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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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Nov 16, 2017 at 3:48 p.m. KK Says...

I have tickets to the MVMCP, when I enter the park will it deduct a day from my 5 day passes or do I use a different pass/ticket to enter? I purchased the party tickets online. I have linked the party tickets to my My disney experience account.

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Nov 19, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. Steve Says...

If you are only going to the party, then you can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm using your party ticket. If you are planning to be in the Magic Kingdom before that time, then you would be using one of your day tickets plus the party ticket.

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You will use your MVMCP ticket to enter the park during the party hours. It won't deduct any days from other tickets you might have.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2017 at 12:08 a.m. Kim Says...

Do you know how allergies are handled regarding the treats? I have a gluten-allergic person in my group... will there be alternatives at some locations?

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Nov 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Just be sure to mention the food allergy and ask for alternative options. Disney World is good about having alternatives.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2017 at 6:06 a.m. Angela Says...

My family of 8 will be in Disney from December 23rd to December 30th. We are planning on going to magic kingdom on Christmas Day. Can I purchase the tickets for magic kingdom once I arrive in Florida and what time should I arrive at the park to guarantee entry on Christmas day?

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Nov 16, 2017 at 12:42 a.m. lisa pyne Says...

Hey Angela...Christmas is the busiest day of the year..we arrived at the magic kingdom at 10am,Christmas day,as they closed the gates behind us. They were at capacity. Hope you have some fast passes

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Nov 15, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

You can purchase tickets at the park, but we recommend purchasing ahead of time to save time. The parks are extremely busy during the holidays, so you'll want to save as much time as possible for actually enjoying the parks. You should arrive before park opening so you can be in line to get inside the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2017 at 3:29 a.m. Meredith Says...

Do you know what Belle is wearing at the party yet? Is she confirmed there?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Kristen Says...

We just went on Tues 11/14. Belle was in Gaston's area, in her blue village dress and coat. She was in Christmas dress for the parade.

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Nov 13, 2017 at 3:27 a.m. Alexis Says...

I called Disney tonight to confirm some of the information I read here. The girl said in previous years you can get in at four, but not this year. Has anyone been able to get in this year at 4?

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Dec 6, 2017 at 8:14 a.m. Barbara Says...

I called as well and they told me that yes, we can enter at 4pm

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Nov 15, 2017 at 3:29 a.m. Bessie Byrd Says...

I called tonight and without asking. The guy on the phone told me I could get in at 4 for the party.

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Nov 13, 2017 at 1:38 a.m. Nat Says...

My family of 5 will be attending MVMCP in December, but will not be staying on property. How are we able to get any kind of fast passes between 4 & 6 pm? Do we need to purchase Magic Bands?

Thanks!

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Nov 14, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nat,

You'll just need to link your tickets to My Disney Experience and once you're 30 days out from your party date, then you can book your FastPass+ for that time frame.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 23, 2017 at 7:44 p.m. carolina j mello Says...

Mommy Frog, I bought my tickets directly at Disney´s website, but I am not able to get any fastpasses on the date :(

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Nov 10, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. Sam Says...

Hi! I was making our plans (we have little ones) based on the assumption that we can access the park as early as 4pm with Christmas party tickets, but a Disney rep on the phone today insisted that this has been changed for this year and that there will be no allowed entrance until 5:30pm! Can you verify? This definitely affects whether we will decide to go or not.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 8:18 p.m. DA Says...

I am planning to attend the event on Dec 21st. On the Disney website it says event starts at 7pm. Is it true that people who attend event can enter at 4pm?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, you are allowed to enter the park at 4pm for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2017 at 1:19 p.m. Jo Says...

Hi

My little boy would love to see Jack Skellington dressed for Christmas. Does anybody know what time he arrives for Photos.

Thanks

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

In our experience at the party this year, Jack wasn't out until 7 p.m. But you'll definitely want to get in line way before that, as the wait to see him easily grows up to 3 hours!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Carrie Says...

We will be in MK all day prior to the MVMCP. I have bought tickets for the MVMCP, where do I pick up the MVMCP tickets/wrist bands? I don't want to have to go back out to the TTC as we will have been in the park all day already. I do have the MVMCP tix already downloaded on to My Disney Experience app. Thanks for the insight!

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Nov 15, 2017 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

You'll just need to stop by a wristband station in the park to swipe your ticket and receive your wristband.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2017 at 7:47 p.m. Ami Says...

We have the platinum annual passes and we bought tickets to Mickey’s Christmas Party. We were planning to get to MK around 4pm and stay until about 10:30 or 11:00 (we have two young kids 2 and 4).

Can we see most of the shows from Main Street? Would you recommend going to Tony’s for dinner and staying close to Main Street most of the night? My girls love Mickey and crew and the Princesses. Where can we expect to meet them?

Is it worth it to get FP’s for 4pm and 5pm before the party starts?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Nov 15, 2017 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ami,

Yes, you'll be able to view the parade and Holiday Wishes from Main Street. You could most certainly catch dinner at Tony's and grab a spot on Main Street. You'll want to make sure to hit up the other entertainment (like characters, etc.) and anything else you'd like to do during the beginning of the party. Jasmine meets next to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland, Moana near Swiss Family Treehouse and most of the other princesses will be found in Fantasyland. Ariel is across from Under the Sea, Belle near Gaston's Tavern and you'll see Rapunzel, Aurora, Cinderella, Tiana and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2017 at 1:16 a.m. Steph Says...

First time attending this event. What is the best show/activity for my 2 1/2 year old son? He has never been to MK before. I don't think he will want to do the rides. After reading this, I'm afraid this all maybe too overwhelming for the little guy during the evening time, but tickets are already purchased. HELP!

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

You'll definitely want to see Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime parade and the Holiday Wishes (fireworks show). There are also a ton of characters to visit! It all depends on what you think he would enjoy. There are also other shows during the party, like Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration and A Totally Tommorrowland Christmas Show.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2017 at 7:17 a.m. Lyndsey Says...

Hi

We have a dining reservation on 7th December for a restaurant in Magic Kingdom at 7pm. We aren't attending the Christmas party.........are we going to be able to get in?? we weren't advised of this when making the booking, and wont be amused if we get charged a cancellation fee if we cant get in.

Thanks

Lyndsey xx

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Nov 10, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Rob A Says...

Hello, we were in a similar situation last year. They allowed us to eat, but when completed, an employee from the crystal palace physically walked us out to the exit of the park.. Enjoy !! PS.. the pierogies are phenomenal :)

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lyndsey,

We recommend calling Disney Dining at (407) WDW-DINE to confirm how that will work. Normally, guests that do not have party wristbands are not allowed into the park once the party starts. Give them a call and let us know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2017 at 11:47 p.m. Crystal Says...

Hello!

I am wondering if anyone can answer this. We have 6 pm reservations at Crystal Palace for the Christmas Party. Will the characters be dressed in their holiday garb at the dinner? Or will we still have to wait in line after dinner to get photos with them in their holiday outfits?

Thank you!

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Nov 5, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. Susan Says...

Thank you for all of your information. This question may have already been asked. We have tickets for Magic Kingdom for the day and tickets for Mickey’s very merry Christmas at night. Can we get fast passes for the day on our regular ticket and also get fast passes from 4 to 6 prior to the party starting if we have checked in and have our wristbands activated? Thanks so much! ????

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

In our experience, people that visit the Magic Kingdom during the day and the party have not been able to book additional Fastpass+ during the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. time period. You'd still be under the daytime ticket. Feel free to try with both your active tickets and let us know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

You are not able to book Fastpasses if you only have a ticket for the MVMCP. I have tried and it only uses the days left on my regular Park Hopper ticket.

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Nov 22, 2017 at 3:02 a.m. Shalyn Says...

This is not true. I was actually able to book 3 fast passes for my family on 11/26 and we are only attending the party. All Fast Passes for the day end at 6pm.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. Mia Jordan Says...

This is our first visit to Disney at Xmas with our kids. We have already purchased 14 day disney/universal tickets but do we need to purchase SEPARATE tickets for the Xmas Party outside of these? We will be there from 18th Dec - 4th Jan so which are the best days to go crowd wise to the party. Thankyou

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia,

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate-ticket event. We are selling discount tickets on our website. As for days, Friday and Sunday tend to be most crowded.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:58 a.m. Bobbi Says...

We have 5-day Park Hoppers attached to our Magic Bands and also plan to purchase a Very Merry Christmas Party ticket. We do not plan to go to any park the day of the party - just arrive around 4pm at MK for the party. How do we ensure that our Park Hopper day is not deducted when we go in at 4pm rather than our VMCP ticket if we link it to our Magic Band in order to be able to take advantage of Fast Passes from 4 to 6pm?

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Nov 8, 2017 at 3:28 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Bobbi,

Every event has special entrances. So, when you get there at 4PM, just look for people with the signs and go through those and they use the party ticket. Normally this is on the right-hand side of the entrances. All the cast members on that side will be dressed in their holiday costumes as well, so you can't miss it.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bobbi,

Great question. Call My Disney Experience at (407) 939-4357. They will help you make sure you're selecting the correct ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2017 at 1:19 a.m. SCherry Says...

Hello! First time attending MVMCP :) We have tickets just for MVMCP on 12/5 and entering park at 4pm. Booking FP tomorrow and wondering if I should FP meeting the princesses? Or skip them and FP rides since characters will be around to meet during party? Any tips would be great! Traveling with three kids under 5 :)

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

It depends on what's important for you. Lines for rides are usually short during the party. Know that the princes have been known to pose with their princesses during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2017 at 5:26 p.m. Elaine Says...

Is fast pass available during mickeys very merry Xmas party? I

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

HI Elane,

Fastpass+ is not available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2017 at 11:12 p.m. Cathy Says...

How do they know if you paid for a separate ticket, or just a day guest trying to sneak into the event? Do they monitor at the rides, etc? I bought a ticket for the event because I hear it is better.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

Party guests will receive a wristband. Guests without wristbands will be escorted from the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2017 at 2:34 p.m. Kara Says...

If we have regular passes for the day and purchase mickeys very merry Christmas passes as well, will we have to leave the area and come back in at 4?

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Nov 3, 2017 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

If you have day tickets to the Magic Kingdom as well as MVMCP tickets, you do not need to leave the park.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 1, 2017 at 11:17 p.m. Tracy Says...

Hi,

I have a two questions.... Do you know if the 7 dwarfs will be there. and also where they will be located?

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Nov 2, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy,

We expect the Seven Dwarfs will make an appearance at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We don't know where quite yet but will update the post when we know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2017 at 9:42 p.m. Jon P Says...

My family and I are traveling to WDW starting this Friday. We were hoping to get tickets to the MVMCP on November 9th but noticed it is sold out. Is there a chance tickets can be transferred if a party cannot make it? I know they are non-refundable, but are they transferrable. If so, is there a place I can go to get tickets.

Thank you!

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Nov 2, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

Unfortunately, tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2017 at 9:46 p.m. Erika Says...

Hi. I will be visiting mvmcp in 17 dec. Is it possible to assign for fast pass today? I'm trying to do it using app but I was not possible. Can you help me? All tkts appears in app yet. Tks

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Oct 31, 2017 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

For the Dec. 17 MVMCP, you will be able to reserve Faspass+ 30 days before that date — Nov. 17.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2017 at 3:32 p.m. Darrel Says...

I heard that the Christmas party ticket serves as a hopper and you can use it to go to one of the other parts until 4 o’clock and then go over to Magic Kingdom and enter for the party is this true

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darrel,

Unfortunately, that's not true. You may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. to get started on your party fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2017 at 1:32 p.m. Kristi Says...

We will be attending the MVMCP for the first time this year and I was also able to snag a dinning reservation for BOG at 6:30, but I'm concerned about missing out on the party. I was able to get one for another night we will be there but its at 9:55 pm. Which one would you recommend me keeping, a late night reservation or an earlier one but during the party?

Thanks!

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

We recommend visiting BOG on your non-party day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. Zach B Says...

Hi, I have a question regarding the party event ticket and fast passes. My family just bought tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We are planning on going to Magic Kingdom at 4pm the day of the event, so we will not have regular park admission cards. My question is how do we use our fastpasses without being given an RFID card? Can we get the cards from guest services or do we have to purchase MagicBands? Also, if we have to purchase bands, are we able to reuse cards from a trip two years ago? I'm not sure if those cards only last so long or die after an extended period. Thanks for your help! :)

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach,

We recommend adding your MVMCP tickets into the My Disney Experience App, making Fastpass+ reservations, purchasing MagicBands, and connecting them to the tickets. You won't need to worry about picking up tickets or losing them. As for the old cards, if you used them for all of your admissions, then you don't need them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. Cheriese Youngblood Says...

If we already have an annual pass and purchased Very merry Christmas ticket will they be mailing me a ticket or is it just attached to my annual band?

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Oct 31, 2017 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheriese,

If you purchased an e-ticket to MVMCP, you may scan the barcode or enter the ticket number into the My Disney Experience app. That will connect it to your MagicBand.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2017 at 12:20 a.m. Marlana Says...

Hello. My son really wants to meet Jack Skeleton and I know that he is in high demand. I really want to let him meet him but I do not want to spend our whole evening waiting in line. Can anyone give me any tips on where and how to meet him? I understand that I may have to stand in line beginning at 4 pm. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Nov 12, 2017 at 11:29 p.m. Arlene Says...

Hi!

If it is anything like the halloween party,

if you get there at 4 to line up, you'll be done just a little after the party starts

For halloween me and my mother took my daughter and did this, plus also since he does not sign autographs the line tends to move pretty decently,

since it was just me and my mom and we only had the 1 child, i sent here ahead to another high demand character so that we didn't waste a ton of time, i am very mindful when doing this and try not to hold up the lines with pictures with each person, very one and done with me and i like to think people appreciate that lol have a great time! i will be attending the party on the 8th!

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Oct 31, 2017 at 11:29 p.m. Anna Johnson Says...

I don't know if it is the same as the not so scary Halloween party but at that Jack was out in the gazebo at 6 and the line had started forming around 5:30 even though the party didn't start until 7. Once the parties have started later this month it should be easier to get specifics from party goers. If you are in line early you can be back to the party in fairly short order. We were third in line to meet the queen of hearts at nsshp-she came out at 7 and we were done by ten after 7. Hope that helps!

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Oct 25, 2017 at 11:25 p.m. Connie Says...

If we do both regular park tickets and MVMCP tickets on the same day, can we make 5 (or 6) fast passes for Magic Kingdom on that day?

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Oct 26, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Connie,

It's likely that you will only be able to make your initial 3 Fastpass+ reservations, then other reservations as they are available. The MVMCP will not give you "extras" since you'll already be in the park that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2017 at 2:15 a.m. Ashley Says...

Hi!! Two questions!! I was looking for suggestions on where we can sit/stand to see all three Holiday Wishes, Mickey's Merriest Celebration and the Parade at 11pm. We are going Dec. 22nd since that is the only day we will be able to make it too and going back to magic kingdom the following Wed. Dec. 27th. Do all the celebrations/parade also happen on that day as well as the night for the party?

Thank You!!

Ashley

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is scheduled for Dec 27, but not Holiday Wishes.

As for where to stand during the party, if you hop into the central hub area near the Partners statue you should be able to see all three shows.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. Trisha Fox Says...

Hey, thanks so much for the helpfull info!

We bought a Party ticket for December 8th, for this year. We will also have a regular park ticket and be in the MK for the rest of the day as well. I was wondering how popular is the Captain Jack Sparrow meet and greet? Is he one of the characters that you have to line up extra early to meet? Does he usually meet throughout the whole party or only during certain hours? And how long does the line usually get to meet him? Any tips on the best time to line up for this meet and greet? Thanks so much!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha,

That's a good question, and one we're not sure of. Jack's not one of the characters we hop over to see. If he's important to you, make him your first priority. Who knows. You may see him in the park during the day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2017 at 4:23 a.m. Trisha Fox Says...

Thanks so much for the reply. What about the Rapunzel and Tiana with Flynn and Naveen meet and greet? Does that usually get really long lines? And do they meet throughout the party? Right now we are planning to possibly meet Captain Jack at the beginning of the party and then possibly try to do the princess/princes m&g after the fireworks. Any tips you have are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! And thanks again for the quick reply!

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We did not notice the lines for those characters. If they are your priorities, make sure you visit them immediately after Captain Jack! The characters are out for the length of the party, but the lines may be cut off near the end of the night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2017 at 4:31 p.m. Daily Says...

Hi! I plan on attending the Christmas party on Friday, Nov. 10. I haven't bought the tickets though because we are still not sure if my husband will be able to take the time off. I may have to wait until that week to buy the tickets. What are the chances the day will sell out? Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daily,

It's hard to say if a party day will sell out. The first two days of the party, Dec. 9 and 10, tend to be popular. As soon as your husband has the okay to go, hop over and purchase your discount Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets through us.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2017 at 12:46 a.m. Wendi MacAllister Says...

We are going to MVMCP on December 3! It’s the only time we’re visiting the Magic Kingdom on this trip. If we get there at 4 do you think we’ll be able to ride most of the rides as well as enjoy the festivities.

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Oct 13, 2017 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendi,

If you prioritize the attractions you want to see and make Fastpass+ reservations between 4 and 6 p.m., you may be able to pack in plenty of rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2017 at 2:24 a.m. Jodie Kaye Waldheim Says...

Hey! I'm piggy backing on this question/reply. We have tickets for MVMCP on dec. 19th....we plan to visit Epcot that morning, nap, then go to the party with our 2 y/o. I can book my FP+ this upcoming Tuesday. How does FP+ work for MVMCP? Can I only book for Epcot that day or for both?

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

If all of your tickets are loaded into My Disney Experience, then you should be able to book Epcot Fastpasses for the day, then Magic Kingdom ones after 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2017 at 7:42 p.m. Wendi MacAllister Says...

I thought we couldn’t use Fast Pass during the party.

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendi,

If you're arriving at the park for the early entry, you may book Fastpasses between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2017 at 11:05 p.m. Rin Says...

My MVMCP ticket isn't working when I try to book a fast pass for 4-6 pm. I contacted Disney about this and they said MVMCP ticket can't be used to book any fast passes.

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Oct 23, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Wendi MacAllister Says...

Hello, I just tried to link my MVMCP tickets bought from UT to “my Disney experience” and it said it is unable to add “will call” tickets. I want to get my Fastpasses ahead of time. Is this true that I can’t link these tickets?

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Oct 23, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendi,

Sorry you're having trouble. Have you tried scanning the barcode on the tickets with the MDE app? If that doesn't work, call Disney MDE help at (407) 939-4357.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2017 at 3:09 a.m. Boilert Says...

We purchased MVMCP tickets last week, the voucher code had to be entered on the My Disney website - the app wouldn’t take it. Strangely it appears the ticket did allow FP+ bookings between 4-6, as my daughter had only this ticket in her account. For the other family members who did have tickets it appears to have pulled them for the FP reservations. Hoping this won’t be an issue when we enter the park on party day at 4.

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Oct 14, 2017 at 5:59 p.m. Erin Says...

So, if we have MVMCP tickets (for 7:00pm) and we arrive at the park at 4:00pm - we CAN get Fast Pass reservations for between 4-7? I know you can't use fastpasses during the party itself)

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

You may book Fastpasses between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. MDM Says...

Thanks for all your insight.

We'll be traveling with our toddler, and we're wondering if we'll be able to make it to the MVMCP after finishing up at Mickey's BBQ? If we don't make it in right at 7, will we be missing anything, or not getting our money's worth?

thanks!

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Oct 12, 2017 at 6:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

That depends on what you want to see. Arriving after 7:00 p.m. means you'll have long lines for characters, merchandise and perhaps miss an early show. You can enter as early as 4 p.m. If you can, move Mickey's BBQ to another day and arrive early for the party festivities.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2017 at 6:25 a.m. Page Says...

Hi there,

I love your posts whenever we visit. My question is, if we visit Magic Kingdom in December, will there be any opportunity to see a fireworks show or Cinderellas castle lit up if we don't have Mickeys Party tickets this year? Maybe on the off days. We will be with a group and half will not be there on a party day. Thank you!

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Oct 9, 2017 at 8:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Page,

Thanks for the love for our posts!

On non-party days, Cinderella Castle will be lit up and the fireworks will be Happily Ever After.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2017 at 7:08 p.m. Katharine Says...

Hello! I think part of this question has been addressed above but I want to make sure I understand correctly.

My family is checking into the Polynesian on Dec. 19th and staying through the 23rd. We only have Christmas Party tickets, not park tickets, for the 19th - so we are planning to enter the park at 4 PM and take advantage of a few rides using FP+. We have three-day park hoppers for the 20th, 21st, and 22nd. My question is - will My Disney Experience let me make FP+ reservations for all four days (Dec. 19-22nd) starting 60 days in advance of Dec. 19 since we only have three days of park tickets (i.e., does the system recognize the Christmas Party tickets as something that gives you access to FP+ reservations)? Hope that makes sense. Thanks so much for the help!

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Oct 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Emster26 Says...

You will get 2 FastPasses. Just start the first one anytime from 4:05 on. I just got two myself. Have fun!

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Oct 13, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. Zena Says...

I booked the ticket but unable to select online Fastpass. It says "not recognized ticket?"

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Oct 16, 2017 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

The Q&A sessions are available to all ticket holders.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 11, 2017 at 2:26 a.m. Richard Says...

If you make your first FastPass to start before 4:00, you can get 3. For instance, make one for 3:30-4:30, one from 4:30-5:30, then you get another from 5:30-6:00. You’ll have to hurry to get the first one as you cannot wnter until 4, but if you head directly to that ride, you should be able to make it before you lose it.

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Sep 28, 2017 at 5:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

We've had different results with getting MDE to recognize the party ticket over other ones. Disney needs to prioritize the ticket in MDE. Call My Disney Experience at 407-939-4357 for help with that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2017 at 12:08 a.m. Valerie Says...

I just purchased tickets to MVMCP for Dec 22 (I know this will be a busy night). I purchased them over the phone and the person I spoke with told me that they would not be letting people in at 4:00 this year. She said that since they were closing the park at 6:00 they would not be letting party guests in until 7 o'clock. Do you think this is accurate? It seems like if they didn't start letting guest in till 7 o'clock the party would be half over before the end of the line made it in. just wondering what your thoughts were. Thanks

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Oct 10, 2017 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie,

That's interesting. We called Disney and were told that guests would be let in starting at 4:00 p.m. Since that's been the operating procedure for many years, we'd stick with that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2017 at 6:55 p.m. Z Says...

I was able to book fast passes. If we don't want to get magic bands can we still use the fast passes? I read somewhere that you can get an rfid card at guest services.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, you can still use FastPass+ without MagicBands.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Z Says...

I was told no early entry once. Then called again and was told 4.

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Sep 27, 2017 at 7:42 p.m. sheena Says...

Are there party dates that are less crowded than others?

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Sep 28, 2017 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheena,

While Disney does not release party attendance numbers, a good idea to see which parties will be less crowded is by seeing which party tickets are least expensive. Right now, that looks like the week before Thanksgiving.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2017 at 4:23 a.m. Fernando Says...

Hi! I already have regular tickets for Magic Kingdom but also wondering to attend MVMCP. Would you recommend a single day visit or to return a 2nd day for the special event?

Are regular night shows/parades too different from MVMCP ones?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fernando,

If you're in town and can afford the extra expense, go to the party. For much of the month, it's the only time to see the Christmas Parade and Fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2017 at 3:48 a.m. Marisol Says...

So, just to have this very clear.... are you saying that people with regular tickets that have to leave an hour earlier on MVMCP are NOT going to enjoy any parade or any type of fireworks ?

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marisol,

During MVMCP nights, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes fireworks are exclusive to guests attending the party. On some party days, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will run at 2 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2017 at 10:36 p.m. toni Says...

so I do not need a separate park ticket for the event? just my Christmas party ticket gets me into the park starting at 4 pm on party day?

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Sep 22, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Toni,

Your Christmas Party ticket will allow you to enter the park at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2017 at 6:52 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hello,

We have both Park and Christmas Party tickets and were planning on spending the entire day at Magic Kingdom. Will we have to exit the park and reenter?

Thanks,

Melissa

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Sep 21, 2017 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Nope. There will be cast members inside the park to check tickets and distribute wristbands.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2017 at 6:36 p.m. Rachelle Says...

Hi!

We will be attending MVMCP this year. We will not buy a park ticket for that day but just use the party ticket so we plan to enter the park at 4pm. My question is, will the rides that remain open for the party be available during the hour between 6-7pm? Also, if the rides are available, would we be able to use FP+ during that time, or only between 4-6?

Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2017 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Yes, the attractions that are available for the party are open between 6 and 7 p.m. Fastpass+ is only available until 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2017 at 2:47 a.m. Analisa Says...

So is the Christmas Party NOT an ideal time to do Cinderella's Royal Table? We have a reservation for that dinner at 8:30, but that's also the time of the parade. Should I cancel?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Analisa,

We recommend spending time to do Christmas Party-specific activities over sit-down dining experiences that can be done on other visits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2017 at 6:18 p.m. Kristin Says...

so the Christmas party isn't during thanksgiving week? i don't see any tickets available, is this why?

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Sep 12, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen,

That's correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. Drew Says...

What are the frog's thoughts on MVMCP for just the rides/attractions? In other words, is it a good opportunity to ride with shorter lines (not to mention a discount) if our family is not interested in the parades/holiday characters/etc? We would plan to tour from 4pm til midnight and hit the Mountains and other highlights. Thanks for any insight.

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Sep 12, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drew,

If you're able to hit the rides that are not open during MNSSHP, then the party is a great way to see your favorites with shorter wait times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2017 at 5:23 p.m. Elizabeth Brown Says...

Official Disney told me on the phone that they have not finalized the entertainment schedule for the Christmas party this year and the credible information would more then likely be finalized and published in early October. In addition numerous Disney cast members told me Elsa, Snow White and other characters would be out that are not mentioned on this site. The time of the fireworks and parade may be correct and likely to reoccur at the same time however, websites should not being publishing misinformation based on last year's event.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for the feedback. We keep this post updated when official information is released. We keep last years information available on the post as a way for people to understand what/when things may occur so that they may plan a visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. Travis Says...

Are fastpass+ selections available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?

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Aug 29, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Travis,

Fastpass+ is not available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2017 at 6:40 a.m. Paige Says...

Will they we doing a new firework show since they changed Wishes to Happily Ever after? Or will the show still be Holiday Wishes?

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paige,

It's still Holiday Wishes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2017 at 8:17 p.m. Las Castillo Says...

Hola! We are planning our vacation for 21/11-28/11, we will be coming all the way from Panama. We will be attending MVMCP on the 26th. We are planning to buy the memory maker, do you know if the disney photographers will be working during MVMCP? Gracias!

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Aug 30, 2017 at 4:33 p.m. Michelle Says...

We have attended in the past and had our pictures taken during the Christmas party! :) We'll be there again this year!

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Las,

Yes, there will be Disney PhotoPass photographers at the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. Michelle Says...

We have reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table for 5:30. I understand MVMCP doesn't start until 7 pm, but I read that this year they plan to make people not attending the event leave at 6 PM. Will this affect our dinner, since it starts at 5:30 or will we be ok leaving after dinner?

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

If your reservation starts before the park closes, then you'll be fine. After your dinner, a Cast Member will escort you to the exit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2017 at 5:21 a.m. Debbie Says...

If Liberty Tree reservation is for 6:10 and I don't have ticket for Christmas Party do I need to change reservation time?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

Yes, we recommend changing it to a time before 6:00. There's a chance they *may* seat you at your 6:10, but we hear they are only seating Party guests after the posted regular closing time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. Jennifer Says...

We are still up in the air budget wise about the tickets for MVMCP. If for some reason we cannot squeeze them in, didn't I read somewhere that the parade and Christmas themed castle and fireworks are still done in the park? I thought after a certain date this happened. Can you tell me the dates? We will be there December 15-21st. I'm hoping to catch at least that much of the festivities.

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Sep 21, 2017 at 6:07 p.m. Amy E Says...

After Dec 19th the parks will have the parades , snow and fireworks included in a reg admission ticket. The parade is durning the day though and it at night like it is for the party.

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Aug 20, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

As of now, the Christmas fireworks/parades do not appear on the Magic Kingdom schedule past the last MVMCP date. If you want to definitely want to see the Christmas parade and show, we recommend getting party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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