Five Festive Favorites at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom is a festive way to get in the Holiday spirit, and we were excited to be invited by Disney to visit the park on one of this year’s Party nights. Although we were Disney guests, all opinions are our own!

Mickey’s Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event, meaning it is not included in Annual Passes or a daytime ticket at Disney. The Party is held on select nights in November and December. Prices range from $89 – $109 per ticket depending on what night you select to attend. Many nights sell out in advance or the day of, so if you’re planning to go, pick a date and buy those tickets early.

My kids are FINALLY old enough to stay at Magic Kingdom past 8pm without an epic meltdown, and I love it! There is something special about being at Disney at night, it’s my favorite time to be there, especially to ride the outdoor rides. Throw in Christmas lights, Holiday decorations EVERYWHERE and a crowd that has only been in the park since 4pm or later, and it makes for a fantastic party!

Our Festive Favorites

1. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

This girl LOVES a good parade, and the Christmas Parade did not disappoint! It is filled with floats and characters you don’t see in any other parade, along with catchy Holiday music. Highlights included Elsa & Anna, Olaf and  Kristoff, Vanellope and Wreck-It-Ralph, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella in her own carriage, a toy soldier band, Santa and more.

There are two parades a night, and many reviews say the second parade is less crowded. We didn’t stick around that late (11:00pm) but many people were heading for the exits like we were around 10:45pm. The parade starts in Frontierland by Splash Mountain and makes it way to the Castle and then down Main Street.  I’d recommend finding a spot 20-30 minutes ahead of time.

2. Walking onto the rides with NO WAIT!

I read a lot of reviews before we went, and was skeptical that lines would really be that short, but it was AWESOME. We walked right onto Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Little Mermaid, and Thunder Mountain Railroad twice.

There are no FastPass reservations during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party {although you can make them between 4-7pm if you go in early – details below}. We went on Thursday, November 16 and I know the party gets more crowded as it gets into December and closer to Christmas, but the lines are still likely to be shorter than most regular days at Magic Kingdom.

Click here to see what rides are open during the Christmas Party.

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3. Holiday Wishes Fireworks

In addition to a good parade, I LOVE fireworks! The Christmas show includes holiday themed projections on the castle, along with a solid 10 minutes of fireworks that go along with the music and story of the show. Another bonus is that the fireworks are so high you really can see them from anywhere in front of the castle.

A tip for finding the best place to watch – while there are fireworks on both sides of the castle, the biggest ones seem to shoot off to the left of the castle as you’re looking at it, so make sure you can see this area. Don’t get too close or you won’t be able to see it all. Another place to watch if you only care about the fireworks {and not the castle show} is from Frontierland – we decided to take advantage of the rides and stayed on Thunder Mountain Railroad, but it was a new perspective on the show!

4. Holiday Treats to Eat & Drink

Disney makes everything feel more special and the Holiday Treats were no exception. We loved eating and drinking our way through the park, and all the treats are FREE with your party admission. There are eight treat locations spread throughout the park, marked by inflated candy canes. We definitely had favorites, marked below!

  • Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel {FAVORITE} and Sno-Cone
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog
  • The Friar’s Nook: Silky Smooth DOVE®Chocolate and Sparkling Apple Cider (candies provided by DOVE® Chocolate and J&J Snack Foods) {FAVORITES}
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie {FAVORITE} and Nestle® Nesquik® 
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate {FAVORITE}
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone
  • Pinocchio Village Haus: ALL of the treats in one place!

Treat locations are easy to find, there are large inflatable light up signs. Don’t make finding treats a priority, you’re guaranteed to pass these spots as you walk around the park, and the lines move quickly. If you have food allergies there are also allergy-friendly treats available.

5. A Frozen Holiday Wish

Although you can see this show around 6:15pm on a regular day at Magic Kingdom, there is also a performance at 8:15pm during the Christmas Party. I could watch this show over and over – it features Anna and Elsa, but the magic happens when they light Cinderella Castle and it is COVERED in white lights. This is my favorite thing about Christmas at Disney. If you go in early (see below) you can catch the first show {note that the first show won’t be listed on the VMCP map, but you can get the time on the Disney App or pick up a regular park map)

Other Highlights

During Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – You’ll feel the holidays come alive during a jubilant stage show that features Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Peter Pan, Jessie & Woody from Toy Story, Snow White and Dopey, Pinocchio, and other surprise guests. We didn’t get to the castle area until the show was starting and couldn’t find a spot where our kids could see the stage, so we only caught a few minutes of the show. TIP – get there 15+ minutes early and get close to the stage OR in an area where you won’t have people directly in front of you!

Special Character Meet & Greets – During the Party you can snag photos with hard to find characters like Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws, the Seven Dwarfs (all 7 together!), Moana, Santa Goofy Pooh Characters in Costumes, Santa, and many more. Be prepared to wait in a line {or skip it altogether like we did – depends on your priorities!} If you just want a glimpse of all seven dwarfs, head back to Pete’s Silly Sideshow to get your peppermint crunch cookies (my favorite treat) where you can see them taking photos.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas – This dance party with Stitch, Mike Wazowski, Buzz Lightyear and a troupe of intergalactic dancers happens in Tomorrowland near Space Mountain and the People Mover.

Magic Photos – Look for places in the park marked with Magic Shot locations. These are pictures with Christmas themes and special effects!

Tips & Questions

Enter the Park at 4pm

The Christmas party starts at 7pm, but you can actually enter the park at 4pm and spend a total of 8 hours in the park! Not sure it’s worth it if you wait until 7 to go in. Look for the Event Entrance signs to get the special wristband that allows you to stay in the park after 7pm (don’t be surprised if cast members ask to see your wristband after 7pm – it’s their job).

Keep in mind when that from the time you park until you get to the Magic Kingdom entrance can be 30+ minutes with the parking lot tram, security, and the boat or monorail. Get to the parking lot by 3:30pm and the gate at 4!

Once you buy your tickets, you can link them with the My Disney Experience App or Website and book FastPass reservations for the 4-7pm timeslot. (Do it early, I did this 24 hours in advance and the FP pickings were slim)


Make A Plan Before You Go

My husband will tell you I LOVE to have a plan when we walk into Disney. It keeps me sane to know where we are going next, to not have to stop and get 3 different opinions, and to be sure everyone gets to do their #1 ride or activity.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is such a limited window that having a plan is a MUST! Survey your people and find out what is important – rides, meeting characters, parade, fireworks, etc. Then check out the times for entertainment (click here and look for the tiny “Download the Party Guide” link).

Be sure to pick up a Christmas Party map when you walk in and double check the times.


Is it worth it?

Yes! It was a special treat to kick off our Thanksgiving Break and get into the Holiday spirit.  Going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was a different Disney experience than going during the day because of all the Christmas themed activities (and our Festive Favorites listed above) and worth going at least once!

It’s probably not for you if…

It’s your first trip to Disney. I wouldn’t recommend the Christmas Party as your first trip to Magic Kingdom because you definitely can’t do everything. It actually might be difficult to navigate at night if you’re not familiar with the park. (I’m talking to the locals here, those of us that are driving up and sleeping in our own beds at night. If you’re on vacation then by all means, check out the Christmas Party!)

You have young kids, or kids that can’t stay up late. It is a LATE NIGHT! We got on the monorail at 10:45pm and got home at 12:00am. And I still felt like we missed out on so many activities and rides. There is so much to do that you’ll want to stay as late as possible to pack it all in. The first parade is at 8:30pm and fireworks are at 10:00pm. If you can’t stay this late without your kids (or you!) having a meltdown, then it’s probably not worth it YET. Save it for when you know everyone will enjoy it!


What night is best?

I did a lot of reading before we picked a night, and there is no solid answer to this question. The earlier nights (in late November and early December) are going to be less crowded because us locals haven’t even started thinking about Christmas in the 80 degree Florida heat, AND because prices are the least expensive. Many websites said Tuesdays are least crowded.

I decided that going on a school night was not an option because I wanted to be able to relax and stay late. Even if you’re ok with kids sleeping in and going to school late the next day, we are still exhausted the day after. I LOVE Disney, but the excitement {and the walking} wears us out!

Click here to see a calendar of dates and prices. 


What if it rains?

Tickets to the party are non-refundable. Just check the weather and be prepared. If there is a chance of rain, pick your shoes wisely – when we went for the Halloween Party it poured and my feet were soaked within 3 minutes of being in the park and stayed wet all night. If you might need them, take PONCHOS in with you! Can be found at Dollar Tree for $1. You’ll pay $9-10 each in the park.

Theme Park Packing List

  • Magic Bands or Ticket Confirmation (and ID if you need to pick up tickets)
  • Stroller (if you need a stroller, see above – you might save Mickey’s Christmas Party for when the kids can walk the entire park)
  • Backpack loaded with:
    • Extra Clothes for the kids
    • Snacks
    • Water bottles
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Wet wipes
    • Portable phone charger & cord
    • Tylenol/Motrin
    • Glow sticks/Light up toys (if going at night and you don’t want to buy anything there)
    • Sunscreen & sunglasses (if going during the day)
    • Ponchos (if needed)

If you’ve been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and have a Festive Favorite or any tips to add, leave us a comment below.

From my Disney loving family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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