The calendar may say it's summer, but it's never too early to look ahead to Christmas time. And as Disney park fans know, the holiday season always makes the Magic Kingdom more magical.
For years, guests have loved coming to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World at Christmas time to enjoy the special parades and shows. This year, Disney brings back the beloved Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party event. These are packed with special versions of the nightly fireworks show and a great stage show. What can guests expect this year?
What happens at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events?
This special nighttime event welcomes ticketed guests for a terrific holiday occasion. While the full calendar hasn't been revealed, it's expected to include meet and greets with characters in holiday gear and special snacks and meals, like free hot chocolate and cookies.
The big ones will still be there:
- "Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration," a great musical stage show packed with characters to celebrate the season.
- "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks"
- Club Tinsel and Disney Junior Jingle Jam dance events
- "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade"
- "Frozen Holiday Surprise," a brand-new show as Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristof and the Snowgies host a special light and fireworks show at Cinderella's Castle (which will be decked out in Christmas decorations/lighting).
On top of that, select rides will be open during the event, which includes the new TRON Lightcycle Run, which will use a virtual queue during the event. There's also the "Jingle Cruise," the fun holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise.
- Jingle Cruise – a classic attraction with a holiday twist
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “it’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Storybook Circus
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Space Mountain – with a holiday twist
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise – virtual queue access only
There will likely be some live entertainment and other events that will be announced further as the event draws closer.
What dates is the Very Merry Christmas Party?
The event is spread out across November and December as Disney doesn't want to have the Magic Kingdom shut down at night too much. Notably, the event won't be taking place on Christmas Eve or Day itself, as those are among the busiest times for Disney World.
- November: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30
- December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
Generally, the event begins at 7 pm and lasts until midnight, but ticket-buyers can enter as early as 4 pm.
How much are tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
Note that separate admission is required for the Party. This can range from $155 to $199 per person, depending on the date. Tickets can be purchased online beginning July 6, while guests at the Swan, Dolphin, and Shades of Green resorts can purchase tickets as early as June 29.
Note that tickets are limited, so guests may need to purchase fast before they run out.
There are still some additions coming from what treats can be eaten to any special performances, but Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a present many Disney fans can't wait to see opened.
Disney also announced a brand new holiday event that will take place at Hollywood Studios. Learn more about the Disney Jollywood Nights holiday event here.