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5 Not to Miss Moments at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

by Jamie Rumph

Beginning November 8th Disney will be celebrating Christmas for 23 magical nights with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!  It’s the BEST way to celebrate the holidays at Disney World.

Here is all you need to know before attending the party plus my top 5 things you won’t want to miss while you’re here!

You’ll also find a touring plan to help you get the most from you Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night!

To see past party pictures, go here!

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates:

Table of Contents

November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

Things to Know:

  • Prices vary based on the party date.
  • Tickets sell out most dates.  Purchase them early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets went on sale in April for the 2019 party dates.
  • Many guests wear their holiday PJs! I think this is so fun!  It’s like a cozy night out.  You’re sure to enjoy PJ’s, hot cocoa and apple cider while enjoying the Magic Kingdom.

My Top Five Don’t Miss Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Moments

  1. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks.  New for 2019!
  2. Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade! My fav.  Keep an eye out for the Toy Soldiers.
  3. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage.
  4. 1 or 2 characters meet and greet – more on this below.  You’ll have to be selective.
  5. Exclusive party merchandise.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party map

Party maps are handed out as you enter the party or can be picked up as you enter.   The specialty map includes the evenings times guide and will help guide you through all things Christmas Party.  I still recommend you have a tentative plan in place to ensure you get through as much of the party as possible.

2018 Map – will be replaced with the 2019 map when it’s available.

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Highlights:

  • Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and other treat stations.  Allergy-friendly treats available!
  • A Frozen Holiday Wish – Elsa lights up the castle 2 times nightly.  Check times guide for times.  Typically 6:15 pm and 8 pm.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – I love this show!  It takes place four times nightly on the Castle Forecourt Stage.
  • VoicePlay – This acapella group will sing your holiday favorites and get you in the holiday spirit.
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade – don’t miss it!  This happens twice each party.
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks – New for 2019 – A 180-degree view fireworks around the Magic Kingdom.
  • The Reindeer Wranglers in Frontierland
  • Rare character meet and greets!
  • Specialty party treats and merchandise

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Entertainment

2018 Party Line Up.  Some things may change for 2019 but we typically see the same general outline each year.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

I love this show with it’s current nods to technology and Christmas traditions.

MIckey's Most Merriest Celebration at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Magic Kingdom

  • 4 times nightly on the Castle forecourt stage.
  • Showtimes: 7:40, 9:25, 10:30 and 11:55

A Frozen Holiday Wish

This can be seen each night at Magic Kingdom, not just on party nights.

Elsa lights up Cinderellas Castle nightly at Magic Kingdom for the holidays

  • Queen Elsa lights up the castle twice nightly.
  • Showtimes: 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm on the Castle forecourt stage.

Once Upon A Christmas Time Parade

I love a good parade and this is one of my favorites!  The Toy Soldiers are a highlight for me!  This party happens twice nightly on party nights. After the party nights have concluded for the year, December 22nd is the last party for 2019, the parade will happen during the day at Magic Kingdom.  Check the times’ guide for daily times.

Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom

  • Parade times: 8:30 and 11:00 pm
  • The parade happens twice nightly and you don’t want to miss it!  This parade is a fantastic flurry of holiday fun!
  • For the most festive views, I suggest you find a spot along Main Street with views of the castle in sight.  Find your spot 45 minutes to an hour prior to parade time.  This is a great time to enjoy a Main Street Bakery party-specific treat.
  • The 8:30 pm parade will be more crowded.  If you’re staying until the end of the party I suggest you watch the 11:00 pm parade for fewer crowds.  Or if you love a parade as much as I do, plan to see them both!

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks – New for 2019

  • Showtime: 10 pm
  • Arrive 30 – 45  minutes prior to pick your viewing location.  I prefer to be at the end of Main Street between Casey’s Corner and where Main Street meets the hub. (the circle in front of the Castle).
  • Remember it’s fireworks!  The majority of it will be high in the sky.
  • Both the Hallowishes and Holiday Wishes long time standing fireworks shows have been replaced in 2019.  If Minnie’s Fireworks show is as good as the new Halloween fireworks show you won’t be disappointed.  However, you should know that a good portion of the show is projected on the castle.  You will have obstructed views of the castle no matter where you stand.  It’s ok!  As long as you can see part of the projections you’ll enjoy the whole show.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

This show is super cute and catchy.  The kids will love it.  Especially lovers of Stitch who spends the party looking for Santa Claus to ensure he’s ready for Christmas Eve.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas featuring Stitch at Magic Kingdom Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

  • Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland
  • Showtimes: 7:45, 8:35, 9:25, 10:45, 11:35

The Edge Effect

Acapella holiday music favorites.  This group performs in between the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show.  Stay seated to see both shows in a row.

  • Showtimes: 8:10, 9:00, 10:20, 11:10 pm
  • Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland

Club Tinsel

A rockin good time to dance with Rudoph, his reindeer friends and the local Polar Bears.  This is a pass-through kind of event for me and my family.  Grab your treat at Cosmic Rays and then dance your way back outside to continue the fun.

Club Tinsel dance party at Tomorrowland Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party meet Rudolph and the Polar Bears

  • Ongoing from 7:00 pm to 12 am
  • Dance party with Santa’s Reindeer and Polar Bears
  • Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam

  • Ongoing from 7:00 pm to 12 am
  • Dance party with Disney Junior characters Vamparina and Timon *subject to change
  • Storybook Circus

Special Character Appearances at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

There are many opportunities to meet some of your favorite rare characters in their holiday attire at the party and also rare character combinations such as a princess and her prince.  You won’t be able to meet them all in one party night.  Make sure you prioritize who’s most important to ensure you have time to meet them.

2018 Character Line Up

The character line up is generally very similar each year.

  • Aladdin with Abu – Agrabah Bazaar in their holiday attire.  The combination of the two of them together makes it a rare meet and greet opportunity.
  • Ariel & Prince Eric – Near Under the Sea.  Rare opportunity to meet them together.
  • Aurora & Prince Philip – Fantasyland near Pinocchios Village Haus. Rare opportunity to meet them together.
  • Belle in her town dress – Fantasyland near Gaston’s
  • Captain Jack Sparrow – Stage near Pirates of the Caribbean (available during regular hours).  I suggest skipping him unless you’re looking to have a family pirate picture taken with him or something of that nature that is specific to the Halloween Party night.
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming – Princess Fairytale Hall.  You’ll also meet Elena of Avalor in the same line.  Rare opportunity to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming together.
  • Country Bears – Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell – Near the Country Bears Jamboree in Frontierland in their holiday attire.  Rare opportunity to meet them all together.
  • Daisy – Fantasyland Train Station in her holiday attire.
  • Donald and Scrooge McDuck – Storybook Circus in their holiday attire.  Scrooge himself is a rare character meeting opportunity coupled with them being together.
  • Elena of Avalor – Princess Fairytale Hall.  You’ll also meet Cinderella and Prince Charming together in the same line.  Rare opportunity to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming together.
  • Jack Skellington & Sally as Sandy Claws – Town Square Theater in their holiday attire.  Rare meet and greet opportunity.
  • Jasmine & the Genie – Agrabah Bazaar in their holiday attire.  The combination of the two of them together makes it a rare meet and greet opportunity.
  • Mary Poppins & Bert – Liberty Square Gazebo.  Rare opportunity to meet them both together.
  • Mickey Mouse – Towne Square Theater in his holiday attire. Meet Mickey in his Christmas Party attire in the Town Square Theater at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Minnie Mouse – Fantasyland Train Station in her holiday attire
  • Moana – Enchanted Tiki Room (rare)
  • Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps – Near Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Rare opportunity to meet them individually and both together.
  • Peter Pan – Adventureland in his holiday attire
  • Rapunzel & Flynn Rider – Princess Fairytale Hall.  You’ll also meet Tiana & Prince Naveen in the same line.  Rare opportunity to meet these princesses and their prince together.
  • Santa Claus – Near City Hall
  • Santa Goofy – Between Barnstormer and Dumbo in his holiday Santa suit! A favorite of mine!   This is the only place to meet Goofy as Santa until after Christmas when he takes the place of Santa through the New Year.
  • Santa’s Reindeer and Polar Bears – Cosmic Rays at Club Tinsel Dance Party.  This is not a typical lineup and meet her character experience.  Do not expect him to stop and pose for a picture.  You’ll have to take action shots.
  • Seven Dwarfs – Storybook Circus near Pete’s Silly Slide Show – rare character meet opportunity.  They’re only at the Halloween and Christmas parties.
  • Snow White & Prince Charming – Fantasyland near Pinocchios Village Haus. Rare opportunity to meet them together.
  • Tiana & Prince Naveen – Princess Fairytale Hall.  You’ll also meet Rapunzel & Flynn Rider in the same line.  Rare opportunity to meet these princesses and their prince together.
  • Tigger & Friends – next to The Many Adventures of Winne the Pooh in their holiday attire.  It also includes Pooh, Eyore, and Piglet.
  • Timon – Disney Jr. Jingle Jam Party at Storybook Circus. This is not a typical lineup and meet the character experience.  Do not expect him to stop and pose for a picture.  You’ll have to take action shots.
  • Vampirina – Disney Jr. Jingle Jam Party at Storybook Circus. This is not a typical lineup and meet the character experience.  Do not expect her to stop and pose for a picture.  You’ll have to take action shots.

Speciality Christmas Treat Locations

There are Seven treat stations included in the party throughout the Magic Kingdom.  In addition to these stations, guests can also purchase additional themed and very Instagramable treats through the park.

Included Treat Stations:

Main Street

  • Red Mickey Santa Sugar CookieMickey Santa Sugar Cookie at Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern – Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone Snow Cones at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party treat stations

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office – Ginger Molasses Cookies and Eggnog

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus – Hot Chocolate, Fruit Flavored Soda and holiday cookies
  • Friars Nook – Chilled Apple Cider and Dove ChocolatesChilled Apple Cider and chocolate Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party treat stations
  • Storybook Circus Snacks – Peppermint Crunch Cookie

Tomorrowland

  • Cosmic Rays – Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Cocoa Snickerdoodle cookies and hot chocolate at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party treat stations
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies- Chocolate Chip Cookie and Sno-Cone

Holiday Speciality Treats for Purchase:

Main Street

  • Main Street Bakery
    • Sugar Rush Jumbo Cupcake Cupcake and Christmas treats at Main Street Bakery Starbucks Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party treat stations
    • Mickey Ornament Gingerbread Cookie – Served at the party only
    • Holiday Mickey Cinnamon Roll
    • Chocolate Yule Log – Gluten Free – Served at the party only
  • Casey’s Corner
    • Ugly Sweater Brownie
    • Poutine Dog – Served at the party only
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlour
    • Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae or Cone

Liberty Square

  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Sandy Claws Dessert – Served at the party only
    • Red Velvet Zero Waffles – Served at the party only

Fantasyland

  • Gaston’s Tavern
    • Gaston’s Cinnamon Roll
    • Vanellope Eclair – Served at the party only
  • Storybook Treats
    • Peppermint Soft Serve Cone
    • Peppermint Soft-Serve Sundae
    • Scrooge McDuck Eggnog Custard (gluten-free) – Served at the party only

Tomorrowland

  • Cosmic Rays
    • Mickey’s Very Berry Lemonade
    • Holiday Burger – Served at the party only
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (closes at 5 pm on party nights)Christmas Cookie Sundae
    • Christmas Cookie Milkshake

Frontierland

  • Pecos Bills
    • Feliz Navidad Nachos – Served at the party only
    • Three Caballeros Spiced Yule Log (gluten-free) – Served at the party only
    • Churro Bites with Red and Green Sugar

Extra Party Dining Options

There are a number of specialty dining add on’s you can purchase to enhance your evening at the party.  Disney also offers guests the opportunity to eat at a handful of table restaurants during the party.  Personally, a regular table service dining experience is NOT how I would spend my party time.  Unless the experience is specific to the party I would save that for another time.

2019 Table Service Dining Options Available During the Party

These restaurants are available to make reservations between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.  Please note, there is nothing special about these reservations.  They are NOT holiday-themed.

  • Be Our Guest
  • Cinderellas Royal Table
  • Crystal Palace
  • The Plaza

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace or Fireworks Party with Plaza Garden Viewing

The dessert party for each of these two options is exactly the same.  At your selected time you’ll arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace and enjoy a buffet of specialty desserts before the fireworks.

Where the two experiences vary is based on where your reserved fireworks spot is.   You’ll either view the fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace or you’ll view them from the Plaza Garden, a gated and grassy area near Main Street.

Personally I prefer the Plaza Garden.  In my opinion, the views are better and it’s slightly less expensive than the Tomorrowland Terrace option.  A win, win in my book!

Plaza Viewing

  • $69 per adult, $41 per child age 3-9
  • 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Terrace Viewing

  • $84 per adult, $50 per child age 3-9
  • 8:30-10:15 pm

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party

This holiday party at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant with alcohol included was a new addition in 2018 and will continue for 2019.

The party includes:

  • Sweet and Savory treats
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Reserved viewing area for the 11 pm holiday parade.
  • Special Photopass photographer inside

You can check-in for the party as early as 2 pm at Tony’s Town Square.  All of the food and beverage are served inside and the reserved viewing is outside.

  • $99 per person
  • Come and go from 9:30-12:30 pm (after party is over)

Photopass Opportunities at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

There are quite a few Photopass and Extra Magic shots throughout the party.  Every time you stop to have your photo taken to make sure you ask the photographer to include any magic shots available.

Note: You must purchase Memory Maker to be able to download your photos that are displayed on your My Disney Experience account.  Memory Maker is a magical extra that I tell all of my clients it’s a must-have!

  • Christmas Tree – Main Street USA
  • Candy Cane – in front of Cinderella’s Castle or on the bridges into Adventureland, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland
  • Festive Tinkerbell – any Main Street photographer
  • Mickey Mouse Cookie Shot – magic shot featuring a large cookie – on the bridges into Adventureland, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland
  • Mistletoe – any Main Street photographer
  • Olaf – animated magic shot – on the bridges into Adventureland, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland
  • Reindeer and Gingerbread Men – Picture in front of the Train Station after going through the ticket entrance but before entering the Magic Kingdom
  • Santa Claus – Candy Cane Garden, near Town Hall – Animated magic shot available
  • Tinker Bell Lantern – Fantasyland near Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Toy Soldiers marching into your photo, animated magic shot – any Main Street photographer

In addition to the Magic Shots, there will be various photo props available specific to the Christmas party.

Exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

Each year in addition to the park-wide holiday merchandise there’s a slew of party-specific merchandise offered to party-going guests.  You must be attending a party to purchase this merchandise and Cast Members are actually very strict about this policy.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise is offered during party hours only and can be found in the following locations:

Full Party Collection:

Tshirts, ornaments, pins, MagicBands and more.

  • Emporium
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Mickey Star Traders

Pins:

  • Emporium
  • Frontier Trading Post
  • Mickey’s Star Traders

Party Magic Band:

  • Frontierland Trading Post
  • Tomorrowland Light and Power Co.

Passholder Specific Merchandise:

  • Emporium
  • Mickey Star Traders

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Card

Do you play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom?  If so, and even if not stop by the Fire Station to pick up your free party-specific collectible playing card.

Open Attractions and Overlays

Most attractions are open during the party however I don’t suggest you spend your party time riding rides.  There is so much more to experience at the party that you can’t do any other time.  The rule at our house is we only ride IF it’s party-specific.

  • Jingle Cruise – an overly on the Jungle Cruise that is available during normal park hours.  I will sometimes make an exception to ride this during the party but only if the lines are short. Jingle Cruise Christmas attraction ride overlay Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party treat stations
  • Mad Tea Party has a holiday lights overlay
  • Tomorrowland Speedway is decked out in holiday decor.  This can also be experienced during regular park hours.
  • Space Mountain holiday overlay – We always love the Space Mountain party overlays.
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor with a holiday twist

Touring Plan for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

In order to make the most of your party time, I would have a plan in place before arriving for the evening.

Please note that I have NOT covered all of the special attraction overlays or character meet and greets. It is impossible to do everything the party has to offer in one evening.  If there is something you really want to do but I have not listed please swap your priorities with an item on my touring plan you don’t want to do.

Notes: Treat Stations and dance parties (Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam and Club Tinsel) should be attended as you pass by them on the way to your next prioritized location.

* notates characters that are popular and may have extremely long waits

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Be at the ticket gate and entering the Magic Kingdom at 3:45 pm.
  • Follow Cast Member directions and enter the bypass street to collect your first Holiday Treat.
  • Pick one to two photo opportunities in the bypass that have short waits.  Save the others for later in the evening if you have time.

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Pick one of your top three popular characters and head that direction.
    • Jack Skellington & Sally as Sandy Claws*Seven Dwarfs*  typically have the longest wait times. You should be in line at least 30 minutes prior to your top character’s arrival possibly sooner for Jack Skellington & Sally or the Seven Dwarfs.  These are the two most popular character meet and greets at the party and the lines easily have 2-3 hour waits throughout the night.
  • Depending on how long your first character meet took you can choose a second character to meet.  Ideally, it would not be one of the most popular characters unless your party priorities are only meeting rare characters.

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Ride attractions that have “Holiday Overlays”

Note: choose the attraction you are most interested in riding.  If there is time, you can choose your second choice and so on.

  • Ride Space Mountain with it’s Holiday overlay
  • Skip Tomorrowland Speedway (this is also available with the holiday decor during normal park hours)
  • Watch Monsters Inc with a holiday twist
  • Ride the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups with the holiday overlay (if the line is more than 30 minutes I would skip this)

*Stop at the three Fantasyland treat stations if riding Mad Tea Party or taking Magic Shots.

8:15 pm – apx 8:30 pm  – A Frozen Holiday Wish – Castle Forecourt Stage

Stay for the 8:30 parade OR head to Tomorrowland to watch A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Edge Effect.  Personally, I would go to Tomorrowland and catch the late parade at 11 pm where it’s less crowded.  

8:35 pm – apx 8:50 pm  – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas – Rockettower Plaza Stage, Tomorrowland

9:00 pm – apx 9:15 pm- Edge Effect – Rockettower Plaza Stage, Tomorrowland

*Stop at the two treat stations in Tomorrowland while you’re here for the attractions/shows/Magic Shots.

Please note, I’ve only covered 5 of the 7 treat stations.  If those are a priority to you, eliminate attractions or character meets.

10:00 pm – 10:25 pm – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks

  • Arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Find your place on Main Street for Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks.  I suggest sitting somewhere near Casey’s Corner for the best view of the fireworks.  If you find a spot on the curb you can easily sit right there and wait for the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade after the fireworks.

11:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

  • Find a spot on the curb on Main Street to watch the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade.  The parade route will fill up quickly so it’s best to get a spot as soon as the fireworks are over.  One person can hold the spot while another grabs a treat from the Boardwalk Bakery or other nearby locations or wander in the stores to pick up party merchandise.
  • The parade goes from Frontierland through Liberty Square and them makes its way in front of Cinderella Castle and down Main Street then back out by the Firestation.  You can line up anywhere along this route.  I personally prefer to see the parade down Main Street. It’s extra magical to me.  But if you’re indifferent or find yourself near Frontierland or Liberty Square watching from here is an option.
  • For optimal viewing make a reservation for Tony’s Most Merriest Christmas Party which includes reserved seating for the 11 pm parade directly behind the Christmas tree on Main Street looking towards Cinderella Castle.

12:00 am – 12:25 am– Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebrations

  • After the parade is over move towards Cinderella Castle forecourt stage and find a spot to see Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.  If you are in front of the Partner’s statue you’ll have a good viewing spot.

12:25 am until late

  • After Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, you can use this time to take your Magic Shots on Main Street and shop in the stores for party merchandise.
  • All attractions will be closed but Main Street remains open until the wee hours of the night letting guests shop and enjoy treats down Main Street.

FAQ’s

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

Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party vary in price between $99 per adult, $94 per child up to $139 per adult, $134 per child.  The ticket price increases the closer you get to Christmas and on weekends with the most expensive tickets on the last two party nights, December 20th  and 22nd.

How do I purchase tickets to the party?

To purchase tickets to the party please email me at Jamie@LOTMV.com or contact your favorite Love of the Magic Vacations travel advisor.

*When you purchase tickets through me I make a small commission and it helps to reach our Disney sales goals.  You pay the same price as if you purchased them directly through Disney.

What do I wear to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

  • Many guests wear Christmas PJ’s to the party.  The weather can vary greatly this time of year so check before you go.
  • Holiday attire such as ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas themed T-shirts.
  • Dressing for the occasion is highly recommended.
  • Normal Disney dress code applies and costumes are not allowed for anyone over the age of 14.

Dressing for Florida weather

Although it is the winter season during the party it’s not cold like other parts of the country.  Temperatures vary between the high 60’s to mid-’80s. It is entirely possible that you could be very warm during the party so make sure you don’t choose clothing that is winter weight.  In fact, I suggest you wear lightweight pants or shorts and bring a hoodie or jacket when the temperatures get cooler in the evenings.  Watch the weather and know that some nights the temperature can dip into the 60’s.  In Florida, that’s cold so be prepared!  Typically you’ll be pretty warm though.

To see past Christmas Party pictures, go here!

What time does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party start?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts at 7 pm, but party guests can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm with your party ticket.

The Magic Kingdom will close for day guests beginning at 6 pm and guests will be ushered out of the park at this time.  Many day guests stay to watch a “Frozen Holiday Wish” when Elsa lights up Cinderella’s Castle at 6:15 pm and then exits the park.

Do I have to exit if I’m a Magic Kingdom Day guest and have tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Guests who do not have a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be asked to leave the Magic Kingdom.  Party wristbands are checked throughout the park and guests are slowly and politely ushered towards the exit.

If you are a day guest staying for the party you do not need to exit the Magic Kingdom and reenter with your party ticket. Cast Members will be stationed throughout the Magic Kingdom distributing party wristbands.  You should, however, head to the Main Street bypass (this runs behind Main Street from Tony’s Town Square to Tomorrowland Terrace) and pick up your party goodies and take the first few pictures of the night.

What time should I arrive at the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

To get the full benefits of your party ticket I suggest you arrive and be ready to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm for a 7 pm party start time.  At a bare minimum be at the park gates by 6:30 pm so you’re ready to go when the party starts at 7 pm.

How do I enter the Magic Kingdom as a party guest?

After arriving at the Magic Kingdom Main Gate area you follow the signs directing party guest entrance.  This is typically on the far right side of the ticket turnstiles.

After scanning your ticket you will be given a party wristband. The wristband shows Cast Members that you have purchased a party ticket and can stay for the evening’s events.

Will I be asked to leave if I don’t have a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party?

Yes.  If you are still in the Magic Kingdom after 6 pm Cast Members will ask to see your wristband to move through the park as the party begins.  If you do not have a wristband you won’t be allowed to proceed through the park but will instead be ushered towards the exit.  They are pros at this!

Can I use my Dining Plan for Minnie’s Fireworks Dessert Party’s or Tony’s Merriest Town Square Party?

The Disney Dining Plan credits can not be used for Minnie’s Wonderful Fireworks Dessert Party or  Tony’s Merriest Town Square Party.  Guest’s credit cards will be charged in full at the time of reserving the party.

Reservations can be made here.

Can I use my Dining Plan for the specialty treats sold at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Most specialty treats can be purchased with your Disney Dining Plan snack or quick service credits.  Each item will be noted on the menu with the Disney Dining Plan symbol.

What else can we do while we’re at Disney World to celebrate the holidays?

I love the holidays and the extra magic it brings to Disney World.  One of my favorite things to do is resort hop to see all of the holiday displays and Christmas trees.  You can do this too!  Use my Disney World Holiday Resorts Tour to see them all!

Check out the International Festival of the Holidays at Epcot.  I really enjoy seeing how the rest of the world celebrates the holidays.

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