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Our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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

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

During our visit in 2019, we noticed heavier crowds at the beginning of the party, but as the night wound down (especially noticeable after the fireworks), the crowds lightened up. Crowd levels vary by party, but it's safe to say that you'll want to stay until the very end to maximize your time because there's soooo much to do. (Special fireworks, exclusive character meet-and-greets and free cookies, oh my!) We befriended another frog family who told us they attended the previous year's event, and at the 2019 party, they had a completely different plan to do the things they missed out last time. Toadally relatable ... but have no fear, your favorite frogs are here!

Dates, Tickets & Pricing | Crowds & Best Days to Attend | Entrance Procedures & Overview | Characters | Entertainment & Rides | Is It Worth It? | Comments

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dates, Tickets and Pricing

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event, which means you must purchase a party ticket to attend. The party usually starts about a week after the last Halloween party in early November and runs through late December. Prices typically increase each year, and select dates are likely to be more expensive than others. In 2019, there were 23 parties total, starting as early as Nov. 8 and ending Dec. 22. 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Crowds & Best Days to Attend

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Christmas Tree

Pricing is the strongest indicator of what Disney expects to be its busiest days. Higher prices mean higher demand, and higher demand means bigger anticipated crowds. Cheaper tickets generally mean less crowds. The last three parties of the year are typically the most expensive, and the first two are not the cheapest. This makes sense. Some families decide to go all out and time their vacations so that they can experience both the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Based on pricing, the best week to attend is usually the one before Thanksgiving. Disney does not publish attendance numbers, but these parties are always well attended, so plan accordingly!

If you want to learn more about all of the festivities at Disney World going on during this time, check out our full guide to Disney World holiday events.

Before we get into the party itself, we have a weather warning! This time of year can be consistently inconsistent. Sometimes Florida can be true to the Christmas season with temperatures in the low 60s, but more often than not, highs are in the 80s. We find it can go from a hot, muggy day to a chilly night pretty quickly. So wear a flexible outfit with layers to accommodate whatever Florida throws your way. (Hoppy news — there are usually a few super cute holiday-themed spirit jerseys available to purchase around property to keep you looking festive and feeling toasty warm!)

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

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

In recent years, the party hasn't officially started until 7 p.m. (and ran through 12 a.m.), but guests have been able to get into the park starting at 4 p.m. with a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket. We highly recommend doing this, as this will give you more time to ride a few rides and have an early dinner before the party-exclusive activities begin. Of course, allot time for bag check and ticketing to be sure to arrive on time and enjoy the most of your evening. (Additionally, if you're driving, keep in mind the extra time to park and ride the monorail or the ferryboat — it can take about 45 minutes just to get to the entrance!) Head toward the separate event entrance (generally a separate turnstile with a sign noting the special event) in order to receive your wristband upon arriving at the gate.

Note: Magic Kingdom closes at 6 p.m. on party nights for regular daytime guests to allow for a smooth transition into party time.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Cast Member Welcome Sign

Upon entering, beginning at 4 p.m., party guests have a VIP entrance through the backside of Main Street behind Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This is the first treat spot, where cast members hand out a welcome holiday treat. There are also fun photo-ops with props and a few merchandise kiosks for those interested in special holiday Mickey ears or a T-shirt.

If you are already enjoying a day at Magic Kingdom, you can stop by a wristband station to swipe your ticket and have a cast member apply your wristband. The most convenient locations in the past have been located near Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It’s important to snag these before the party starts — cast members will be on the lookout for wristbands as soon as 6 p.m. hits!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Wristband Distribution

You can find cast members filtering guests out at major intersections throughout the park — primarily when you’re headed from Main Street, U.S.A. into the Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland entrances. Keep your wristbands on and visible, as cast members will be keeping an eye out for them throughout the night while you are waiting for the parade or shows to begin.

For those of you reading this who will not be attending the party and hoping to stick around past 6 p.m., we wouldn’t count on it. Cast members will not allow you on any rides or into certain areas without a wristband and will promptly lead you toward the park exit.

Planning is critical at these parties, as time is limited and experiences are endless. Because they get crowded and are packed with special activities, including meet-and-greets with rare characters — or your favorites in their fun holiday attire — you really need a plan. Start by identifying your family’s not-to-miss activities and then fill in the gaps when you get to the park with some unexpected surprises. There are more fun things to see and do than a typical family could probably accomplish in one night, so set your expectations in advance! Make sure to allow for extra time to get in place for the shows and parades — A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks — as the hub around Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. get very crowded. You need to arrive at least 30 minutes early even for the second parade to have a shot at the front row of viewing. If front row isn't a priority, you can come in after that and still find great spots.

There is “snowfall” on Main Street right when the clock strikes 7 p.m., and then it continues intermittently throughout the night. Tad and Lily especially lovvvveeee to stuff their bellies with the cookies and hot chocolate that are given out around the park for free.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Schedule of Events 

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

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

  • A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
  • Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration - 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
  • Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks - 10 p.m.
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.
  • Club Tinsel - 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Snowfall on Main Street - intermittently

Character Greetings at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Special characters are one of the main draws of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Rare characters such as Jack Skellington (aka Sandy Claws) and the princes can be found, and “regular” characters are out in their holiday finest. This is such a fun, exciting part of the season and an excellent photo-op! (Don’t worry: PhotoPass photographers can be found with each character, except for those “roaming,” as listed below.)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde

Some of the popular, rare characters. such as the Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Moana, start meeting guests before the party starts. You're able to line up for these characters once you receive your wristband. However, these wait times can grow very long early on. It's better to wait until later in the night, such as during the first parade, to hop in line. We recommend visiting Sandy Claws during this time and catching the second showing of the parade!

Crowds die down later in the night and characters become less of a priority. Anytime after Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks at 10 p.m., you're likely to experience shorter waits. With so much to do at the party, we’d hate to spend so much time waiting in line. Most characters have at least an hour wait time, so be sure to prioritize who your frog squad REALLY wants to meet ahead of time.

Party-exclusive characters can be located using the My Disney Experience app.

Here are the characters that were available to jingle and mingle during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Santa Claus (Main Street Courtyard)
  • Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater)
  • Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally (Town Square Theater, where Tinkerbell normally meets)

Adventureland

  • Aladdin + Abu, Jasmine + Genie (alternating every 30 minutes next to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
  • Captain Jack Sparrow (across from Pirates of the Caribbean ride)
  • Moana (in the Tiki Room)
  • Peter Pan (roaming)

Frontierland

  • The Country Bears (roaming)

Liberty Square

  • Mary Poppins and Bert

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

Fantasyland

  • Ariel and Prince Eric (across from Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid)
  • Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Tiana and Naveen, Princess Elena of Avalor (Princess Fairytale Hall)
  • Snow White and her Prince, and Aurora and Prince Phillip (near the Castle Wall near Princess Fairytale Hall)
  • Belle (to the right side of Bonjour! Village Gifts)
  • Pooh and Friends (next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
  • Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum (next to Mad Tea Party)
  • The Seven Dwarfs (inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus)
  • Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck (Storybook Circus)
  • Santa Goofy (next to Barnstormer exit in Storybook Circus)

Tomorrowland

  • Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (at the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Entertainment & Rides

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

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

By far, our favorite part of the night is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade. We love it so much that we go to both showings! Dancing nutcrackers, gingerbread men, reindeer and the big man himself — Santa — join your favorite Disney characters for a gorgeous parade complete with scented floats (yes, you can smell Clarabelle Cow's cooking!). Keep an eye out for lesser-seen characters such as Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.

The parade typically steps off in the Frontierland area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square Bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, heads down Main Street, U.S.A., circles Town Square in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad Station and ends next to Harmony Barbershop. Note: If watching from Town Square, the parade won't reach you until about 20 minutes after its scheduled start time.

If you want a prime parade spot along Main Street, U.S.A. or in front of the castle, we recommend snagging your seats at least an hour ahead of showtime for front row viewing. We got lucky and managed to find a prime front row spot in front of Casey's Corner about 45 minutes before, but it was a tight squeeze. If you don’t want to waste valuable party time waiting, try for a less popular spot in Frontierland or near the train station in Town Square. However, we really recommend taking the time to view from one of our favorite spots such as in front of Cinderella Castle facing the bridge from Liberty Square. If you’re OK with the tadpoles staying up past their bedtime, the 11 p.m. showing is usually less crowded.

A Frozen Holiday Wish

Get swept up in the holiday spirit as Queen Elsa uses her powers to create a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration. This show is short and sweet at less than 10 minutes long, and a must-see for "Frozen" fans. Even if Anna and Elsa aren’t your favorite, it is a truly magical moment to see the castle come alive with its iconic, glowing icicles. While you can catch Queen Elsa's lighting of Cinderella Castle in icy, glittering lights any time during the holiday season, not just the party, you definitely don't want to miss it. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf join her in a brief stage show leading up to the big reveal!

If you don't want to waste valuable party time, you can watch the show at 6:15 p.m. However, keep in mind that it will be busy with lingering daytime guests. Main Street will be packed once the show finishes as they leave the park, so we recommended heading to Liberty Square, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland immediately following the 6:15 p.m. show.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

The fireworks spectacular show made its debut at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019, and we hope to see it return in 2021. It's hosted by Minnie Mouse and features medleys of beloved holiday songs, including "Joy to the World" and "Deck the Halls."

The projections are fun to see, but they don't necessarily tell a story. Since the show isn't too dependent on castle projections, you can really view the spectacular from anywhere in the park. If you're standing in front of Cinderella Castle, you'll see Tinker Bell fly into the night from the top of the castle in the blink of an eye! Disney also offered a dessert party premium package for this show at an extra cost last year.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Find a good seat for the 10:30 p.m. showing, and stick around in that same spot for the 11 p.m. parade!

Mickey and Minnie host their very own holiday party and invite your favorite Disney pals to ring and sing in the holidays with classic carols and new favorites. It includes medleys of holiday tunes, both classic and contemporary, and features Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, who are celebrating just a few days before Christmas. Woody, Jessie, Peter Pan, Snow White, Alice, the White Rabbit and many more stop by! The highlight of this show for us is the iconic Clarabelle Cow belting out “All I Want for Christmas is You” in true Mariah Carey fashion while strutting her stuff in a silver sequin dress.

“A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” Show

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Taking place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland, we find A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas to be the most underrated part of the whole party. This hilarious show follows the storyline of Stitch trying to hunt down Santa to bring snow to Tomorrowland. There are plenty of jokes along the way as Stitch tries to come to grips with who exactly Santa is, and the best way to hunt down his reindeer. In the meantime, Buzz Lightyear and Mike Wazowski each have their own brilliant musical numbers. Tad and Lily especially love this show as it’s suited for the younger audience and even has a kids-only area at the front of the stage. With five performances, this is one that you can fit in as you have time or in passing.

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect (formerly VoicePlay) returned to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 for alternating shows between A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. We really recommend checking out these shows back-to-back, and taking the small break in between to grab cookies and apple cider from The Lunching Pad. The Edge Effect is an incredible a capella group that will wow you with its vocals-only performances of classic Christmas tunes. This show is a great break from the chaos of characters at the party and will get you into the spirit with their unbelievable talent.

Club Tinsel 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Club Tinsel

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

Snowfall on Main Street

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

Snowfall in Florida is magical enough, but you can’t miss the beauty of snow fluttering down in Magic Kingdom. You can find flurries down Main Street during both parades and all of the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration showings.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam

Following the success of a similar dance party taking place at the 2018 Halloween Party, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam takes place throughout the entire party so little ones can move and groove with their faves including Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina and Timon. We recommend hopping over here before you sit and wait for the parade to get any extra tadpole energy out prior to staying in one place for a while.

Rides

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Mad Tea Party

Because it is a separately ticketed event, one of the party perks are significantly less guests in the park. And with so many special experiences available, ride waits are typically much shorter.

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

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Tomorrowland Speedway

The Frog Family is usually too busy hoppin’ from character to character and enjoying the special shows to tackle too many coasters, but we do have a few tips. In our experience, the wait times get shorter and shorter as the night goes on. Aside from waiting until later in the night, the best time to hit popular rides is during parade and showtimes. If you’re waiting to attend the 11 p.m. parade, then use the first showing time to hop on high-demand rides such as Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan’s Flight. The wait times will be significantly shorter since so many people will be lined up on Main Street for the parade. We found the popular rides anywhere between a 10- and 45-minute wait depending on the time of night.

While we may be alone in this, one of our favorite memories is seeing the fireworks while riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a magical, surreal experience and a way to enjoy two magical things at once — and there are significantly shorter lines during the fireworks!

“Smaller” rides such as Mad Tea Party and “it’s a small world” will have a consistently short wait that typically won’t exceed more than 20 minutes throughout the night. These are great to quickly hop on if you have time to kill before a show!

Attractions Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: 

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square Theater

Adventureland

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

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Princess Fairytale Hall

Tomorrowland

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Snacks and More

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

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Holiday Treats at Pinocchio Village Haus

  • Welcome Holiday Treat - Market Street (open until 8 p.m.)
  • Ginger Molasses Cookie - Jingle Cruise, The Lunching Pad
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie - Golden Oak Outpost, Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Peppermint Cookie - Miner's Cove, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie - The Diamond Horseshoe, The Friar's Nook
  • Snowman Pretzel - Tortuga Tavern, Storybook Snack Carts
  • Fanta - Tortuga Tavern, Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Eggnog - The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Apple Cider - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, The Lunching Pad
  • Hot Chocolate - Pinocchio Village Haus, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

We always like to stop by Tortuga Tavern for the party's salty selection, a snowman soft pretzel. Our favorite stop last year was Pinocchio Village Haus for a snickerdoodle and hot cocoa. All of the cookies we came across were individually wrapped. This is perfect for those concerned about allergies ... or if you just want to stock up your treat stash for the winter. Speaking of allergies, most treat locations offer allergen-friendly options. You can ask the cast member at the front what the options are.

Take your cookies to-go so you can enjoy them while waiting for the parade!

In addition to these complimentary (and did we mention, unlimited?) sweets and treats, there is also special seasonal food available, such as the To Be Jolly float from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Our favorite, you ask? Olaf's Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake was delish and a hit with the whole Frog Family in 2019.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Olaf Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake

Only select restaurants are usually open during party time throughout the park, so plan ahead. We recommend snagging a big dinner before the party and then snacking throughout the night as to not spend precious party time grubbing, but there are also event-exclusive dining options.

Restaurants Open During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • Main Street Bakery
  • Casey's Corner
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Aloha Isle
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • Storybook Treats
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cool Ship

Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party debuted in 2018, and we expect it may return in the future. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., guests can pop in and out of Tony's Town Square restaurant for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and sweets. In 2019, the tasty eats included Tony's famous meatballs, hand-tossed mini pizzas, boursin-stuffed artichokes, pumpkin tartlets, Yule Logs and more! There is also an assortment of beer, wine and non alcoholic beverages. Plus, Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party guests have access to special reserved seating for the second parade showing of the evening at 11 p.m. Tony's guests keep the party going until 12:30 a.m., even after Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party officially ends! The party cost $99 per person (plus tax) in 2019. And yes, you'll still need regular Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party admission.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

Christmas is a dangerous time for my wallet and me to be at Disney. Not only do I adore all of the wonderful décor and adorable present options, but the event-exclusive merchandise is pretty tough to say no to.

While, of course, general Christmas merchandise can be found throughout the park, the event guide highlights where to find party-exclusive gear. If you’re an annual passholder, there are special products just for you too. We found the Emporium to be the one-stop shop for everything you could possibly be looking for, but you can also find party-exclusive items at Big Top Souvenirs, Star Traders, Frontier Trading Post and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Can I Catch Any of the Special Entertainment and Ride Overlays Outside of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?

After the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is usually shown daily at Magic Kingdom for park guests in the afternoon through the end of December. Last year, the new Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show was also available nightly from Dec. 23 through Dec. 29, 2019.

You can usually hop aboard Jingle Cruise during the day throughout the holiday season. Additionally, A Frozen Holiday Wish typically has a 6:15 p.m. showtime, so daytime guests can potentially squeeze it in on their way out of the park (or alternatively, on a day without a party scheduled). Just don't expect to be able to stay for the party without a wristband following this short show.

Is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Worth It?

Because the party is a separately ticketed event, we hear that many other frog families often question, “Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth the extra price tag?” It really depends on what you want out of the experience and if you can budget the extra cost. Many families use party day to sleep in, explore Disney Springs or resort hop to see holiday decorations before heading into Magic Kingdom to get their jingle on, using the savings from what would have been regular park admission towards paying for their party tickets. Keep in mind that Magic Kingdom closes early on party days, so if you opt out of the party, your time will be best spent at a different park if you’re looking for a full park day.

If you’re only going for the shorter lines at rides, it’s probably not worth it. But if you love getting into the Christmas spirit and want to see all of the exclusive characters, shows and parades that the party has to offer, we think it’s toadally worth it. Come dressed for the occasion, and wear matching Christmas shirts ... or pajamas! Just be sure to plan ahead and maximize your time there by arriving early!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Friends in Matching Christmas Pajamas

For us, we love all the holiday hoopla surrounding Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and savor our time (and the cocoa!) at this annual event. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the party, and especially for those of you have never attended, we'd love to answer any questions! Check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline for more tips!

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 15, 2018 at 6:11 p.m. Sara Says...

Hi! Do you know if regular party guests can have a dining reservation for 6:40pm on the night of a Christmas party? I don't plan on buying tickets to the Christmas party, but have a reservation for 6:40pm and don't want to get kicked out of the park. Thanks so much!

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Oct 15, 2018 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

All regular park guests must leave Magic Kingdom at the 6 p.m. park close. You will not be able to stay for any reservations after that unless you have a Christmas Party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2018 at 8:04 a.m. Barb Says...

Thank you for the great information! It's really helped me decide to attend! I was looking at tickets and there's a reduced rate for annual pass holders to attend this event. Do you know if everyone needs to be an annual pass holder for the discount (there's 6 of us) or just one person in the party? Thanks for all you do!

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Oct 19, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barb!

Passholders can purchase passholder-discounted tickets for up to six people. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2018 at 4:25 a.m. Nina Says...

We are going to MVMCP and have late lunch reservations at Kona Cafe. Can we drive to the Poly and leave our car there until we are done at the party? We are staying at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Thanks for all your helpful info!!

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Oct 15, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina!

Typically, only a certain amount of time is allotted to dining reservation guests. While technically this may be a possibility, it's usually discouraged.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. Heather Says...

OMG i love the green ears and outfit!!! Where do you get both of those!!! Im going to the party on my birthday, and would love to get that outfit! Please let me know!

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Oct 13, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Amber Says...

I bought 4 tickets to this years MVMCP , however , 2 of the people who’s name are on the computer are unable to go and my mother and father are going instead . Will they let them in since their name is not actually on the ticket ? Or can I show my ID and just tell them we are switching 2 people out ?

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Oct 15, 2018 at 5:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

As long as your name is on all of the tickets and you can present your ID, this SHOULD be fine, but we would recommend calling Disney customer service at (407) 939-5277 to double check.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2018 at 3:12 p.m. Ashley P. Says...

This is probably a really silly question, but I was curious about the tickets for this event. It would be our first time going to anything like this (or Disney World in general) and am not sure how the tickets work with this! Do we have to buy regular admission tickets AND the MVMCP tickets on top of it? Or if we are just wanting to go to the party itself, could we buy those tickets? I couldn’t find the answer to that on the website.

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Oct 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

When it comes to Disney, there are NO silly questions. We toadally understand how overwhelming it can be. The party ticket ALONE not only grants access to the party, but also allows you three extra hours in the park ... you can enter as early as 4 p.m.! You do NOT need a general admission ticket in addition to the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2018 at 3:01 a.m. Liz Says...

Hello - my parents are taking me, my husband and our two boys (ages 3 & 1) to the Christmas Party the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I have lots of questions, but 2 main ones after reading this (all so helpful info!!) -

1 - can we/should we get FP+ for when we can arrive at the park at 4pm?

2 - where would you suggest we try to book dinner? Open for a few suggestions.

TIA!

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Yes, you should be able to book FastPass+ between 4-6 p.m. There are TONS of great dining options at Magic Kingdom, and it depends on what you're in the mood for. However, our favorite "hidden gem" is The Plaza Restaurant. It's a lot calmer and quieter than most and has a great menu with something for everyone.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2018 at 12:43 a.m. Krissy Says...

Thanks Nick - you asked the question I wanted to ask.

Mommy Frog, what do I do at the touch point at Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party when I just have a paper ticket, no magic band or card?

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Nov 1, 2018 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krissy!

The cast members will have a device to scan your paper ticket and exchange it for a plastic card :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Yes, you should be able to book FastPass+ between 4-6 p.m. There are TONS of great dining options at Magic Kingdom, and it depends on what you're in the mood for. However, our favorite "hidden gem" is The Plaza Restaurant. It's a lot calmer and quieter than most and has a great menu with something for everyone.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. debbie Says...

In prior years the cookies and drink were at the restaurant off main street and my 80 year old father could sit in the "warm" and watch the fireworks. Last few years that was no longer provided. do you know of a location in the park my father can sit until the rest of the family is finished in the park?

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Our best recommendation would be the Holiday Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party where designated seating is provided. :)

Beyond the fireworks, a nice "secret" hideaway is right outside of Skipper Canteen. The restaurant isn't open too late, and there are some nice chairs to sit in right outside the doors, a bit away from the "street."

Keep hopping!

Leap

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 9, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. TouristEt Says...

I’ve heard an abundance of complaints about over crowded MNSSHP this year . Do you think that MVMCP will be handled the same ? A lot of oversold events ?

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We do suspect that more tickets are being sold per event this year than in the past. However, we attended the very first MNSSHP (which was sold out!) and still had a great experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2018 at 5:19 p.m. Suzanne Rampey Says...

Hi. We are going in December, and my daughter is dancing in the holiday parade at MK at 6:30 on that Saturday. Super excited! My question is, the only night we have excess time in our schedule, is the day that we are at animal kingdom, do you think we would be okay to watch the rivers of light in AK at 6:15 and still make it to MK for the party with plenty of time. The only other way we can make it work is to skip fantasmic which we don't want to do...... btw I hate that fantasmic and the night time lights at HWS is right together, it would be hard to do both!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne!

Aw, that sounds like such a fun trip! During the busy holiday season, we would allot at least an hour for transportation between parks. We would hate for you to miss any of the Christmas Party, which begins at 7!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2018 at 10:10 p.m. Disneyfan Says...

Do you know if there are any sugar free items during the event? (sugar free snacks, sugar free hot chocolate?)

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

They do offer healthier and allergen-friendly options, but we're not sure about sugar-free. Be sure to check out the party map for those special locations and see what is available to you :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

They do offer healthier and allergen-friendly options, but we're not sure about sugar-free. Be sure to check out the party map for those special locations and see what is available to you :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2018 at 12:20 p.m. Sandra Says...

Are there PhotoPass Magic Shots at the Christmas Party?

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

Yes, there are! Ask your PhotoPass photographer what Magic Shots are available :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2018 at 1:19 a.m. hsmamaof2 Says...

Hello~ We will be visiting Disney World Dec. 8th-14th. I was thinking that we would do the party on Sunday the 9th because we are FL resident weekday only passholders and cannot go to the parks on Sunday anyway. But I noticed that Disney is not offering a passholder discount for that particular Sunday the 9th. The lack of discount isn't what bothers me, what worries me is that it might mean that Disney knows that for some reason that Sunday will be busier than say Tuesday Dec. 11th (my second choice). I would rather just hang out at the resort or do something else than go to the party on a busier than normal night. Do you think Dec. 11th will be a less busy option out of the two? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Ticket price is a good indicator of how busy Disney expects the parties to be. The higher the ticket cost, the busier it will likely be. It sounds like you should follow your instinct and wait until Tuesday. On Sunday, we recommend resort hopping and checking out all of the fun holiday decorations!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. Ally Says...

Hi!

My family and I are planning to attend the Christmas Party the Sunday night after Thanksgiving. We are trying to see if it will be worth it or not. The date of the party is November 25th. Would you say that would be an incredibly busy night or not? In other words, will it be worth it?

Thank you! Great article!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ally!

Aw, shucks! We're so hoppy our article was helpful. Ticket price is a good indicator of how busy Disney expects the parties to be. The higher the ticket cost, the busier it will likely be. November 25 looks like it's an average-priced night, so it shouldn't be too crazy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5:03 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hello, I am coming to Disney for 1 day, we planned on doing Magic Kingdom on November 13, we were going to come in the morning go back to hotel in afternoon then come back at night for dinner and fireworks, I had no idea about the park closing at 6 and needing to buy another pass for the night, do you think we should buy 2 passes? One for the day and one for the Christmas party, or just do 1 or the other? We only have a 2 year old with us, so I’m sure we can do everything she needs to see in a short amount of time..but I really wanted to see the fireworks...what are your thoughts?

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

As long as your little one can keep up with the late hours of the Christmas Party, that would be your best bet. The lower crowds allow you to accomplish a LOT while also enjoying the fun fireworks, parade and more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

As long as your little one can keep up with the late hours of the Christmas Party, that would be your best bet. The lower crowds allow you to accomplish a LOT while also enjoying the fun fireworks, parade and more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 4:38 p.m. Reno Says...

Hi, we already have purchased our MVMCP tickets and are planning on going at 4 pm into park. My question is we are using Magic Band and will have other Magic your way tickets, when we scan our magic band how do we know it will use the MVMCP ticket and not one of our regular tickets? Sorry we are new to this...

Thanks,

Reno

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reno!

There is a separate entrance for party guests so cast members are sure to retrieve the correct ticket. No worries!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. Betty Says...

Since on the days there is MVMCP, the park hours are cut short for regular ticket holders, do you find that the crowds are less on those days? And similarly, do you find that during 4-6, the crowds surge due to the due different ticket holders at the park at the same time? Trying to figure out what the wait times for the rides will be like. Really looking forward to riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but don't want to wait an hour to do so since we couldn't get fast passes for this ride. Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty!

You can check our Crowd Calendar on how busy we expect the parks to be, including days on which the party is taking place. Crowd levels are typically slightly lower during the day, but nothing crazy different. There is a surge during the overlap between 4-6 p.m. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2018 at 7:32 p.m. Yvonne Says...

Your post is great! Thanks. We have a 4.5 year old. She's pretty good staying up until maybe 10. Would you think 4.5 is too young for party and is 4-10pm even enough time to enjoy the party? Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvonne!

While you can enter the park beginning at 4 p.m., the party doesn't begin until 7. There is a LOT to experience, and we always use every second of party time. We recommend having your daughter nap ahead of time, and hope she can stay up a bit later! Another piece of advice is to allow her to nap while you wait for the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2018 at 4:24 a.m. Rachel Feinberg Says...

This might not be in everyone budget but I am going on two different days one on Thursday and one on Friday. so I don't have to stress about seeing everything. One day parade and firework and characters. The other snacks and rides.

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Oct 3, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. Brittany Says...

Hello,

Unfortunately, the only party I can make is the last night. What sort of wait times am I looking at for rides on this particular night? I'm trying to decide if it's worth it or if it will be as crowded as it is during the day before the party.

Thank you!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

Even on sold out nights, the party is still limited capacity so wait times never get too bad! We would venture to guess approximately 30 minute waits for rides like Space Mountain.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. HK Says...

Where do party guests register for the Sorceres of the Magic Kingdom to receive their cards?

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Oct 1, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Simply visit the Fire Station in Town Square :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2018 at 3:41 p.m. David Says...

I heard that MK opens an hour early 8am on MVMCP nights to give day guests an extra hour since they have to leave early. Is this true? I cannot verify this on the web or calling WDW.

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Oct 1, 2018 at 9:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

You can check out the park hours on our Crowd Calendar :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2018 at 1:28 a.m. Walter Says...

RE: "FastPass+ is not available during the party, nor between the 4-7 p.m. entry window with a party ticket alone. In order to make FastPass+ reservations during this time, you must have valid, regular daily theme park tickets."

I have heard that with a party ticket you can book fast passes for the 4-7 slot. You indicated here that that is not a possibility this year (maybe all years). Just wanted to confirm so I can plan accordingly.

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Oct 30, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. V T Says...

I also had wondered about this but I just made fast pass reservations for November 2018 with only a MVMCP ticket. I was able to make 3, one for 3:30,4:30 and 5:30. At exactly 30 days before it opened up and let me make them.

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Oct 1, 2018 at 10:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Walter!

We've been hearing mixed reviews on people's experiences at the Halloween Party, but you SHOULD be able to book them with your party ticket between 4-7 p.m. We recommend doing so before linking any regular park tickets :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2018 at 3:26 a.m. Susan Says...

Hi

Are the quick service restaurants open during the party? We have lunch at Be Our Guest the day of our party tickets, but no dinner scheduled.

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

A few quick service restaurants are open, but we recommend eating your dinner between 4-6PM (as to not waste precious party time!) and then spend the rest of the evening snacking :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2018 at 10:13 p.m. Jamie Says...

Where is the separate party entrance?

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

You still enter the park at the main gate, but you will be directed behind Tony's Town Square Restaurant for a special party-entry path. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi- if you had a choice between November 8th and November 9th for the Christmas party, which night would be the less busy choice?

The alternate day we will be doing Epcot.

Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

We would lean towards the 8th for MVMCP since it is a week night - Fridays and Saturdays are typically busier :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. Brock Says...

Will the lockers be available for the parties?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brock!

Yes - the normal Magic Kingdom lockers will be available for rental :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 4:44 p.m. Carrie Says...

We have reservations at 6:00pm for Crystal Palace & we will be attending the MVMCP that night. Should we keep those reservations? Or should we be spending our time enjoying the park before the party?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

The Christmas Party ticket allows your entry at Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m., so we recommend eating a bit early so you can focus on the party-exclusive activities when they kick off right at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. Jennifer Says...

We are traveling to Orlando 11/10 to 11/17! Our party consists of 4 adults and 3 children (Ages 6, 3 and 6 months!). We are so excited to be there for the Holiday decor; but are unsure of the best plan!

We will most likely purchase a 2 day WDW pass, and one night at MVMCP. Our thoughts were 1 full day at MK, 1 night at MVMCP, and the remaining 1 day at either Epcot or Animal Kingdom (we did HS three years ago and were disappointed).

Which day would you recommend for the VMCP? 11/13 or 11/15? We would not attend another park that day; just the night time event.

Thank you so much for your help - this team is amazing!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

That Tuesday is likely to be a bit less busy than Thursday for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ... enjoy!

(Also, for what it's worth - Hollywood Studios is home to Toy Story Land now and it's beautiful! But it sounds like Animal Kingdom might be fun too.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 11:25 a.m. Laura Says...

We have reservations for Be Our Guest on 11/9 at 6:25. Do we need the Xmas party tickets for this time or can we just use our regular park admission?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Any reservations made after regular hours (6 p.m.) will require a Christmas Party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 4:32 p.m. Amy Says...

Are there any special touches to the rides (like the lights off for Space Mountain at the Halloween party)?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

No special effects have been announced yet, but we would LOVE that! Usually, Jungle Cruise transforms into Jingle Cruise, so we can't wait to see what they have planned for this year. We would adore a Christmas version of Splash Mountain or Country Bear Jamboree!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 11:44 p.m. Carina Says...

Hello I was wondering if I was able to still attend the Disney park all day and not have to pay for another ticket for the party? If this makes any sense, Whay im trying to say is that by paying for Disney party am I still allowed to attend the park all day and enjoy the park before the party begins as well or will I have to buy to separate tickets?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carina!

The Christmas Party ticket will allow you to enter Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m. If you wish to visit earlier or at any other park, separate daytime admission is required.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 10:20 p.m. Cheryl Says...

Just wondering if we need a regular day pass along with the MVMCP ticket for this event?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl!

The Christmas Party ticket will allow you to enter Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m. You do not need a general park ticket, just a party ticket. If you wish to visit earlier or at any other park, separate daytime admission is required.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 9:10 a.m. Megan Says...

Brilliant post! We are visiting WDW October into nocember. There are two party dates available during our stay Thursday 8th November (first party night) and Friday 9th November. Which would you recommend attending?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

Great question! Both will be pretty similar in terms of crowds, maybe with Thursday being slightly less busy since it is a week night :) Hop on your tickets now!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:16 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi! I am visiting Disney in December and planning on purchasing the special ticket for Mickey's Christmas Celebration on Tuesday, the 18th. My question is: if I arrive before 6:00pm.. do I have to leave at 6:00pm and then can re-enter at 7:00pm? Or will my family get to stay in the park that hour as well and the fun, special stuff just begins at 7:00pm? I hope this makes senses.

Thanks for all your knowledge!

Erica

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Sep 20, 2018 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

You will be able to stay in the park and wait for the fun, special stuff to begin at 7 p.m. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2018 at 1:22 a.m. Irma Says...

Hi! My husband and I will go to the party on Sunday 12/16. All i want is a picture with Sandy Claws, then I want to know if he remains during the entire party (until midnight) or does he have a schedule and leaves early. Plus, any tip to get the picture will be welcome considering we are traveling from Chile for this, thanks!!!!

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irma!

Sandy Claws meets continuously throughout the night, and sometimes arrives early around 6 p.m. We recommend hopping in line as early as possible to meet him!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at 11:17 a.m. Irma Says...

Thanks!!! I read all your information and it's fantastic!

Best for you!

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Sep 9, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. Sue Says...

On Disney's MVMCP site, it states: "Please note: separate theme park admission is required for this special event."

Did things change this year? We had planned to not go to the park until 4 on the day of the party and did not have regular park tickets allotted for this day.

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

The "separate theme park admission" Disney is referring to is the ticket to the party itself, which will allow you entry beginning at 4 p.m. the day of the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. Nick Says...

Hello! Great info in the post. I booked Cinderella's Royal Table at 8:50PM on 12/13. Is this a mistake to do during the party? We want to catch Holiday Wishes at 10PM as well. Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick!

If visiting Cinderella's Royal Table is a top priority for you, keep your reservation. However, we would not recommend it. This is a nice, lengthy meal that you want to be able to take your time with ... and you already have so little time to experience all of the party-exclusive entertainment as well (especially if you want to see Holiday Wishes.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2018 at 11:31 p.m. Claire Says...

Hi! Thanks for the wonderful post.

My family is going to the Christmas Party (woohoo!) and I was confused by Disney's description of the party. It lists very few rides, maybe 10 or less. However, I see other places, like here, that there are a lot more rides opened than advertised on the Disney website. Is this true? Thanks!

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

This is a great question - we see what you mean on the Disney website! We haven't heard any news about Disney World cutting the number of rides available so drastically, so we would assume they're still working on completing that list. We'll update this post if we hear otherwise!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2018 at 12:59 p.m. Lucy Says...

Hi. Just to clarify....with a special mvmc event ticket, I do not need a separate magic kingdom 1 day ticket in addition?

With just the mvmc event ticket, I can still enter the park at 4pm and still ride all the rides that are open until 6pm? Then after 6pm there are only a selection of rides?

Also, how many tickets are usually up to be sold for the event?

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Sep 4, 2018 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucy!

You do not need a separate Magic Kingdom 1-day ticket in addition. The MVMCP ticket will allow you access into the park at 4 p.m. until the park closes for standard guests at 6 p.m. and the party starts at 7 p.m. We do not know the number of tickets sold for the event, but it is limited capacity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2018 at 5:12 p.m. Nwanneka Eke Says...

Hi so are you saying that if you only get a very merry Christmas party ticket you can get in by 4p without having to buy a park ticket too?

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Sep 4, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi!

That is correct! The party ticket allows you park access beginning at 4 p.m. even though the party doesn't start until 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2018 at 1:01 a.m. Beichy Pawlak Says...

I am a passholder, if I go early but don't pay for the Mickey Merry Christmas, can I still stay at the part and enjoy the parades? I know you can't ride anything without the special band but before people were allowed to stay they just weren't able to ride.

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Sep 4, 2018 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

No, definitely not. Even passholders must purchase a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ticket in order to enjoy ANY of the festivities. The party-exclusive entertainment is the reason it is a separately-ticketed event. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 2:44 a.m. April Durbin Says...

Hi! We are going to be at Disney from 11/24 - 12/1. What night would you recommend for the MVMCP? Thanks in advance! I have been going back and forth and just wanted someone else's opinion!

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

You have November 25, 27, 29, 30 to choose from. Since early-mid weekdays are typically best, we recommend Tuesday the 27th if it works with your family's plans.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 8:47 p.m. Mikayla Says...

I am planning on doing rope drop to fireworks on a mvmcp date. Is that possible to do? Or do I have to leave and come back when the party starts?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 7:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mikayla!

As long as you have tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, you can stay straight through from open to close. They will not make you leave in between.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2018 at 1:44 a.m. Vickie Says...

We have to select dec 20 or 21 for the Christmas party? Will there be much difference in terms of crowds?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vickie!

Both of these parties will likely end up selling out and reaching max capacity, BUT if we were to guess, we would pick Dec. 20 to be less busy since it's on a weekday.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. Tiia Says...

Hi!

I've been wondering if people tend to dress up in costumes in MVMCP or rather just in christmasy clothing or even if that?

Last year I had my first Disney holiday and we attended to MNSSHP and when we were there I realised I could have dressed up as my favourite character, but I didn't. So I would like to know if this would be still possible to do this year when we go for the christmas party

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Aug 22, 2018 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

People do not typically dress up in costumes at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party as they do for the Halloween party, but fun Christmas attire is definitely welcome! We hope it gets chilly enough this year to wear our Frog family matching Christmas pajamas ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. Alan Says...

Hello!

We have dinner reservations at Crystal Palace at 6pm and also have tickets to the Very Merry Christmas Party. We're wondering if it's worth doing the dinner at Crystal Palace or are we better off cancelling it and just eating throughout the park. We don't want to miss to much during the party but are wondering if Crystal Palace character dining that night is worth doing. Thoughts???

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan!

We definitely recommend dining prior to the event ... you don't want to waste precious party time at a sit-down meal! There are awesome snacks offered at the Christmas party, but certainly not a full meal's worth. We recommend moving your reservation up a bit (perhaps around 4:30-5 p.m.) to make sure you're finished eating in plenty of time to enjoy the party ... and you'll work up an appetite for those yummy party snacks later on!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2018 at 3:57 a.m. Lierza Says...

We are trying to decide whether we should go to the Christmas party on Sunday Dec 9 or Tues Dec 11. Which do you think would be less crowded? Thanks!

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lierza!

Usually weekdays (such as Tuesday) are less crowded than any weekend days. We would go with Tuesday, Dec. 11!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. Emma Says...

Can someone tell me does it only snow on Main Street for the ticketed event ? or does it happen during normal park hours?

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

The snow on Main Street is only during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 2:24 p.m. Linda Says...

This our first time going to to the Christmas party and seeing disney at christmas. Thanks for all the info. So much to look forward to and see.

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Aug 14, 2018 at 4:28 a.m. Gynna Says...

Hi!

Do you happen to know when the Christmas decorations at the parks will be taken down? We’ll be in Orlando January 3-10 and I was wondering if we would have the chance to see anything Christmas related.

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gynna!

Many of the holiday decorations stay up for the first week or two of January, so there's a good chance you'll still see them!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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