Top 15 “Must Know” Insider Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Entrance - Photo by Steps to Magic

Each year, the Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which delights guests with holiday offerings that bring a smile to anyone who loves to see snow on Main Street USA!


Top 15 “Must Know” Insider Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


#1. START TIME VS ENTRY TIME

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Park Hours
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Park Hours – Photo by Steps to Magic

The party officially starts at 7pm, however when you have a ticket…you’re actually able to get into the park as early as 4pm.

#2. BE FLEXIBLE

Plan your evening in pencil…because things will definitely come up! Be flexible and take it all in:)

#3. PARADE TIP!

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – Photo by Steps to Magic

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has two showings of the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which is similar to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. My recommendation is consistent for both events…skip the first parade!

You’re able to do more in the event while everyone else is being frustrated by larger crowds, typically filled with families and others who don’t like staying up late.

Parade times are 830pm and 11pm nightly.

#4. DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME IN LINE FOR FOOD

Food is important, but be spontaneous and eat when and where you can. Not every restaurant will be open during the party, and locations closer to high-traffic areas will be busier (ie Cosmic Rays in Tomorrowland)



#5. SKIP THE JINGLE CRUISE

The Jungle Cruise is transformed into the “Jingle Cruise” during the holidays, but our tip is quite simple…skip it. Why waste valuable time for an attraction that isn’t special for the event:)

#6. FREE COOKIES!

Ok, so on top of the variety of cookies (ginger molasses, peppermint crunch, snickerdoodle, etc), there’s also an AWESOME variety of drinks. Nestle Nesquik, Sno-Cones, Eggnog, Hot Chocolate….yea…that’s where you win!

Secret Cookie is found on Main Street USA, and it’s a red Mickey!

#6 HEALTHY OPTIONS…DO IT!

Get your Apple Slices! You’re able to get more “healthy options”, so take advantage of those for your morning snacks;)

#7. THE EDGE EFFECT IS AWESOME

This vocal acapella group is performing nightly at the party! This is a huge thing for folks, like me, who absolutely love classic holiday music with a spin. You can check out their YouTube videos over here

*Please note that entertainment is subject to change

#8. PARTY EXCLUSIVE STUFF

Special Event Merchandise is available in pre-designated retail locations…so get your merch early in the party! Pins, ornaments, apparel and MagicBands are up for grabs. In addition, some food locations are offering exclusive drinks, cupcakes and other fun items!

#9. GO EARLY AND STAY LATE

Between 1030pm and 12am is PRIME attraction time! Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and all the other big E-Ticket attractions are fair game.



#10. JOIN MERLIN!

Get the exclusive Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom party card!

#11. FIREWORKS VIEWING LOCATION IS PERFECT IN FRONT OF THE ART OF DISNEY!

You don’t want to be stuck up front with folks getting a lil’ too close when you can be back on Main Street USA with a perfect view of the full castle! Holiday Wishes are scheduled for 10pm

#12. SKIP SANTA

Santa is available for photos, but I’d suggest standing in line for characters that you can’t find at your local shopping mall…like Mickey, Jack Skellington and the 7 Dwarfs.

#13. CAST MEMBERS ARE AWESOME!

Cast Members who work the party are actually regular cast members who may “pick up” a party shift in order to fill out their schedules. This means that you never really know who you’re talking to…unless you strike up a conversation!

Oh, and let them know that their hair bows are super!!

#14. LET IT GO!

Anna & Elsa star in the Frozen Holiday Wish, the official lighting of the castle each night at 8:15pm. You’ll want to be around the Partner’s Statue for optimal viewing.

#15. IT SNOWS ON MAIN STREET USA!!!

Talk about real Disney Magic:)



BASIC INFO FOR THE PARTY!

Held on select evenings – please check the official Disney Website for all the update to date information.

This is a separate admission ticket for the Magic Kingdom

Disney World Official Page


I’m a huge fan of the Holidays at Disney World, so if you have any extra tips…please let me know!

See our 8 Christmas Activities at Walt Disney World You Can’t Miss article for more fun

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Top Tips – #StepstoMagic
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Top Tips – #StepstoMagic

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!
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