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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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Sep 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Sheila Lucchesi Says...

Is the MVMCP at Disneyland also or just Disney World?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheila!

This event is exclusive to Disney World. Disneyland Resort doesn't have a party equivalent, but they do decorate for the holidays and have special seasonal food, activities and even ride overlays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Carrie Says...

Do you know what are the Christmas activities,/rides that will be displayed in Disneyland this year?

Will they also have the Christmas parade?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

Yes, Disneyland will have a Christmas parade - it's a great time to visit! We have a whole post dedicated to the Christmas events at Disneyland here with all of the festive details.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. Mickey Says...

Hi, this will be m first -time ever Christmas party and my first after hours event. It's also my birthday so I'm looking forward to it. I will only have a party ticket, can I still book fastpass+ for 4pm? Do you know how much Crystal Palace charges for dinner for 1 adult?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mickey!

You sure can! FastPass+ will run from 4 until the park officially closes at 6. Dinner will range between $52.00 and $59.99 for an adult for dinner (this varies between the days of the week sometimes!). Have a hoppy birthday!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2019 at 6:17 p.m. Catherine Pollard Says...

We are staying in Universal for Christmas but would like to take the teenagers to Mickey’s Christmas party . Please can someone advise if this is suitable for 4 teenagers and do you have to have Disney park tickets in addition to the party tickets??

Thank you

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

If you're looking to enter the park before 4 p.m., you'd need separate park admission - but your ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party grants you admission to Magic Kingdom from 4 p.m onward (no need for separate admission!). If your teens are into the holidays, we definitely recommend the party - though others from the Frog Pond may have first hand experience with teenagers at Mickey's Very Merry to lend a frog hand!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2019 at 12:51 a.m. Joely Says...

Thank you for all of your advice. My family and I will be enjoying Disney World for the first time the week of 11/3. In planing our schedule I noticed that the crowd calendar identifies 11/8 as a "busy day" for Magic Kingdom. But I also am reading that one of the benefits of MVMCP is the smaller crowds and shorter lines. Can you clarify the anticipated crowd for both the day of 11/8 and the MCMCP?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joely!

Since Monday, Nov. 11 is a holiday, we anticipate that crowds will start to roll in on the previous Friday to enjoy the 3-day weekend to the fullest :) We think Mickey's Very Merry is a great way to visit Magic Kingdom with lower crowds (especially since the park will close early that evening!). If you're into the holidays, we highly recommend, as most wait times for rides won't be more than 35 minutes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. Jodee Says...

Can you identify the exact range of dates when you can attend both the Halloween party and the Christmas party? We always fly in for Halloween but it would be fun to attend Christmas as well.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodee!

These events unfortunately don't overlap, but you could certainly plan a trip where you can attend both on different days! The last Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party of the season is Nov. 1, and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is Nov. 8.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2019 at 5:51 p.m. TBH Says...

We plan to visit the day before Thanksgiving and leave that following Sunday. Will the characters be dressed in Christmas outfits throughout the park? There is not a Very Merry Christmas Party on the dates that we will be able to visit the park :-(

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. Kate Z Says...

I read through all the comments, but I have a question regarding attire that I can't find the answer to! I plan on wearing a kitschy nutcracker themed 50's dress with a hat and makeup. I know it'll be party-approved, but I don't know if they will let me in at 4pm wearing that? Do you have any insight on attire and limitations for timing?

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Sep 25, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

No limitations on timing - you should be good to go at 4! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. Kate Z Says...

Santa Goofy can be found at Hollywood Studios during their Christmastime overlay for Flurry of Fun which goes on during regular operating hours. But that's about it for Christmas attire characters.

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Generally, characters are only in Christmas outfits for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Elizabeth Hovan Says...

It will be our first time going to the Christmas Party! Going to purchase tickets on your site but cant decide between Nov. 12 or Nov. 14. What do you suggest. It seems crowds have increased over the years anyways!

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Aug 26, 2019 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Both will be pretty similar in terms of crowds, though 11/12 may be a little busier due to the holiday the day before. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. Robin Says...

For the week of Dec 1, which Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party date will be best to attend....Dec 3 (Tues) or Dec 5 (Thurs)

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Aug 26, 2019 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

According to our Crowd Calendar, Tuesday will be a 6, while Thursday will be an 8, so we'd go with Tuesday! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 10:23 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi,

Thank you for the great info! I have always stayed on Disney property, but this year we are renting a house and going to Universal Studios. We still want to experience Xmas at Diseny so the MVMCP seems like a good option. My kids would benefit from the early 4pm enty, thanks for the tip! Is there only one fireworks show at 10:00? THey might not be able to stay awake that long. Thanks for the help!

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Aug 23, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

That's correct; the fireworks will just have one showing (and they're all-new this year!) We toadally get having sleepy tadpoles. That early park time will certainly be hopful!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:55 p.m. Diane Says...

Would you say fireworks are at 10pm?

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Oct 1, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

Yes, last year the fireworks took place at 10 p.m. As soon as we know the schedule for certain this year, we'll be sure to update!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Robin Says...

I am going to purchase my park hopper tix from this site. Where is the best place to purchase Very Merry Christmas tix?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

We also offer Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets! You can find those here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 6:14 a.m. tomi Says...

Say I wanted to go to H.S. the day I plan on going to MVMCP. Would I be able to attend with no park hopper.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tomi!

If you've got a base ticket and use it to go to Hollywood Studios, then head over at 4 p.m. to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with a valid party ticket, this would be just fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2019 at 3:42 a.m. Cindy Says...

Would you help me to understand what exactly is different between the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas night versus a open to the public night. I understand shorter lines, cookies and hot chocolate. Is the parade different as well as the fireworks and laser show? I guess I am wondering what we will miss going to a regular night versus the special event night. We did go one year and loved it: however, we have a family member who said there is minimal difference. Not trying to be difficult, just trying to find out more details so that I can present it to our in-laws and see if they want to go? Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

You aren't being difficult at all - it's a valid question, and a good one! Yes, there will be a special holiday-themed parade and fireworks show exclusive to the party. Most of the experiences listed in this article are exclusive to the party and wouldn't be able to be found on a regular park night. Like you mentioned, the things that would only be found at a party would be shorter lines and lower crowds, cookies, hot chocolate, special entertainment (A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration,Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Club Tinsel), snowfall on Main Street, special and sometimes rare character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and special food and merchandise themed to the party. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. Alexis Says...

Hi, we're staying at Universal Studios but have tickets for the Christmas party. What transportation would you recommend for getting from universal to Disney?

Thanks!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

You can use Mears shuttles or taxis/Uber/ride-share apps. You can also look into renting a car, which is most likely going to give you the most flexibility, but remember to take parking costs into consideration!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi. I found your article to very helpful! I was wondering if there is anyway to verify the 4pm entrance time for this year? I had reached out to Disney and they said you can enter after 7pm with party tickets. Do you know if this has always been the case in the past and they just don't like to advertise it or if they may be changing the policy this year? We are considering doing the party as our only time/event at the Disney parks so the extra 3 hours would make a big difference in our decision! Thanks in advance!

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Aug 8, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

We called as well just to ease our froggy minds and were told that party goers can still hop in around 4 p.m. :) DVC members can head into the party even sooner! If we hear anything to the contrary, we'll be sure to update this post ASAP.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2019 at 2:54 p.m. Audrey Says...

I hate that it's becoming more and more expensive each year, the MVMCP costs pretty much a park entry, but it's so worth it!

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:43 a.m. Pam Says...

Any idea if the wrist bands for MVMCP have latex in them?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam!

We just gave Disney a call and the Cast Member we spoke to said the wristbands are latex free!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2019 at 4:19 a.m. Debbie Says...

Do they trade pins during Disney Christmas Party?

Do a lot of people wear Christmas attire for Party?

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Jul 30, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Yes, you can absolutely trade pins at the party - and there will even be a few party-exclusives! Lots of people wear Christmas attire such as Christmas sweaters, holiday ears and light up accessories. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2019 at 8:47 p.m. Kaylyn Says...

Hello!

How far in advance is the schedule/brochure released for the event?

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Jul 24, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaylyn!

This is usually released early November; we'll be sure to update as soon as it's available!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. Katie Says...

Hello!

Wondering if they will do Rider Swap during Very Merry Xmas party nights if we have a little one?

Thanks!

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Generally, the lines are so short that you won't need Rider Switch! However, if a ride has a longer line (20 minutes or more), be sure to ask the ride attendant about it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. Claire DJ Says...

We normally snag a front row seat in front of the castle for the parade/fireworks, but this year we are taking my mother in law who is in a wheelchair. Is there a specific section for wheelchair guests in front of the cast or have I imagined that? If not any suggestions?

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Jul 22, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

There IS special viewing for the fireworks! As you come up Main Street, U.S.A., there will be viewing areas on both the right and left hand side as you approach the hub (by the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Casey's Corner, respectively). There will be a Cast Member there to help you and your family get into place. It is first come, first served generally, so we recommend hopping by about a half an hour or so prior. There's also a special viewing area for the parade, just inside the hub. Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2019 at 5:56 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hello! My husband and I have regular admission tickets for 12/6.I just wanted to ask and clarify if we purchase the Christmas Party tickets as well then we will just have to go to an appointed place for the wristband once the party starts, correct? We would probably want to stay at the park most of the day. Just making sure we don't have to leave and come back in.

Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2019 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

That's correct. There will be wristband stations throughout the park, so you won't need to leave and come back in. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:43 p.m. Michele Says...

hi, can you tell me how loud the fireworks are? we are going in November have tickets for the 19th Christmas party. One of our children is handicaped and hates loud noises. Just wondering where we might go that is quiet so the other typical kids can enjoy the fireworks (we dont' get to see them often as a family). Thank you!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 5:54 p.m. Tania Says...

Hi Michele Says! I'm a mom of a kid on the spectrum (moderate/severe) who was extremely sensitive to loud noises... but not anymore! I wanted to offer a friendly suggestion to help your little one be more open to "tolerating" the loudness. Have you considered showing videos of fireworks to him/her on a tablet, or watch a YouTube video of the event on your TV on a weekly basis? You could gradually increase the volume as the weeks progress. Let him/her know that the real sound would be much louder and so much more exciting (be sure to be positive when describing). When your little one displays acceptance of the loud noise, be sure to praise and reward the amazing behavior. If you find the "training" to be successful and think he/she is ready for the real thing, remember to bring that "reward" to the actual event to celebrate your child's life-changing achievement.

We used this method of desensitization for EVERYTHING throughout my son's childhood. Now, at the age of 16, he goes in the most crowded, loudest places and thrives independently. I hope this finds you well, and hope you have a glorious time! Many Blessing to your family...

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank you so much for sharing, Tania!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

The fireworks themselves are pretty loud, but the music is also piped in throughout the park, which adds another layer to the sound. I am sure your tadpole is bringing his or her noise cancelling headphones, but there are also a few places that are slightly less noisy. You can watch from Rivers of America, Magic Carpets of Aladdin (we like to ride and watch!) or even the Barnstormer or Dumbo to get in a little distance from the booms, but note that the music will still be playing in all. In the past when we've wanted to skip the fireworks, we've walked right onto Pirates (and ridden over and over and over until they were over ;) ), Ariel's Undersea Adventure and its a small world and not heard the fireworks until we exited the ride. You can also usually catch Happily Ever After (with the music piped in) at The Polynesian or any of the beaches of the Bay Lake Resorts, but we don't think the holiday fireworks music is piped in, unfortunately, so it'd be strictly a visual show (and we're sure you don't want to miss a second of the party!). Others in the Frog Pond may have suggestions, as well. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2019 at 2 a.m. BigNic Says...

I was able to make a dinner reservation at The Crystal Palace for 6:35, on November 8. Will I be able to keep this reservation without a MVMCP ticket using a regular ticket admission?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi BigNic!

Per Disney, a party ticket is required for dinner reservations booked from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on party days. We'd recommend calling (407) WDW-DINE to see what options you have if you aren't staying for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 30, 2019 at 1:16 a.m. Haley Says...

do the continue a very merry christmas into january? TIA!

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Jul 1, 2019 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley!

The last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas date for this year is December 22, though holiday decorations will stay up through the first week or so of January.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 26, 2019 at 11:31 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi! Thanks for all of the great info!

Do we need to purchase tickets for Mickey's Christmas party in advance, or can we wait until day of? Thanks!

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Jun 27, 2019 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

We highly recommend that you purchase in advance, as they can sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. melissa Says...

This is great information! We went last year and I wish I would have seen this first!

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Jun 21, 2019 at 6:51 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Hi. I have a few questions about this. Do you also have to have a park ticket for this day on top of the party ticket? If I purchase my ticket though you, can it be used any day of the party? How do you know if the date you plan to use it is at max capacity if we don't have to pre-select a date?

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Jun 21, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

A regular park ticket is not needed for the party itself, but if you'd like to arrive earlier than 4 p.m., then you will need regular park admission. Because prices fluctuate depending on the day of the party (the closer it gets to Christmas, the party's ticket price increases - along with a higher chance of max capacity), you must select a date to attend when purchasing from us (which you can do here!) or Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 10, 2019 at 4:34 p.m. Carolyn Lewis Says...

Between Tuesday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 19th for the party, which one would be best for crowds?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn!

Tuesday the 12th should be better for crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2019 at 3:18 p.m. Melissa Says...

One of your Frog Family Tips says to "Find a good seat for the 10:30 p.m. showing (Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration), and stick around in that same spot for the 11 p.m. parade! Our family has never been to WDW, so where would be a good point of reference to make this happen? I have no idea where either performance is located. Thanks so much for all the great info!

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

This is a great question! The celebration takes place at the castle, and you will find the parade travels along the route right in front of it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2019 at 3:18 p.m. Michelle Says...

We’re looking at attending the party during our December trip this year. Do you know if FastPass is available during the parties? We’ve had a couple trips with the kids over the past few years and I always book our FastPasses at the 60 day mark. Thanks!

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Jun 3, 2019 at 4:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

No, unfortunately FastPass is not available during the parties, since crowds tend to be lower. If you have a ticket for regular admission that same day, you can, however, book FastPasses during regular park hours! Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. Daniela Says...

Hi!!! We are attending the MVMCP. If we arrive at 4pm to the park are rides available for us since 4pm?

Thanks!

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Oct 15, 2019 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela!

That's correct! If you enter at 4 p.m., all of the rides are still available for you to ride. At 6, any that aren't open for the party will close down for party time, and the special holiday overlays will be put into place.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2019 at 3:56 p.m. Crystal Says...

I understood that if you just had a party ticket you could schedule FP for the time frame of 4-7? Possible getting 3. I know its not guaranteed to get FP but its typically been possible based on past parties. I recently read the 2019 Halloween parties only allowed FP up until 6. Can you confirm this new process or am i misunderstanding? I assume the Christmas Party works the sames as the Halloween one? Sorry there's so many questions within my post!

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Sep 12, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

The FastPass option will only be available from 4-6 (the time you enter to the time that the park closes to the general public, since FastPass is not available during the party). You're correct - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party follows the same process, as well (from the time you can enter the park with your party ticket until general public park closing time). Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. Desiree Says...

Is there anywhere to reserve seating /viewing for the Christmas parade at the party...similar to Tony's Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package? And if so...is that something you can use your dinning plan with or is it separate?

Thanks in advance! Disney Christmas 2019 here we come!

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May 15, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree!

As of right now, the only reserved seating offerings are dessert parties for the fireworks. We've got our eyes and ears open in case this changes! Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 2, 2019 at 9:41 a.m. Jennifer Scafone Says...

We made reservations for the dessert viewing party at 9pm to see the fireworks but I am worried we will miss out on the parade and other fun things at “ground level”. Any suggestions?

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

We toadally get it - there is SO much going on in such a short time that our recommendation is to try to catch the fireworks "at ground level," as you put it, so that you're able to maximize your time. If the fireworks were your one and only priority, we'd tell you to keep your reservation, but if there are other things you're wanting to see, we'd forego the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 2, 2019 at 3:51 p.m. Excited Mom! Says...

Quick question! What do people usually wear during these parades and holiday season? I just got off the phone with Disney and she says most people wear pajamas, how cute is that?! Just want to prepare accordingly! I already have our matching shirts but if they wear ugly sweaters and pj's I'd love to get in the spirit as well! Thanks!

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Jan 28, 2019 at 3:13 a.m. Shelley Says...

I am trying to figure out are all the rides open during the very merry cmas party or do some shut down?

Thanks

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Apr 1, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Teresa Says...

Is the Once Upon a Christmastime parade exclusive of the party? Or is it presented normally at Magoc Kingdom on ays different from those of the party.

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Feb 24, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Heather Says...

Thank you for sharing all this wonderful information!! We have never attended the Very Merry Christmas Party, but would love to during our Dec 2019 trip. I was just wondering if you you have to buy a general admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom AND the Christmas Party, if we only want to attend the the after hour Christmas event? Hope that question makes sense? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Charlee Says...

If you just want to go to the party, you only need a party ticket! They are now on sale so hop over and get them quickly, they sell out in a flash!

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Jan 28, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley!

Some do shut down, but most of the popular rides remain open for the party. If you look just under the picture of the snow on Main Street USA above, there's a list of the rides that were open for the party in 2018. We'll update for 2019 as soon as we know more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 8, 2019 at 10:32 a.m. Anne Says...

Hi, loved reading this article! Question about planning... we will be attending the party in 2019 during our next Disney visit. Our kids will be 6,4, and 2 years old. We will keep the day to only this event. Because it way past bedtime would you recommend this event for the last day in Disney as opposed to middle of the week?

Thanks so much!!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 6:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

This really depends on your kids and their habits, but you could argue that earlier in the trip they won't be as tired since they won't have spent a couple of days already at the parks. That said, they will likely be more tired the day after.

Perhaps some of our readers who have been in this boat will share their experience!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 20, 2018 at 1:57 p.m. Sarah Says...

We have tickets to go this evening but it’s pouring and there’s a tornado warning until 4pm! Do you think the party will go ahead? Any tips for viewing in the rain? X

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Dec 14, 2018 at 2:44 p.m. Shannon Says...

I love Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party, and my friend and I will be back in November of 2019 and wondering when the dates will be released for next year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party?

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Dec 14, 2018 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Dates are usually released in March :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 14, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Sue C Says...

All of your insights and suggestions for Disney's very Merry Christmas party were awesome! The only thing that was off is your suggestion to ride the Seven dwarfs train ride to watch the fireworks show...I took my 4 year old grandson on this ride during the firework show. It is a rollercoaster ride! You could not watch fireworks during this ride because you are too busy holding on for dear life!

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Dec 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Karen L. Says...

Hello. I have tickets for Friday, December 14. I was looking at the forecast and it is projected to thunder throughout the night. I am hoping it doesn't happen, but it does say 90% chance of it occurring. Am I just out of a ticket if it storms, do you know if there are any other options?

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Dec 10, 2018 at 1:38 a.m. Kim Says...

What ages would you say this is for? My 25 year old daughter and her boyfriend will be there next week but it seems geared toward little kids.

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Dec 10, 2018 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

This event is definitely for all ages. We see plenty of friends, couples and more when it comes to the "grown-up" crowd. (I've even gone by myself a couple times!) All of the entertainment and seasonal fun is impressive and enjoyable for everyone, so no worries. There are plenty of people in attendance without kiddos!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 9, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. Says...

Do you go to Mickey very merry Christmas thru the magic kingfom

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Dec 9, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place at the Magic Kingdom :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 9, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. Michaela Says...

We have a ticket for tonight the 9th and it is raining, does the parade still go ahead? Or can we change to another day?

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Dec 9, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michaela!

Don't worry ... it looks like the rain should be clearing up long before the party. The entertainment should be all good! Just be sure to catch earlier showings in case the rain starts up again :) Unfortunately, you cannot switch to another day due to weather.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 9, 2018 at 5:48 a.m. Stacy Says...

Thank you for this wonderful review and touring guide.

Can we book FP+ 60 days ahead for rides during the party? Will our PhotoPass work during the party?

Thanks!

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Dec 9, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy!

PhotoPass/Memory Maker DO include all of your party photos, so be sure to catch some special shots! You can book FP+ 60 days ahead of the party, but only for the 4-6PM window before the party begins. FP+ is not available DURING the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:33 p.m. Diane Says...

Are lines ridiculously long during very merry Christmas party.

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Oct 1, 2019 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

Lines during Mickey's Very Merry are generally much shorter than regular park lines (especially early in the month and on weekdays!). Expect the majority of the rides to have waits under 30 minutes (and many will be walk-on).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 5, 2018 at 6:51 p.m. Joelle Says...

Wow. This is great, thank you! So, I'm actually coming in town for Bowl game next weekend, and this party IS happening on the 16th, which would be the only night I could attend. BUT I plan on spending all day at Universal (specifically Harry Potter). However, that will end at 8pm. I'm assuming if I got an Uber from Universal I could be at Disney for 9pm.

IF that is the case. Would this event be worth it for 3 hours? I'm by myself, I actually don't like rides (I DO LOVE It's a Small World), so I would be coming for the events more so than anything else. No children with me.

Thoughts?

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Dec 6, 2018 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joelle!

We *LOVE* Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and our main focus at the event is the exclusive, seasonal entertainment, so we totally recommend it ... however, three hours is a SUPER short amount of time given the cost of the event. We'd recommend arriving earlier if you can :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Joeo Says...

I received credit card style tickets for multiple family members for the Christmas party. I see they are marked by age (3-9 and 10+). Can I give any ticket to any family member or is each ticket specific to the name that was registered for the event.

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Dec 4, 2018 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

Be sure the same family member uses the same ticket each time. Since your fingerprint will be linked to your ticket for identification, you don't want to run into any entry issues.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. Kim Says...

H! Love your page!

Are there meet and greets with Princess Elsa? Where? And all day or just at night?

Thank Kim

1st timer headed there dec 11!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

You can meet Elsa and Anna in Norway at Epcot during regular park hours, and we also recommend checking out the Frozen show at Hollywood Studios :) Elsa is not available for meet-and-greets are Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (or Magic Kingdom) in particular, though.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 28, 2018 at 8:31 p.m. Skylar Says...

Hi! Do you know if they’ve sold out of any of the exclusive party merchandise yet? I’m hoping the magic band and Christmas Cheer mug are still available!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Skylar!

We just attended a party last week and there was a full supply of all merch - haven't heard differently since! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 28, 2018 at 12:44 a.m. Britania Says...

Is Stitch there in any capacity? Idc if it’s meet and greet or not. My son is dying to see him.

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Nov 28, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We don't believe Stitch meets DURING the party, but if you arrive early (your ticket allows entry beginning at 4 p.m.) you'll be able to meet with him in Tomorrowland :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. CAROLINA Castillo Says...

Hi,

I am trying to pick a day for the MVMCP, I have Friday 14th, Sunday 16th or Tuesday 18th... whiich one will be better in terms of crowds?

We will only have one day in Disney, and thought that this event will summarize everything we wanted to experience, parades, attractions and not to crowded. Is that correct?

Thanks for your help, really appreciate it!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Typically, the lowest cost party is anticipated to be the least crowded, so we would start there! Beyond that, weekdays are almost always less busy than weekends. We would go for Tuesday the 18th! Yes, this event has EVERYTHING awesome (and holiday!) in one place :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 26, 2018 at 4:57 a.m. Helene Says...

Can DVC members get in earlier than 4pm? We heard that DVC members had the option of getting into the park at 2. for Not So Scary.

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Nov 26, 2018 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helene!

Yep! According to the Disney Vacation Club website, that is the case.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2018 at 6:02 p.m. Wendy Says...

Is there any other way to enter the park prior to 4pm? We have 2 under 4 that won't make it to midnight but think the party would be ideal for entertainment. Also, any tips for a family of 10 with 6 kids and a Gma in a motor vehicle heading out to the park next week?Thanks in advance.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

The only way to enter the park prior to 4PM is to purchase regular day park tickets as well. Luckily, entertainment happens throughout the party (not JUST towards the later hours) so you'll still get tons of fun out of your visit. We recommend checking out our multigenerational trip tips for advice on tackling a large group with a wide range in ages!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2018 at 12:33 a.m. Zsanara Hoskins Says...

I would love to go at Christmas!

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