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Where to find the Characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Where to find the Characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

One of the highlights at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are all of the unique characters you can see — and meet!

But, Disney doesn’t always make it easy to know who you can find where.

That’s where we come in!

Here’s which characters you can see, and where you can find them at the 2023 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

MVMCP Character Tips

Here are some of our favorite tips for meeting the fun characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

donald scrooge minnie daisy mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Keep in mind that you can’t meet every character, so be sure to prioritize which ones are important to you.


  • Some characters start meeting before the party begins. This is something we definitely recommend you do if your goal is to meet some of the most popular characters. Just make sure you get your party wristband before you hop in line:
  • Jack and Sally: begin meeting between 4 and 4:30 (can line up as early as 4:00)
  • Pooh & Friends: begin meeting around 6:30 (we suggest you line up by 5:30)
  • Seven Dwarfs: begin meeting between 6:15 and 7 (start lining up around 5:00)

  • If you’re at the very front of the line for Jack and Sally, once you’re done, try immediately heading over to get a good spot in line for Seven Dwarfs. This way, you can (hopefully) knock out two major character meet and greets before the party officially starts — or at least least be done right when it begins.
line for seven dwarfs at mvmcp

  • If you didn’t meet Jack and Sally before the party begins, keep in mind that it isn’t unusual for them to close the lines around 11 p.m., so don’t wait too long to visit them.

  • For most other characters, the later the time, the shorter the lines.

  • Most characters will sign autographs, but a few (like Jack & Sally, Stitch, and Pooh and friends) do not. For them, you’re handed pre-signed cards, instead.
jack and sally autograph card

  • During the 2nd parade is a great time to meet the characters.

  • Some character meetings are close enough together that it is easily possible for 1 member of your party to wait in 1 line, while the remaining members of your party wait in the other.

Important: This only works if you have at least 1 person who isn’t interested in meeting/taking pictures with the characters AND if you are respectful of the people behind you and keep it to 1 meet and greet. Don’t have your group of 6 join you in line and then split up into 6 different meet and greets. That’s really frustrating to the people behind you.

So, for example, let’s say 2 characters meet right next to each other (like Alice and The White Rabbit do next to the Tweedles) — and have 2 separate lines. Have the placeholder person jump in the longest of the 2 lines, and the other group can join them after they finish meeting the character with the shorter line.


  • Some character meet and greets have their times posted outside of their line. You can also check the My Disney Experience app for select meet and greet times.
mary poppins character meet and greet times

  • PhotoPass photographers are available at all the meet and greets. They will take a picture with your camera, but a 1-day Memory Maker purchase (if you don’t already have the full, multi-day one) will give you double the chances to snag the perfect picture.

MVMCP Character Map

The map Disney hands out at the party marks character locations, but it doesn’t tell you who is located where.

So, to make it easier for you, we’ve added character names to the map below.

2023 mvmcp character map

Important Note on Wait Times:
The wait times noted below are just averages and are more typical for the beginning of the party. Wait times will drop during the parades, fireworks, and at the end of the evening.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Mickey Mouse

mickey holiday suit mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Meeting Location: Town Square Theater
  • Costume: Christmas attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: Just the costume is exclusive. You can meet Mickey at this same location in his regular attire during the day.
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (wait time in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Avoid jumping in the line immediately after the parade, as that is when it is typically the longest. He doesn’t start meeting until right at 7 p.m.
  • Signs autographs

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally

sally sandy claws mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Meeting Location: Town Square Theater
  • Costume: Jack in his Santa suit and Sally in her regular outfit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: Yes; you can meet them at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, too, but for that party, Jack is in his regular outfit.
  • Average Wait: More than 1.5 hours
  • Tip: Line up as close to 3 p.m. to enter the tapstiles, as the line opens at 4 p.m. and the characters start meeting between 4 and 4:30 OR join the line around 11 p.m. (at the end of the night). If lining up early, make sure you get your wristband first!
  • Does not sign autographs (but you do get an autograph card)

Mary Poppins (NEW in 2023)

mary poppins at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Town Square Theater Porch
  • Costume: Regular outfit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No (she meets in this same outfit in the U.K. pavilion at Epcot)
  • Average Wait: 30-40 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Signs autographs

The Toy Soldiers (NEW in 2023)

toy soliders meeting in the bypass at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Market Street bypass off of Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Costume: Toy Soldier costume
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: Yes (you usually only get to see them during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade)
  • Average Wait: Varies (the line can build as this is the way guests come who enter at the front of the park)
  • Tip: They only meet in the Market Street bypass at the beginning of the party. You need to have your wristband first to walk through this area. This is usually only open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Does not sign autographs

Adventureland

Stitch (NEW in 2023)

Stitch at MVMCP 2023
  • Meeting Location: Inside Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Costume: Holiday button down shirt
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, but you can’t meet him in holiday attire outside of the party
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Begins meeting right at 7 p.m.; line up around 6:30 p.m.
  • Does not sign autographs (but you do get an autograph card)

Peter Pan (RETURNED in 2023)

peter pan roaming at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Roams around Adventureland
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, but you can’t see him in holiday attire outside of the party
  • Average Wait: No wait; he roams around Adventureland (appearance times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Does not sign autographs

Captain Jack Sparrow

captain jack sparrow at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Near Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Costume: Regular outfit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No
  • Average Wait: 30 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Signs autographs

Aladdin with Abu

aladdin and abu at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: At the Agrabah Bazaar
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-40 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: This pair of characters swaps sets with Jasmine and Genie. This line usually opens at 7 p.m. You’ll be allowed to enter the queue around 6:45 p.m. or so.
  • Signs autographs

Jasmine with Genie

jasmine and genie at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: At the Agrabah Bazaar (this pair swaps sets with Aladdin and Abu)
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MNSSHP
  • Average Wait: 30-40 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: This pair of characters swaps sets with Aladdin and Abu. This line usually opens at 7 p.m. You’ll be allowed to enter the queue around 6:45 p.m. or so.
  • Signs autographs

Frontierland

Country Bears

country bears at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Roaming around Frontierland
  • Costume: Holiday outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, but you can’t see them in holiday attire outside of the party
  • Average Wait: No wait; the characters are roaming around Frontierland (find appearance times in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Does not sign autographs

Liberty Square

Santa Claus

santa claus mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Meeting Location: Gazebo behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
  • Costume: Santa suit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, you can also meet Santa Claus in other areas at Disney World, including Epcot and Disney Springs.
  • Average Wait: 45 mins
  • Tip: Doesn’t meet during the parades. The line opens at 6:30 p.m. and starts meeting at 7 p.m. As it gets closer to Christmas, Santa will also meet during the day. He won’t meet if weather is bad.
  • Does not sign autographs

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen (NEW location in 2023)

tiana and naveen at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: At the Liberty Square Riverboat dock (across from Liberty Square Market)
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes
  • Tip: Be cautious of longer waits after the parade ends
  • Signs autographs

Fantasyland

Seven Dwarfs (RETURNED in 2023)

seven dwarfs at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is very rare to see together
  • Average Wait: More than 1.5 hours (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Line up around 5 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m. with “guaranteed” meeting time of at least 7 p.m. (they may meet earlier, like between 6:15 and 7 p.m.) OR try meeting them during the second parade for a shorter wait
  • Does not sign autographs (but you do get an autograph card)

Donald and Scrooge McDuck

donald and scrooge mcduck mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Meeting Location: Dumbo queue in Storybook Circus
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo in their holiday outfits is exclusive to MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: If priority, line up as close to 6 p.m. as you can. The line opens at 6:30 p.m. and start meeting around 7 p.m. The line grows quickly. This is definitely a popular character spot. If lining up early, make sure you get your wristband first.
  • Signs autographs

Daisy and Minnie

minnie and daisy mickey's very merry christmas party
  • Meeting Location: Dumbo queue in Storybook Circus
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo in their holiday outfits is exclusive to MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: If priority, line up as close to 6 p.m. as you can. The line opens at 6:30 p.m. and they start meeting around 7 p.m. The line grows quickly. This is definitely a popular character spot. If lining up early, make sure you get your wristband first.
  • Signs autographs

Santa Goofy

santa goofy at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Inside the Storybook Circus Calliope Tent near Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Costume: Santa suit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, you can also meet Santa Goofy at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios
  • Average Wait: 30-40 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Begins meeting at 7 p.m.
  • Signs autographs

Belle

belle in red holiday dress at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Inside Maurice’s Cottage at Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Costume: Red holiday dress
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, but you can’t meet Belle in her holiday dress outside of the party (you can only see Belle in her gold gown at Enchanted Tales with Belle during daytime hours)
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Signs autographs

Ariel and Prince Eric

ariel and eric at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Near Journey of the Little Mermaid (if it is raining, they often meet at Prince Eric’s Market, across from Ariel’s Grotto)
  • Costume: Regular outfits (Ariel is with her feet; in her dress)
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 20-40 minutes
  • Signs autographs

Cinderella and Prince Charming

charming and cinderella at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: along the New Fantasyland wall near the Pinocchio Village Haus restrooms
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app))
  • Tip: Start meeting around 7:30 and meet at the same time right next to Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. If you’re a princess fan, line up around 6:30 to meet Aurora and Phillip and Snow and The Prince and then jump in line to meet Cinderella and Charming and Rapunzel and Flynn since the couples rotate and meet in the same area.
  • Signs autographs

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

flynn and rapunzel at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: along the New Fantasyland wall near the Pinocchio Village Haus restrooms
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Start meeting at 7:30 and meet at the same time right next to Cinderella and Prince Charming. If you’re a princess fan, line up around 6:30 to meet Aurora and Phillip and Snow and The Prince and then jump in line to meet Cinderella and Charming and Rapunzel and Flynn since the couples rotate and meet in the same area.
  • Signs autographs

Snow White and The Prince

snow white and prince at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: along the New Fantasyland wall near the Pinocchio Village Haus restrooms
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Starting meeting around 7:00 and meet at the same time right next to Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip. If you’re a princess fan, line up around 6:30 to meet Aurora and Phillip and Snow and The Prince and then jump in line to meet Cinderella and Charming and Rapunzel and Flynn since the couples rotate and meet in the same area.
  • Sign autographs

Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

aurora and phillip at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: along the New Fantasyland wall near the Pinocchio Village Haus restrooms
  • Costume: Regular outfits
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters is exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 mins (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Start meeting around 7:00 and meet at the same time right next to Snow White and The Prince. If you’re a princess fan, line up around 6:30 to meet Aurora and Phillip and Snow and The Prince and then jump in line to meet Cinderella and Charming and Rapunzel and Flynn since the couples rotate and meet in the same area.
  • Signs autographs

Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet

pooh and friends at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: At Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters and costumes are exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-60 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: Line up as close to 5:30 p.m. as you can (they begin meeting around 6:30 p.m.) and the line grows quickly. This is definitely a popular character spot. If lining up early, make sure you get your wristband first.
  • Does not sign autographs (but you do get an autograph card)

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

tweedles at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Near Mad Tea Party
  • Costume: Holiday attire
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters and costumes are exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-45 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: They usually meet by Cheshire Café when it’s raining
  • Signs autographs

Alice and The White Rabbit (NEW in 2023)

alice and the white rabbit at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: near Cheshire Café
  • Costume: Holiday attire for Alice, but White Rabbit is in his regular outfit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: This combo of characters and costumes are exclusive to specially ticketed events like MVMCP
  • Average Wait: 30-45 minutes (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Tip: They usually meet by Cheshire Café when it’s raining
  • Signs autographs

Mirabel (NEW in 2023)

mirabel at mvmcp
  • Meeting Location: Fairytale Garden
  • Costume: Regular outfit
  • Exclusive to MVMCP: No, you can meet her during the day at Magic Kingdom
  • Average Wait: 40-60 minutes
  • Tip: She begins meeting at 6 p.m.; if you want to be first or second to meet her, get in line around 5:30 p.m. (meet and greet times available in the My Disney Experience app)
  • Signs autographs

Characters at Dance Parties

In addition to being able to meet lots of characters, there are others that you’ll be able to catch at one of several dance parties throughout the park.

You won’t be able to get autographs or take pics with these characters, but you will be able to dance and boogie to your favorite tunes.

All the dance parties happen throughout the event, so they are perfect to pop into when visiting nearby characters.

Character Dance Party at Club Tinsel (NEW location in 2023)

chip and dale at mvmcp's club tinsel
  • Characters in Attendance: Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia, and Chip and Dale (all in holiday attire)
  • Dance Party Location: On Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland
  • 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:15, 11:15

Disney Junior Jingle Jam (NEW location in 2023)

vampirina at disney junior jingle jam at mvmcp
  • Characters in Attendance: Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and usually Timon (sometimes Santa Goofy if it’s raining)
  • Dance Party Location: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland
  • 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (runs throughout the entirety of the party)

Characters in A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show (not returning In 2023)

rockttower plaza stage mickey's very merry christmas party

This show used to play 5 times nightly for about 20 minutes on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland (between Space Mountain and The Carousel of Progress) — and featured some fun characters dressed up!

  • Previous showtimes: 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and 11:35 p.m.
  • Characters that were in attendance: Santa Stitch, Buzz Lightyear, and Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. (wearing his construction hat)

Character Checklist

Keep this MVMCP character checklist handy when traveling around the party!

mvmcp character checklist

Characters in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

One last place you can spot characters is in the extremely popular and festive Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

Shown twice nightly (usually at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.), the parade is loaded with all your favorites.

The parade is divided into separate sections or “units”.

  • You can see the holiday parade after the final MVMCP of the year. Actually, you can typically see all of these events daily (without a party ticket):
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • The Reindeer Wranglers
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

In addition, the attractions with special overlays (Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor) are also usually available.

As for the holiday parade, here’s who you can see:

Pre-Parade

kringle crew opening mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • The Jingle Crew opens the parade

Opening

  • Pluto, Peter Pan, Wendy, Donald, Daisy, Pinocchi, Geppetto, Tigger, Pooh, Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Bert — all walking
characters opening mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Mickey and Minnie on float with Christmas tree
minnie and mickey on float during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Frozen Section

  • Skiers
  • Olaf on float 
olaf float during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Anna and Kristoff walking with ice harvesters
anna and kristoff during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Elsa on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post float
elsa on frozen float during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Baking and Gingerbread Section 

  • Vanellope driving a gingerbread car
vanellope in mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Chip and Dale in baking outfits walking with gingerbread men and bakers 
chip and dale during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Clarice on gingerbread house float (NEW in 2023; she replaced Wreck-It-Ralph)
clarice during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Clarabelle on gingerbread float
clarabelle during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Candy cane dancers 
  • Goofy bicycling on a gumball machine float
goofy during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Princess Section

  • Seven dwarfs walking
seven dwarfs during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Snow White and The Prince on gazebo float
snow and the prince during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming in her coach
cinderella and prince charming during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Ariel and Eric, Tiana and Naveen, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Belle and the Beast, Jasmine and Aladdin, and Aurora and Prince Phillip, and Fairy Godmother on princess float
princess float during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Royal dancers

Santa’s Workshop and Toy Story Section

  • Elf on toy horse
  • Elves and bears walking with wooden letter blocks and other props
green army men during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Green Army men in jeep and walking
  • Elves walking with Pixar luxo balls
toy story float with woody, bo peep and bullseye during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Float with Jessie, Bo Peep, Woody, and Bullseye
  • Toy soliders marching
toy soldiers during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Finale

  • Reindeer prancing
reindeer during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade
  • Santa in his sleigh
santa during mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Are the Seven Dwarfs meeting at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Yes! Just like they did for the 2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Seven Dwarfs are returning for the 2023 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

These are the characters that aren’t returning in 2023:

  • Princess Elena
  • Moana

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