November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Held at Magic Kingdom
The below information is about the 2015 Christmas Party. While most of it will remain accurate for 2016, it will be updated when details become available.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a hugely popular event, well, actually a series of events, at the Magic Kingdom that happens in the two months leading up to Christmas. These parties are after-hours, separately ticketed happenings scheduled several times per week in November and December. They usually start the first week in November and run 2-3 times per week through the week before Christmas.
The Christmas Party is an after-hours event, meaning that the Magic Kingdom closes at 7 pm to all except those who have party tickets. The 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party prices are as follows (prices do not include tax).
Dates: Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19; Dec. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 Advance Purchase Price (adults/children): $74 / $69 Day of Event Price (adults/children): $79 / $74
Dates: Nov. 20, 29; Dec. 4, 11, 17 Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $79 / $74
Dates: Dec. 18 Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $82/ $77
It should be noted that any guest with a Christmas Party ticket can enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 pm and stay until the party ends at midnight, meaning that it is quite easy to save a day on Magic Your Way tickets. This practice is not officially advertised by Disney, but it has been in existence for many years and Cast Members will readily confirm this information.
What a Ticket Gets You
The price of your ticket does not simply gain you admission to the Magic Kingdom, there are several fun aspects that are unique to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as well.
If you really want to meet rarely seen characters such as the Seven Dwarfs, the Christmas Parties are one of the few opportunities to do so. Unfortunately, this septuplet and other rarely seen characters such as Captain jack Sparrow get the longest lines at the holiday event.
It is not uncommon for people to line up for the Dwarfs around 5:30 pm…and they start meeting guests at 7! There are a lot of other characters around as well with more agreeable waits such as the Jasmine and Abu, Winnie the Pooh, and Princess Tiana with Prince Naveen, so you’ll want to decide ahead of time just how important meeting some of these Disney celebrities are and how long you are willing to wait.
Another reasonably popular meet and greet opportunity is to stop in and see the princesses, who have dragged their princes out to meet the adoring public for this special event. These meets are popular, but don't always get the long lines because people aren't always aware of them. Make sure you ask the Cast Member outside of Princess Fairytale Hall who is inside as the princes can come and go.
If you want to visit some characters without wasting valuable party time, many of the regular characters are out in their Christmasey best including Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. There is no shortage of available meets, but there is a shortage of time so prioritizing is of utmost importance.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show is a show…about Christmas…held in Tomorrowland. Totally! It is a stage performance held near Space Mountain that lasts about 20 minutes and is held several times per Party. It stars an eclectic mix of characters including Mike Wazowski (from Monsters Inc.) and Stitch as well as some super-energetic human hosts. It is a fun time, especially with children, but is as much a dance party as a show. We’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing.
Celebrate the Season Show
One of the centerpieces of the Very Merry Christmas Party, the Celebrate the Season Show reminds of Christmas at Radio City Music Hall (a.k.a. The Rockettes) pared down to 20 minutes and including several classic Disney characters.
It is usually held 3 times per Christmas Party, with the latest one being the least busy. Since this performance is at the Castle Stage it is visible from just about anywhere in The Hub, but also draws a fairly large crowd.
Celebrate the Magic is a wonderfully light holiday spectacular featuring dozens of dancers, classic Christmas crooning, a few fun fireworks, and ends with a sugary sweet sing-a-long. It is predictable and corny, yet will flood the hearts of all but the Scroogiest spectators with Christmas spirit.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
The special Christmas themed Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is a fun, festive experience that is one of the highlights of the Very Merry Christmas Party. While it can be similar to a normal Magic Kingdom parade, there are a few joyful differences that remind you of the season.
For one, Mickey and Minnie do not end this parade, they start it. That is because only one family can end a Christmas parade (hint: surname Claus). In addition, there are some extra marchers that you wouldn’t normally see, such as reindeer or toy soldiers. If you decide to stake out a spot on Main Street U.S.A. you will also be rewarded with magical Disney snow! Okay, it’s not real snow but who cares? It’s Christmas magic!
There is usually two parades each party and they are very popular. The second parade will be far less crowded than the first, so see that one if you can. If you intend on seeing the first one, line up for your spot plenty early. An hour should do it, especially if you go to a slightly less popular viewing location such as Frontierland (although the added ambiance of Main Street U.S.A. makes that location our recommendation). You should be aware that this parade starts in Frontierland rather than on Main St., so make sure not to arrive late!
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
As if all of that Parade wasn’t enough, the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties also feature a fantastic fireworks spectacular. Holiday Wishes is a remarkable show featuring unusual bursts, perimeter fireworks (that seem to come from everywhere around you), and a heartwarming score of holiday favorites. With the special Castle holiday lighting it really is a wonderful experience
There is only one performance of Holiday Wishes, usually at 9:30 pm, and it is a must see. A sizeable portion of the crowds depart following the fireworks which make the final two hours of the party even more manageable.
Free. Food. Yeah, now we’ve got your attention. Okay, okay, free is a stretch considering the amount you pay to enter the party, but still, complimentary cocoa and cookies is a good thing. At stations throughout the Magic Kingdom, Cast Members hand out snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, and apple juice to any guest who wants them.
If anyone has a particular food allergy, Guest Services at City Hall has allergy-free options.
As if you didn’t have enough to keep you busy at the Christmas party, many of the popular attractions remain open during the event. Since the party is a limited-ticket event, lines for the rides are at a minimum. Although it is hard to recommend using valuable party time to ride an attraction that is open every day, if there is something you have been itching to get on the party may be a good time.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an event with a limited amount of tickets. That means that the Magic Kingdom will never be as busy during a party as it will on a crowded day. That said, the nature of the party means that crowds will be concentrated around the events, especially the parade and fireworks. This may make it seem more crowded than it is.
If you have a choice of parties to attend, they are busier the closer Christmas gets. If you can attend one in early to mid-November you will find it less crowded than one in late December. Day of the week tends to matter as well, with Monday through Thursday evenings being less busy than the weekend events.
Last updated by Brian McNichols on March 23, 2016