Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2018

(Article last updated: November 18, 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 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.

Here's the map for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2017.
(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 6:15 and 8:15 p.m.

Disney often doesn't communicate the details of this show clearly because they want people to think this is only part of the Christmas party, but even though the park closes at 6 p.m. and the party doesn't begin until 7 p.m., guests are still allowed to stick around to watch the 6:15 p.m. showing of A Frozen Holiday Wish.

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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.

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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.

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Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks

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

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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 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:45pm, 11:35pm 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.

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Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Shown 4 times per night (7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, 11:55 pm), Disney Parks Blog describes the show this way:

“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” debuted in 2016 and is back again for 2017. In this 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."


This a cappella singing group performs on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at 8:10pm, 9pm, 10:20pm, 11:10pm on party nights.

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The Reindeer Wranglers

A fun and festive musical act that performs at 7:15pm, 8:05pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:45pm during the party.

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 available for the 2017 party:

  • Moana - Adventureland (very popular! Line up by 6 to meet her.)
  • Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps - Tomorrowland
  • Captain Jack Sparrow - Adventureland
  • Peter Pan - Adventureland
  • 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
  • Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell - Frontierland
  • Seven Dwarfs - Fantasyland near Mine Train but sometimes in Storybook Circus (they're very, very popular. Line up by 6 to meet them, maybe even earlier!)
  • Princesses with their princes - You can meet Ariel and Prince Eric, 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
  • Ariel - in Ariel's Grotto in Fantasyland

Character Dance Party at Club Tinsel

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

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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 open for 2017:

  • Adventureland - Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Swiss Family Treehouse, and Jingle Cruise
  • Frontierland - Splash Mountain (beginning on November 17), Big Thunder Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree
  • 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
  • Main Street U.S.A - Characters at the Town Square Theater

Photo opportunities

Like with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party you'll find exclusive PhotoPass opportunities at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, too.

PhotoPass photographers will take special photos during the party and when you see the pics afterward, you'll see something magically inserted into the photo.

Magic Shots for the 2017 party will be available at these locations:

Magic Kingdom Main Entrance

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Fantasyland and Main Street, U.S.A.

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Near Ariel's Grotto

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Town Square


Near Cinderella Castle

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Main Street U.S.A.

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In front of Haunted Mansion


Available throughout the park

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And you can also find props to pose with during the party, like these party signs...

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Shopping for event merchandise

During the party, there's exclusive merchandise available to purchase. Here's what is available for 2017:

  • Emporium (Main Street) - event t-shirts, pins, ornament, and MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs (Storybook Circus in Fantasyland) - event t-shirts, pins, ornament, and MagicBand
  • Mickey's Star Traders (Tomorrowland) - event t-shirts, logo pin, ornaments
  • Fantasy Faire (Fantasyland) - t-shirts, logo pin, ornaments
  • Frontier trading Post (Frontierland) - trading pins and MagicBand

Food options

Though I'd be careful about spending too much of your party time eating, there are some Quick Service and Table Service restaurants available during the party.

Table Service restaurants that are available in 2017 include Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Crystal Palace. You can book those on the MVMCP dining page.

You can get complimentary treats at these locations:

  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland) - Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone
  • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland) - Silky Smooth DOVE® Chocolate and Sparkling Apple Cider (candies provided by DOVE® Chocolate and J&J Snack Foods)
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow (Fantasyland) - Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nestle® Nesquik®
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office - Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate
  • Aunty Gravity's Galactic Goodies - Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone

Disney notes that "Alternative healthy and gluten-free options are available upon request" and of course menu offerings are subject to change or availability.

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

    • Main Street Bakery (Main Street) - holiday cinnamon roll & peppermint cupcake (both available daily, not just during the party). Mickeys very merry cinnamonroll - Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for 2018
    • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street) - peppermint ice cream sundae (available daily, not just during the party)mickeys very merry cupcake - Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for 2018
    • Main Street Bakery (Main Street) - white chocolate mousse Yule Log
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn (Frontierland) -  chocolate mousse Yule Log
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland) - gluten free Belle cupcake
    • Sleepy Hollow (Liberty Square) - Sandy Claws cake push pop, red velvet Mickey Wafflesmickeys very merry waffle 600x400 - Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for 2018
    • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) - gluten free Tinker Bell Dessert
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Some dining locations remain open for the party. For 2017 you have these options:

  • Main Street - Casey's Corner, Main Street Bakery, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Adventureland - Aloha Isle
  • Frontierland - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Liberty Square - Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square Market, Columbia Harbor House
  • Fantasyland - Storybook Treats, Gaston's Tavern
  • Tomorrowland - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and Cool Ship. The Lunching Pad

Special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card available

A special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card is available to partygoers. In 2017 the card was titled "Rover’s Christmas Carousel of Progress" and, according to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, “because Merlin is inspired by the Carousel of Progress’ celebration of human innovation.”Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 2017 e1510066618497 - Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for 2018


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.

Extra touches

Disney is offering a Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace in 2017 which provides a holiday-themed version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. The price is $79/adult and $47/child, and it can be booked at online or by calling 407-939-3463. This is not something that we generally recommend because it takes so much time out of the party and you should be able to easily find a spot to view the fireworks, but it might be a nice add-on for people looking to do something a little different during their trip.

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.


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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Sonia Guzman

Hi, we are traveling from Switzerland with our 5-yr old and the highlight is this xmas party. I do need to pack four shows before 11 pm or she might get grumpy. Can I ask your advice? I am looking for a go to spot to see the first three options here:
1. 19:40 – mickey’s most merriest celebration
2. 20:15 – frozen holiday wish
3. 20:30 – mickey’s xmas parade
While a spot near the stage is recommended for the first two options, casey’s corner is recommended for the 3rd. However, we will not have time to move from the stage spot to casey’s corner, because basically, people picked a spot 30 min before. So my question is, If you had to pick a spot to see the first three together, would staying in casey’s corner compromise what my 5-yr old can see from the stage? Is it really far? It is hard to appreciate from a map.
4. For the holiday wishes fireworks, we will stop by casey’s corner.


P.s. Do you know when the 2017 xmas park plan of opened attractions is released?


Casey’s corner is way too far to see the stage

Jen Hein

Hi? I see this was last updated in June. Do you have any info yet on this year? Thanks so much!


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.

Shelby Grill

I have read that Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws is meeting at storybook circus and liberty square. Does it change nightly?


Jack Skellington meets in Storybook Circus during the Christmas Parties and Liberty Square during the Halloween Parties


Hi-I really want to meet Wendy, however, some blogs don’t show her for meet and greets. Have you for sure confirmed that she is there? Just want to be extra sure 😉 Thanks!

John Smith

Are you able to buy merchandise after 12:00?


Do we know where in Adventure Land Moana will be meeting ?

Sara Molnar

Thank you so much for the helpful information! I have a question about line etiquette, possibly not just for the party, though seeing Moana is what made me think of it.
We will have a party of 11, including 4 kids under the age of 8. What is the standard rule of thumb with waiting in a popular line like that – should we have everyone present the entire time or is it okay for a few of us to wait in line and the others join us?


I understand that people without tickets to the party will be asked to leave, but does anyone know if you are able to go to the restaurant that you have a dining reservation at after 7pm? I am trying to get a reservation before 7, but I wanted to know if I am only able to get one later if I would be able to use it without having tickets to the party.


Youll need a ticket to the party to have a dining reservation during the party


Probably a dumb question, but in taking my toddler for the first time in November and haven’t been to Disney since I was a kid… If we have tickets and plan to do Magic Kingdom on the same day as one of these holiday celebrations, do they kick us out at 7:00? Thanks so much!

Jami Murray

we are thinking about attending the party on Dec 21 or 22 – are these nights typically crazy busy?
BTW – LOVE, LOVE your site. Have recommend it to multiple people!!

Jenna B

From the list of characters which ones can we meet during regular times? Which are considered “exclusive”?

Tom Cottone

We will be at Disney 11/14 – 11/17. If we buy the separate admission and plan to arrive after 4pm, can we avoid having 1 of our day passes being used. We have a 2 day pass with hopper and want to use those for the 15th and 16th


SO If I already have a 5 day pass and decide to go to the Magic Kingdom on one of the party dates can I just stay for the party? Do they really have a strict policy on making sure people leave the park that are already there?


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.


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!


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!


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.


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?


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.


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.


All the princesses do not meet at once. One side of Princess Fairy Tale Hall is two princesses and the other side is the other two princesses. Ariel meets over by her Grotto and Snow white and Aurora are usually in the arch ways outside of Princess Fairytale Hall. You can meet The four princesses in Princess Fairytale Hall are there all day without their Princes, so if she wont care about the princes then you can do those four during the day and the others at the party when they come out.


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!


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



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.


Sandy Claws is in Liberty Square behind the Christmas Store. The Dwarfs are by Storybook Circus. At least they were last night. Nick and Judy are very interactive and that line took forever. They were worth the wait but there were a few people complaining in line, if you have kids that get bored and more than one parent I’d suggest having one stand in line an the other taking them on the nearby attractions to kill some time.


We are going to the party on 12/4. Our top priority is seeing the princesses. Is there one line for all the princesses w their princes or does each princess have a seperate line and you have to wait in each line? Thanks for the help!


Your site has the most info on the very merry Christmas party that I have seen yet. Thank you for all your great work!

Mary Beth

Traveling without kids for work. Not our first visit. Should we do MVMCP 12/8, or Magic Kingdom 12/12 (can’t get there until noon)with Wishes? What is the difference in crowds and show?

Kristen Darbonne

I saw a 2016 schedule and it doesn’t mention the perfectly temperatured hot cocoa I have heard of. It says there are holiday treats offered (new this year!-it says)…can anyone confirm if there has been hot cocoa offered this year or not?


Do you have any more details for the new mickeys most merriest celebration show with Buzz? My boys love Buzz so I think they would love this


We have tickets for the party only and plan on entering at four but we booked a fastpass that ends at 4:15 hoping to be able to get in the park and rush over. We know it’s a gamble. I was wondering how the party entrance lines are at the front gate to get in at 4?. What time should we get in line to be able to get to our fastpass and what time should we get to the TTC? Thanks.


You have 10 minutes past your fastpass end time to still be able to use it 🙂

Paulette taliaferro

We will be visiting the first week of December. Would it better for us to go to magic kingdom on a day ticket on the 1st which is a Christmas party night or to go on Monday the 5th which is not a party night? Are crowds less on days of the scheduled Christmas parties or vice versa? Do you recommend to visit MK on party days or non party days? Thanks.


My family and I are planning to go to Magic Kingdom on November 11th. We already bought regular tickets. But I think the kids would enjoy the party parade, castle shows and fireworks. The kid’s age ranges from 1year old to 5years old. Can we still stay and see the parade and fireworks without the party tickets? We didn’t know about the Christmas party before buying tickets and buying more tickets would be too much.


I had the same question and researched it a bit. There are wristbands distributed to those who have tickets to the Christmas Party. Cast members are staged at various points throughout the park to check for wristbands. If stopped and found without wristbands, you will be escorted out of the park. They check at all rides, character meetings, stores and roam crowds before shows.


We will be going to WDW November 3-8, this will be our first time, we are very excited! We are planning to go to the Christmas Party on the 7th. Do you think it will be very crowded? Plus the Wine and Dine Race is going on during that time, will that make any difference during the party?
Thank you for your help!

Marty Nicastro

We are planning on going to MK on Nov 29 for daughter’s 19 Bday. We have been to Disney multiple times. Question should we just buy ticket for the Event and not buy park ticket. I see conflicting reports about the $Pm entry and we truly are going fr the Christmas event we only have been in the summer. My kids are 15, 19 and 22. Help please?!

Teresa Koput

We are visiting WDW Dec 21-28 and I”m wondering if we should do Mickeys Christmas versus going another day?? I was told we can get right on the rides during the Christmas Party as it’s not as crowded…is this true?? Just don’t know what to do because my kids are older. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


We will be at the party on November 27. Can you elaborate on how to make Fast Pass reservations between 4-7pm if you only have the party tickets? Can you only do this once you get in the park, or prior so many days out? I can’t seem to link my party tickets with Fast Passes but it may be too early ?. Thank you!


We were able to get fast passes for that date without MK tickets for that day. We got them for 4pm and 5pm.

Faith Reinard

you can only book fast passes if you have Magic Kingdom park passes for that day, just the party ticket do NOT allow you to make fast pass selections.

Deborah Skinner

We are going to Very Merry Party Dec 9 and today
30 days out I was able to make 2 fast pass reservations
between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. Because of availability and
times I didn’t make 3. Hope that helps those attending
the party.


Do you recommend going to or avoiding MK the Monday y that is the first day the Christmas party is offered (Nov 7)? We would leave around 2 before the park gets busy for the ticketed event. It isn’t the most recommended park on your November guide, but I wanted to ask if that’s because it closes early for the party and will be busy from 4-7 or if it is because it will be busy all day.


So, I know never to trust any CM at guest services (over the phone) but I called today to ask a question about our MVMCP tickets and he said this year they decided to NOT allow FPs for 4-7 because it was creating a problem with guests wanting in at 4:00 when the park was actually at capacity. Apparently, you are not garenteed to get in at 4:00, and in some cases will not be allowed in until 7. He said this also was including the halloween party. He said there was a temporary glitch that allows *some* guests to make FPs, but it has since been fixed. Has anyone had any experience with this, because I find it VERY hard to believe. I felt bad, because I actually laughed at him before I realized he was serious.


We will be at WDW Nov 28-Dec 11, 2016. Bought 8 day park hoppers, and also party tickets for 11-29- all are linked to MDE account. Tried to make FP’s for party night between 4:00 to 6:30 PM but couldn’t. Talked to 3 different cast members, escalating to a supervisor. Was told repeatedly “The system will not allow guests to make fast passes for more than 8 days.” This made no sense to me at all. Kept asking for an explanation, but she just kept repeating that the system would not allow more than 8 days of fast passes. WTH? Long story short, she finally “gifted” me with FP’s for party night. I still just do not understand this…. But am so very grateful for the gift!!!


I have Dec 18 party tickets and it’s not letting me make Fastpass+ reservations even though it shows the party tickets are linked.


We are going on December 1 and we just got a fast pass this week for 4:30 pm. Our plan is to arrive around 3 pm and get in line to enter the park. We went last year and were not able to get any fast passes. We arrived around 3 pm last year and they actually let us in the park around 3:45 – 3:50 pm


We were able to get fast passes for 4 and 5!


If we are thinking of attending either Friday, December 16th, or Sunday, December 18th, is there a certain day that you would recommend? Or by this time, events are completely sold out, and it will just be busy either way?


Here’s maybe an odd question. My family and I (hubby, kids aged 8, 7, 4) and our parents are going to Orlando Nov 5 – 12 for the first time. We are only doing Disney for 2 of those days, specifically MK and HS. We were also interested in the MVMCP, but can’t afford to do all of it. Would it be wise to skip going to MK during the day for a regular park visit and ONLY go to MK for the MVMCP instead?

Teresa Koput

I was told that 1/2 of Hollywood studios is under construction and to not even attempt to go there. This came for a very good source:)

Craig Klauer

Personally unless you plan on going to Disney again in the near future I would rather spend the day in the park and then perhaps on another trip go to the parade…….the point of time that you have to do stuff during the special event isn’t really all that much as if you were to get there for the regular park hours I think you and your kids will enjoy it more vs going to the special event that nite granted this is only my opinion and I have been to both the Halloween party and Xmas party they are nice but as far as being a financial decision as far as value I would opt for the whole day vs the special event again this is only my opinion


What would you do if while you were there you could not go on a day without the christmas party. Go early and leave at 7 or come at 4 for the party and stay all night. I really want to do more of the rides then anything else.


When does the Grand Floridian put up its Christmas decorations ?


Thank you for this information! We will be at MVMCP on 11/29/2016 and are so excited!

I have a quick question regarding the touring plan listed above. You recommend Celebrate the Season at 7:30. By Celebrate the Season, do you mean the new Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show?

Thanks again!


If anyone is still looking for a reservation to Be Our Guest on December 1st, they opened up times during the Christmas Party.



Today, after weeks of trying, I was able to get a reservation (for four people) at “Be Our Guest” restaurant for the day of November 15, 2016, which is my daughter’s birthday. So far, so good! However, in my email confirmation it mentions something about a special event on that date, but without going into detail, so I dig around, and sure enough, it so happens that “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” is on that date also. My dinner reservation is at 6:45; does that mean that in order to be able to eat at the restaurant that I will have to purchase four tickets for Mickey’s event also? If so, it seems really unfair.


Are you SURE this is correct? I was told by my travel agent that the restaurant won’t even allow you to check in for the reservation if you don’t have a bracelet that allows you to be in the park after 7pm.

Shannon Kuehm

What if your reservation for Be Our Guest is at 7:20? We plan to go to MK on 12/6 but do not have tickets to MVMCP (in fact we are going to MVMCP on 12/8). Will we be forced to leave the park and cancel our reservation?


Awesome! Thanks so much for your reply!


The rules have changed for this year. If that notice is on your reservation, and you do NOT have tickets to the party, you will NOT be able to get into the restaurant, and you MIGHT be charged the no-show fee. You need to change this reservation.


I would double check. I called WDW yesterday because I got the same message for a 6:30 Cinderella’s Royal Table reservation. The rep told me I would have to have the special event wrist band to even check in for my reservation.


We are going to be at Disney during the Christmas party on both Dec. 18 & 22. Any suggestion on which one to choose?

Teresa Koput

We are trying to figure out if we should go on the 22nd which is the last day. Have you ever been to a Christmas event?? Have you been told it’s worth it??

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