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On select nights in November and December, the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a hard ticket event, meaning that guests will need to purchase a separate ticket specifically for the party. Tickets range from $105 to $155 with discounts available to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. The party is very popular with many nights generally selling out.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is known for its entertainment offerings and party atmosphere. While most of the park’s attractions are open and line are generally very short due to attendance at the party being capped at much less than a typical operating day, it’s not advised to spend the party riding attractions. This is because while lines are shorter, there’s really nothing different about the rides compared to any other day.
You’re best served enjoying the entertainment that’s exclusive to the party. The Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a new stage show on the castle forecourt hosted by Mickey and featuring some of your favorite characters. The Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show mixes a colorful pyrotechnic display with classic Christmas music and the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is one of the best parades put on by Disney. The best place to view both of these on Main Street where the red and green floodlights and snow (Yes, you read that right, snow) make it the best place to enjoy the night’s entertainment.
The party also features a variety of special character meet and greets, the most exclusive being Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Seven Dwarfs, and Jack Sparrow. Guest favorites like Mickey, Minnie, and friends as well as Winnie the Pooh and friends meet in their Christmas attire.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also has a variety of exclusive party merchandise for purchase including t-shirts, pins, and magicbands, including exclusive merchandise for Annual Passholders. It doesn’t stop with merchandise; there is also specialty food created just for the Very Merry Christmas Party guests. These include cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches.
Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies up the Christmas atmosphere. Guests just need to show their party wristband at the designated snack locations to enjoy the free treats.
Finally, the best part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party might be the feeling you get standing on Main Street with the Christmas music playing and the snow, albeit artificial snow falling. It never gets old is one of the most magical experiences you could have at the Magic Kingdom. Explore the rest of the park as each land will have it’s own thematically appropriate Christmas music playing, such as country in Frontierland and Caribbean music in Adventureland.
The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event was held on December 16, 1983. Holiday Wishes debuted at the party in 2005. A couple of years later in 2007, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade debuted replacing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show replaced Holiday Wishes in 2019.