Planning to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but not really sure where to start? We hear ya, we’ve been there too! The cost of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party alone can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve created this beginner’s guide to help you understand all things Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Best Time to Visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party happens every year from the 2nd week in November to the 3rd week in December, the week right before Christmas, at Magic Kingdom.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 runs Nov 8th- Dec 21, 2019
Much like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, this is an evening party. We recommend trying to attend the party before December if you want to avoid the crowds. The week right before Thanksgiving is usually less crowded and is a great way to kick off the season before the holiday chaos starts at WDW. If attending this party in December, know that this is the busiest time of year at Walt Disney World, all the way through New Years Day. So be okay with the crowds and the nuances of visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays. Also, be aware that the weather can get pretty chilly at night in Orlando, so be sure to dress accordingly.
Cost of Attending this Disney Christmas Party
Unfortunately the prices for the hard ticketed events like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are going up every year. Tickets this year are over 100 dollars a person. For this reason we recommend not buying or using a Park Ticket that day. Plan to show up at Magic Kingdom around 4pm, which is typically when they start letting guests check in for the party. Since it will likely be a late night for you, this is a good day to spend the day at the resorts, or head over Disney Springs to explore the Christmas Tree Trail and try a new restaurant!
Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Cookies, cocoa, apple cider, egg nog and more are available throughout the Magic Kingdom during the Christmas Party. Each location has a specific cookie/drink combination and you can hunt down your favorites as you like. They’re all included in the price of the Christmas Party ticket so they’re technically “free”.
Lines for these cookie stations can get pretty long and you likely won’t want to spend all of your time waiting in line for cookies. And, honestly you probably won’t need or want all of the cookies available. We recommend choosing your favorites rather than waiting in line for every cookie station. You can also find some favorite treats throughout the Magic Kingdom for purchase that are Christmas Party specific as well.
Shows and Fireworks at the Christmas Party
If you’ve ever wondered how magical it would be to have snow on Main Street USA, it’s pretty magical and only happens at the Christmas Party. In addition to the snow on Main Street, you can see Elsa light the castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Castle Show and Santa Claus in the Once a Christmas Time Parade. You can also see the new fireworks show for the holidays! Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show debuts in 2019 and includes classic holiday music, curated by Minnie Mouse herself!
Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
A major perk of attending the Christmas party is seeing the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. You can also see this parade the week of Christmas after the party dates have finished, but up until that holiday week, the only place to see this parade is at the party.
Character Meet and Greets at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
There are oh so many character opportunities at the Christmas party! Scrooge McDuck and Sandy Claws are the main attractions so be in line super early for those characters if interested or plan to catch them near the end of the evening when lines are shorter. You can also meet a variety of other characters dressed in their holiday best for the occasion. You can find these meet and greet locations on the Party map, however characters are not specified on the map, so if you have a particular character you’re hoping to meet, just ask a cast member where you can find them!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise
One of the best parts of visiting Disney during the holidays is seeing all the amazing Christmas merchandise. There is special merchandise for the party, for annual passholders, and for the holidays in general. You can also grab almost all of it, except party-specific merchandise, at Disney Springs at World of Disney if you don’t attend the party.
Best Tips for Visiting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Watch the Parade on Main Street, with a spot right in front of the Christmas Tree in Town Square. The view of Cinderella Castle really can’t be beat! You’ll have to camp out and wait to have a spot here, so plan some time for that if you’re looking to grab that spot for the parade.
- The second Parade is always less crowded, so if you don’t need to watch both, aim for watching the second one to get a better parade viewing spot .
- If you’re not planning to watch both parades and want to ride rides, the wait times during the parades will be some of the lowest wait times during the Christmas Party.
- If you’re committed to meeting a special character, get in the line to see them as soon as you arrive. We’ve seen these Character Meet and Greet lines last over two hours at times, so be prepared for these and plan wait time into your night. You can start lining up before the Party even starts and some of the more popular characters actually will start meeting as early as 5:30.
- Have a plan! While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party does not have as much to do as the Halloween Party, you are paying a premium price for these tickets. Know what you want to do and decide what is worth your time while there. There is no right or wrong answer here and the time will always go faster than you realize, so having a plan will help maximize your time at the Party.
- Grab a map! It should be the first thing you do when you enter the Party. A map will be super helpful during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to help you find the special offerings and also makes for a cute and FREE souvenir!
Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth it?
This is probably the biggest question most people ask and the answer is really up to you! If you use the strategy to swap out a park ticket day for a party ticket instead, you’ll end up budgeting about the same. If you’re not concerned about budget and prioritize special Character Meet and Greets, the Very Merry Christmas Parade and snow on Main Street, then you might feel it is worth the cost. If you’re on a budget or traveling with a large party that could really break the bank buying Party tickets for, then we say there is enough to do at Walt Disney World during the holidays without attending such a high priced ticketed event. Check out all our posts on the holidays at Disney World.
Everything happening at Walt Disney World during the Holidays.
- 5 festive photo spots at Walt Disney World this holiday season
- 5 ways to beat the crowds at Walt Disney World during the holidays
- 5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Crowds at Walt Disney World
- Christmas at Walt Disney World Checklist
- Christmas at Walt Disney World: A Beginners Guide
- Christmas at Walt Disney World: Everything You Should Know
- Disney Resort Holiday Decorations Tour at Walt Disney World
- Holidays at Walt Disney World: Festive Free Fun
- Holidays at Walt Disney World: Top 10 Things to Do
- The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail Photo Tour
- Walt Disney World During the Holiday Season: 5 Must Do’s!
- What’s New At Walt Disney World For Christmas
- Why You Need to Visit Hollywood Studios this Holiday Season
Either way, there is so much magic at Walt Disney World during the holidays that you’re sure to experience plenty of holiday cheer with out without Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. And we hope you love it there as much as we do!