Holidays at Disney are a magical time of year. One of the most exciting events is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special event happens just a few times a week in November and December each year. Adults and kids can have a great time if they plan wisely and know what to expect. Keep reading for our best Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tips.
Purchase a Ticket
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special or “hard ticket” event. This simply means that regular park passes or annual passholder guests will not automatically receive entry with their ticket. However, if you do happen to visit the Magic Kingdom on your party day, you do not have to leave the park and return again at party time. Sarah’s Tip: Party guests can stay in the Magic Kingdom all day if they have regular tickets and a Christmas party ticket. Just make sure to visit a Cast Member close to party time to receive your party wristband or you risk being kindly escorted from the park when the party starts.
Save Park Passes for Another Day
Next, make wise use of other tickets. Contrary to the last paragraph, I don’t think guests should visit the Magic Kingdom before their party. Park hopping tickets should be taken advantage of, but use them on other parks like Animal Kingdom or Epcot. With a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, guests can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm. With the party lasting until midnight, that’s 8 hours of park time!
Don’t Make FastPass+ Reservations
Don’t bother with FastPass+ reservations. Fast Passes end on party day at 5pm, so there is really no need to make them anyway. Guests without a party ticket will begin leaving when the park closes at 6pm. The party begins at 7pm, and guests without a party wristband will not be allowed on rides. This significantly reduces the wait time on rides throughout the evening.
Since party tickets are limited, wait times all over the park will be reduced. I only rode a few rides, but the other people in my party were excited to ride everything! Popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight had as little as a 15 minute wait on our party night. Sarah’s Tip: Stay as late as you can at the party. Between 11 pm and midnight, rides will have almost no wait!
Watch the Shows
There are several unique shows during the Christmas party, but only one has multiple viewings. “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” plays several times throughout the night on the Castle Forecourt Stage. The last two viewings of the show will be the least crowded. Sarah’s Tip: Don’t miss “A Frozen Holiday Wish” or “Holiday Wishes.” Elsa, Anna, and company light up the castle in spectacular fashion, and it only happens once during the evening. “Holiday Wishes” is the nightly fireworks extravaganza that also only happens once. Don’t miss these two fun extras!
Enjoy Main Street U.S.A.
I typically avoid the Main Street area during my trips to the Magic Kingdom, but not during the party. It “snows” during the party and there is exclusive party merchandise to be bought. There’s also nothing like watching “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” from Main Street. If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. Sarah’s Tip: Stay late for the second viewing of the parade. It will be much less crowded and easier to see.
Meet Special Characters
Another special party tip is to take time to meet characters. Just like the Halloween party, certain characters make an appearance only on party days. Take advantage of their special appearances! This will be the longest wait of the night. Some characters are very popular, including the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, and Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps. Other beloved characters, like Pluto and Goofy, come out dressed in their holiday finest. Be sure to grab a party map and times guide upon entering the party to find out when and where everyone meets.
Eat Party Treats
In addition to special characters, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also has special treats! Complimentary cookies and milk (or hot cocoa or eggnog) are handed out at various stations throughout the park. There are also treats for purchase that are only available during party time. Sarah’s Tip: Make use of that guide map! It not only shows where to meet characters, but also where the free treat stations and purchasable treat stations are located.
Bonus tips! These are extra, random tips I wished I’d know before the party:
- Bring a zip top bag for all the free goodies! You can get as many cookies and treats as you like at each station. I wish I’d brought one for the peppermint crunch cookies!
- Purchase Memory Maker BEFORE your party. So many great photo opportunities during party night!
- Eat dinner, if you need to, during the first parade viewing. Dining locations are much less crowded during that time.
- Dance parties in Tomorrowland are fun, even if you just stop by for a little bit!