The holiday season is the most magical time of year at Walt Disney World. In true Disney style, all the parks and resorts get a sprinkling of pixie dust and are transformed into a winter wonderland delight. To go along with their other holiday festivities, the Magic Kingdom also hosts a separately ticketed event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This event is similar to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party but instead, it is Christmas themed.
What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This is a special separately ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on select nights. For 2019, the party will be held:
- November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24
- December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22
The exclusive party festivities begin at 7 pm and end at midnight. If you have an event ticket you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm and enjoy the park before everything gets started. You do NOT need a regular park ticket to visit the Magic Kingdom on this day if you have a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket and arrive at 4 pm or later. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $95 in advance or $105 at the gate, if available, beware some nights sell out.
Suggested Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Touring Plan
We suggest arriving if possible right when you are allowed at 4 pm as this gives you plenty of time to get past security into the park and banded for the event. The first stop you should make is to head to the fire station on Main Street and pick up your exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom event card (100% FREE). Then head to your choice dinner location! If the streets are too packed to walk anywhere try cutting through the stores on Main Street and eating somewhere in the back of the park, like Peco’s Bills!
After dinner, get those rides in until it’s time for Fireworks. Just like Haunted Mansion is a must-do for the Halloween party we think Jingle Cruise is a Christmas party must-do. Of course, stopping along the way for cookies and cocoa (free!) to refuel isn’t a bad idea either. The great thing about attending these parties is the ride times are crazy low so you don’t even have to worry about a Fastpass (which are not available after 7 pm on event days). If you are looking forward to seeing the stage show or one of the Tomorrowland shows I would recommend also fitting it in during this time.
Around 30 minutes prior to the show should be plenty of time to stake out your perfect spot to view the fireworks in the hub. The best locations are actually a little further back right around Casey’s Corner. Once the fireworks are done head on down to Main Street and get a spot for the second showing of the parade!
When the parade is over you will notice there is a mass exodus from the park. This is when we recommend squeezing in any last-minute rides you may have missed, say Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? The later at night it is, the shorter the wait time you will find at the busy attractions.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Map
Mickey’s Christmas Party Exclusive Entertainment
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Parade Tip: See the second showing of the parade for lighter crowds and enjoy even lighter wait times for other activities. The best spot for this parade is on Main Street. The ice castle makes it a pictures perfect viewing spot for the parade.
Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas is a cute show featuring none other than Stitch, Monsters Inc. characters and Buzz. You can catch this show at 7:45, 8:35, 9:25, 10:45 and 11:35 pm on the stage between Space Mountain and The Carousel of Progress. It lasts about 20 minutes and is great to catch at least once!
Character Dance Parties
Throughout the whole evening of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, the Club Tinsel dance party takes place continuously at Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland. Just like it sounds it’s basically a giant dance party to blow off steam and dance the night away with your favorite Disney characters. Note the characters will not be signing and won’t stop for pictures. They are there to create special moments and experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have with your favorite characters.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks
For the best viewing, we recommend staking out a spot in front of Cinderella’s Castle. The soundtrack really makes this show and if you enjoy it as much as I do, I highly recommend picking up the Christmas album Disney released, it’s a great way to bring Disney home for the holidays.
Firework Tip: To get the best spot we recommend following our Best Magic Kingdom Firework Viewing Locations Guide.
This is another show that takes place on the same stage as A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas at 8:10, 9:00, 10:20 and 11:10 pm. This a cappella group originally appeared on an NBC singing competition. They doing a great job and it’s worth a listen!
A Frozen Holiday Wish
This isn’t exclusive to the party but a great event nonetheless to stop in and see. Queen Elsa and her sister, Princess Anna, visit the Magic Kingdom all the way from Arendelle! They brought along Olaf and Kristoff, to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom. What is this present? The magic of transforming Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice. Hopefully, Cinderella doesn’t mind too much!
Exclusive Character Meet and Greets at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Below is a list of the characters that made an appearance at the 2018 Christmas party.
- Moana – Adventureland (very popular! Line up by 6 pm to meet her.)
- Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps – Tomorrowland
- Captain Jack Sparrow – Adventureland
- Peter Pan and Wendy – 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 (very popular! Line up by 6 pm to meet them.)
- 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 Fantasyland near Princess Fairytale Hall. Line up at 6:30 pm 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
Special Holiday Attraction Overlays
During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select Magic Kingdom attractions are receiving special enhancements just for the holidays!
When you get behind the wheel on the Tomorrowland Speedway, you’ll find yourself cruising a festive freeway filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor.
The crew at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is putting some “Ha Ha Ha” in their “Ho Ho Ho,” with a new show for everyone visiting the Monster World during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Space Mountain launches you on a trippy jaunt through the cosmos, filled with dazzling lighting and high-energy holiday tunes, and Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland becomes a wild and wacky Christmas party, as you spin your teacups to one of four new holiday combos of lights and music.
Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party
This special add on is back for 2019! In this special experience, you will discover a mix of sweet and savory treats. Including, Tony’s famous meatballs, red velvet cupcakes and more. The $99/person ticket also includes beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as special reserved viewing for Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.
Party MagicShots with PhotoPass
Have a taste for sweet Magic Shots? The Mickey Mouse Cookie Magic Shot is available in Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, while the Candy Cane Magic Shot can be found in front of Cinderella Castle and on the bridges leading to Liberty Square, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is a beloved party staple, and if you love it as much as I do, you’ll adore these photo opportunities featuring a few parade favorites! The Toy Soldiers can march into your photo on Main Street, U.S.A., and the photographer at the entrance to the park can offer a Magic Shot featuring a cheerful reindeer and gingerbread man.
Disney Characters can make an appearance in your photos too! A Magic Shot featuring a festively dressed Tinker Bell will be available on Main Street, U.S.A., and look for Olaf to pop into photos taken on the bridges leading to Liberty Square, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.
For photos with a traditional Christmas vibe, visit any Disney PhotoPass photographer in the park (except for those at Character Experience locations) to take a Mistletoe Magic Shot, and get a special Animated Magic Shot when you meet Santa Claus.
At various locations around the park, photographers will be offering holly-jolly props for you to include in your photos. This includes what I am most excited about the new Tinker Bell lantern! You’ll find this new pixie-dusted prop in Fantasyland near Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Exclusive Event Treats
As always, our incredible Magic Kingdom has outdone themselves with this year’s assortment. And in addition to the party-exclusive treats listed below, there are also many items available all day, every day!
Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery) – Gluten-friendly chocolate cake layered with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate panna cotta, and marshmallow fluff
Snowflake Brownie (Available Daily at Casey’s Corner) – Chocolate brownie decorated with sugar snowflakes and icing
Holiday Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery) – A Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll garnished with red and green icing and a white chocolate Mickey Santa hat
Carved Turkey Sandwich (Party Exclusive, Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Oven-roasted turkey with Applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda, chipotle garlic aïoli, lettuce, and tomato on a roll
Christmas Cookie Milkshake (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter milkshake topped with whipped cream and a Mickey marshmallow straw
Christmas Cookie Sundae (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter soft-serve topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and a white chocolate piece
Gaston’s Cheese Dip (Party Exclusive, Available at Gaston’s Tavern) – Beer cheese dip with smoked bacon bits served with breadstick antlers
Gingerbread Sundae (Available Daily at Storybook Treats) – Gingerbread soft-serve sundae topped with whipped cream, gingerbread pieces, and a Minnie Mouse waffle topper
An Orange Bird Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Orange-scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd on a citrus-almond cream cake with buttercream leaves and a white chocolate piece
Cherry & Pistachio Float (Available Daily at Aloha Isle) – Cherry and pistachio swirl soft-serve served over cold hot chocolate
Kakamora Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Aloha Isle) – Coconut soft-serve served on top of pineapple juice and non-alcoholic blue curaçao syrup topped with a chocolate Kakamora cake pop
Sven’s Carrot Cake (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing, sugar carrots, and a chocolate Sven piece
Jolly Tamale Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Three house-made tamales filled with shredded chicken and your choice of toppings from the complimentary fixings bar
Christmas Churros (Available Daily at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Outdoor Vending Churro Carts) – Mini churros topped with red and green sprinkles and served with chocolate dipping sauce
Santa Mickey Waffle Sundae (Available Daily at Sleepy Hollow) – Red velvet waffle topped with mint-chip ice cream, seasonal sprinkles, chocolate sauce, and peppermint powder
Tis the Season (Party Exclusive, Available at Cool Ship) – Chilled Fanta Orange mixed with cranberry juice and green apple popping pearls
To Be Jolly Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor) – Peppermint iced coffee topped with vanilla ice cream, crushed peppermint, and a chocolate Minnie Mouse bow
Deck the Halls (Available Daily at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Frozen eggnog topped with whipped cream, confetti sprinkles, and a chocolate bulb
FREE Christmas Cookie Locations
- Pinocchio Village Haus: Snickerdoodle Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Fanta
- Storybook Snacks Cart: Snowman Pretzel
- Miner’s Cove: Peppermint Cookie
- Friar’s Nook: Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Lunching Pad: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Apple Cider
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Peppermint Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Apple Cider
- Jungle Cruise: Ginger Molasses Cookie
- Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Pretzel and Fanta
- Golden Oak Outpost: Snickerdoodle Cookie
- Diamond Horseshoe: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Eggnog
Holiday Novelty Souvenirs
Do you find yourself getting an ever increasing popcorn bucket collection? I am running out of shelves in my house! This Christmas season isn’t helping with all these adorable new additions to the souvenir holders.
- Holiday Base Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
- Mickey Jingle Bell Sipper –Sleepy Hollow and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
- Mickey Gingerbread Straw Clip – Quick-service restaurants throughout the park
Party-Exclusive Holiday Novelty Souvenirs
- Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
- Sven Sipper – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Gaston’s Tavern
There’s also an array of complimentary goodies that you won’t want to miss out on (included in the price of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket). Alternative healthy and allergy-friendly goodies are also available upon request.
Exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise
The collection this year includes a magic band, dated shirt, ornament, and pins.
Decorative apparel such as spirit jerseys and T-shirts adorned with Holiday icons will be available during the party along with joyful keepsakes like a commemorative MagicBand, a mug for hot cocoa, and a dated Christmas tree ornament.
Dated limited edition pins will be available featuring Mickey, Minnie and other Holiday friends. Keep an eye out for this year’s festive limited release party pin featuring Mickey Mouse! And speaking of pins, we have got a treat for you. There will be a mystery holiday cookie-inspired collection set. Favorite characters like Donald, Cheshire Cat, Simba and more can be found throughout the party in blind boxes. Collect them all!
Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will have an opportunity to purchase an exclusive party T-shirt and limited release pin. Take a peek at the artwork below!
Find these products and more during the party at the shops listed below. Please note all items will be available while supplies last.
- Main Street, U.S.A. – Emporium (apparel, retail MagicBand, pins, ornament, Passholder items)
- Storybook Circus – Big Top Souvenirs (apparel, retail MagicBand, pins, ornament)
- Tomorrowland – Mickey’s Star Traders (apparel, logo pin, ornaments, Passholder items)
- Liberty Square – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe (apparel, logo pin, ornaments)
- Frontierland – Frontier Trading Post (pins and retail MagicBand)
Very Merry Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card
This year Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pick up a special game card inspired by Mickey’s dog Pluto. In case you’re new to the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game, guests can team up with Merlin to help defeat scheming Disney Villains who wish to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests locate villain hideouts throughout the park and visit magic portals where they use special spell cards to ward off the villain’s attack. Each spell card stars a different Disney character, each with their own unique powers.
According to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, “while gazing into his crystal ball, Merlin caught sight of the mischievous chipmunks Chip and Dale. The scampering scamps were playing a festive trick on the unwary Pluto the Pup,” he said. “When he finished laughing at their Holiday Hijinks, Merlin decided to create a magical spell in their honor. Now the Sorcerers attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can learn this spell, ‘Pluto’s Toppling Popcorn.’ With it, they can defend the realm of the Magic Kingdom…deliciously!”
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a perfect way to celebrate the season at Disney World. While it is an added cost we still find it worth it for the low crowds and the special fireworks and parade. Worried about the party being a letdown? Check out a first-timer’s thoughts in Biggest Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Letdowns. If you are taking little ones to the party be sure to read 5 Reasons Why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a Toddler Must. For more information on celebrating the holidays at Disney World read A Complete List of Walt Disney World Holiday Offerings.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!