It is almost time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. Are you and your family making plans to attend a party night? It has been a few years since our last time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but we have gone multiple times in the past. We have made some really great memories when we visit during this time, and it definitely gets you in the Christmas spirit!
There are so many things to see and do at Walt Disney World Resort during Christmastime. I have an article on all of the holiday activities that will take place at Walt Disney World Resort this year here. I would put Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party near the top of the list of things to do during the holidays, especially if you have never been before. I think you and your family would enjoy it! The only hesitation I have in going this year is that it is a little expensive (you do have to purchase a separate ticket for this event), and we did splurge and go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (this is my favorite!). There are 21 nights scheduled for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party compared to 32 party nights for MNSSHP, and that means they will be a little more crowded. It is very popular!
Dates for the party nights
November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
The party is from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $89 for adults and $84 for children (3-9). They go as high as $109/adult and $104/child.
For more information and to order tickets, head to Disneyworld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY.
I also wanted to share some tips that I have for enjoying Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. They are pretty similar to my tips for MNSSHP, but there are some differences. 🙂
See my 12 tips below, and I hope that you have a chance to go to MVMCP!!!
1. Choose your time wisely
Tickets are non-refundable, and that means if it rains, you will not be refunded. That being said, it does make it a little bit difficult to plan ahead. If you only have a certain time frame that you are visiting, you may be able to pick from a couple of dates during your stay. But, you do have to be careful as to how long you take in making a decision on which date you want to attend, as some dates may sell out.
2. Discounted tickets
There are discounts for a variety of things like being an Annual Passholder, a Disney Vacation Club member and if you purchase the day before.
3. Rest up
Get some rest on the day you are planning on going to the party. You will be doing a lot of walking and standing during the night!!
4. Arrive early
Disney allows guests that have a ticket for MVMCP to arrive as early as 4:00 p.m. YAY! Get in early, get your wrist band for the party and a guidemap that lists all of the evening’s festivities. It is nice to grab a meal before the party begins, so that you are all ready to go when 7:00 p.m. comes around – Party Time! 🙂
5. Plan your night
There are some fun things planned! After you have picked up your guidemap with all of the times for the events listed below, plan your night!
Take a peek at the events during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:
Holiday Wishes fireworks
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Frozen Holiday Wish castle-lighting ceremony
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show
Complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and more
Snow flurries on Main Street
Characters in their Christmas outfits
Be sure to get your spot early for the parade, stage shows and fireworks. The parade will run twice, and the crowd levels may be less during the 2nd parade. Out of this list, I definitely recommend watching Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, Frozen Holiday Wish (beautiful!) and grabbing as many cookies and cocoa you can! 🙂
Just a little note to let you know that Frozen Holiday Wish castle-lighting ceremony happens on a regular park day from November 9 – December 31. Plus, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be taking place daily from December 23 – December 31 on a regular park days. This may help you in making a decision if you even want to purchase a ticket for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but be aware that the crowd levels will be very high the closer it is to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
If you arrive early, you can use the FastPass+ system until 7:00 p.m. After the party starts, FastPass+ is not available.
7. Check out the specialty food & merchandise
There will be special treats and merchandise available to purchase during MVMCP.
Where to purchase treats:
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Main Street Bakery
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Where to purchase special merchandise:
Emporium – event t-shirts and MagicBand
Box Office Gifts – MagicBand
Big Top Souvenirs – event t-shirts and trading pins
Mickey’s Star Traders – t-shirts
8. Character meet and greets
More than 15 beloved Disney characters are dressed in their Christmas attire for the party. It is fun for you and your family to get your picture taken with them, get a hug and receive their autographs. Check your mapguide to see where they are located. The wait times are usually pretty high during MVMCP, so be aware of that. Pick the characters you really want to see and check their lines first. 🙂
9. Clothing & bags
Nights may be a little cooler, and you should dress for your visit appropriately. If you get chilly easily, bring a jacket and wear pants. Wear good walking shoes so that you don’t get blisters! And, as I mentioned for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, bring the least amount of items to carry that you can. Pack a small bag for the essentials, so that you can get around easier and enjoy the night!
Hit up the rides you want during the time that the shows and the parades are running. The wait times are shorter. Plus, as the night goes on, you will be able to hop on them quicker too, as the crowd levels thin out.
Some of the attractions that were open during MVMCP in 2016 (not for sure if they will all be open this year):
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Jingle Cruise – it’s a special presentation of Jungle Cruise
Country Bear Jamboree
The Haunted Mansion
It’s A Small World
Peter Pan’s Flight
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Princess Fairytale Hall
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
11. Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages
I wanted to mention this option, but it is not something that we have ever done. Plus, I am not sure it is worth the money. That is just my opinion. You can fill up on the complimentary goodies you want and find a good spot for the fireworks elsewhere. But, here are the details on the Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages below from Disney.
Sweeten your celebration with a delectable dessert buffet and spectacular views of holiday fireworks. It’s a fantastic finale to your evening at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
Choose from 2 premium dessert packages:
Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace: Features reserved seating throughout the experience—both during the dessert party and the fireworks.
Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing: Features reserved seating during the dessert party and a reserved standing area during the fireworks.
No matter which package you choose, you can look forward to outstanding views of the holiday fireworks bursting high above Cinderella Castle. Click here for all of the information from Disney.
12. Have fun
Just remember to have fun. Having too many things scheduled may be a bit stressful. You will not be able to do everything!! I hope that you have a chance to go and have a great time with your family. Eat lots of cookies and enjoy the hot cocoa! Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!!!