There are so many different great aspects to the Holidays at Walt Disney World. There's Holidays Around the World, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and at the Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights in both November and December.
November: 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 30
December: 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19
The parties run from 7:00 p.m. through midnight. Guests are typically able to enter the Magic Kingdom at around 4:00 p.m. with their party ticket. When guests enter, they will need to obtain a wristband, which will be necessary to stay at the party.
The party is a can't miss event. There's the fireworks, the cookies and hot cocoa, and a wonderfully classic parade, plus more.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a hard-ticket event, which means you'll need to purchase separate admission to attend. Different dates have different costs associated with them. Ticket prices are as follows:
November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20
December 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16
Advance Purchase Discount: $71.36 Adult: $66.03 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $75.62 Adult; $70.29 (Ages 3-9)
November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20
December 2, 4, 9
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $66.03 Adult; $60.71 (Ages 3-9)
November 21, 30
December 5, 12, 18
Premium/Day of Event: $75.62 Adult; $70.29 (Ages 3-9)
Premium/Day of Event: $78.81 Adult; $73.49 (Ages 3-9)
Ok, so I know you must be thinking, wait...what on earth does all that mean? Let me break it down for you.
Advance Purchase Discount: Tickets sold at least one day in advance that are designated with the Advance Purchase Discount will pay a cheaper rate. This is the best general public discount available.
Day of Event: Tickets sold on the day of the party will pay a slightly higher cost.
Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member Tickets: AP holder and DVC Members pay a discounted rate for tickets, if purchased in advance. Annual Passholders who purchased tickets online must show a valid Passholder ID at park entrance for each ticket or pass purchased. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services to purchase.
Premium Tickets: These are the most popular nights, and offer no discounts.
Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-W-DISNEY or online on Disney's Web site. Payment is required at time of purchase and tickets are non-refundable after purchase.
- A Frozen Holiday Wish - a special stage show, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and and Olaf appear on the Castle Forecourt Stage where Elsa's icy powers are on hand and utilized to present a gift to everyone, transforming Cinderella Castle into an icy wonderland. This stage show isn't only presented during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and is, instead presented daily from Nov. 5 until December 31. The Castle being all iced over is one sight you do not want to miss! It is simply stunning!
- A meet and greet opportunity with Jack Skellington, dressed as Sandy Claws in Storybook Circus. Get in line early. This is a super popular meet and greet!
- The Holiday Hootenanny, which takes place in The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square and is a dance party that features Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, Clara Cluck, and The Country Bears. It takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 12 midnight.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
This spectacularly fun parade which brings good tidings and cheer.
The parade features all of your favorites that you see in the Christmas Day Parade, including snowmen, dancing reindeer, Disney characters, tin toy soldiers, and of course, Santa! Honestly, this parade features a ton of characters and is, I believe, one of the longest (though the Main Street Electrical Parade may be longer). It's a fun and fanciful romp! (Also, be on the lookout for some fantastic scents that are piped in, like peppermint, evergreen trees, and gingerbread!)
New for this year are Anna and Elsa, plus Kristoff and Olaf too! Actually Frozen is a large part of the parade this year. Also new this year are Vanellope and Wreck-It Ralph.
The parade steps off in Frontierland twice nightly, at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
If you would like to view it in a less crowded area, consider heading towards Frontierland or Liberty Square, however Main Street USA does offer a very a unique feel to it. This is one parade where I would actually wait on Main Street to catch it, and that's saying a lot. Also, keep in mind the second parade is often less crowded than the first.
This show features beautiful holiday music, as well as perimeter fireworks, which are a sight to see. My favorite part is the "O Christmas Tree" section. It's so beautiful. Overall, I find that the story on this show is really secondary to the music and the fireworks. And the fireworks are plentiful for sure!
The show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m.
For the best view, make sure to be standing on Main Street, about halfway down the street. You don't want to be too close to the castle.
Celebrate The Magic Castle Show
The Castle Show gets a special holiday tag included on the end of it's regular show. The holiday tag includes the castle looking like a Christmas present, it being decorated with "lights", and it looking like a candy cane and a gingerbread house! (PS: look out for The Big Guy!)
Celebrate the Magic is shown at 9:15 p.m.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
Um...ever thought of combining Buzz Lightyear, Stitch, and Mike Wazowski in a show together? Well, for the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show, they did! The trio band together to fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in a jolly musical revue. I swear I am not making this up.
The show features many rockin' versions of different classic Christmas anthems. Also, it features Stitch trying to track down Santa. Make sure you don't miss the finale. The performers are really what sell this show. You can tell they are really having fun and into it.
The show takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage at 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:50 p.m., and 11:45 p.m.
Celebrate The Season Stage Show
This stage show, which features your favorite Disney characters, like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, plus Pluto and (my favorites) Chip n' Dale as well as other favorites. I know that a unique version of the Nutcracker is told, but I'm not sure there's much of a story here; it's just a fun show and a musical spectacle.
The show takes place at 7:45 p.m., 10:05 p.m., and 11:20 p.m.
If you are wanting to watch one show, this is the one to watch, in my opinion, over A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.
This dance party takes place at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and features the fun Phineas and Ferb! Get down with your bad elf (get it?) from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight.
Another dance party, which is new this year. Takes place in The Diamond Horseshoe from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight.
To find the treats, be on the lookout for the giant candy cane inflatables! Holiday treats can be picked up at many different locations, which include:
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
- Tortouga Tavern
- Columbia Harbor House
- Pinocchio's Village House
- Tomorrowland Terrace
- Cosmic Ray's
- Crystal Palace
Meeting the characters is a lot of fun for this event! Many times special characters are brought out and many characters are dressed in their holiday finest.
There are two character greeting opportunities that seem to be the most popular. The first is the opportunity to meet all Seven Dwarfs. This is very rare and they can be found near the entrance to New Fantasyland. In addition, new for this year, they added the opportunity to meet Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws from Nightmare Before Christmas. Both see lines that last hours.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
A Pirates Adventure
Big Thunder Mountain
Country Bear Jamboree
it's a small world
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming's Regal Carousel
Princess Fairytale Hall
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Casey Jr's Splash n' Soak
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitch's Great Escape
Monster's Inc Laugh Floor
Special merchandise is created for the event and can be picked up at the following locations:
- Frontierland Trading Post
- Big Top Souvineers
- Ye Olde Christmas Shop
- Mickey's Star Traders
Main Street USA
- Main Street Bakery
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- Casey's Corner
- Pecos Bill's
- Westward Ho
- Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
- Frontierland Churro Wagon
- Sleepy Hollow
- Liberty Square Market
- The Friar's Nook
- Storybook Treats
- Gaston's Tavern
- Cosmic Ray's
- The Lunching Pad
- Make sure to dress up! It really is part of the fun to be dressed for the holiday season.
- Try to make sure you eat a substantial meal before attending the party. Your time is so limited that if you spend it dining on a full meal, you are essentially wasting quality party time.
- Try to stay the full night. Again, you paid a lot of money for the event; it seems like a waste to leave early.
- Make sure to pick up a park map ahead of time to know where exactly locations.
- The park is decorated to the nines for Christmas. Make sure to take in those unique touches! And do not miss seeing the iced out castle. (Not that you can miss it.)
- Don't miss The Jingle Cruise! This fun holiday overlay sees the skippers homesick, so they attempt to decorate the jungle. Unfortunately, not everything they had shipped made it to them.
- Snow on Main Street is SO cool! There's nothing like walking in the middle of it. (PS: it's really soap.)
- For those who enjoy playing the interactive game, Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, guests with a Mickey's Very Merry ticket can pick up a special Sorcerer's spell card, featuring Elsa. Guests may pick up this special card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A.
- If you visit the park after December 19 through December 31, during the day, you will see the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and at night you will see Holiday Wishes. (Holiday Wishes is not shown Dec. 30 and 31, as they special New Year's Eve fireworks are shown instead.)
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