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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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Aug 18, 2017 at 2:09 a.m. Lisa Says...

Can you use fast pass during Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party?

thanks!

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Aug 18, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Fastpass+ is not available at the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2017 at 2:05 a.m. Amanda McDermott Says...

I will be there December 5, 2017....is there any way to find out which characters will be there that day? I'm doing IVF and will (hopefully) be pregnant then and want to do a special announcement personalized to one of the characters.

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Aug 17, 2017 at 6:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

We won't know which characters will be there until the first party in November. We'll hop down and update that post with the current characters.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2017 at 11:03 p.m. jp Says...

I have a question, our family is going to WDW for the first time this coming December. We have resort tickets from the 4th through the 9th as well as 5 days of park tickets. We made reservations at Crystal Palace at 6:35.

Does this mean we still have to pay extra for the Christmas Party? Or would the fact that I already have Park tickets for the Friday be enough? I sure hope it's not extra as $1,000 for park tickets for 3 is expensive enough.

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Aug 17, 2017 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jp,

According to Disney Dining, if you want to dine at 6:35 on the day of MVMCP, then you would need a ticket for the party. Anything after the official closing time for Magic Kingdom is for guests of the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2017 at 10:52 a.m. Daniel Says...

Hi there,

We are visiting Orlando from 26th October to 8th November so unfortunately will miss Mickeys Christmas Party (we are doing halloween instead), but we were hoping to get a bit of the Christmas feel so I was wondering when the Christmas decorations would be completed and if the tree etc is unveiled before the Christmas Party days which I know starts on the 9th (the day we leave).

Just working out what days would be best to visit the park.

Thanks

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Aug 8, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

The Christmas decorations start to go up during the first week of November. With MVMCP happening that week, it's a good bet that Magic Kingdom will be decked out during your visit.

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2017 at 7:34 p.m. Bmanlegoboy Says...

Has there been any word on Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia returning to the party? Last year, I was suppose to go and see them, but the party sold out and my mother took too long to book them, I won't go unless they're there. Anything would be helpful.

Thanks, Bmanlegoboy????

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Aug 9, 2017 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We won't know the character lineups until the parties start. Keep checking in!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2017 at 2:17 a.m. Russ Says...

We have dinner reservations at Cinderella's Castle during the Christmas Party. Does this dinner look differently because it is during the Christmas party or will it be the same as any other dinner at the Castle?

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Aug 7, 2017 at 11:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Russ,

It's the same dinner during the Christmas Party.

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 3, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. JenA Says...

I have made reservations for my daughter & I to attend the Christmas event on Dec 8, 17. I have purchased the specia ticket, but do we need an actual park ticket also? We don't plan on going until 5pm. Thanks!

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Aug 4, 2017 at 5:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

No, you do not need an additional park ticket. Your MFMCP ticket will be all you need at 5 pm.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 20, 2017 at 7:41 p.m. Lindsey Says...

My husband works for a Disney owned/affiliated ABC station -- We get park hopper passes through his work....are those accepted for this event or do we need to purchase special event tickets? Thanks!

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Aug 2, 2017 at 6:01 a.m. Paige K. Says...

You will still need to purchase.

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Jul 27, 2017 at 7:23 p.m. Richard Says...

You will need to purchase event tickets.

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Jul 18, 2017 at 12:03 a.m. Dani Says...

Okay, sorry if this is a repeat, but to clarify:

1. If I've made reservations at the Crystal Palace during the event I'll have to purchase tickets to the event to go to dinner?

2. Will other parks be open normal hours so that we can park hop if we aren't attending the event?

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Jul 19, 2017 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

Yes, you would need event tickets if the dinner is during the event; you can still visit the other parks during their normal hours if you aren't attending the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2017 at 10:06 p.m. Ashley Says...

Are you able to leave the park and then return during MVMCP? We have reservations at ohana at 825?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Yes, as long as you have a valid ticket to the party, then you're able to leave and return.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2017 at 12:16 a.m. kim Says...

I have reservations at the crystal palace at 7:25 during Mickey's Christmas Party. How long will dinner take. Will it interfere with seeing all the festivities? Is it better to just do a quick service meal?

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Jul 13, 2017 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It's hard to say exactly how long dinner will take, but you should plan for at least an hour. All of the shows and parades during the party occur several times throughout the night so you should be okay in still joining in on the festivities!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. Tom Cottone Says...

If I purchase the separate party tickets and arrive after 4

1) Will the ticket be on my magic band

2) How do I avoid a MYW day being deducted

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Jul 10, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

As we understand it, you should visit Guest Relations at the Magic Kindom and ask them to re-arrange the ticket priorities on your MyMagic Plus account. They will need to prioritize your party ticket.

Consider printing out your MVMCP tickets and having those scanned at the entrance as an extra step to make sure your regular tickets are not scanned.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Madison Says...

My boyfriend and I got reservations to Be Our Guest during the party, but won't be able to book our resort until September. Will this be too late to get tickets to the party?

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Jun 29, 2017 at 7:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Madison,

If you have confirmed dinner reservations, we recommend purchasing your MVMCP tickets as soon as possible. Some days will sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 9, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. Alena Says...

Hi! We have reservations at 8:20 for Cinderella's Royal Table. Will we be able to see anything from inside? Parade? Frozen Wish? I wasn't sure if there was anywhere to view any of the Christmas Party events while inside the castle for dinner. Thanks

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Jul 10, 2017 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alena,

There is no viewing area inside Cinderella's Royal Table for the shows that take place in front of the castle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2017 at 3:18 p.m. Courtney Says...

I couldn't read through all the comments so I am sorry if this is a duplicate. We have dinner reservations at Be our Guest at 8pm during the MVMCP. Do we need tickets to enter to meet our dinner reservation or will they let us in just for dinner?

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Jun 29, 2017 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

You will need a ticket to MVMCP in order to dine at Be Our Guest during the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2017 at 2:42 a.m. Melissa Says...

I am staying at Disney between Nov 5-11 and I noticed we will be there for the second day of Mickey Very Merry Christmas, I have a 7 yr old it will be our first trip to Disney so I am trying to give her a great experience. Any thoughts on how to proceed for this event? Any advice will be gladly appreciated

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Jun 28, 2017 at 7:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Glad to hear you're making your first visit to MVMCP. To get the most out of the party, make your plans before you arrive. If characters are a priority, get an idea of who is appearing and where then make your plans around that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2017 at 1:02 p.m. Melissa Says...

Also do you think reservations at be our guest 905pm will cause us to miss any of the scheduled festivities? Would you be posting or do you have a list as to where the characters are located

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Aug 8, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Reservations at BOG will take time away from the party. Depending on what's important to you-parade, characters—you could schedule your must-sees around your dinner. That said, don't rush through dinner. We'll know where the characters are located once we hop down to the first party. Once we know, we'll post it here.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2017 at 6:29 p.m. Anna Says...

Hi. This is great information! Thank you!

We are going to be at MVMCP on December 14th. Yay! When I was making my advanced dinner reservations, I was able to reserve Dinner at Cinderella's Royal Palace for 8:50 pm on this day.

Do you know if it's a good use of our time during the party and of our $$ to pay premium for the experience? Thanks!

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Jun 21, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

That's really up to you. It's nice to see the fireworks from the restaurant, however, that time in the restaurant does take away from seeing shows, parades and characters. It all depends on what is important to you and your family.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2017 at 2:05 a.m. heidi Says...

how long should we expect to be at dinner for cinderella royal palace?

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Jul 7, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

We recommend setting aside 1 to 1 1/2 hours for Cinderella's Royal Table.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2017 at 3:19 a.m. jenn Says...

Is the schedule of events the same after December 22? For example, will the show times and fireworks be the same on Christmas Eve?

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Jun 20, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

The shows and parades at MVMCP are not usually held outside of the party dates. Think of them as "exclusive" to the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2017 at 3:16 a.m. Mish Says...

For the MVMCP, can we just purchase to attend the desert package @tomorrowland or do we need to purchase both the desert package and a MVMCP ticket? Thanks!

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Jun 20, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mish,

You would need to purchase an MVMCP ticket and a dessert party ticket.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 9:51 p.m. Stephen Says...

Do you think KRistoff will be doing a meet and greet this year since he is currently at Blizzard Beach and meting at all the other parks world wide?

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Jun 18, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen,

We won't know who will be available at MVMCP until a time closer to the event.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Andres Vizcaino Says...

Hi, we will be visiting MVMCP on Dec 7th. I am unclear if we can assign fast passes to our visit if its only during the night time party.

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Jun 16, 2017 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andres,

FastPass+ is not available during MVMCP.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 4:09 p.m. Karen Says...

I'm a bit disappointed the Christmas Party is the day we had planned. We are doing a quick side trip to Disney - for MK on Dec 1st. I didnt realize the park would close at 6pm. Adding the party tickets are not in our budget :(. Traveling with my husband, 4yo and will be 13mo old. Are we making a mistake spending so much money and missing evening hours? We also can't afford to stay on site so we will miss the extra magic hours.... Cheapest hotel is 260 a night.

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Jun 21, 2017 at 11:45 p.m. Cindy Says...

Sorry for jumping in here after Mommy Frog already replied, but one major benefit to going into the MK on a Party night is that many regular visitors folk will avoid the park as it closes early. This makes for much shorter lines and more pleasant walk down main street and through fantasy land where elbow space is at a premium.

You will miss the evening fireworks. But being off site guests my guess would be you'd want to leave early to get the little ones off to sleep.

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Jun 16, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

If there's flexibility, then we recommend switching your Magic Kingdom day to one where the park is open later. If that's not possible, then you can make the most of your time by arriving before opening and making use of the first two hours when lines are shortest.

Hoppy Planning!

Leap

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Jun 14, 2017 at 3:40 a.m. Kristi Says...

This is a fabulous website!!

I am curious if you think a 16 month old would get anything out of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party? We are going to Disney this December and the event sounds wonderful but I am not sure if it would be too late and too much for him, your thoughts would be appreciated:)

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Jun 14, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

It's not about what your 16-month-old will get out of it, it's what you will get out of it with your 16-month-old! If they will be tired or sleep through it, is it worth it? If you'd really want that picture of your group with Mickey in his holiday outfit, then do it!

Thanks for the kind words about our site!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2017 at 3:21 p.m. Matt Says...

Do any of the rides change to a Christmas theme? I read that Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise (Jingle Cruise) have changed for the party in the past. Do they still do this?

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Jun 6, 2017 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

The only attraction that changes to a holiday theme at Magic Kingdom is the Jungle Cruise (Jingle Cruise). Haunted Mansion Holiday only happens at Disneyland.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 12, 2017 at 3:20 a.m. Marissa Says...

Hey I was wondering if you might be able to help me...I am going to the MVMCP on December 12 and was able to book my dining reservations starting today yet Be Our Guest doesn't have any openings for dinner yet, I called and was told that they haven't released dinner reservations yet. Any idea when they will?

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Jul 2, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Debbie Says...

My husband just happened to have been on line last week and saw that the restaurants had just opened booking times. We had no idea that there would even be any restaurants opened. We got Be Our Guest for 8:15 pm the same day you will be there! Good Luck!

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Jun 14, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. Don Says...

Last year they released for dining reservations for during the party on June 24th. I would anticipate something similar. Until then the latest reservation they have on party dates is 6:00pm.

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Jun 12, 2017 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marissa,

It's possible they will open up in the next few days. Currently, they are open up until the week before December 12th.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2017 at 8:29 p.m. Laura Says...

In case you haven't seen it yet, reservations for during the party opened up today!

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Jun 22, 2017 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great catch! Thanks Laura,

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2017 at 1:46 p.m. Jen Rav Says...

We have tickets for the Christmas Party in 11/16. I am trying to get dessert party tickets for 8 and I am so worried I am not going to be able to secure them. I call Disney Dining almost every day to see if they have been released yet. Do you have any insight to when they may be released? Thank you!

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Jun 6, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

We don't have any insight into the Dessert Party Package on-sale date. Just keep checking!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2017 at 7:21 p.m. Anna Says...

I'm having trouble finding details of the events - how long is each show? We will not be able to stay all night with small children, so I'm trying to figure out which overlap in different locations. For example, could I do all this (in this order)? Or are the shows long and I would have to pick and choose?

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration, 7:40 p.m.

A Frozen Holiday Wish, 8:15 p.m.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, 8:30 p.m.

Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season 10 p.m.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

If you find a spot in front of Cinderella Castle where you can see the stage and parade route, then you could see the shows, parade and fireworks show from that spot. The shows are around 15 minutes long.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 3, 2017 at 1:42 p.m. jenn Says...

We are coming to Disney for the first time on December 24-28. It seems that this show only runs until Dec 22; is there no way to see it after that? What do people do for Christmas in the parks?

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

We have a post that lists all of the Disney World Holiday Events.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2017 at 11:39 p.m. Noa Says...

We will be arriving from overseas for our first (and possibly only) trip to Disney December 10-15. We will not be buying tickets for MVMCP. Would it be better to go to Magic Kingdom on a day that does NOT have the party (December or 11 or 13) or going on a day that has the party (even though we will have to leave at 7 pm) becuase the crowds will be smaller? We plan on visiting each of the parks for 1 day only. Thanks

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Jun 1, 2017 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noa,

We recommend visiting Magic Kingdom on non-party days due to the longer hours, which will help you see more attractions and shows.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2017 at 4:13 a.m. Trisha Says...

My husband and I purchased tickets for the Dec. 8th 2,017 party, for us and our 11 year old daughter. This will be our first Diisney trip at this time of year and our first MVMCP. We will also have a regular park ticket for MK that day. The shows are our priorities since we will have other time during our trip to do MK rides, etc. What time do you need to be on Main St. to get a front row spot somewhere around Casey's corner if we want to stay there for all the shows, and leading up to the fireworks? Also, when and how will we get our wrist bands since we will already be in the park? You don't have to leave and then come in again, correct? And is It possible to see the princesses with their princes after the fireworks? What time do the characters stop meeting? And does Tinkerbell meet with Periwinkle or any other fairies, or is it just her, and what time does she stop meeting? Thanks so much!

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May 30, 2017 at 5:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha,

- We would suggest arriving at your preferred spot 45 minutes before the first show, which usually starts around 7:40 pm.

- There will be Cast Members along Main Street available to hand out wristbands before the party begins.

-As for character meetings availability is always subject to change. Times are not posted and locations are different for every character meeting. We suggest prioritizing your character needs first, identifying where they are when you arrive, then settle in for the shows. After fireworks, head back out for those characters!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. C D Says...

This will be our first year attending the MVMCP. I have a 3 and 5 year old that I'm going to try and keep up. Do you recommend that we get to the castle around 7 for the Mickey's Celebration show, stay in that spot for The Frozen Holiday Wish (8:15), remain there for the parade (8:30) and then come back for the fireworks? Or will there be too much standing around, or should I move to Main Street for the Parade? TIA

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May 24, 2017 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi C D,

With little ones, it makes sense to find one convenient spot and stick with it. Packing up and wandering around can take up time. Your main priority is keeping the kiddos engaged, so come prepared with snacks and games to help pass the time.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Shay Says...

We are visiting WDW the 2nd week of December and will not be attending the MVMCP this year. However, we will visit Magic Kingdom the day of the party, as we find the crowds tend to be less. Could we do dinner at Be Our Guest at 6:00pm? We would leave right after dinner.

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May 24, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shay,

Yes, if you can get a 6:00 Be Our Guest reservation, book it. After you're done, a Cast Member will escort you back to the front gate. No sneaking into the party!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2017 at 2:29 a.m. Maria Says...

We are doing MVMCP, I understand you can not book fast passes during the party but if you come at 4 can you book Fast Passes then? Thanks

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May 14, 2017 at 7:56 p.m. Carly Says...

Can you still watch the fireworks if you arnt attending mickeys very merry Christmas party?

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May 14, 2017 at 5:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly,

Yes. People watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach the Polynesian Village Resort and the California Grill at the Contemporary.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2017 at 3:23 p.m. Barbara Says...

Hello Frog Family, do you know if the seasonal Wishes will be also replaced by the new Happily Ever After show?

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May 15, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

Specific entertainment information for the party hasn't been released yet. We'll see!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2017 at 6:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Yes, FastPass+ will be available at that time.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2017 at 12:55 a.m. Alex Says...

I am very confused about this event! We will be in the Magical Kingdom on December 5th and already have tickets for this day. We want to attend the Mickey Christmas Event, do we have to purchase additional tickets for that event? We will already be in the park, does that mean that they close the park down and everyone leaves? Then at 6pm only people with Mickeys Christmas tickets can enter? I am not sure about how that day works and we want to make sure we experience the event and they don't make us leave the park that day. Can you please clarify what we should do that day! Thank You

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May 15, 2017 at 5:08 p.m. Becky Says...

Cast members will ask to see your tickets and will make you leave if you do not have tickets to the party. They will keep asking people.

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May 21, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. Joan Chiari Says...

Hello, additional to the christmas party tickets do we need magic kingdom tickets for that day to enter the park for the party? Or we can just need the party ticket? (We are only going for the party)

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May 21, 2017 at 5:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joan,

The MMVCP is a separate event ticket. You just need the party ticket and may enter at 4 p.m.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2017 at 11:18 p.m. Ashlyn Says...

I was wondering the same thing (all you need is the ticket for the party to go) and I had asked about entry time and the chat representative said we couldn't get in before 7pm?? I'm not sure if that's just what they tell everyone or not??

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May 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate-ticked event. You will need to purchase additional tickets to attend the party and stay in the park past 7 p.m. when the party begins.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2017 at 12:04 a.m. francesco Says...

White time do the character meet and greets (specifically santa / dwarfs) start at? I think we will likely try to make Santa a priority as soon as he is available but if we can avoid going to the park until 7 that might allow for a later departure too.

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May 11, 2017 at 7:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Francesco,

Characters appear intermittently throughout the event, and times vary. The dwarfs are very popular, and many people line up early. Consider arriving at the party at 4:00 p.m. and making your way to where the dwarfs are.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2017 at 1:10 a.m. Isabel Says...

My family is also interested in the dwarfs. I understand they don't actually come out until 7pm. Do we really need to line up 3 hours in advance on one of the less popular nights? Also, where exactly do they meet?

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel,

The locations of characters changes from year-to-year. We won't know this year's location until the parties start. If the Dwarves are your top priority, we recommend waiting for them well before the party starts.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 11, 2017 at 2:13 p.m. SAM Says...

Trying to plan early. We want to go during Christmas season but the times are not on the calendar for the MK park. What times are they open during the week of 12/16 - 12-22? and do they close early for the party? If so, if we are there on that day do we go back to the gate and give them the party tickets?

Would it be best to visit the park on non-party dates?

Thanks

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May 11, 2017 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

The Magic Kingdom will close at 7:00 for regular guests on non-party days. Other days vary, anywhere from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Since many guests do not visit attractions during the party, it makes sense to visit MK on a non-party day to get in all of the attractions and shows you want to see, then visit the party on another day when you can focus on the festive fun.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi!! We have our trip planned fro Dec. 15th - Dec. 18th and are hoping we'll be able to purchase for the Christmas party! We have a meal plan and are trying to figure out what we want to do meal wise. Does MK offer special dining for those attending the party? Or is a more of a regular meal experience?

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May 8, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Dining at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a regular meal experience.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2017 at 1:47 a.m. Laura Says...

I notice this year on Christmas pArty days, the park closes at 6pm instead of 7pm. Any thoughts as to why the change?

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May 7, 2017 at 2:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We would guess that it gives the park more time to prepare for the party.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2017 at 2:54 a.m. Linda Says...

We are planning our trip beginning 11/26/17 to 12/1/2017 a lot of the websites state the crowds seem to die down during this week they also suggest MVMC best day would be Tuesday, November 28. Do you know this to be true?

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May 7, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

Disney does not report crowd attendance for the party. With the Thanksgiving week crowds heading back home, it would make sense that the Nov 28 party would be less crowded.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2017 at 12:12 a.m. Jody Says...

We're currently book for Dec 22nd through the 28th. I was thinking of flying in early and resting before heading to the party at 4pm.

Is it worth coming in a day early on the 21st to attend the party on that day? Not sure if there is a big difference in crowds on either day.

It will be myself and my 6 year old.

Thank you.

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Apr 30, 2017 at 7:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jody,

Regardless of crowds, we're big fans of keeping a park day separate from a travel day. You never know if a travel delay will happen. Consider flying in on the 21st and visit the party on the 22nd.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2017 at 12:18 p.m. Lindsay Says...

We are planning a late November, early December Disney World Vacation. When do tickets for the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party typically go on sale?

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Apr 24, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

We're expecting tickets to go on sale in May or June.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 13, 2017 at 3:48 a.m. Amanda Says...

We have our first Disney trip booked for 11/25-12/1 and are planning to attend MVMCP. Our available dates would be 11/26 (Sun) or 11/28 (Tues). Is there typically a big difference in crowd level on those two days?

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Apr 13, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

The best way to gauge crowd levels is to see what the prices of the tickets are when Disney makes them available. Higher prices = higher crowds. Last year, those dates were high, but not not top price.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2017 at 8:13 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hi there. A couple of questions about the 2017 Christmas Party. We are planning to attend this party on one of our vacation rest days. Is it correct that we will not need to purchase park admission that day, but rather just tickets for the Christmas party? Additionally, if attendees are allowed to enter the park at 4, but the party doesn't begin until 7, are FP+ allowed to be used between 4 and 7? Could we take advantage of FP+ to do rides we didn't get to do on our MK day earlier in the week?

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Apr 12, 2017 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate-admission event so you will not need additional theme park admission.

By attaching your party tickets inside the MyDisney Experience app, you will be able to select available FastPass+ attractions between 4:00 and 7:00.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2017 at 8:42 p.m. Danielle Says...

If you have Park passes and The Christmas party tickets can you do 3 fast passes that day and an additional 3 in advance after 4 when ur ticket starts at magic kingdom????

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May 16, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Nope. You're only allowed 3 FastPass+ reservations per day, and that does not reset when the party ticket starts at 4 p.m.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. Lauren M Says...

I see that the week of Thanksgiving is excluded from the dates for 2017. Is this usual? Is it possible they will add dates during this week? Our family just booked our trip Nov. 19-25

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May 2, 2017 at 4:42 a.m. April Says...

We did too my niece wanted this as a birthday present to go to that party so we booked Nov 17-26 and what do u know the party is dat we come and go so we won't make either. And had I known it was that thanksgiving I would not have booked that week I would have waited ;(

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Apr 12, 2017 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

The week of Thanksgiving is extremely popular for families visiting Orlando, so Disney puts the party on hiatus and keeps the park open later. Once the Thanksgiving crowd leaves, the party returns.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2017 at 2:46 p.m. Katie Says...

We are arriving on the 16th and want to do the party on the 17th. Is this party historically one that sells out? I would think it would be busier because it's the only one within a week of Thanksgiving (before, I mean).

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May 9, 2017 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

We noticed that last year, only dates in December near Christmas Day were selling out. Just to be safe, purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 6, 2017 at 8:24 p.m. Eric Says...

We have a trip planned Nov.8 - Nov. 13

There are 3 Xmas dates to choose from. I'm figuring Sunday Nov.12 would be best - your thoughts?

Thank you!

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Apr 6, 2017 at 7:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric,

The best way to know if Nov 12 will be a good day is to wait until Disney releases prices for the tickets. In our research, we've found that High Prices = High Crowds. If Nov 12 is not one of the higher priced tickets, that means they're not expecting high crowds.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Apr 10, 2017 at 3:22 p.m. Heidi Says...

Hello... We are checking the dates for the MVMCP and I see some sites are stating the party starts on Nov 8, 2017 with Nov 10 not available and Walt Disney states the party starts on Nov 9, 2017 with Nov 10 available. Which is correct?

Thanks, Heidi

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Apr 10, 2017 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

We double checked the Disney Blog which lists November 9, 10.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 6, 2017 at 4:56 p.m. Jon Says...

If my vacation is already planned for opening week, so I have any special access or pricing for the Very Merry Christmas party?

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Apr 6, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

In the past, Disney has not offered special access or pricing for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets to guests staying on-site.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. Towanda Says...

Hello,

I’ve booked a 9 day trip for Christmas 2017 and plan on attending MVMCP! My only concern is that I’ve read on several sites that once the park reaches its maximum capacity they will stop letting people in. I’ve purchased a regular park ticket so that we can explore Magic Kingdom before the party, leave for a short break and then come back for the party. What happens in the event that the park is overcrowded when I return? Will I still be allowed to enter as long as I have a ticket for the party?

Thank you in advance !!!

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Apr 5, 2017 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Towanda,

Since only a select number of tickets for MVMCP are sold, the park does not close to capacity during these events. If you have an MVMCP ticket, you're in.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2017 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Towanda,

Since only a select number of tickets for MVMCP are sold, the park does not close to capacity during these events. If you have a ticket, you're in.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. Dan Says...

Hi there,

We have visited Florida a few times and this year are returning between end October and beginning of November to get some of the Halloween and Christmas vibes.

My question is that I am looking at Mickeys Christmas Party tickets, but what extra can we expect for going to this compared to a normal night? We are thinking of just doing the party as a full day and night will likely be to much for the young ones.

We have read elsewhere that most entertainment (castle stage show / parade) is the same regardless of whether we visit on a normal night the party night. So what extras do you get by attending the party that you wouldnt get on a normal night at the same time of year?

many thanks in advance :)

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Apr 19, 2017 at midnight Shannon Says...

The week of Christmas you will get all the party shows/parades, but the crowds will be insane.

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Feb 3, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan,

During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is the only place to see Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season and special meet and greets with your favorite Disney Characters in their merry holiday outfits.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. Jessica Says...

When are the release dates for the party? Planning a Dec 2017 trip and MVMCP could throw a kink in planning ahead. I'm trying very hard to snag Dessert Party Reservations, but if I actually get them for the 1st time, and there is a party that day... that will mess up all my plans. I have decided against MVMCP because it will cost us $500 extra to go vs. $60 extra to purchase an extra park day ticket.

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Dec 28, 2016 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Disney usually releases dates for the party in spring. April or May.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 18, 2017 at 4:17 a.m. Corinne Says...

What is the Dessert Party she mentioned? We just booked our Dec2017 trip & are debating whether or not we'll want to purchase tickets to MVMCP

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Jan 18, 2017 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corinne,

Last year, guests were able to purchase the Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We don't have any more information if the same package will be offered at this year's party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2016 at 8:14 p.m. Shannon M. Says...

Hello! I will be coming down to Disney World from NYC with my grandma for a late bday gift and I have tickets for MVMCP on Dec. 1st. I've been checking the weather forecast, and as of now, there is a thunderstorm prediction for that day. Hopefully the forecast will change between now and then, but if not, will the parade still take place in the rain? Thank you.

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Dec 16, 2016 at 1 a.m. Julie Westhoff Says...

We had a great time! Thank you! But we left Disney without getting our Christmas card. How do I get one?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

The weather can change rapidly, so let's hope it clears up. If it is raining heavily, the parades can be canceled or scaled back. When we attended last year, the second parade of the night was scaled back because of the rain.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2016 at 2:45 a.m. Georgina baker Says...

I'm coming 27th November party of 6 2 adults 4 children all the way from England I'm very excited but very nervous too as we went to universal last week and it was awful ???????????? but reading comments I think we're have. A great time? Are stheh atoll doing free coco and cookies??

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Nov 27, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. Dawn Says...

We are also coming for Tennessee after thanksgiving with my prints in Florida. I'm excited but worried about the past

Comments. They party is expensive almost as much as a full day ticket. I've heard from many of friends that have been complain of still

Long wait times. Very crowded and many people stay and not leave the park. Many people said that the staff does not check for arm bands and the rides are long the several locations for snacks are packed.

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Nov 24, 2016 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Georgina,

Yes, they are still giving out cocoa and cookies! These parties are always crowded, but you can still have a great time since there is much to see and experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 18, 2016 at 5:07 p.m. Michelle Says...

Do I need to print my tickets to the christmas party or will they be on my magicbands? they show up in my reservation

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

You can do both. If you want to make FastPass+ reservations for Magic Kingdom before the party starts, you would need to add them to My Disney Experience. I would still bring the printouts with you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:17 p.m. Kristin Says...

If I'm going to be spending all day at MK anyways, where do I check-in to get my party wristband. I only see information for arriving guests going through the main turnstiles, but what if we're already inside the park? Thanks!

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

You will find cast members near Main Street to validate your ticket and give you your wristband.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2016 at 10:38 p.m. Brian Says...

Hello, thanks for all the info here, I just have a quick question. We have tickets to the park and plan on staying there all day, at 7pm when Mickeys party starts, do we have to exit the park? Or are we allowed to stay in the park but not allowed to go on any rides after 7? Let me know, thanks!

-Brian

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Jun 23, 2017 at 12:48 a.m. Lesley Says...

It DOES NOT work like Extra Magic Hours where you can stay in the park and roam around. You have to have a ticket specifically for the party in order to remain in the park.

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

You do not have to exit. You will just have your ticket scanned and get your wristband from cast members inside the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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