Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Christmas time has always been my favorite time of the year to visit Disney World. Seeing all the holiday decorations and special entertainment just always adds more magic to a winter Disney trip. One of my favorite things that I have done at Walt Disney World during the holidays was Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This a must do event for the whole family and I’ll share my best tips to make the most out of this special party! If you have never heard or never attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, here is a quick overview:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event held at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World on select nights in November and December. The party runs from 7pm until midnight. This event is only open to a limited amount of people for a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. During this event there is a Christmas parade, holiday fireworks and shows, special meet and greets, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies! And to add a little extra holiday magic, there are snow flurries on Main Street! So if you’re thinking of making plans to attend this event, here are some tips to help with your planning:

Buy Tickets Early! Since tickets are limited, they will sell out quickly especially the parties that are the closest to Christmas. Buying tickets ahead of time will save you money as well since the prices at the gate are higher. There are also discounts for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members so don’t forget to take advantage of those benefits! You can buy your tickets online at the Disney World site here or add them onto your Disney World package.


Enter Magic Kingdom At 4pm- Even though the party officially starts at 7pm, you can get your special event wristband and enter the park as early as 4pm. If you are already in Magic Kingdom, get your wristbands early so you don’t have to wait in line at 7pm. Also being there early will allow you to have some dinner before the party starts so you’re not missing out on any fun!

Not Everything Will Be Open During The Party- There are some rides and food locations that will be closed or close early because of the party. Be sure to check out the list of what will be open at here so you can plan your rides and food accordingly.

Ride Rides During The First Parade- Now that you know what attractions will be open during the party, a great time to ride those rides are during the first parade. The parade is usually at 8:30pm and 11pm.  Most people, especially those with little ones will watch the first parade so that’s the time to take care advantage of the even shorter wait times. The time I was there, we got to ride Big Thunder Mountain twice in a row with NO WAIT while the parade was running!

My favorite part of the parade was the Toy Soldiers!
My favorite part of the parade was the Toy Soldiers!

See Characters Later In The Evening- There will be lots of great meet and greets with your some of your favorite characters dressed in their holiday attire during the party. So if you don’t line up super early, the best chance to see these characters are usually later on in the evening.

Have A Non-park Day The Day of the Party- The year we went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I planned it for our check-in day. So when we arrived early in the afternoon, all we had to do was check-in, drop our stuff off and head straight to Magic Kingdom to jump start our trip! That way we didn’t have to waste a park pass day for that day since admission is included for the party. Going to the party on a rest day is great idea too because you have time to relax or hit the pool so your family won’t be exhausted and over stimulated by being in the parks all day by the time the party starts.

Weekday Parties Are The Least Crowded- Even though there are a limited amount of tickets, try to go to the party during the weekday if you can, so the it will be even less crowded and with less waiting in lines!

We brought our Disney Smiles to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
We brought our Disney Smiles to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

I hope these tips will help make your planning easier! Have you ever been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Got any tips for this event? Feel free to share below!


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5 thoughts on “Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

  1. It’s been years since I attended a MVMCP but man do I miss it! My little guy is two, so I just feel like it is too long of a night to justify the money. But the parade is amazing – worth the price of admission even if you don’t ride one ride!

  2. Just attended the Halloween party earlier this year at Magic Kingdom and it was so much fun! I bet the Christmas party is just magical, thanks for sharing!

  3. We are attending the party on the 12/22 and cannot wait! I love the Christmas Party and this will be my son’s first experience attending. Thanks for the great tips!

  4. I’ve dreamed of Mickey’s Christmas Party and hoped that someday they’d bring it out west! Since they haven’t (and probably won’t) I’m going to have to head out to WDW one of these Decembers to join in the fun!

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