Jollywood Nights makes an unremarkable debut at Disney World's Hollywood Studios

Between now and Christmas, Disney World guests can purchase a ticket for Jollywood Nights and experience an alternative to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Disney 100 sign Hollywood Studios. Photo credit: Brian Miller
Disney 100 sign Hollywood Studios. Photo credit: Brian Miller /

Jollywood Nights has arrived at Disney World's Hollywood Studios and it is the first counterpart to the Magic Kingdom's Holiday celebration party.

The separate ticket event runs from November to late December. The November dates are now the 18th, 20th, 27th, and 29th with the December dates running on the 4th, 6th, 16th, 18th, and 20th.

The event will run guests $159.00 to $169.00 per person and will allow guests to enter the park at 7:00 p.m. on the day of the event. It will become a private affair after the park closes at 9 each evening and will then run until just after midnight.

The question everyone has been asking is whether or not Jollywood Nights is worth it.

I won't be attending this year's event in Orlando but if early reviews are anything to consider, it doesn't seem as though I will be missing anything.

The reviews so far are not evenly split. Many are finding the event underwhelming and overpriced. Unlike the sister event at Magic Kingdom, snacks and drinks at Jollywood are not free or included in the admission price.

Several posters on social media have stated that while the prices are "reasonably inexpensive" they are also complaining about the "portion sizes and the bland tastes." On Facebook, an opening night attendee wondered if this was going to be a preview of what the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival will become. They said Jollywood is basically the same price per sample but a lot smaller.

On "X" some guests have complained that they are basically purchasing an after-hours ticket to avoid long wait times at popular attractions.

While many are complaining or at worst simply unimpressed, many are saying that it is a great time that is more geared towards adults than kids.

There is music in various locations apparently but don't expect an EPCOT F&W-type entertainment, this is after all a holiday party so expect holiday music of some kind.

For the price, you may want to consider sticking with the more popular Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party where there are both food and beverage provided for free and for purchase.