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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mommy Frog's Note: For the 2021 holiday season, a brand-new Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will hoppen instead of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Disney Very Merriest will take place on select nights, beginning Nov. 8 through Dec. 21, 2021. Event highlights include character sightings, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, ride overlays, holiday decor and more! While Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party won't be taking place this year, it has not been confirmed if it will return in 2022, so you can reference 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. While Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, there was still plenty of Christmas cheer throughout Magic Kingdom. We've left in details from the 2019 party 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)


  • 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)


  • The Country Bears (roaming)

Liberty Square

  • Mary Poppins and Bert

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


  • 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)


  • 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.


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


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


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion


  • “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 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 12, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. Heather A Says...

Our next WDW trip is booked for Dec. 20-28, 2015. How does the Christmas party work on the days on and around Christmas? Do you still pay extra?

Oct 13, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


The last party of the season is Dec. 19, so you will just have missed it. However, the Christmas parade and fireworks will run nightly during the times you are visiting.


Mommy Frog

Oct 8, 2014 at 8:26 p.m. Johnna Says...

Can you list all the special characters that will be there for autographs? We love Captain Jack Sparrow and was hoping he would be there.

Oct 9, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Johnna,

We don't have a full list of this year's characters, but we would expect Jack Sparrow to be there as he has been in year's past.


Mommy Frog

Oct 6, 2014 at 2:49 a.m. Maria Says...

Hello! Do you know at what time the snow fall usually takes place at the MVMCP? Is there are any tips or suggestions that you could give us for watching the snow fall? Thanks!

Oct 27, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

The snowfall is intermittently throughout the evening.


Mommy Frog

Oct 3, 2014 at 3:38 p.m. PATRICIA Says...

I want to go to Mickey's very merry christmas party in november 7th, but i dont have clear how is the way to enjoy that party. I need to buy a special ticket to that party? where can i see better the fireworks and the party? Thank you

Oct 6, 2014 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patricia,

Yes, you need to buy a special party ticket to get in and to see the fireworks up close.

Here is the link to buy tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.


Mommy Frog

Sep 25, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. Jess Stroud Says...

We are doing a big family trip in November and some family members have bought their tickets to MVMCP. They have older children. Our DD will be 20 months when we go and not use to staying up past 8p. Is it worth the cost and entertaining enough to keeping her up late?



Sep 26, 2014 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

We definitely think it's worth the cost. The parties are great fun, and there is so much to see and do, but the decision really is up to you and how much you might want to alter your daughter's sleep schedule.

Mommy Frog

Sep 23, 2014 at 6:37 p.m. Deb Says...

what happens if it is raining or storming on the night of MVMCP does the parade and fireworks still go on? since u have to purchase tickets ahead of time it certainly is a worry

Sep 26, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

Most everything goes on as normal if it's a light rain. For heavier rains, then they could be canceled. The good news is that November and December are low rain seasons.


Mommy Frog

Nov 13, 2014 at 7:29 a.m. lagenda Says...

Hooray so happy to hear that mummy frog

Sep 10, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. Ryan Says...

I have dinner reservations for 6:15pm at Be Our Guest, and I just realized it's a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party night. Do you think it will be a problem if we don't have tickets for the Christmas party? Will we need to be out of the park by 7pm?

Sep 15, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

You can relax and enjoy your dinner. You won't have to leave dinner at 7 p.m., but without a party wristband, you won't be able to do anything else in the park.

Mommy Frog

Jul 12, 2014 at 8:02 p.m. Kaydee Says...

Can guests come & go from the park with MVMCP passes? A little rest time midway might help my kids - 5 & 7.

Jul 14, 2014 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaydee,

You could leave and come back if you wishes, but with such a short time frame for the party, we would recommend you don't.


Mommy Frog

Jul 9, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. An Says...

Hello! Do you know exactly how the Glow with the Show ears work? I didn't know if it is proximity or timing, with how they tune into the shows.

Jul 14, 2014 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

I don't know -- I assumed it was Disney magic ;)

Mommy Frog

May 29, 2014 at 2:28 p.m. Joseph Says...

We made reservations for the dessert party, but nobody told us that we needed to purchase tickets to the event. Actually the person never mentioned that it was a special night at all. So, will we need other tickets in order to get to our reservations?

May 29, 2014 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph,

Yes, you will need a party ticket if you are attending the dessert party on a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party night.

It is listed on the Know Before You Go info here:


Mommy Frog

Apr 6, 2014 at 4:19 a.m. Fifis Mama Says...

We are going on a Disney Cruise that's leaving the 29th of November and returning that following Saturday. Do you have any guesstimate on when the Mickey Christmas Party might be? Specifically between Nov. 27 and Dec 7. Thanks.

Apr 7, 2014 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...


There is a very good chance, the party will be held on Dec. 5 and 6.


Mommy Frog

Mar 30, 2014 at 1:55 p.m. Sarah Says...

Is there any way to make a reasonable guess as to what nights the xmas party will be on in November? We are coming on Nov. 10th for a week, but we want to plan dining, etc at different parks.


Mar 31, 2014 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

This could change, but based on last year's dates, we would expect this year's party to fall on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Mommy Frog

Dec 6, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. Kathy P. Says...

Hi! My son is allergic to nuts. Is there any way to find out if the cookies and cocoa are safe for him--not made in a facility where nuts are handled? Thanks!

Dec 10, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Disney World makes some accommodations for people with food allergies, and I think your best bet would be to send an email to to ask ahead of your trip. Sometimes, they offer an allergy-free alternative to those with special diets.

Let us know what you find out.

-- Mommy Frog

Dec 6, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. Kathryn Says...

We will be at Disney next week- staying on site. Is the $62 extra really worth it? We have 6 in the party.

The kids are 11,9, and 6. I am wondering if they will stay up that late....or if I can get them up the next morning.

Dec 10, 2013 at 5 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

I think it really depends on you and your family. If this is your first trip to Magic Kingdom, then you might be disappointed because there is so much to do and see on top of the regular attractions and experiences, and you probably won't get to do all of it. If you get to the park at 4, then you would still have a lot of touring time, even if you left a little bit early because of the kids.

Mommy Frog

Nov 25, 2013 at 5:18 a.m. Carmen Says...

Hi there! Its been a long time since we've visited MK and this will be our first MVMCP. Will teenagers enjoy this too or is it aimed at young kids? Also can these tickets be purchased at outside vendors at a lower price or is it strictly sold thru Disney?

Nov 25, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey Carmen,

It would be hard not to enjoy this party no matter your age! Younger children are probably more into meeting the characters, but teens will enjoy the experience as well. You can only buy through Disney for this party.


--Mommy Frog

Nov 15, 2013 at 8:36 p.m. Kim Says...

Are all of the activities listed in this blog only available to party ticket holders? Can any of these items be enjoyed with just our MYW tickets? Is is possible to buy tickets the day of? I am guessing that most nights would be sold out early.

Thank you for your help,

first time visitors

Nov 18, 2013 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there, Kim,

Starting Dec. 21-Jan. 4, you can catch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. These are the only elements of the party that are available with MYW tickets, and yes, you can buy your tickets the day of the party, but they do sell out.

– Mommy Frog

Nov 12, 2013 at 2:48 a.m. Jennifer Says...

I just booked the Dessert Party for a MVMCP night. They still had availability in December as of Sunday. I figured we'd be tired by then and ready for a rest anyway and last time Main Street was RIDIC during the fireworks. My kids are 8 & 9, I think we'll quite enjoy it. I was torn, though, after spending so much on the tickets did I want to spend another $90 on dessert? Ultimately I decided for comfort and a great view for the fireworks. Hope you have fun!

Nov 12, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Glad to hear it. There are always the possibility of cancelations, so it pays to check in the days leading up to a trip!

-- Mommy Frog

Nov 10, 2013 at 8:25 p.m. Alanna Simms Says...

This is our first time going to Disney at Christmas time. Is there the usual evening parade and fireworks shows ? Or are these only available to Christmas party guests? Thanks.

Nov 12, 2013 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alanna,

Starting Dec. 21-Jan. 4, you can catch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes fireworks show in Magic Kingdom.

-- Mommy Frog

Nov 10, 2013 at 4:14 a.m. Linda Jones Says...

Has the 4:00 entry time changed this year ... or is it only available to those who have a park ticket? I know my son was able to get in at 4 pm last year using only his MVMCP ticket. (He did not have a regular park ticket). But when I contacted Disney World this week, here is what I heard back today (11/9/2013). (It sounds like only those who are already in the park or who are using a regular park ticket can actually be allowed entry at 4 pm):

Unless you have a multi-day Magic Your Way® ticket or a 1 day Magic Your

Way® Magic Kingdom® Park ticket you cannot enter Magic Kingdom® Park

before 7pm. The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ticket is valid

from 7pm to midnight.

If you are in the park earlier in the day, at 4pm you can go to a Party

kiosk with your Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ticket to receive

your wristband to be able to stay in the park after 7pm.

Nov 13, 2013 at 5:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

The Disney Parks Blog today confirmed that you can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. with your MVMCP ticket.

Here's the link:

-- Mommy Frog

Oct 31, 2014 at 3:36 a.m. mary Says...

I bought tickets to this special event in addition to the theme park tickets. I just want to make sure that you really don't need to pay for a theme park ticket if you are attending the special event at 7pm? For the longest time I thought you need both the special event ticket and theme park ticket to get in....

Oct 31, 2014 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


You don't need a theme park ticket unless you want to enter Magic Kingdom before 4 p.m.


Mommy Frog

Nov 13, 2013 at 12:50 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi Linda,

I spoke with an agent yesterday that told me that I could get into the park at 4pm if I only had a MVMCP ticket. Perhaps try calling back and speaking to a different agent, maybe the one you spoke with was new!

Nov 9, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. Mary Ann Says...

Are the "glow with the show Mickey ear hats" included with our mvmcp tickets? Or is there an extra cost to get them, and if so how much? Thank you!

Nov 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey there Mary Ann,

The ears are not included with admission to the party and are $25.


-- Mommy Frog

Nov 8, 2013 at 4:40 p.m. Cathy Says...

Do you think it is worth it to go to the Tomorrowland Dessert Party on a Christmas party night? So many things that we might miss if we are sitting at the terrace, but I know that is a special experience as well. Keep in mind we have been to the parks many times & children are 6 & 8yrs old. We just don't want to miss the "party experience" to be at the better placement for fireworks - but it's a 50/50 toss up at this point. Maybe the Dessert party will just enhance the night, or will it really just prevent us from the parades, special shows, etc. Thank you!

Nov 6, 2014 at 3:11 p.m. Mommy Frog Says...

If you do not have a wristband for the party, you will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m.


Mommy Frog

Oct 17, 2014 at 1:50 p.m. Kristin Barry Says...

Question....we are annual pass holders and are visiting MK on 11/21. Will they kick us out at 7? How will they know whether or not we have purchased tickets for the Christmas Party? I know we won't be able to ride the rides since they will scan our magic band. Will we still be able to watch all the shows without buying the extra tickets?

Nov 21, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. Maggie Says...

They give the event guests a bracelet so they know who is a regular guest and MVMCP guest.

Nov 6, 2014 at 3:07 p.m. Mommy Frog Says...

If you do not have a wristband for the party, you will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m.


Mommy Frog

Nov 6, 2014 at 6:48 a.m. Klaudia Says...

Castmembers will look out for guests without wristbands around 7pm. Everyone without a special event ticket/wristband will be escorted to the exit.

Nov 6, 2014 at 1:14 a.m. Jackie Says...

I've only been to the Halloween party, but the way they make sure you've bought a ticket to the event is you're given a wrist band by 7pm, and after that time no one is allowed on rides or past lines of cast members unless they show their party band.

Nov 5, 2014 at 2:37 a.m. The Hatbox Ghost Says...

I have never been to the very merry Christmas party but I have been to mickeys not so scary Halloween party and when we were there they gave us a new armband and they will make you show your armband but if you don't have one they'll kick you out

Nov 4, 2014 at 3:44 p.m. Mommy Frog Says...

If you do not have a wristband for the party, you will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m.


Mommy Frog

Nov 18, 2016 at 5:36 p.m. Ron Says...

Directed but not escorted from the park

Nov 4, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. Beth Says...

Kristin - did you ever get an answer to this? I have the same question!! We are going next week and aren't sure what to do!

Nov 4, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

If you do not have a wristband for the party, you will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m.


Mommy Frog

Nov 3, 2014 at 4:39 a.m. Kimma Says...

You recieve a wristband for the party. They will scan your magicband/ticket to see if there is a party ticket linked. if not, no band and no party for you. at 7 you will be ushered out of the park.

Nov 1, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. Kristen Says...

They will kick you out. They will be giving everyone colored wristbands as they enter woth their special tickets (I know for the Halloween party, they had certain gates open for partiers only). No wristband, no staying.

Oct 27, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. Andrea Says...

You need to have a special wrist band to stay in the park past 7pm, they have people walking around looking for them.

Oct 26, 2014 at 2:41 p.m. lauren b Says...

People who have tickets to the Christmas party will get a special wristband when they come into the park. So at 7, if you don't have on one of those wristbands, you get ushered out of the park.

Oct 24, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. Terri Says...

For the parties, they give you a second paper wristband that you must show as you enter different sections of the park. You definitely cannot ride any rides without a paper wristband. And you might have trouble even entering sections. They had cast members standing at the "spokes" of each walkway off of Main Street asking people to show their paper wristband to enter let say Adventureland when we were there for the Halloween party just last week.

Oct 22, 2014 at 7:10 p.m. Theresa Says...

wristbands are given out upon entry to the magic kingdom for parties. After 7 PM, cast members begin asking guests to see their wristbands. Anyone without a wristband is escorted out of the park. Without a separate party admission, you cannot be in the park at all.

Oct 20, 2014 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

If you do not have a party wristband, you will be politely directed to the exit. While the cast members are very discreet, they are actively monitoring to ensure that only party guests remain at the party.


Mommy Frog

Nov 20, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Shelby Grill Says...

How do you get a wrist band if you enter the park in the morning

Dec 7, 2017 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelby,

You can visit one of the wristband stations located throughout the park to swipe your ticket and receive a wristband.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 8, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

I wouldn't schedule it for that night just because of all the other special things happening around the park. Plus you probably want to savor the prime view from Tomorrowland Terrace and spend plenty of time filling up on dessert!

This is definitely one you want to try and book 180 days in advance as reservations do fill up fast. Reservations can always get canceled, of course, but the Disney Dining agent I spoke with had no availability for the dessert party on any of the MVMCP dates this year.

-- Mommy Frog

Nov 14, 2014 at 4:07 p.m. Michelle Says...

How many types of shows are at the castle for MVMCP? I see the Celebrate the Season there any others. Last year we came upon a show that was Like laser on the castle (not the lighting of the castle)

Nov 14, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


"A Frozen Holiday Wish" and "Celebrate the Magic" will be held at the castle.

Mommy Frog

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