Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2017

(Article last updated: May 10, 2017)

The biggest event held during the holidays is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) which takes place on select evenings at Magic Kingdom in November and December. It features exclusive holiday entertainment, snow falling on Main St., and complimentary treats.

Let's dive into the details...

Dates, cost, and times for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

This is a special event with its own ticket.

2017 event dates are:

  • November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

People often ask about the least crowded parties and which days they should attend. November party dates will almost always be less busy than December dates, and Tuesdays are usually less crowded than parties offered on other days of the week.

Tickets for 2017 went on sale May 10 and can be purchased on DisneyWorld.com or by calling 407-WDISNEY. Prices vary depending on the date you plan to attend.

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Tickets are non-refundable, even if there's bad weather. For this reason, I used to advise people to wait to get their party tickets until they got to Disney World so they see how the weather was going to be. However, many party dates sold out in the last couple of years so I now suggest buying them ahead of time if you're pretty certain you want to attend.

The party events begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight. People with event tickets can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m.* to enjoy the park in its "regular" state before the party officially kicks off at 7. You do not need a regular park ticket to visit Magic Kingdom on this day if you have a party ticket and arrive at 4 or later.

*If you do not go to another park this day and enter Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. with your party ticket, you can make FastPass+ reservations ahead of time for 4-7 p.m. FastPass+ isn't available once the party officially begins at 7.

This was the map for the 2016 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
(Click to view the full-sized PDF)

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Visiting after the final party date?

Special holiday entertainment shown during this party will be shown daily after the last party of the year (since the last party in 2017 will be on December 22, this entertainment will be shown in the parks daily beginning December 23). Everybody with regular theme park admission will get to enjoy these things (and the busy crowds) without a special ticket.

Here are the events that take place during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:

Castle Dream Lights and A Frozen Holiday Wish

Not only does the castle look different during the holidays, but there's a little ceremony that precedes the lighting of the castle.

From early November to early January, Queen Elsa from Frozen appears twice each evening to get the Castle Dream Lights lit up for the night in a 7 minute show called "A Frozen Holiday Wish." On party nights, the times for this are 6:30 and 8:15 p.m.

I don't think Disney communicates the details of this show clearly because they want people to think this is only part of the Christmas party but the party doesn't begin until 7 p.m. and the first showing occurs daily before that time.

Tip: The best place to watch the stage show is close to the stage. If you want to be able to view the whole castle better, it's best to stand back a little bit further. Show up about 30 minutes beforehand to make sure you get a good spot to watch.

Mickey's Once upon a Christmastime Parade

This special holiday parade takes place at 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Marching toy soldiers, reindeer, gingerbread men, classic characters dressed in their holiday best and Santa Claus himself appear in this super fun parade.

Parade tip: See the second showing of the parade for lighter crowds (plus you can spend time doing other things during the first parade). Secure a spot on Main St. toward the front of the park. Viewing from there provides the best ambiance: the brightly-lit castle as a backdrop, the storefronts decorated for the holidays and snow falling overhead.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2017

Holiday Wishes Fireworks

This special version of Wishes fireworks takes place at 10:00p.m.

Tip: Viewing suggestions for this show are basically the same as the regular fireworks show.

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A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show

Shown nightly at 9:20, 10:45 and 11:45 p.m. on the stage between Space Mountain and The Carousel of Progress, this funny show lasts for about 20 minutes and includes Stitch, characters from Monsters, Inc., Buzz and others.

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Shown 4 times per night (7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, 12:00am), Disney Parks Blog describes the show this way:

“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Look for Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more!

Featuring medleys of delightful holiday songs both classic and contemporary, along with special effects, magical projections and beloved Disney characters, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will be presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage on nights when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is offered, November 7 to December 22, 2016."

VoicePlay

This a cappella singing group performs on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at 8:05 p.m., 8:55 p.m., 10:15 p.m., and 11:10 p.m. on party nights.

Meet and greet opportunities with Disney Characters

Throughout the entire party, there are opportunities to meet with lots of different characters.

These are the characters that were available at the 2016 party. Will update with 2017 info when it's released.

  • Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps - Tomorrowland
  • Captain Jack Sparrow - Adventureland
  • Peter Pan and Wendy - Fantasyland, near Peter Pan's Flight
  • Aladdin with Abu, Jasmine with Genie - Adventureland
  • Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws - Storybook Circus (very popular! He even sometimes shows up early.)
  • Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Daisy, Minnie - Storybook Circus
  • Santa Goofy - near Barnstormer
  • Tiana and Naveen - Liberty Square
  • Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell - Liberty Square
  • Seven Dwarfs - Fantasyland near Mine Train (very popular! Line up by 6 to meet them.)
  • Princesses with their princes - You can meet Elena of Avalor, Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, Snow White with her Prince, Cinderella with her Prince, Rapunzel with Flynn Rider and Princess Tiana with Prince Naveen. Princess Tiana, Elena of Avalor, Cinderella,  Aurora, and Rapunzel are in Princess Fairytale Hall. Snow White is in Fantastyland near Pricness Fairytale Hall. Line up at 6:30 for this.
  • Tigger and Friends - Fantasyland near Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Santa Claus - Town Square (popular, but you can meet him during the day)
  • Mary Poppins, Bert, and Penguin - Town Square
  • Mickey Mouse - Town Square Theater
  • Tinker Bell - Town Square Theater
  • Merida - Fairytale Garden, to the right of the castle
  • Gaston - near Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland
  • Ariel - in Ariel's Grotto in Fantasyland

Character Dance Party

Throughout the whole evening, the Club Tinsel dance party takes place continuously at Cosmic Ray's in Tomorrowland.

For people who like characters, this is a fun way to interact with them. They won't be signing autographs but it's a chance to enjoy them in a different way than you normally would.

Many Magic Kingdom attractions will be open

Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, but many will and with very little wait times.

Please note that FastPass+ is not available during the party (and for most attractions, it's not needed anyway).

Here are the attractions that were open during the 2016 party.

  • Adventureland - Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Swiss Family Treehouse, and Jingle Cruise
  • Frontierland - Splash Mountain
  • Liberty Square - The Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland - Princess Fairytale Hall, Peter Pan's Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mickey's Philharmagic, it's a small world, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Barnstormer, Mad Tea Party, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Tomorrowland - Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Shopping for event merchandise

During the party, there's exclusive merchandise available to purchase. Here's what was available for 2016:

  • Emporium (Main Street) - event t-shirts and MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs (Storybook Circus in Fantasyland) - event t-shirts and trading pins
  • Mickey's Star Traders (Tomorrowland) - event t-shirts
  • Box Office Gifts (to the right just after entering MK) - MagicBand

Food options

You can get complimentary treats at these locations:

  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland) - Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle cookie
  • Heritage House (Liberty Square) - Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookie
  • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland) - Snow Cone and Snowman Sugar Cookie
  • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland) - Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookie
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow (Fantasyland) - Spiced Apple Cider and Snowman Sugar Cookie

Specialty seasonal treats will be available to purchase at these spots:

  • Main Street Bakery (Main Street) - Frozen Snowflake Cupcake, Peppermint Cupcakes, and Holiday Cookies
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street) - Holiday Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland) - Holiday Tree Cupcakes
  • Sleepy Hollow (Liberty Square) - Pumpkin Waffle Sundae
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) - Very Merry Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Some dining locations remain open for the party. For 2016 you had these options:

  • Main Street - Casey's Corner, Main Street Bakery, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Frontierland - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (open until 11), Westward Ho
  • Liberty Square - Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square Market, Columbia Harbor House
  • Fantasyland - Pinnochio Village Haus, Storybook Treats, Gaston's Tavern
  • Tomorrowland - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and Cool Ship (until 11)

Special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card available

A special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card is available to partygoers. In 2016 the card was titled "Goofy’s Festive Fiasco" and, according to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, “celebrates the glorious holiday chaos created by Goofy as he attempts to decorate for the season!”mvmcp_sotmk_card

 

For more info, see this guide to how Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom works.

Tips and a sample touring plan

You have 5 hours to enjoy the special events that take place during this party so use your time wisely.

Things you should do:

  • Watch the parade but wait until the second one since it's less busy and you can do other things during the first one.
  • See the fireworks.
  • Attend the shows - they are exclusive to this party and can't be seen any other time of year.

Things you should not spend time doing:

  • Eating - you can get treats at many locations and there are some restaurants open, but I wouldn't spend too much time on that. Be sure to eat before the events begin so you can spend your time doing other things.
  • Doing things that are not exclusive to this party which includes meeting some characters and riding rides. If you're attending on a busy night, focus on the exclusive things as opposed to things you could ride during the day. If you're attending on a less busy night, the short lines for rides are a lot of fun to take advantage of.

Here's a sample touring plan for the party:

  • If you want to do a popular character meet, line up early. If you want to meet popular characters like Jack Skellington and Sandy Claws, line up around 4:30 for that (he often shows up before the party begins, sometimes as early as 5). If you want to meet the Seven Dwarfs, line up around 6:00 so you can see them as soon as they begin meeting people at 7. Want to meet the princesses w/their princes? Get in line around 6:30.
  • Frozen Holiday Wish at 8:15 p.m. (or at 6:30 p.m. before the party begins)
  • Go on some rides, pick up some complimentary treats, attend the dance party or watch VoicePlay
  • Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration at 9:25 p.m.
  • Fireworks at 10 p.m.
  • Parade at 11 p.m.
  • Rides, cookies, character dance party
  • Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show at 11:45 p.m.

Is it worth it?

For about $100, you get up to 8 hours in the park with an exclusive parade and fireworks, special character interactions, low wait times on rides, and complimentary treats.

I happen to love the Christmas party and do think it's worth it for most people, although due to the late hours, I don't suggest it for most families with young children who would struggle to stay up that late.

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This party is just 1 of many things happening at Disney World in November and December. For the full list of events, see my guide to Disney World during the holidays.

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Brandy

Do the early November dates generally sell out? We want to go November 12th (flying in on 11th) and trying to decide whether to buy now or wait to see how the weather is.

Todd

My family and I are visiting in November of 2017. Do you have a general idea of when this year’s dates will be announced? I’m looking to make my daily touring plans, but the availability of the MK at night may alter what I’m thinking (especially booked at Bay Lake Tower). Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Heather

I’m planning a trip for 2017 and the group wants to attend the Christmas Party. Comparing dates to 2016, I noticed that on December 1st, the calendar said the price of tickets was for same day purchase. We are planning on attending the party on November 30th (hoping that 2017’s days will be similar to 2016’s days), but were really hoping to purchase our tickets in advance. Do they really not offer every party day ahead of time? If it really is a same day purchase, can I buy them early online? We fly to Orlando the morning we’re planning to attend the party, but I’ll get up extra early if I have to so that I can order tickets before we leave. I just want to make sure we have tickets to that night’s party.

Cassie Wharton

Thank you Shannon and Heather for all of this work you do! I have had so many questions answered by just searching your website! There are no words to express how much less stressed I am because of you! 318 days until our trip!

Dean

Visiting after the final party date?
Special holiday entertainment shown during this party will be shown daily after the last party of the year (since the last party in 2016 will be on December 22, this entertainment will be shown in the parks daily beginning December 23).

What all does the ‘Holiday entertainment’ include? The parade and stage shows? Waited too long to get tickets for the 22nd and will be there for the 25th. Preciate your time in advance.

Linda

Hi, will a regular pass work for this event? I assume you can stay pass 7 using a regular ticket but won’t be able to go on any rides after that?

Courtney

Hi Linda,
Once the clock strikes 7pm, cast members will be on the lookout for anyone not wearing a Christmas party wristband. If you have not paid for a party ticket, you will be gently escorted out of the park.

Meg

Question!!! This is my daughter’s first visit, she’s 3 and all she wants to do is meet the princesses and see the Frozen show. You mentioned line up at 630, is this for MVMC event ticket holders only? We already bought the day pass to Magic Kingdom so struggling to see worth in it since with the time zone change 8pm EST is pushing it as it’s 10p her usual time at home. If the princess meet & greet that has them all together is only included in the event tickets than we’ll have to. The only character fast pass sign ups are for 1-2 characters so getting to meet all at once is an advantage and time saver.

JW

Biggest disappointment ever- cannot believe what they charge for this and what you get! Many attractions & especially character greetings were way more than 30+ minute waits! Fireworks & stage show were good but still not worth the admission price. Much more crowded than expected-never again??

Lisa Z

We are here at MVMCP tonight and Jack is now in the gazebo in Liberty Square.

Jenn Becker

We are wrapping up our evening at the Christmas party on Dec 4th right now. We followed the sample touring plan with the exception of watching the Tomorrowland Christmas Show at 7:40 right before Voice Play. It has all worked out perfectly and we got to do everything we wanted to with fantastic views. The entire night could not have been more magical for all of us from 5yo to 75yo. Thanks so much for the tips!

Michelle

We went last night on 12/3/2016. The crowds were not as big as we expected. I think the park did a decent job of getting the others out the best they could before the Christmas Party started. We did come at 4:00PM and had fast passes set up for 3:15pm to 4:15; 4:15 to 5:15 and then 5:15 to 6:15 so we got some major rides out of the way beforehand and rode a couple of more even before the 7:00PM party started.
We walked up near the castle at the end of the 1st parade and was able to secure a spot in front of the castle for the 9:25 stage show and fireworks. Maybe not the best viewing for the fireworks but seeing the front of the castle coordinate with the fireworks and music was fun. After the parade we rode a ride on our way to Frontier land, had some cookies and caught the 11:00PM parade.
Lines for the rides in general were 20 minutes or less except for a couple of the bigger rides. The lines for the characters were the same as any other day at Disney; probably even less. The line for the 7 Dwarfs was much longer around 7PM so we skipped it and meant come back but never did.
There is just so much to do from 7:00PM to 12:00PM and there really is no way to do it all in 5 hours. I left happy with what we did for being our 1st time at the party. I know that living in Florida I can come back next year and see some of the favorites and do what we missed this year. We did not do that many character meet and greets as I would have wanted.
I was somewhat disappointed in lack of Christmas decorations. Main Street is beautiful but that really is the only area of the park that has any major Christmas decorations.

Randee

Can anyone tell me how much the adult size MVMCP t-shirts & the ornament sell for?

Thanks!

Amber

This is an awesome guide. Unfortunately the day we planned to take our little one is sold out. I was curious though, you mentioned that special holiday shows are still done after the last party during the day – do you know which ones by chance?

Kristen Cowden

Is there any way to get an extra ticket to a sold out date? I just found out we will have my stepson and now the night myself, my hubby, and son are going is sold out. Any ideas on where I can find a single ticket? I have heard that people sell extras at the gate. Is this a common occurrence? We are going Dec 16th btw. Thanks for any help!

Daniel Krause

Not that impressed. We were led to the impression that the employees swept the park around 7pm and all that are left are the ticket holders. We did not see that happen as it was very very crowded around the castle stage and the parade. These were the two events we wanted to share with our 4 year old granddaughter, but the crowds wee too large to get close. It appears you can stay and not buy a ticket and still see all the shows and the parade. You might not be able to ride the rides, but we did not go to this event for the rides. Although the few rides she did go on, no one was checking whether you were wearing a band or not. If you want to see the shows, just stay and not waste your money on the tickets. Will not go back for this nor recommend to friends.

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