Ready for some holiday fun?
Disney Very Merriest After Hours kicks off this November 8 at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
While not identical to the very popular Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there’s still a lot to love about this new specially ticketed event.
Here’s everything you need to know, including dates, prices, and our tips for making the most of your evening.
What is Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
After a year with no Halloween or Christmas parties at all, in 2021 Disney announced that it was bringing holiday festivities back to Magic Kingdom.
Only, instead of full parties, Disney has decided to incorporate aspects of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party into a brand new After Hours event.
And, with the introduction of this new Disney Very Merriest After Hours for Christmas and Disney After Hours Boo Bash for Halloween, there are 2 additional After Hours events to love (and spend your money on!).
Note: at this time, Boo Bash and Disney Very Merriest are the only 2 After Hours events that have been scheduled. No word yet on when – or if – the After Hours events will return to the other parks.
Disney Very Merriest is a family-friendly, Christmas-themed, specially ticketed event.
Much like the After Hours events from the past, the new Disney Very Merriest After Hours at Magic Kingdom will give guests access to attractions and “free” food.
In addition, there will also be lots of decorations and chances to see characters (no meet & greets, though).
And, while Disney has confirmed that the beautiful Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will return for the event, we don’t have any word yet on special cavalcades.
Does that mean the parade will return, too?
But even if it doesn’t, and instead we only have the holiday-themed cavalcades, the fact that guests attending Disney Very Merriest After Hours may be able to see 2 amazing fireworks shows in 1 evening is pretty darn amazing.
Oh – and the best part?
These events have a reduced capacity, which means the lines for all your favorite attractions are typically extremely short. More on all of that below.
Dates, cost, and times for Disney Very Merriest After Hours
Unlike Boo Bash which runs from mid-August through the end of October, there aren’t nearly as many opportunities to check out Very Merriest After Hours.
We don’t know all the party dates yet, but we *do* know that the first event is on Nov. 8 and that it will run from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am on select nights through Dec. 21.
Looking at Boo Bash for reference, we anticipate that there could be 2-3 events per week.
Historically, the Christmas parties didn’t tend to have the same level of popularity as the Halloween ones, but there is a lot of pent-up demand for Disney right now. And with limited options for “special” touches to add to a trip (like tours, etc.), guests looking to add a little extra pixie dust may find themselves more likely to plan a visit to attend a Very Merriest After Hours.
Check back soon for dates!
Disney Very Merriest After Hours dates that have sold out
At this time, tickets are not on sale, so no dates have sold out. But, we will be sure to update this section as soon as they do.
As of right now, we don’t have ticket prices for this event.
We do expect them to be around the same price as Boo Bash Tickets, though – which means look for them to run between $129 plus tax to $169 (or more) plus tax.
Staying onsite at a Walt Disney World resort? Guests of select onsite resort hotels will be able to purchase tickets early beginning in August. No specific date has been released yet.
You’ll be able to purchase tickets online or by calling 407-939-4240. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
Important note: Disney Very Merriest After Hours does not require guests to have an additional day theme park ticket or a Disney Park Pass reservation. Also, those with Very Merriest tickets can get into Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. on the night of the event they’re attending.
Are there discounts available?
Disney hasn’t confirmed it but we do anticipate that Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will recieve the same $10.00 discount per ticket that they got for Boo Bash.
What takes place during Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
While you won’t find everything you’d typically see at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there’s still a lot of fun to be had, including:
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks
This fireworks show was brand-new back in 2019, and since there weren’t any fireworks last holiday season, it feels almost like they are STILL brand new for 2021!
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks features a combination of projections and fireworks. The best views are near Casey’s Corner to be able to see both the projections and fireworks.
Holiday-themed attraction overlays
Attraction overlays are when Disney adds holiday touches (or “overlays”) to popular attractions.
Disney hasn’t confirmed which attractions will get an overlay for Disney Very Merriest, but these are the ones we’ve seen in the past at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Space Mountain
- Mad Tea Party
- Jingle Cruise (aka Jungle Cruise)
- Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (note: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor has not reopened since last year’s closure.)
Of course, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without decorations. Look for the areas around Main Street U.S.A and the castle to be sprinkled with holiday cheer.
Snow on Main Street U.S.A
One of the highlights of the holiday season is the snow on Main Street U.S.A,. We are glad to see this holiday favorite return!
You won’t be able to meet or hug your favorite characters, but they will be out and about in the park for you to see and take socially-distanced photos with.
While we don’t have a full line-up yet, expect to see favorites in the holiday best as various spots in the park.
Complimentary Snacks & Drinks
Like the other After Hours events, you’ll have access to complimentary popcorn, ice cream bars (including Mickey bars) and bottled beverages.
These are generally found in carts stationed throughout the park.
Prefer something fancier than a Mickey Bar or bag of popcorn?
It will cost you extra, but you’ll have plenty of specialty treats to choose from, too. Details to come!
PhotoPass photographers will be out and about taking both regular photos and Christmas-themed magic shots.
One of the main selling points to this event is the fact that the reduced capacity means you can knock out a bunch of attractions with little to no waits.
Although Disney hasn’t shared a complete list, based on previous events, here’s what we think will be open:
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Barnstormer
- “it’s a small world”
- Mad Tea Party
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
And Here’s What’s NOT Available:
While many things will be open for the event, there are some things we feel fairly confident wont.
That includes all the attractions and character meet & greets that are already temporarily closed (marked with an * below) as well as a couple of others that haven’t been open for After Hours events in the past:
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater*
- Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater*
- Enchanted Tales with Belle*
- Princess Fairytale Hall*
- The Hall of Presidents*
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
- Carousel of Progress
Tips for Disney Very Merriest After Hours
- Don’t go into the evening tired. In fact, we recommend you either take a nice long break or skip a park all together on the day you’re scheduled to attend.
- Disney Very Merriest tickets are expensive, but you can save a bit of money on your trip by skipping purchasing a regular park ticket the day you plan to go. Use the day to rest up for the late night and since you’ll be able to enter Magic Kingdom at 7 pm you’ll have about 6 hours to explore the park with minimal waits.
- The carts with the free treats and drinks at the front of the park can develop long lines, so if you can, try a cart away from the Hub area for shorter waits.
- Very Merriest almost over? Grab a bottle or two of beverages to take back to your hotel.
- Have a PhotoPass photographer snap your pic on Main Street on the way out. Gotta take advantage of having almost nobody in the park to clutter up your photo!