Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

This fall, my family and I attended our first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and we absolutely loved it! We retuned home so thrilled with our party experience that we decided to plan a trip with my parents and experience our first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

We are frequent Disney World visitors (4 trips this year which is a lot considering we live in Chicago) but usually we avoid places like Disney World in December for the holiday crowds and instead visit during non peak times to enjoy a less crowded park experience.  I did my research and read that the first week of December is traditionally one of the least busy weeks of the holiday season and a great time to visit and attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so we booked our tickets for December 7th.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a preview to the Holiday season and is offered on select dates in November and December from 7pm-Midnight. You can enter the park starting at 4pm. It requires a party ticket that costs between $67 and $71 depending on the date.

We felt it was absolutely worth every penny of the ticket price to experience the excitement of the holiday season with less crowds. After December 19th Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party is part of the every day Holiday experience at the Magic Kingdom.

Here’s what we loved most about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade:

The parade was a perfect mix of classic Christmas music and favorite Disney characters. It is a magical celebration of the holiday season.  They even make it snow on Main Street during the parade.


Watch the parade on Main Street so you can enjoy the snow with the parade to make the experience extra special.  People line up way in advance for a great parade spot so grab a snack plan to line up early.  There is an 8:30 and a 10:30 parade. I recommend waiting to watch the 10:30 parade because the crowds are lighter than the early parade. 

Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

See the Magic Kingdom all dressed up for Christmas:

This event is the perfect way to experience all of the joy of the holiday season before the big crowds over the holidays.


The Parties sell out especially as it gets closer to Christmas so be sure to purchase tickets in advance.  Selecting dates before Thanksgiving or in early December are best for the lightest crowds.  

Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Celebrate the Magic Show followed by the Holiday Wishes- Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks Show

A special Holiday light show projected onto Cinderella’s Castle that incorporates holiday music with clips of movie favorites followed by a spectacular fireworks show set to Christmas music.


These shows are a MUST SEE part of the party experience.  The best place to view both is on Main Street. Be sure to to line up early to secure your spot.  I prefer to stand midway down Main Street away from the castle to enjoy both the holiday decorations of Main Street and the full views of the fireworks over the castle.  If you stand too close to the castle the fireworks don’t look as centered on the castle as they do from mid way down Main Street. 

Smaller Crowds:

The party is perfect not only for enjoying the festivities of the holidays but also for savoring the experience of low wait times on rides and attractions.


Skip the first parade and ride rides during that time for lower waits.  Stay late and the rides after the second parade.  Harry loves Goofy’s Barnstormer ride – we rode it 7 times in a row without having to get off because there was no line at the end of the night. He was so exhausted afterwards that he fell asleep in his stroller before we got to the car.

Special Character Appearances:

This party features many chances to see Disney Characters that are not often seen in the parks.  Harry was most thrilled to see Jack Skeleton dressed as Sandy Claws.


If you stay late, character meet and greet lines are much smaller.  We met Sandy Claws at 11:30PM and there was only 2 people in line when we walked up.  We had quality time and lots of fun photos

Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

A Frozen Holiday Wish with Elsa

Line up in front of Cinderella’s Castle early and be sure to catch the excitement of the Frozen show where Elsa uses her powers to freeze light up the castle.

Dance Parties with Characters

Dance and party with your favorite characters at 3 dance parties in the park.

Holiday Treats

Follow the light up candy canes for complimentary hot cocoa and delicious cookies or fresh apples.

Special Holiday Merchandise

Lots of opportunities to bring the Disney Christmas spirit home for the holidays with special select holiday merchandise.


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Sarah Hirsch
Sarah Hirsch

Sarah is a Chicago-based luxury travel influencer, Virtuoso luxury travel advisor, luxury family travel writer, an Oprah Daily Ambassador, and the founder of Sarah’s best travel companion is her sweet 12-year-old son, Harry. Her favorite getaways include a luxe hotel stay, quality family playtime, champagne & chocolate-covered strawberries.

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