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Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022

Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022

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 2022, the party will be held:

  • November 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 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 range from $149 – $199 per person, if available, beware that 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 your choice dinner location, if you haven’t already eaten! 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 Tall Tale Inn or Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe!

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

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When you arrive at the party maps for the event are handed as soon as you get through the ticket turnstiles. If you check in for the event inside the parks, maps are handed out there as well.

Mickey’s Christmas Party Exclusive Entertainment

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

This parade steals the spotlight of the party! Running at 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm you will want to make sure to add at least one of these showings to your list. It stuns young and old alike with its sights and smells. The iconic scenes include a lot of recognizable sights if you watch Disney’s ABC Christmas Parade. Marching toy soldiers, reindeer, gingerbread men, classic Disney characters dressed in their holiday best, and Santa Claus all are found in this parade.

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Parade TipSee 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

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Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

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

Back for its second year are the fireworks called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. The show is hosted by the one-and-only Minnie Mouse and will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House-Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  The holiday music will evoke heartfelt moments of home and family, as well as the festive fun of the season before an incredible finale you won’t want to miss. In the past, the fireworks show was a special version of Wishes 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.

VoicePlay

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!

What Rides are Open During Very Merry Christmas Party?

There are plenty of rides open during the party, it’s a great time to get rides in with much shorter wait times than during normal park hours. All attractions and experiences are subject to change without notice.

  • Jingle Cruise
  • Town Square Theater
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountian Railroad
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • it’s a small world
  • Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Peoplemover
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

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

Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party Magic Shot

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.

Christmas Parade Picture Magic Kingdom

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.

Disney Party magic pictures

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 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 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 from Main Street Bakery for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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

Desserts from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Gaston’s Tavern for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Gaston’s Cheese Dip (Party Exclusive, Available at Gaston’s Tavern) – Beer cheese dip with smoked bacon bits served with breadstick antlers

Gingerbread Sundae from Storybook Treats for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Sunshine Tree Terrace for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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

Holiday Floats from Aloha Isle for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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

Holiday Offerings from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Sleepy Hollow for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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

Holiday Beverages from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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 from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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. 

All-Day Holiday Novelties for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park
  • 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 Novelties for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom 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

Spirit jerseys and T-shirts adorned with Holiday icons available at Mickey's Very Mery Christmas Party

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. 

2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise

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!

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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

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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 FAQ

How early can you get into Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

You can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket. The party officially kicks off at 7 pm.

What is included in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

You get admission into the Magic Kingdom from 4pm – midnight. Catch the exclusive Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show! And gather to watch Disney Characters give a yuletide nod to the season during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. You also get some sweet treats for free like cookies and cocoa.

How much does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party cost?

Ticket prices vary based on the night you plan on attending. Prices range from $149 to $199.


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.

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Kayla

Thursday 8th of November 2018

is Rabbit at the meet and greet with Tigger, and if so do they sign autographs or just take pictures?

Patty Staricha

Friday 9th of November 2018

The friends with Tigger varies but they should be signing autographs.

rebecca mccombs

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Hi there- We are going for the party here soon. I've read mixed reviews on whether wendy was there with Peter pan. Is this based off of last year, or has she been at the part this year? thanks :)

Patty Staricha

Sunday 19th of November 2017

It's just Peter Pan who can be found wandering around in Adventureland! Enjoy your trip!!

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