lorena Says...

just a quick comment - I think the MVMCP is a bit of a waste of money. The park is loaded with Xmas cheer - you don't need to see the parade and have a cookie. I've been to MK many times but never spent money on the party . You will have a great time anyway. ... just sayin'

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Jul 22, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

That really depends on you. There is plenty of Christmas cheer in the parks without the party, but if you want to see all of the Christmas shows and parade, then I think it would be worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2015 at 4:48 p.m. Marti Says...

I don't see December 4th listed in the list of the least crowded parties to attend. Can you tell me where this would rank on the list?

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Jul 21, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marti,

Unfortunately, it is listed as most likely to sell out.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 20, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Michelle Says...

We are coming in on Dec 1- Dec 4. We get in to MCO at noon and leave the morning of the 4th. My daughter is 10 and am thinking of booking the party. I only bought 2 days of park tickets. I saw where you told someone they could book there fast passes up till 7 pm. If I do this it won't use it against my other 2 days will it? We don't plan on using our regular park ticket that day at all. I plan on using them for the 2-3. thanks.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 7:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

If you have a Halloween party ticket linked in My Disney Experience, you can book FastPass+ reservations. You would just want to modify the times so that they are all within 4-7 p.m. It won't count against your other days.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 19, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. DeeDee Says...

If I have a base ticket and an event ticket do I need both to attend the Mickey's Christmas Party?

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Jul 21, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DeeDee,

You only need the party ticket to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 19, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. Caroline Says...

We are going with our 18 month old in November and just wondering if Santa Claus will be available to meet at the parties? Also which date would you recommened Friday 13th nov or 15th Nov? Is Mickey Mouse meeting people in Christmas clothes? In general how long is the wait to meet a Santa and Mickey?

Thank you

Caroline

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline,

Santa is usually there along with Mickey, who is decked out in Christmas attire. I would recommend the 15th over the 13th. Wait times vary. If they are a priority, I would recommend lining up a little before the party starts at 7 p.m.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 14, 2015 at 11:46 p.m. Kristin McGregor Says...

Hello,

I noticed on the Best Date list above that November 29 is on the most recommended list as well as the most crowded list. Can you please clarify which one you project for November 29? That is one of the dates we are interested in (as well as November 20). Do you have a recommendation when looking at attending MVMCP on November 20 vs. November 29? Thanks in advance!

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Jul 16, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

Good catch! I would opt for the 20th over the 29th. Even though it's a Friday, I think we'll see more leftover holiday crowds sticking around for the Sunday party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2015 at 5:53 p.m. Lynn Says...

If we were to have dinner reservations in MK the night of MVMCP and not tickets to the party, would we be allowed to enter the park with our regular park tickets for the dinner reservation only?

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Jul 17, 2015 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

Yes, if you have regular park admission and have a reservation for dinner, you would be allowed to stay for that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2015 at 3:58 p.m. Kelly Says...

You would not, however be able to use any attractions or enter any stores.

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Jul 8, 2015 at 9:46 p.m. Todd Says...

For the 2015 Christmas party have u heard if Jack Skellington Clause we be there??

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Jul 9, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Todd,

We haven't heard yet, but we would expect that Sandy Claws will be back!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2015 at 7:42 p.m. Gretchen Says...

Hello,

Going off of this comment, because I am interested in seeing Sandy Claws as well, will there be a schedule or something that is released prior to us going to the Christmas party that will say which characters will be there and the times they will be there?

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Jul 22, 2015 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gretchen,

Yes, we will provide that information. The characters are typically available for the entire party, so Sandy Claws should be available from 7 p.m. until midnight if he returns. Sometimes the line is cut off a little earlier, but you can confirm that in park with a cast member.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2015 at 8:53 p.m. Theresa Says...

We are headed to Disney from Dec. 18- Dec 23rd. Wondering if its worth the extra money to get the tickets to the party for our very first day there since it's the last show, or if enough of the Christmas excitement will be available starting the 19th on until we leave. I know we will be able to see the parade on the following days....is the party the event that Elsa "freezes the castle?"

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

There will be lots of Christmas excitement, but I do think it would be worth it to spring for party tickets. Just keep in mind that the last party is likely to sell out and therefore be crowded. We don't yet know if Elsa will return for the Frozen Holiday Wish, but we expect that she will. This happens nightly, even on non-party nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. britanee Says...

i have park tickets already however i would like to know do i have seperate tickets for this?

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Jul 7, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Britanee,

Yes, you do need a separate ticket to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. Shelby Says...

How many tickets are actually sold per party? will the crowds be significantly less?

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Jun 25, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelby,

Disney does not release the actual number of tickets they sell. If the party sells out, it will be as crowded as a busy day in the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. Audrey Says...

We'll be staying at Disney World Resort December 12-19 and I'm wondering whether it would be best to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13 or Tuesday, December 15. This will be our first time ever visiting in December around Christmastime, so we're really excited. We always visit during the summer months because of school. Thank you for your help.

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Jun 25, 2015 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Audrey,

We're so excited for you and glad to help! We'd pick December 15 over the 13.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2015 at 8:03 p.m. Virginia Says...

Hi! I will be going Dec 15-20. We went to the Christmas Party last December and loved it. Wondering if they still do any of these activities starting Dec. 19? We are debating buying tickets for the party again on Dec 18 but thought if they do some of these activities (snow on main street, Christmas parade, etc) as part of the regular ticket starting Dec. 19 we might save the money. Thanks!

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Jul 6, 2015 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Virginia,

Yes, starting Dec. 19, the Christmas parade will be shown daily in the afternoon. The parks will be all decorated for the holidays and the Christmas music is playing, so it is quite lovely.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. Jan Says...

I'm a little confused and trying to figure out if it's worth purchasing the tickets for the Christmas party...as is everyone else I see! Starting on Dec 19th Disney will continue to have the Christmas Parade for regular ticketed guest correct? It's the same parade as the Christmas Party parade that you pay extra to attend? Is the only different from MVMCP and a parade you attend with a regular ticket at this time of year that they have all of the characters out from 7pm-midnight? Does snow fall on the parades from December 19th on as well? Thank you in advance for your help!!!

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Jul 30, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

Do you already have plans to be at the park? If you are considering going the week before Christmas for the party vs. the week of Christmas and not experiencing the party, I would opt for the former. Crowds will be much heavier the week of Christmas. The Christmas parade will run during the daytime after the Christmas parties end. Holiday Wishes will be shown in the evenings instead of Wishes.

Hope this helps!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. Alice Says...

Hi,

Thanks for the create info throughout your whole website. I am a bit confused about the regular admission ticket and the Xmas party ticket. I will be at Orlando December 5-12, and I am planning to get a 5-day Disney base ticket. I've also booked at dinner at crystal palace on December 10. With a regular park ticket, I will not be able to see the shows, as they will check my ticket before entering the show area, right? How about the parade and fireworks? How will it work? Only people with the Xmas ticket can stay in the park after 4? Or they will check my ticket if I grab a seat on the curb?

Thanks,

Alice

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Jun 19, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alice,

Cast members will be looking for people who do not have party wristbands and may ask to see yours. The park closes to party guests at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2015 at 1:13 p.m. Mable Says...

I have a few questions hoping u can help me out.

We will be going to Orlando for 4 days 3 nights in early Nov and we are planning on getting the 2 day tickets visiting MK and Disney Hollywood. Now I discovered that on Nov 8 there's the Xmas party. Does it make sense for us (5 adults and 2 kids age 4&2) to go to Disney Hollywood on Nov 8 and then attend the Xmas party at MK and spend another full day at magic kingdom on Nov 9? What would you recommend? Thanks!!!

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Jun 15, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mable,

I think the Christmas party would be fun, and I think your plan makes sense. Ideally, I think would be for you to visit Magic Kingdom first and then visit again for the party so that your kids were already familiar with the park. That said, your plan can work. I would enjoy the Christmas party festivities and special activities, and then enjoy the non-party fun on your full day in the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. Jodi Says...

Hi! we are taking our crew for our first WDW trip to coincide with our youngest's 5th bday on Nov. 8, which is also the start of the MVMCP! so excited! want to get the most out of MK, so my question is would it be good to go in the morning for rides, then back for the party at night, or is that too much for one day? i would hate for the kids to get worn out before the holiday fun starts but want to see as much of MK as we can! thanks!

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Jun 22, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi,

As long as you have a break for a few hours in the afternoon, I think you will be fine, but you know your child best! I think you have a good plan, heading to Magic Kingdom in the morning for rides. Another fun, party day event is to tour the deluxe resorts that are decorated for Christmas. Let us know whatever you decide!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. Rp Says...

Hi,

We are visiting to WDW on 11/14 to 11/20 and also attending MVMCP but Are we able to attend all the events at the same time like fireworks , parade stage show.? How does it work?

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Jun 12, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rp,

I am not sure I fully understand your question. With a party ticket, you would be able to see the Christmas fireworks, parades and shows. On nights when the party is not held, the regular park entertainment, parade and fireworks will be shown.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2015 at 5:40 a.m. Andrea Says...

Hi,

We are taking my niece and nephews to Magic Kingdom for the first time, but only have 1 day in Orlando. I am wondering if you think it would recommend doing the Mickey Christmas Party, going in at 4pm and staying till 12pm, over doing the day time hours at Magic Kingdom on the party day?

If we purchase Party tickets can I register them to mydisney account and assign fastpasses during the 4pm-7pm time, or would I have to have a regular park admission ticket registered to do that?

Because this would be the kids first time there, and they are ages 3-8, would there be plenty of rides open during the Party for them to enjoy? Especially the youngest. I read they close some of the rides during the party.

Thank you!

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Jun 17, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. Audrey Says...

We will be visiting December 12 - 18. This will be our first time to visit in December and are so excited to see everything decorated for Christmas. Would you recommend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13 or Tuesday, December 15?

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Jun 19, 2015 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Audrey,

I would recommend Tuesday over Sunday, although I would expect both to be very busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

I cannot tell you what to do, but keep in mind that there is so much to see and do in Magic Kingdom without the Christmas party, and the party itself adds even more! If you just want to experience the magic of Magic Kingdom, I would probably skip the party. If you do go to the party, there will be all of the fun Christmas shows and extra character experiences, so you would likely do more of that instead of the rides. That said, most of the rides are open during the party and waits are usually shorter because most people are enjoying the Christmas entertainment. Last, do know if you've got only one day, the only way to see the fireworks inside the park would be at the party (you could watch in other places outside the park). Maybe others reading this could share their perspective! Let us know what you plan to do ...

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2015 at 2:43 a.m. Lisa Says...

Just want to confirm I will not need to purchase regular park tickets if I have a Party ticket.....

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Jun 11, 2015 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Yes, you only need party tickets to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. Rp Says...

How advance do we have to buy Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ticket ?

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Jun 2, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

You can buy them up until the day of the party, provided it does not sell out sooner.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2015 at 3:30 a.m. Art Says...

On the Very Merry Christmas Party days, do they still do a parade and fireworks for those not going to the party prior to them closing things down for the day only ticket holders?

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Jun 1, 2015 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Art,

There is the afternoon parade, but no evening parade or fireworks for non-party ticket holders.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. yasemilit Says...

Hi, it's my first time in Disney on Christmas season so I'm a little confused.That means that if I have tickets for the park have to buy a separate one for the MVMC event?

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, you will need a separate party ticket for the event.

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2015 at 9:46 p.m. Tami Says...

I am planning on coming to MVMCP for the first and only time to come to make my 2 special needs kids dream come true and I am disable. do you have accommodations during that time? and where is a good place to stay and eat with them?

Thanks Tami

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Jun 1, 2015 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami,

We certainly do hope it's a dream come true for you and your children! You will love the party.

For parades, there are viewing areas for those with special needs. They are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved beforehand, so get to the parades very early if you want to secure a spot. You can find a guide for those with disabilities at the link below. You can also pick up a guide at Guest Relations! There is also the Disability Services Access Card that is granted to those with special needs; you’ll need to visit Guest Relations when arriving at the parks. From there, a Cast Member will determine if the DAS card is needed. If you are granted the DAS Card, it’ll allow you to reserve a time to experience attractions and rides so you aren’t stuck waiting in a conventional queue for a while. It is designed for those with cognitive disabilities. Here is more information on the DAS Card:

https://wdpromedia.disney.go.com/media/wdpro-assets/help/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/wdw-disability-access-service_2015-04-30.pdf

All of the on-site Disney resorts have accessible rooms available, just make sure to ask for one when reserving. As far as picking a certain one, it depends on what amenities and price range you are looking for. The transportation they provide is also accessible (buses, monorail, Disney’s Magical Express, etc.), and have on-site restaurants/dining options. Here’s Disney's guide to guests with disabilities at the resorts. Most restaurants in the park will also be open during the party, but we recommend catching an early dinner so you can enjoy all the special events!

Disney works hard to provide accommodations for all types of special needs, so if you have any type of question or concern, they’re there to help you out. Hope this helps!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2015 at 1:32 a.m. Pamela Says...

Hi!

If we have Be Our Guest reservations at 4:00 pm on the night we plan on attending the Christmas Party, will they let us in the park a few minutes earlier than 4 to get to the restaurant with just the party ticket or will we need to use a regular ticket? Thanks!

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:25 a.m. Heather Says...

Last year we got in the park around 3:45 pm....I'm not sure how much earlier they were letting party goers in.

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May 26, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

My guess is that they will let you in, but I don't know for sure. Maybe someone else will chime in!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. Karen Says...

Last year, they started letting the lines of party-goers in the front gates a few minutes early. My guess is that you will be fine. :)

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May 25, 2015 at 2:19 p.m. Debbie Says...

I was reading all of the FrogBlogs and found them to be very informative. Is this the location to ask specific questions. We are planning a family vacation (15 total) to Disney in November and wondered if you could provide a couple of answers If this is where I ask I will do so. Thank you in advance

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May 26, 2015 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

Ask away! We're here to help.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2015 at 4:29 a.m. Hailey Says...

I am a fl resident and hold the premium annual pass with no black out dates . Can i get in with my pass ?

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Jun 4, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hailey,

No, you would still need a separate ticket for this event.

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2015 at 2:12 a.m. Yami Says...

Hello! So glad to have found your page as I am planning our first ever MVMCP trip with my mom and 3 year old son for November 12th.

My question is, you mentioned Fastpasses cannot be used for the event, is that only for meet and greets or also for rides? We would like to do a few rides between 4-7pm and I'm a bit of a planner. ;)

My other question is, can we link magic bands if all we are getting are these event tickets? I already have one from previous trips and I know my son will want one as well.

Thank you so much!!

Yami

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May 26, 2015 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yami,

You cannot use FP+ for this event, unless you had a valid regular admission ticket that you could book those FP+ with. You definitely can use your MagicBands. Last year, my party ticket was automagically linked in my account, but you may need to add it manually.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2015 at 3:43 a.m. Tina T Says...

Please clarify...I have holiday party tickets for 11/13. We plan to arrive a little before 4pm that day and not use a regular ticket for the day. Am I understanding that we can NOT schedule any Fast Passes for 4pm - 7pm? In other words, you must be using a day pass to book fast passes?

Thanks for your help!

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Sep 14, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

You should be able to use your party ticket to book FastPasses between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. if it is linked in My Disney Experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2015 at 3:16 a.m. Keely Says...

Ok I am reallllly confused now. We are going to disney Nov 9-16. 7 nights. We have 5 day park hopper passes. We have MVMCP tickets for the 12th, and don't plan on using a park ticket that day, just the party tickets. It is linked in My Disney Experience. I have all our fast passes for park days booked. Are you saying if I go in and book fast passes for the party day between 4-7pm, that I won't have to use a park admission day?? I am so afraid we will somehow unknowingly use a park admission with it being linked to our Magic Bands. LOL

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Sep 25, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keely,

My Disney experience does still have its glitches. To be safe, I would get to the party early and try to make Fastpass+ reservations at a park kiosk. If there are reservations available, you should be able to book and use them on your party ticket and not worry about accidentally using a park day. The other option would be to go ahead and make them during the 4-7 p.m. timeframe and print a copy to take with you. If for some reason, they are not attached to your party ticket, the cast members at the attractions would likely still honor the reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2015 at 1:06 a.m. pat Says...

We are attending the Nov. 29th party. Do we have to do something special in order for pictures from the party to go to our Memory Maker account? TIA

Pat

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May 26, 2015 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat,

When you have your photo taken by a PhotoPass photographer, he will scan your MagicBand or physical ticket.

Mommy Frog

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May 22, 2015 at 5:38 p.m. Jeff Says...

Hi,

Does the snow "fall" throughout the night or only at 7pm? or during the Christmas parade?

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Jun 3, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff,

It falls throughout the evening along Main Street.

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. Derek Says...

Thanks for the great info! We are considering a trip November 11-18. Is the format of the party similar in nature to the Halloween party at Disneyland? Obviously there is the difference between the holidays. We have done the Halloween party at Disneyland before and my two sons loved it, so I am hoping that the Christmas party is similar.

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May 21, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. Taylor Says...

Hi,

We have a trip planned for Dec 15-18 for the free dining promotion. We want to go to MVMCP on the 15th, but I'm hesitant to buy tickets so soon since they are non-refundable and the trip is so far away. Do you have any idea how soon that day will sell out?

Thank you!

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May 21, 2015 at 6:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor,

Most of the party dates have historically sold out the day of or just a few days in advance.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2015 at 1:22 a.m. Michelle Says...

Do you know ig you already purchased Tickets for Christmas show, can you change date? Not cancel but change?

Thanks!

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment was caught in our spam filter ;-) I don't think you will be able to change these tickets, but I would reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2015 at 1:40 a.m. Layla Says...

I was wondering if there was a way to "set up camp" in a good spot during the MVMCP? Will the cast members let you stay in your spot the whole night? Or do they make you move once the show or parade is over? Thank you so much for answering all of our questions, patience you have! Have a magical day!

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May 19, 2015 at 6:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Layla,

You can set up camp, provided it's not in a walk way. Sitting on the curb will be absolutely fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. Ann Says...

So you are thinking that the Dec 1 party will be pretty busy? I'm trying to choose between Dec 1 and Dec 8 parties. I worry Dec 1 will still have a good number of Thanksgiving travelers attending. Any advice? Thank you!

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May 19, 2015 at 6:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann,

I think both of those will be among the best dates to attend. You could be right about Dec. 1 and the Thanksgiving travelers, but I think most would be gone by then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2015 at 10:02 a.m. Lily Says...

Hi, we're planning on going to Orlando from the 24th December - 1st ofJanuary. I noticed MVMCP doesn't have any dates in this time slot and was just wondering why that was considering these dates are nearer to/ on Christmas Day itself? Is there something else that replaces MVMCP (that's still in the Christmas spirit), or is it just back to normal (how things are in the rest of the year)?

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May 20, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. Elli Says...

I'm in the middle of booking my Christmas Party tickets and the event is from Nov 8 - Dec 18. I'm sorry, but even though you're traveling over Christmas week - you will not have the pleasure of being a part of the Christmas Party. :( I will say Good Luck! I've done Christmas week twice and will only do it once more in my lifetime (when my son is old enough to remember).

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May 19, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily,

I can only imagine this event was originally created to bring in more park guests during an otherwise less busy time. Nowadays, the parks have less trouble staying full, but you generally don't find a ton of extra events during the really busy times, such as the week when you're visiting. The good news is that the parks will have much longer operating hours, and the Christmas parade will run that week so you don't have to miss it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2015 at 2:52 p.m. Giselle Says...

Hi! We're so excited to visit Disney with our kiddo (2year) for the first time as a family of three. We're planning to hit the Christmas party 11/29 (sunday) but we're still deciding if we should go to another park during the day or just get relaxed at the hotel all day long and go to Magic Kingdom at the afternoon...what do you think?

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May 14, 2015 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Giselle,

I am a big fan of the hotel day, but one of the really fun activities to do during Christmas is to visit the deluxe resorts, which are decorated to the nines!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2015 at 3:08 p.m. Lynn Says...

Hello and thank you so much for all of the great information you supply here! We are taking our little princesses to WDW from 11/30 thru 12/5. I see that you recommend the 12/3 party over the 12/1 party because of Thanksgiving weekend. My question is that your crowd calender shows Tue a less crowded day for MK, is that for the pre party crowds? I was about to buy my tickets, and now I am rethinking the day! :)

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May 13, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

The crowd calendar is for the pre-party crowds. The Thursday party after Thanksgiving did sell out last year, so I do think Tuesday would be better. But please do know that these parties are very popular, so even if they do sell out, I would expect them to be busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2015 at 1:44 p.m. Tammy Says...

Is Arial one of the princesses you can meet during the party?

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May 13, 2015 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

Yes, but you can meet her at Ariel's Grotto any time :)

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2015 at 1:58 p.m. Donna Says...

Hi, we are visiting DW from Dec 2 - 11 and have purchased our MVMCP tickets for the 8th. My question is out of the 9 days we are there 7 of the days MK has the MVMCP. Are we kicked out of the park on the additional 6 or are we allowed to stay in the park and continue to ride the rides, but not do any of the MVMCP?

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May 11, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

You will have to leave the park at 7 p.m. on party nights.

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2015 at 2:52 a.m. Kristie Says...

Hello!

Great site! We are going down the 10th to the 14th. Which show do you recommend? The 11th or 13th? Why?

Thank you!

Kristie

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May 19, 2015 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristie,

You will be going in December, correct? It's very likely both of those dates will sell out, but I think the 11th would sell out first. If you are planning to ride a lot of rides during the party (vs. experiencing the entertainment), the 11th might be a better date as it's likely to have more locals who are going for the party activities (and in theory could ride the rides anytime).

Let us know what you decide.

Mommy Frog

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May 4, 2015 at 4:29 a.m. Shannon Says...

Hi- We are planning a trip in November. On the Non Christmas party nights, do they still do the "Wishes" night time spectacular? I really want to see the Christmas festivities, but I also love Wishes and am hoping we can see that on one of the other nights as well. Thanks!

Shannon

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May 28, 2015 at 12:23 p.m. Diane Says...

Can you view the Christmas party parade/ wishes fireworks from outside the park? We're thinking about the Pirates and pals cruise or dinner at the contemporary on two of the party nights. Thank you?

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May 28, 2015 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane,

You can see the fireworks but not the parade.

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

Yes, Wishes is still shown on nights that the party is not held, so you can enjoy it!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2015 at 12:18 p.m. Maggie Amend Says...

We will be visiting the park from Nov. 19th through the 25th. Trying to decide on which day to go to MVMCP, Thursday the 19th (we will arrive around 1pm to check in) or Friday the 20th? Which day do you thing would be better, considering Thursday is when we will check in.

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May 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

I would recommend the 19th over the 20th, and this is a great way to spend your arrival day. If you have never visited Magic Kingdom before, resist the temptation to spend all of your time riding rides and enjoy the party activities. Then come back another day at Magic Kingdom for the rides.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. Maggie Amend Says...

I have now booked our flights and we will be landing at MCO airport at 1:55pm. Do you think mvmcp is still a better day to go than Friday? We will have a 6 and 9 year old with us too.

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Jun 2, 2015 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

Ultimately you have to make that call and weigh against what time you think you can get settled in and get to the park. I think it's still doable, but that is up to you.

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. Tracy Says...

If I'm already at MK that day and I have a ticket to the party, do I have to leave? If I don't, where to I go to show them my ticket?

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May 1, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy,

No, you don't need to leave. Cast members will be handing out wristbands for party-goers.

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. Anne Says...

We are planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom on 12/17 for my son's 6th birthday. If we will already be in the park that day, do we need an extra ticket to stay for the Christmas parade that night?

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May 1, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

Yes, you will need a party ticket to stay after 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2015 at 10:43 a.m. helen Says...

hello, I have booked the Christmas party tickets, could you tell me please some information about using the fast pass system for ride booking. Will this be in use as usual? thank you

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May 20, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

You will only be able to book rides using FastPass+ until 7 p.m., and you would need to have valid regular admission to book the FastPasses (you won't actually use the regular park admission to get in, but you do need to have it or you won't be able to make the reservations) After the party starts at 7 p.m., the system will not be in use, and you likely won't need it anyway as wait times tend to go down once the party begins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2015 at 4:51 p.m. Alison G. Says...

We are going to MVMCP on Thursday, Dec 3rd. My 2 year old daughter is all about Aurora and I am wondering if you can give some advice about planning to see the princesses at the party. I've heard the lines can be ridiculously long. I'm wondering if our time is better spent during the party getting on rides and letting her see Aurora during the stage shows/parades. On this trip we are only doing magic kingdom so there is no option to meet Aurora at Epcot and we're not splurging on Cinderella's table.

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Apr 30, 2015 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alison,

Personally, I think the party is the perfect time to do the kind of party activities you can't normally do. At the Christmas party, Aurora would be meeting with Prince Phillip. Even though I found *my prince* in Leap, it really is such a treat to get to meet the other princes with their princesses since they so rarely come out. Are you doing Magic Kingdom on a non-party day as well? I would highly recommend it so that you can experience the party fun, and do the rides another day. Keep in mind that Aurora won't be as in demand as some of the other characters, so I don't think you have to worry to much about sacrificing the show/parade time. I would recommend heading to her greeting location around 6:30 p.m. to see what the line situation is like. She and her beau would start greeting at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2015 at 3:01 p.m. Roses Says...

Hi!

Celebrating a sweet 16 and arriving 12/10/15 Thursday leaving 12/13 Sunday. What day is the best for the MVMCP - Thursday 12/10 or Friday 12/11?????

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Apr 30, 2015 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roses,

What a great birthday treat! I would pick Thursday over Friday.

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. Kris Says...

Hello Mommy Frog, great site!

I am trying to plan to go 12/16 to 12/20 with the kids. On 12/19 would I still be able to see the same Mickey Parade and fireworks they show during the MVMCP? I also read somewhere it still snows on mainstreet on dates after the party. I'm trying to see if we are better off saving money to see those things on the 19th? Trying to understand if we will miss out on a whole lot if we don't go to the ticketed MVMCP. Also, if we leave on the 20th, do you think we stand a good chance of getting out there before the Christmas week crowd?

Thanks so much,

Kris

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May 8, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris,

You will still be able to catch the Christmas parade and fireworks after the last party. There are other wonderful party experiences, including the holiday character meet-and-greets and shows, that won't be available, so that is something to consider. It will still feel like Christmas whatever you choose to do! If you leave on the 20th, you should miss the really big crowds, but it will still be busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 29, 2015 at 7:01 p.m. Joanne Says...

You said you recommended Dec 3rd over Dec 1st beacuse it is the first party after the Thansk. holiday, but Im reading there is a party on the 29th this year...They are adding Sunday that week???? Does that change your prediction?

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Apr 30, 2015 at 7:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

Sunday would be busiest. I would expect all of these parties to be busy, and Thursday did sell out last year.

Mommy Frog

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Apr 29, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. Claire Says...

Hi

We are going to the party night on 1st dec, we want to do an additional full day at Magic Kingdom when the party is not on. Can you tell me if on the the none party days there is still the normal night parade/fireworks or do they not do these during seasonal events?! We are there from 28th mov -4th dec x thanks x

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Apr 30, 2015 at 7:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

They will be doing regular parades and fireworks on the non-party nights. They will not be the holiday versions, except for Celebrate the Magic.

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2015 at 9:24 p.m. Donna Says...

Hi I am going to Florida 30th October. to 13th November I am planning to go to Halloween party and mickeys Christmas party can you stay in the magic kingdom the days ur not attending the party's ? Thanks

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May 11, 2015 at 6:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

You can stay until 7 p.m. on days that the party is being held if you don't have a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 28, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. Jennifer Schmidt Says...

We are trying to decide between the 12/17 or 12/18 MVMCP. Which do you think will be less crowded? I have a 8, 6, and 4 year old so the less crowd the better...

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Apr 29, 2015 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

I would expect the 17th to be less crowded than the 18th.

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2015 at 11:53 p.m. Jesse Says...

Hello Momma Frog

I love the site, very helpful in planning trips with my family and friends.

We will be attending the Mickey Christmas party either Dec 11 or Dec 15. Which do you recommend will have fewer crowds

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Apr 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse,

I think Tuesday will be the better date.

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2015 at 7:04 p.m. Julia Says...

This is our first trip to Disney and I want to make sure i understand correctly...If I purchase a regular admission ticket to Magic Kingdom on either December 8th or 10th, does that include the MVMCP or do we need to purchase a separate ticket? Also if we have a regular ticket and we leave to go back to the hotel for a break, can we come back in after 4pm on the regular ticket or will we then need a separate ticket for the MVMCP? Thank you

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Apr 30, 2015 at 3:33 a.m. donna Says...

HI MISS JULIA

I'm going in November and we had to buy seperate tickets to go to the very merry christmas parade/party wdw doesnt recommend to use your ticket/pass to to magic kingdom for the same day you want to see the xmas parade because they close early, The only pass you can use is the ticket to get into the disney hollywood studio and you can see the osbourne family light show.

HAVE FUN

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Apr 29, 2015 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia,

You will need a party ticket if you want to attend the party, which begins at 7 p.m. (party guests can enter the park at 4 p.m.). If you have regular admission and enter the park, then leave in the afternoon, you can come back in as long as it is before 7 p.m.

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2015 at 12:47 p.m. Svein Says...

Hi,

We're going to the MVMCP on Tuesday November 17th but also plan on spending the day in the park from the morning.

I see that you can enter the park with the MVMCP ticket from 4pm onwards, however if you're already in the park, do you know what we need to do? Do we need to leave and re-enter using the MVMCP ticket?

Someone also posted above that it's apparently not recommended to use your normal pass to enter the park on the same day as using the MVMCP ticket - is this true, and if so, do you know why?

Thanks for any help!

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May 28, 2015 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Svein,

Many people think it's not the most budget-friendly option, as regular park hours are more limited on party days than otherwise, but that is your decision. On party dates, we prefer to spend our day at another park, go back to the hotel to rest/recharge, and then head to Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. If you are already in the park, you just need to have your MVMCP ticket with you and then around 4 p.m. you can find a cast member distributing party wristbands.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2015 at 12:29 a.m. Nicolle Says...

Hey!

How do they(Disney) know who is there that purchased MVMCP tickets and who didn't?

Do they somehow remove the guests from the park that didn't purchase tickets?

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Oct 8, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicolle,

Party attendees are given wristbands. Those that do not have wristbands are directed to the exits when the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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