We’re heading into the last month of the year, and that means that holiday season is in full swing! I’ve gotten several requests over the past few weeks for a plan or a strategy for how to best enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. This is different than our strategy for the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, because there are so many things to do. Lots of entertainment and activities. So how do you make the most of your night?
Today I’ll be presenting a strategy, and not necessarily a step-by-step plan. Enjoying a holiday party at the Magic Kingdom is all about knowing what you enjoy and how you want to celebrate the season. This strategy tries to balance attractions (especially those with holiday overlays) with entertainment pretty evenly, but you’re welcome to play with that balance on you’re own. If you’re a subscriber, I highly recommend putting some of these steps into your own personalized touring plan so that you can tweak and optimize.
First, let’s talk about the entertainment schedule that you’ll need to plan your night around. Then we’ll go over character options and treats, and then wrap things up with my recommended strategy for the night.
Very Merry Entertainment Schedule
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a stage show in front of the castle. It has characters, music and dancing. You can catch this show at: 7:40 pm, 9:25 pm, 10:35 pm, and 11:55 pm
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade starts in Frontierland and heads down Main Street. It marches in all of its glory at: 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show is a “yuletide fireworks display” according to Disney, and you absolutely don’t want to miss it at: 10:00 pm
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas is a fun-filled show-slash-dance-party on the Rockettower Plaza Stage at: 7:45 pm, 8:35 pm, 9:25 pm, 10:45 pm, and 11:35 pm
Club Tinsel is a dance party inside of Cosmic Ray’s, and it happens from: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam is a mouthful, and is a fun Disney Junior dance party in Storybook Circus from: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Very Merry Characters
Jack (as Sandy Claws) and Sally meet in Town Square Theater. You can line up for them starting at 4 pm (wow!), and they’ll start meeting around 4:30 pm. If you don’t line up immediately, wait until close to 11:00 pm.
Christmas Mickey also meets in Town Square Theater.
Santa Claus meets in the gazebo in Liberty Square, behind Ye Old Christmas Shoppe.
Moana meets guests in Adventureland, and she is one of the most popular characters. Line up late for her.
Jack Sparrow is out for the party, if you feel the need to celebrate the season with a pirate. He’ll be near his attraction.
Jasmine/Genie and Abu/Aladdin alternate with each other at their meet location in Adventureland.
The Country Bears will be roaming around Frontierland throughout the party.
SO MANY characters meet in Fantasyland during the party, so let’s talk about them all.
In Princess Fairytale Hall, you can meet Cinderella/Charming, Elena, Tiana/Naveen and Rapunzel/Flynn.
On the other side of the carousel from Fairytale Hall, Aurora/Phillip and Snow White/Prince will be meeting guests.
Inside Enchanted Tales, Belle in her blue dress will greet guests in her home.
Ariel/Eric meet outside of Under the Sea.
Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore are another one of the most popular sets of characters. They will meet outside of the Winnie the Pooh attraction starting around 6:30 pm. You can (and should) line up around 5:30 pm if you want to see them.
The Tweedles meet outside of and around Mad Tea Party
Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Scrooge McDuck meet outside of Dumbo and Storybook Circus. This is another popular group that will command long waits.
Goofy meets outside of the Barnstormer and will have a shorter line than Minnie and the Ducks.
Very Merry Food
There are “Holiday Treat” locations marked on the map that you are given when entering the party. These locations are also generally marked by a candy cane inflatable so that you know you can pop in as you tour throughout the night.
At each treat location, you will be offered various cookies. Each location also offers allergy-friendly options.
Specialty Food Options
There are a wide variety of other holiday food options that you can purchase before or at the party. Here are some highlights that you can incorporate into your evening:
- Holiday Dinner Dog (Casey’s Corner)
- Curry Brat Tots (Friar’s Nook)
- Christmas Pork Tamale (Golden Oak Outpost)
- Christmas Wreath Donut (Cart)
- Sweet Potato Pie (Pecos Bill)
- Christmas Tree Cake (Casey’s Corner)
- Sugar Plum Shake (Auntie Gravity’s)
Very Merry Strategy
So how do we incorporate all of this fun and festivity into one party? Here are my recommendations!
Although the party begins at 7 pm, your event ticket grants you access to the Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 pm. You should absolutely take advantage of that “extra” time. Crowds are so low at the Magic Kingdom on party days that most day guests will have already left by 4 pm (even though they can stay until 6 pm). This makes 4 to 7 pm an ideal time to either line up for popular characters or knock out a bunch of attractions.
Enter the park at 4 pm and do the following:
EITHER line up for Jack & Sally
OR complete as many of the following as possible:
- Jingle Cruise (holiday overlay)
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- The Haunted Mansion
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Keep in mind that wait times will be significantly higher than actual wait times. Even major headliners should be averaging a 20 minute wait.
Early Party Hours
At approximately 7 pm, do the following:
- Space Mountain (holiday overlay)
- Tomorrowland Speedway (holiday overlay)
- Monsters Inc Laugh Floor (holiday overlay)
- TTA PeopleMover
Peak Party Hours
From 8:35 pm to 11:00 pm:
- 8:35 pm Totally Tomorrowland Christmas (you may catch this from the PeopleMover)
- 9:25 pm Most Merriest Celebration
- 10:00 pm Minnie’s Firework Show
- 11:00 pm Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
You can opt to stick in place and save your spot between events, or you can hop in line for characters, food, or treats.
Late Party Hours
From 11:20 to midnight:
- Line up for last-minute characters
- Mad Tea Party (holiday overlay)
- Take Photopass pictures
- Shut down the night at a dance party!
A Note About DAS
If you are eligible for DAS, it does work during the Very Merry Christmas Party. I highly recommend using it for character lines rather than attractions, because those lines will always be much longer.
Have you attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year? Or are you planning to attend before the end of the year? Let me know in the comments!