• Bailey Fink

What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Updated: Sep 25

And is it worth attending?


No one does the holiday season quite like the Disney Parks. If you think summertime is too early to start seeing Halloween decorations, then we hate to tell you that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts in August.


The same can be said of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, as Disney basically skips over Thanksgiving and goes straight to jingle bells starting the first week of November. If you’re like us, your dream is to stay on property the day they switch the Halloween decorations to the Christmas ones — one day it’s creepy crawly, the next it’s a winter wonderland in the middle of Florida.


So, what exactly is Disney’s Christmas party and is it worth the extra tickets to attend? (Spoiler: it is).

Credit: Matt Stroshane/Disney

What Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a holiday event held on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom. Because it is a special event, additional tickets are required to attend.


During the party, which takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight, only event ticket holders will be admitted into Magic Kingdom — but the entire park is still functional, so the attractions are open as normal. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also has exclusive entertainment, including Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, the Club Tinsel dance party, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show, and the Disney Junior Jingle Jam dance party.


Additionally, during the event there is Christmas party-exclusive food and beverage items and holiday-themed character meet and greets.


When Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

The Very Merry Christmas Party will take place on November 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, and 29 as well as December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, and 22.


How Much Does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Cost?

Ticket prices depend on the date that you want to attend. November is cheaper than December, but days leading up to a holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) are more expensive. Tickets range from $149 to $199 — however, tickets for ages 3-9 are always $10 cheaper than regular tickets.


On November 10, 14, 15, and 17 tickets cost $149 (tickets for ages 3-9 cost $139).

On November 8, 11, and 18 tickets cost $159 (tickets for ages 3-9 cost $149).

On November 27 and 29 and December 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 tickets cost $169 (tickets for ages 3-9 cost $159).

On November 20 and 22 and December 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 18 tickets cost $179 (tickets for ages 3-9 cost $169).

On December 20 and 22 tickets cost $199 (tickets for ages 3-9 cost $189).


Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can receive $10 off tickets on select nights.


These tickets get you into the park as early as 4 p.m. the day of the party. You do not need to have a regular theme park ticket or theme park reservation if you have a special event ticket.


Make sure to buy your tickets now before they sell out!


What Is Included With a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Ticket?

In addition to extended access to the park, you will experience plenty of holiday-themed, exclusive entertainment.


Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show lights up the castle and the night sky while playing your favorite Christmas carols. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade dazzles Main Street with beloved Disney characters in their best festive gear, plus appearances by gingerbread men, toy soldiers, and, of course, Santa Claus.


Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a show performed on Cinderella’s Castle stage by Mickey and friends to holiday songs. A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas is another stage show performed on the Rockettower Plaza Stage with Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch.


Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café turns into Club Tinsel with Disney characters dancing the night away all night long. Storybook Circus also hosts a dance party for the little ones — Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and The Lion Guard will make appearances at the Disney Junior Jingle Jam.


Restaurants and merchandise stores will be open. Some restaurants even offer special Very Merry Christmas Party items that are only available during the party. While nothing changes at the stores, there’s sure to be a smaller crowd trying to shop.


Disney also has its PhotoPass photographers out to take all your holiday party pictures.

Credit: David Roark/Disney

Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth It?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes, but with some supporting factors.


If you’re going to Disney World during November or December, you must have some affinity for Christmas and the holiday season. If you don’t, then maybe those months aren’t the best time for you to go because all the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs are decked out in holiday decor.


The Christmas party is about as holiday-themed as it gets. So, if you really want to feel the holiday spirit, then Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the place for it.


The stage show, parade, and fireworks shows really put you in the holiday spirit. Plus, the attraction lines are much shorter compared to the daytime — so it’s a great opportunity to ride the big ticket ones you didn’t get to during the day.


If there’s one thing that’s a must, it’s riding Space Mountain because of the holiday overlay that’s in place, which includes red and green flashing lights and rock holiday music playing the entire ride.


Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Mad Tea Party also receive a holiday twist, which include decorations and lighting. And, of course, Jingle Cruise is back with a seasonal overlay featuring all the best holiday jokes.


Of course, the downside is that tickets can be pretty steep — especially on top of already expensive park tickets. But, at some point during every Disney vacation (likely after you’ve bought your sixth Dole Whip) we realize it’s not about the money and it’s about the experience.


If you can swing it, we say it’s absolutely worth it — for children and adults.

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