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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, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. Daniel Krause Says...

Not that impressed. We were led to the impression that the employees swept the park around 7pm and all that are left are the ticket holders. We did not see that happen as it was very very crowded around the castle stage and the parade. These were the two events we wanted to share with our 4 year old granddaughter, but the crowds wee too large to get close. It appears you can stay and not buy a ticket and still see all the shows and the parade. You might not be able to ride the rides, but we did not go to this event for the rides. Although the few rides she did go on, no one was checking whether you were wearing a band or not. If you want to see the shows, just stay and not waste your money on the tickets. Will not go back for this nor recommend to friends.

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Nov 18, 2016 at 5:31 p.m. R Haines Says...

I totally agree we have witnessed this several times hoping it would be corrected But never was therefore we will NOT be attending this seasonal attraction until Disney finally gets it and corrects the problem

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:04 p.m. Nicola Says...

What are the official rules here if you don't have the extra ticket, just normal pass? We have our last fastpass at 6:30 but wondering if we are allowed to go to a restaurant for food and browse Main Street prior to leaving the park? How is this validated, would they not take our money at the shop or food outlets past 7:00?

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Nov 7, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. Laura Says...

What is Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

It's a new castle stage show that will take place during the party. Look for a new video of it from Tad in a few days!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. Aimee Says...

HI Mommy Frog I need your advice. I will be in Orlando this xmas for unrelated business but have a day to visit the park with my 5 year old. I was originally planning to take him to Animal Kingdom but am now considering the Merry Christmas Party. I am curious, as an expert, what your opinion is for a kid who has never been to any of the parks.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee,

It's a magical treat. If you only have one day/night, I would do Magic Kingdom. Just keep in mind that there is a lot to see and do during the party in addition to the regular entertainment, so you should have a plan for what you want to do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 6, 2016 at 10:47 p.m. Daniel Hernandez Says...

Hi! I am going to the xmas party on november the 15th. I just read in the disney website that you can get fastpass+ for priority viewing for the parades but i havent been able to find the option yet. Last year we went to the halloween parade but no priority viewing option either..

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Nov 5, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. Melanie Says...

We only have tickets for MVMCP and are not doing any other disney beyond that while in Florida. My question is, a) Are we still allowed to get into the park at 4pm with just that party ticket and b) Are we allowed to book fastpasses on the party tickets for between 4-7 even though we have no other park tickets and just the party ones. I keep hearing different things about this so I'm a little confused.

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Nov 17, 2016 at 4:29 a.m. Efy Says...

Absolutely not. The actually close the park at 5:00 pm. The patk actually stays closed for 2 hours. The tickets are different. You still can go on some rides with the night tickets, but you will be very busy with the parade and the fireworks that are better than the daily parade and the nigthly fireworks displays.

I recommend to get in immediately as they open and get in place for the parade before the first row is full and all taken. Get a map of the parade road and situate yourself close to a place with easy access to bathrooms. The place gets really crowded.

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Dec 1, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. Scott Says...

All that is totally false

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Nov 8, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

Yes and yes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. David Says...

If we have Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets can we book fastpass+ 30 days in advance ?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

Yes, you just need to link the tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2016 at 3:40 a.m. Hannah Says...

We have tickets for the party only and plan on entering at four but we booked a fastpass that ends at 4:15 hoping to be able to get in the park and rush over. We know it's a gamble but I was wondering how the party entrance lines are at the front gate to get in at 4?. What time should we get in line to be able to get to our fastpass and what time should we get to the TTC? Thanks.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah,

This will likely be OK, and you get a little bit of padding if you are late to your FP+ reservation. The cast member at the queue also has the discretion to let you in late. What ride or attraction is it?

I would plan to be at TTC by 3:00, so you can factor in parking, transportation over to Magic Kingdom etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2016 at 1:11 p.m. Summer Jackman Says...

What are the prices if you get a season pass? I don't have a season pass yet but am planning on getting one soon.

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Nov 7, 2016 at 11:48 p.m. James Says...

We just purchased ours with our annual pass and they were 89$. Saved about 10$.

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Oct 27, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. charlotte Says...

Hi

I have Sunday 4th December and Monday 5th December to visit Magical Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. We are not too bothered about the Micky's Christmas Party as we don't want to pay more. My question is do you think Magical Kingdom will be quieter on the Sunday or the Monday? I am guessing Monday? We basically want to do Magical Kingdom one day and Epcot and Animal Kingdom on another day. We are two 30 year old "big kids" from the UK. Please could you give us some tips as to which day to do which?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlotte,

With the crowd levels and park hours those days, it's really tough to say which day Magic Kingdom will be more crowded, but I think Monday is slightly better.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 23, 2016 at 11:45 p.m. Susan Says...

Hello. Other than the Mickey holiday parade w/ Santa, don't they show everything else basically with a reg Disney ticket? Like the Frozen Holiday wish and fireworks, dont they show that w/a regular ticket on a night that is open to 10pm? Im trying to see why I would really want to do this over say spending $20 more dollars for a reg all day ticket. Thank you for your thoughts.

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

Yes, most of the shows are available on other dates, but the parade, fireworks and princes are available during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Kelly Says...

I'm sorry, I'm trying to determine this as well. The main thing then is the parade and the princesses - as well as some special shows? Is that correct? Are there additional fireworks?

Also, I was looking at Monday, December 12th for Magic Kingdom (non VMCP night) and although the overall day is rated a 6- MK is not recommended. Are there more details on this?

THANK YOU!!!

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Oct 30, 2016 at 10:16 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hello! We have MVMCP tickets for nov 18. We also have a 945 reservation at BOG. Wondering if we should cancel our reservations? Thanks!!

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Nov 4, 2016 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha,

It really depends on your priorities, but you would likely miss the fireworks with your reservation, and it's a great show. It also takes you away from the other party merriment. It really comes down to how big a priority eating at Be Our Guest is.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2016 at 2:29 a.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi we are going to Disney just for the Christmas party November 11th will we be able to buy the shirts ahead of time online so we could wear them that night? Thanks!

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Oct 22, 2016 at 1:29 a.m. Stacy Says...

I am trying to figure out why you would want to buy this extra ticket if you already have a ticket for your full stay at Disney. It sounds like regular park goers will be there too. So what is the advantage of this ticket? Sorry to be so confused? :(

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Dec 1, 2016 at 7:57 p.m. Chuck Says...

Paid the first year but never again. Nobody checks anything and you will just pay extra for larger crowds. Go to the park and just stay.

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

After 7 p.m., only party ticket holders will be allowed to stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2016 at 7:31 a.m. Karen Says...

Hello, question, so If I go on Nov 18th to Magic Kingdom (which are my plans) with a regular ticket for the park, I will not be able to stay and watch the parade, celebrate the magic and the wishes fireworks like in a NO "MVMCP" day??

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Yes, that is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

After 7 p.m., only party ticket holders will be allowed to stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2016 at 7:07 p.m. Single traveler Says...

Hi, I was there a few years ago on aregular ticket and stayed in the park. I didn't know it was aparty night and at no point I was checked to validate if i had paid the extra. I didn't go on any of the rides but did enjoy the entertainment. So how does Disney enforce this? I will be there again this year and was just going to do the same

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Oct 20, 2016 at 11:08 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hi Frog Family!

This year we will be going to MVMCP four times! ( We are pretty darn excited!!) Anyway, I was hoping we could lose an hour or two and hop on the monorail over to a hotel for dinner one of those nights? Do MVMCP allow reentry? Just wondering! Thank you so much!

-N

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Oct 21, 2016 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Yes, re-entry is allowed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. Kyle Says...

Hi! Loved your blog!

Do you know what can I do if I buy the ticket for a specific date and could not make it? I'm going to Florida to work but not sure if I could go on the date that I bought the ticket.

Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyle,

Reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Yinping Rue Says...

Hi, I want to buy ticket for MVMCP. Do I have to buy another ticket to enter the park? Thank you! :)

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If you wish to enter the park before 4 p.m., you will need regular admission plus the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2016 at 5:54 p.m. Flgirl Says...

How early do you recommend buying tickets for the party on December 15th? Historically, about when do they sell out?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

These dates can sell out at any time. I would purchase as soon as you can to be sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2016 at 2:35 a.m. Nicole Says...

Hi there!

I have purchased tickets for the park during the day and for the christmas party. Will i have to leave the park and get in line to come back in for the christmas party or will i be able to just continue in the park as normal??

Thanks,

Nicole

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Oct 20, 2016 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

No, you will not need to exit the park. Starting at 4 p.m., you will be able to get party wristbands from cast members near Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. Brian Says...

Hello there, love your blog. We plan to be in Disney World this December and have tickets to the MVMCP.

So a couple of questions for you...

We finally managed to let our daughters meet all 11 main princesses plus Anna and Elsa on our last trip. This year we are mostly interested in the Princes, Dwarves, Scrooge, and the Genie. What is the setup for the princesses like? Are they all in one place or separate lines? Are their Princes with them all day or just after 7pm? Are the Dwarves only there for the party? Will we receive specific information from Disney about their locations?

Are any of the Princes (other than Aladdin, Charming, and Naveen) available to meet outside of the party? I ask because if they are we will place less of a priority on them.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

We don't yet know if the princes will return, but we expect they will. With Elsa and Anna at Epcot, most of the princes will likely be at Princess Fairytale Hall. They and the Dwarves are only here for the party, starting at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Brian Says...

Thank you for the information!

Do you know if it's one line for all of the princesses typically? Or separate lines to meet each?

Thank you again.

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Nov 28, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

They are usually on their own or with one other princess. Snow White and Aurora, and their princes, are together in one line.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi!

I'm just a little confused. We're going to WDW next year (Nov 25th - Dec 9th) and staying at a disney resort. If we don't buy MVMCP tickets, do we get kicked out of MK before the party starts? Or are we able to still go on rides? And is Wishes just for MVMCP too?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

If you do not have party tickets, you will not be allowed to stay in the park once the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Momy Frog

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Oct 7, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi. We are arriving November 5th and heading to magic on the morning of November 6. Will there be trouble with parking/traffic since there is the half marathon? Any hints if so? I wasn't aware of this event. Thank you!

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Oct 10, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Danielle Says...

We are going to be in Orlando the 9-16 and I want to go to magic kingdom but most days that the crowd calendar is low there is the Christmas party. I am more into rides. I would like to meet a princess or two should I go and leave at 7 or come at 4 for the party and stay late. I really don't want to pay for both times. Any words of wisdom.

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Oct 7, 2016 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

The race should not impact parking at Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2016 at 7:57 p.m. Ashlyn Simon Says...

If we have a regular admission ticket to DW on a night that is also the MVMCP, what time do we have to leave the park (not having a ticket to MVMCP)?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashlyn,

You would need to leave the park at 7 p.m. on non-party days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2016 at 4:56 a.m. Cynthia Says...

I have purchased tickets for Nov 10th MVMCP, but now our travel plans have changed. Will Disney allow Me to switch the dates to November 8th, provided I pay any difference in the ticket costs?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 6:43 p.m. Suzanne Says...

I accidentally booked the wrong date, spoke to Disney and they were very helpful and didn't hesitate to change the date :). 100% recommend you ring Disney.

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cynthia,

You should reach out to them directly. While the tickets are technically not refundable, they may work with you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 2:38 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi - if i'm already in the Magic Kingdom during the X-mas season with a regular ticket, do i need the special very merry x-mas ticket to stay? How do they know if i left/stayed?

Thanks!

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Oct 7, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

Yes, you need a party ticket to stay after it has started. If you don't have a party wristband, you will be asked to exit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 2:35 p.m. Becky Says...

Do guests dress up in fancy dress for the Christmas party ?

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Oct 7, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

Generally no, although you are certainly welcome to. You will see people dressed in Christmasy attire.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2016 at 9:25 a.m. Jason Says...

I have purchased tickets for regular park admission as well as the party. Where do we get the wristbands?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

You will find cast members handing them out when you enter or near Main Street U.S.A. if you are already in the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. Matt Says...

Hi, We are looking to go to magic kingdom sometime between the 5th-19th November. We aren't looking to go to the MVMCP, is the park quieter on these days or should we avoid? Would you recommend a day in those two weeks? Thank you

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Oct 3, 2016 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

You can see the best dates to visit Magic Kingdom on our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2016 at 9:53 a.m. cheryl Says...

If we just want to go to the Christmas party do we need regular admission tickets as well as party tickets?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl,

No, you do not need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2016 at 3:43 a.m. Kendell Says...

We are arriving for our WDW trip on Dec 1. We bought tickets for MVMCP that night and plan on entering at 4. I want to make sure they won't activate my park tickets as we wouldn't have enough days on our hopper tix to finish our stay. Has anyone done this and just "specified" that we only want to use party tickets and not regular tickets?

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Nov 6, 2016 at 6:23 p.m. Francine Says...

Kendall, we just got back from Disney and attended the MNSSHP. We entered the park on the right side and the terminals were marked with signs saying "event" . We were able to enter at 3:50pm. Enjoy!

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Sep 17, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. Christine Says...

Don't forget you can't get into the park until 4 pm if you don't have regular park admission along with the special event ticket.

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Aug 30, 2016 at 9:22 p.m. Meredith Says...

Hi, We're going to be in the MK all day and purchased MVMCP tickets. Do we need to go somewhere special to get a wristband for the party?

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Sep 8, 2016 at 2:40 a.m. Robin Fugate Says...

The cast members will be right inside the main gate with the wristbands and will also be scattered through out the park if you're already inside for the day.

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Aug 18, 2016 at 10:58 p.m. Bethany Gohres Says...

How early do people get on the parade line for good seats?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bethany,

We would really recommend at least 45 minutes early for the first parade if you want to be in the first row, especially around the castle or Main Street U.S.A. For the second parade, it's a little less, but you still need to be there early.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2016 at 3:57 p.m. Jenn Says...

Hi!!!

I am planning on going to the Christmas party December 8th this year! I'm bringing people who have never been to disneyworld and am wondering what the wait times will be like for the rides. We want to watch the fireworks and see the parade as it goes by but sitting down for it isn't necessaryily a priority. I was hoping everyone would be so preocupied with the christmas party/characters/parades that the ride times wouldnt be as long as usual for this time of year. I was also told by someone that they sell out of park tickets because they try to limit the crowds. Is that true?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

Ride wait times are significantly lower during the parties because the focus is on all of the party fun. You will be able to walk on, or almost walk on to most rides, excluding the most popular. Character meets are what take up most of the time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. M. T. Says...

There was an earlier post about a 710 BOG reservation on a MickeyXmas party night... We have 640 reservations and I'm wondering if we, too, will r harassed or if it will be all right. Any input?

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Jul 28, 2016 at 7:22 p.m. Julie Corbett Says...

Hello,

Will there be both the Frozen Holiday Wish and Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration? What time will Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration be? Thanks!

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Aug 8, 2016 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

It's not clear yet whether A Frozen Holiday Wish will be taking place this year. We'll update this post when it does!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2016 at 2:07 p.m. Amelie Says...

Hi,

We are planning to attend MVMCP on december 9th, and I wonder how much time I should plan in order to meet the characters? My kids reallly want to meet Jack, the 7 dwarfs, and Scrooge McDuck. Do you think it's realistic to do all that in one evening, or will we spend the entire evening waiting in line? (we also want to see shows and fireworks!)

I am a little scared cause last year we attended the first MNSSHP and the lines for the characters were simply ridiculous, we didn't get to meet any characters.

Thank you so much for your advice, I love your article!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 4:34 p.m. Alyssia Says...

Hello, this is my first time attending MVMCP. We have tickets for 11/18. I'd like to catch wishes and the first parade, preferably on main st (I've never actually watched a parade or fireworks on main st of all the times I've gone). Do you have any suggestions on what buildings to sir near or just any spot on main st that we can hang out at to watch both of these? Thanks for any response

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Aug 2, 2016 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amelie,

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington will take quite a bit of time. I would highly recommend you arrive at 4 p.m. and head back to Jack Skellington's area. Last year, he began greeting before the party began. If this holds true for this year, you could meet him early and then get in line for the Seven Dwarfs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 16, 2016 at 2:04 p.m. Reginaldo Says...

First of all thank you for all the amazing information.

I would like to know if it is true that after Dec 25th we can see a similar parade as Very Merry Xmas (excluding the snow) at Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately we will not be able to go before, so I would like to show a bit (sample) of that to our kids only :) ..

Thanks and Best Regards,

Reginaldo & family

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reginaldo,

Yes, this is true, but it will be held in the daytime on Christmas vs. nighttime for the parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2016 at 6:48 p.m. cassie Says...

Hello,

If you had to decide between December 16th or 18th for the MVMCP which would you choose?

Thank you

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassie,

I would go for Dec. 16.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 2, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. kim Says...

What dates sold out last year? Maybe add that to the info so we know for which dates to buy tickets in advance. Anyone remember when the last date old out for example?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Last year, Dec. 8, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18 all sold out. The changes this year will likely influence what sells out this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. SHELLEY Says...

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT RESTAURANTS WILL BE OPEN DURING THE X-MAS PARTY. WE WILL BE THERE ON DEC. 13TH. I ALREADY HAVE RESERVATIONS AT BE OUR GUEST AT 2:25. ANYTHING LATER WE CAN SNACK ON?

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Jul 22, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

We expect the following quick-service restaurants to be open, although none are confirmed yet: Main Street Bakery, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Casey's Corner, Aloha Isle, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Westward Ho, Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square Market, Columbia Harbor House, Pinnochio Village Haus, The Friar's Nook, Storybook Treats, Gaston's Tavern, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Cool Ship and The Lunching Pad.

All of the table-service restaurants should be open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

We expect the following restaurants to be open, although none are confirmed yet: Main Street Bakery, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Casey's Corner, Aloha Isle, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Westward Ho, Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square Market, Columbia Harbor House, Pinnochio Village Haus, The Friar's Nook, Storybook Treats, Gaston's Tavern, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Cool Ship and The Lunching Pad.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2016 at 8:07 a.m. DebraAnn Says...

Hi,

We're planning to visit Disney on December 6th for the Christmas Party and I just made dinner reservations at the Castle for 9:35. Do you know how long the parade usually lasts? We're planning to watch the earlier parade at 8:30 and I just want to be sure we'll be able to make our dinner reservation in time and not miss any of the parade. Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DebraAnn,

The parade is about 20 minutes. You would just want to find out which direction the parade is coming from (ask a cast member), and then plan on being in place in that location, so you can hop over to the castle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2017 at 9:28 p.m. Disney Die Hard Nut Says...

Can I ask what you mean by jump over to the castle? Do you mean for the fireworks?

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Aug 17, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes. Exactly.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2016 at 5:28 p.m. Janelle Says...

Hello!

If we only have a ticket for the christmas party what time can we get in to the park? I have heard people say 3 or 4:00 but on the ticket it clearly says 7, do we really have to wait until 7?

Thanks

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janelle,

You can get in at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2016 at 7:13 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hello! So quick question- we already got our tickets for this, however we also booked dinner that night at 7:15 at Cinderellas castle because it is our daughter 4th birthday that day. We don't however want to miss a lot of the holiday things going on. Do you think we should move our dinner? Thanks so much!!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

If you can, I would try to move it, but that will likely be tough, so you should decide what is most important for you and your family. Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table is quite the experience, but so is the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. AK Says...

We will be at Disney during the MVMCP this year but do not plan to attend the party. I booked Be Our Guest for 7:10, not realizing until I got the confirmation email that it was during the MVMCP. Will we be able to check in early and still use this reservation? Amazingly, there was nearly nothing left at 6am Eastern on our 180+ booking day for our trip.

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Sep 24, 2016 at 3 a.m. Brooke Says...

The same thing happened to me this year- we're going to be at Be Our Guest during MVMCP. I called because our reservation is at 7:30 PM. They said as long as we have reservations, we just let the CM's know. I'm planning on staying in the park that day then going over to Be Our Guest around 6:30-6:45

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Jul 8, 2016 at 4:41 p.m. Tiffany Says...

This same thing happened to us last year. The reservation for BOG was not until 8:30 pm and I did not want to spend the extra $$ for the holiday party. I called Disney Customer Service who said that I should not have any problems. That being said, on the night of our dinner I almost felt like a criminal. There were no less than 5 groups of Disney cast members that approached us and attempted to remove us from the park. When we explained that we had dinner reservations they had to call a supervisor over an get permission for us to be in the park. This happened so frequently in the 1.5 hours between the start of the party and our dinner reservations that I actually wanted to leave and skip dinner all together. I LOVE WDW and the MK, but if you plan on keeping the dinner reservations and not pay for the MVMCP, be prepared to be harassed.

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AK,

I don't think you will. Your best bet is to contact Disney to confirm.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. Steph Says...

We will be staying on a disney resort for 7 nights in October. To save some money I was going to buy 5-day tickets through Undercover Tourist and use these tickets to link to my MDE and reserve our FP 60 days out. However, my ultimate goal was to upgrade to an annual pass on our 1st day there and bridge the gap on the rates I paid through UC and save some money. Now I'm concerned though that I would not be able to make FP reservations the length of our stay since I'd only have 5 day tickets at the 60 day out mark. Can I make FP reservations the length of my stay or is it determined by the tickets I have at the 60 day mark?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

It is determined by the ticket length, so you are correct that you would only be able to make reservations for five days under this scenario.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. Melissa D. Says...

Hi! We are planning on celebrating our daughter's first birthday at the Magic Kingdom in December. It will be her first trip to Disney World. We want to get tickets to MVMCP for either 12/16 or 12/18, but were wondering whether it was worth it to buy a full day park ticket for the day we go to the party as well? That was our original plan... But reading this, I see we can get to Magic Kingdom by 4:00pm and still have three hours before MVMCP starts. Not sure if it is worth the extra expense to pay to spend the full day at the park, since the baby will be so young, but I don't want her to miss out either? Help!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

How old is your daughter? That will also be a factor.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2016 at 7:39 p.m. Lisa D Says...

I see you say multiple times you can link your MVMCP tickets to your MDE, but I got print at home tickets through DVC and they don't have a ticket number on them. Do you know how I would link them to our MDE so we have them on the bands?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

You should be able to link your reservation or confirmation number for the tickets in My Disney Experience under My Reservations and Tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. Boudy Says...

Do you need both a MK ticket and the Christmas party ticket to get into the after hour party?

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Boudy,

No, you just need the Christmas Party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2016 at 5:46 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hello,

My family and I are going to Disney this year Dec. 17-Dec.22nd. Do you know when the extra magic hour times for these dates come out? And are times different during the week before Christmas, because I saw in the past and a week before our trip that MK closes at 7pm even when the MVMCP isn't going on that evening?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

These typically come out six months in advance, but Extra Magic Hours do get added even with days and weeks of the actual dates depending on expected park attendance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2016 at 1 a.m. Jennifer Smith Says...

Do I still have to purchase a ticket to MVMCP if I want to stay in the park to ride the rides but do not wish to go to the Christmas party?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, you would.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. Jennifer Says...

We already have park tickets for the time of the Christmas party. We didn't know about it at the time. Since we already have park admission for the days of the party is it worth and extra $400 for the party from 7-12. If we hadn't already paid for the day, it would be one thing. However, reading what happens during the party, I'm just not seeing that much extra that we don't already see for the price. I'm a park Newby though so please send share your thoughts.

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Sep 16, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. Caroline Says...

If it helps we did mickeys Halloween. First we people booked as the sanders on sisters were back. It was so amazing we paid to see it all again 6 nights later. It may be a one time thing you do and will regret missing it. Go for it

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Jul 2, 2016 at 3:31 p.m. Whitney Says...

The park actually closes for those not attending the Christmas party at 7pm. So if you wish to stay at the park past then, the holiday tickets will be required. The shows and parades are really wonderfully done though.

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May 29, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. AmySparkles Says...

Hey I was wondering if the tickets sell out, how late can I leave it before buying them?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

We'd recommend purchasing when you can. The Christmas parties don't typically sell out as quickly as the Halloween parties, and typically might only sell out a day or two in advance, but you never know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2016 at 7:47 a.m. rodgermouse Says...

I have heard that after the last MVMDCP on 22nd Dec there will be chance to see the same Christmas parade in Magic Kingdom during standard days 23rd onwards. Please can you advise if this is true? As in, to save paying the extra $90pp for MVMCP we could just go to park after 22nd and see parade? Trying to decide if worth booking MVMCP for 3 and 5 year old. Thanks

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

This is usually true, but the Christmas parade will run during the daytime instead of the evening after the parties end.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2016 at 3:24 a.m. C Says...

We will be at MK on December 4th for my daughters 4th birthday. We just realized that it is a party day! If we buy tickets to the Christmas party, will we be required to leave MK and re-enter for the party? This has totally thrown a curve ball into our plans...but seeing the fireworks are a must for us! Any idea is they are similar to the normal Wishes ones or totally different? Someone suggested that we do MK on a non-party day to celebrate her birthday but I feel guilty if we do not do it on her actual birthday. Any advice/recommendation? We are planning the full princess experience (BBB, CRT, etc)

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May 31, 2016 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi C,

You do not need to leave the park to come back for the party, but you might want a little bit of downtime. Holiday Wishes is absolutely spectacular and above and beyond, but the Disney fireworks are ALWAYS above and beyond most fireworks show you've ever seen. This is ultimately your call. When would you plan your CRT reservation for? Earlier in the day is probably the best so you can fully enjoy the party time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2016 at 2:06 a.m. Cal Says...

I noticed that MK is closing on Nov 17th at 4:30 pm according to a calendar I saw. I've never heard of it closing that early. It will be our first day there and is it possible that closing time is a mistake?

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May 30, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cal,

We don't yet know what is going on here, but it's possible it's closing for a special event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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