Cookies and cocoa. “Snow” falling on Main Street USA. Holiday fireworks, character shows, and dance parties galore. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is full of festive Disney holiday fun!
But, is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth it?
What does a party ticket include?
Should I attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
That’s what this post will help you decide! Continue reading to find out what happens at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, when it takes place, what’s included in your party ticket, and whether you should attend during your November or December Disney World trip.
[Basics] Mickey’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special-ticketed event that takes place on select nights at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park from early November until several days before Christmas. Official dates for the 2020 party have not been released, but will be printed here when they are published. The last party is held before Christmas and there is not a Christmas party on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
View pricing and purchase Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets on the Disney World website. Tickets are non-refundable even during bad weather.
On party nights, the Magic Kingdom closes at 6:00 PM to day guests. The party officially begins at 7:00 PM and continues until midnight. Party ticket holders may enter the Magic Kingdom early at 4:00 PM for three pre-party hours in the park.
These are the events and activities that are included in the price of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket including showtimes from the 2019 party:
- Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks – one show at 10:00 PM
- Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade – runs twice at 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show – four showings at 7:40 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:30 PM, and 11:55 PM
- A Frozen Holiday Wish castle lighting show – 8:15 PM (this also occurs at 6:15 PM every night during the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom)
- dance parties and entertainment running continuously
- attraction overlays
- complimentary cookies, beverages, and treats
- special entertainment
- character meet-and-greet opportunities
Additionally, there are unique PhotoPass opportunities available in Memory Maker or that may be purchased individually. Party-exclusive food, sweets, and merchandise may be purchased during the party. Tickets for Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party with reserved fireworks viewing and Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party with reserved parade viewing may be additionally purchased.
Are you visiting Disney World during Christmas week after the parties have ended? Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade, which runs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, replaces the usual daytime Festival of Fantasy Parade during Christmas week after the last party so you can still enjoy some party festivities after the parties end with your standard park ticket.
[Beyond the Basics] Mickey’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
When you arrive at the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a cast member will give you a wristband after passing through the park entrance touchpoints. Be sure to pick up a brochure with a map of the park that includes entertainment times, complimentary treat and beverage locations, and all the party entertainment available.
Since you may enter the Magic Kingdom with your party ticket as early as 4:00 PM, before the park closes to day guests, you’ll be sent through a Main Street USA bypass through a backstage area that exits near Tomorrowland. There, you’ll be given your first complimentary treat and have several PhotoPass opportunities. If you arrive at the Magic Kingdom closer to the time the party begins, you’ll be led right down Main Street USA. If you’re already in the park for the day, there are several wristband distribution sites in the park, so look for them as party time nears. You’ll need your wristband when the party begins!
What Can You Do at Mickey’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
Before we discuss the events that take place at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I must first mention that it “snows” on Main Street USA during the party. Yes, “snow” (made from soap and sometimes referred to as snoap) falls in this area of the park throughout the party and, with Christmas music playing all night long, simply hanging out on Main Street and enjoying the festive atmosphere is a high point of the party!
Party specifics for 2020 are yet to be announced, but rarely change drastically from year to year. These are the events and times from the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show was new in 2019, replacing the long-running Holiday Wishes show. Like all of the new Magic Kingdom fireworks shows, this one heavily features castle projections so securing a viewing spot in front of the castle is essential for the full show experience. If you don’t want to stake out a viewing spot early or mind enjoying the fireworks without projections, the sounds and music can be heard throughout the park so you can enjoy the show from a less crowded area. My favorite place is behind the castle in Fantasyland just beyond the gates to the Beauty and the Beast area. From there, you can hear the show and the fireworks shoot off 360 degrees all around you.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade marches through Frontierland to Town Square twice during each party. The second parade of the night will be less crowded. Watch from Main Street USA to enjoy the parade with “snoap”-fall. As I already mentioned, just sitting on the Main Street curb and enjoying the atmosphere is delightfully festive and the Kringle Krew will provide pre-parade entertainment as well, so securing that prized Main Street parade viewing location isn’t a waste of time! All of your favorites are in the parade from Mickey and Minnie to Frozen’s Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff to princesses Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora to Toy Story characters and, of course, Santa Claus, himself! The parade also features the iconic toy soldiers and fantastic reindeer. The parade is truly a must-see event at the party!
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration takes place several times during the party at the castle forecourt stage starring Mickey, Minnie, and Disney pals. The last showing is right before the party ends, making this the perfect time to watch and enjoy the most of the party time. Otherwise, if you’re planning on watching the fireworks from in front of the castle, arrive early enough to see the show that precedes the fireworks or stay after for the following show.
A Frozen Holiday Wish is the brief castle lighting show of the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights featuring Elsa and other Frozen characters. This isn’t a party-exclusive and happens every evening at the Magic Kingdom during the holidays, but it happens a second time each night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and The Edge Effect perform on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland with alternating performances all night long. These are impressive music groups that provide fantastic live Christmas music.
Character meet-and-greets are a popular party activity. Rare characters meet only during the party while other common characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse meet in holiday wear that you won’t see outside of the party. Popular characters that draw the longest lines include Jack Skellington (dressed as Sandy Claws) with Sally, Seven Dwarfs, Moana, and, of course, Santa Claus. While the party officially begins at 7:00 PM, lines for popular characters will begin forming well before then and some characters will even arrive before the start time. If meeting characters is a priority for you, arrive early and line up!
Club Tinsel and Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jungle Jam dance parties run all party-long. Bring the preschoolers to Storybook Circus to dance the night away with Disney Junior characters while Club Tinsel caters to an older crowd with various holiday Disney characters.
There are several attraction overlays. The Jungle Cruise is revamped as the Jingle Cruise throughout the holiday season. This attraction overlay is available during normal Magic Kingdom hours as well so don’t wait in a long line if you’re visiting Magic Kingdom outside of the party. Like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Mad Tea Party receives a party-exclusive overlay with holiday lights and sounds. Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, and the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor all received holiday overlays for the 2019 party.
Complimentary treats are available throughout the park during the party with locations marked in the brochure. They can easily be found while roaming the park by their large lit inflatable peppermint sticks. I enjoy the free treat offering at the Christmas party so much more than the candy at the Halloween party. Treat locations hand out several kinds of wrapped cookies, a soft pretzel, and beverages including eggnog, hot chocolate, and apple cider. I recommend bringing a bag to take home extra cookies!
If you play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, be sure to pick up a special party-exclusive card at the Firehouse in Town Square when you arrive at the party.
Special Photopass opportunities and Magic Shots are available throughout the park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Memory Maker or individual photos may be purchased for the usual Photopass fees. Memory Maker One Day may be purchased at Town Square Theater for photos taken only at the event.
While everything mentioned here is included with your party ticket, there are a few additional premium add-on’s to the party. Specialty food and beverage treats are for sale throughout the park. These change annually and are listed in the party brochure. Event merchandise is available including pins, MagicBands, apparel, and more. Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party includes a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, treats, and beverages with reserved viewing for the parade. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party is a buffet of sweets with fireworks viewing.
Should You attend Mickey’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
The party’s cost and large crowds are significant negatives and reasons you should definitely consider whether the party is right for you. To ease the cost factor, consider using your party ticket as that day’s park ticket. Since you may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00 PM, spend the morning and afternoon at your resort, visiting Disney Springs, or at a water park. Then, use your party ticket to spend 8 hours at Magic Kingdom and buy one less day on your park ticket.
If waiting in shorter ride lines is your top reason for attending the party, you probably won’t get your money’s worth. Especially at the Magic Kingdom where so many rides are FastPass-enabled, you will have more success with FastPass+, rope dropping, and planning your regular Magic Kingdom day strategically. Wait times will still be shorter than daytime standby lines, but attending a party solely for short ride lines isn’t recommended. Disney After Hours events are a much better value if short lines are a priority. While party crowds have increased in recent years and are considered high compared to the parties of 5-10 years ago, they’re still comparable to a normal day this time of year at Magic Kingdom, so don’t let talk of crowds solely affect your decision to attend.
If the cost and the crowds are not a problem for you, then I highly recommend attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The Magic Kingdom will never be more festive and the park is full of Christmas spirit! The entertainment is top-notch and the complimentary treats are delicious. There is so much to do that you’ll easily fill the party’s 5 hours. While I love Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I enjoy the Christmas party even more!
When Should I Attend Mickey’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
Like the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the earlier party dates will be less crowded than those closer to the holiday. Aside from the very first party, the Christmas parties in November will be less crowded than those in December. And parties during the week will be less crowded than parties on Friday nights.
Many of the parties, particularly those in December, do sell out closer to the party date. There aren’t as many Christmas parties as the Halloween party (23 Christmas parties compared to 35 Halloween parties in 2019), so the Christmas parties are generally more crowded and more will sell out.
Have you decided? Will you be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during your next Disney World trip?