By Melissa Fraga
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (also called MVMCP) is a special ticketed event offered by Disney each year at Magic Kingdom in Disney World. It usually happens around most of November and December. When it comes to the Christmas season, what better way is there to celebrate than by enjoying a full-blown party with Mickey and his friends?
The festival is great for kid and adults as well! Whether you’re looking for an adventure, or enjoying the treats and sights, this party is perfect for the whole family. Let’s dive right into the amazing details of this event. Then if you want to buy tickets and check dates, visit Disney World’s page for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas.
Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party included with a regular day ticket?
No. The party is a separate ticketed event. Guests of this event are able to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm and the event usually runs until midnight. If you wanted to visit the park earlier in the day, you’d also need a park ticket.
If you’d rather not purchase a park ticket for this day, this party makes a great end to a resort/break day.
The actual party event usually starts around 6 pm. At this time non-event guests are restricted from getting into the attraction lines. Guests of the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party receive a special wristband that identifies them, so they can continue getting on rides.
What does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Cost?
The price varies with the dates of the event. Currently ticket rates are starting at $99 for adults and $94 for kids 3-9 years old when purchased in advance. On different dates I’m seeing them go as high as $139 for adults and $134 for kids.
Can I buy tickets at the event?
This event sells out, so we would not recommend trying to buy at the gate.
What makes this party so “Merry” and unique?
There are many things to be delighted with at this party. Here’s some of what makes it fun:
1. Lower crowd conditions during the party.
The party is only for guests who purchased the ticket for the event, and Disney limits the tickets. This translates into much lower crowd conditions. Whether you’re roaming the park to enjoy the atmosphere or you’re waiting for rides, this makes for a great experience.
2. Almost all rides are open and running during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
On my visits I’ve only noticed a couple that have been closed. They were The Hall of Presidents and the Carousel of Progress.
3. The wait times for rides and attractions are usually shorter during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy shorter wait times for the most popular attractions. In my experience, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party every ride (other than the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train ride) has had a 25 minutes or less wait time. For the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, during regular park hours I usually find that the wait time is 90 minutes and up. Yet even during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party I’ve never had to wait more than 45 minutes, even on sold out nights.
4. There are special character meets & greets that you don’t find during regular hours.
Some characters that I have seen during the party are:
- Sandy Claws
- Judy Hopps
- Nick Wilde
- The 7 Dwarfs in Christmas outfits
- Santa Goofy
- Santa Stitch
There have also been so many others, and they’re dressed in the Christmas best!
Here’s a tip: Character lines tend to start prior to the announced time. The more popular, the longer the line. If you really want to see a specific character, prepare to get in the line prior to their scheduled time.
5. There’s a special Christmas parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
You’ll see things you don’t see at any other time like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs above. The parade is full of Characters, from Anna and Elsa to Santa Claus himself.
6. There’s a special Fireworks show that’s just for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The special Christmas fireworks are a spectacular experience, designed just for the Christmas party. Also the castle glows in white sparkling lights, which is also spectacular! The story line of the fireworks show is unique to the Christmas party as well.
Of course be aware that everything at Disney is always subject to change.
7. Disney hands out snacks and treats that are included in the price.
There are Complimentary Holiday Treat Stations throughout the park. You’ll recognize them by their giant, lit up candy canes. You can also pick up a special Christmas party map that lists the snack locations.
At the snack locations you’ll be able to partake of delicious Christmas themed treats. In the past Disney has served snacks such as cookies, soft pretzels, eggnog, apple cider, chocolates, hot cocoa, and little shaved ice cones. The cookie flavors I’ve seen there have included sugar cookies, snickerdoodle, ginger molasses, peppermint crunch, chocolate chip, and a few others. (See below for information on allergy snack replacements.)
During the party guests can also buy snacks at some locations.
8. There are other fun things to do at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
In addition to all of the above, there are amazing photo opportunities, a dance party, and a Christmas stage show. And of course, you’ll be able to enjoy the atmosphere of Magic Kingdom with lower crowds.
Disney also gives out “healthy”, allergen and gluten free treats.
For healthier choices, Disney has given out apple slices and cold apple juice.
The gluten free and allergen free snacks are limited. One such option has been Enjoy Life Cookies, which are gluten free and free of the top allergens. In the past, during the party Disney has served the allergen cookies at Cosmic Ray’s and Pinocchio Village.
Keep in mind that the hot chocolate is not gluten free.
As mentioned above, during the party guests can also buy snacks. Some of these have been designated as gluten friendly in the past. You should be able to either speak to a manager at the various locations and/or see an ingredients list book.
For more information on managing gluten free at Disney World’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, visit the gluten free dairy free at WDW website.
Tip: All times and locations of all the meet & greets, dance party, treat locations, and other party related information is listed on the party map provided at the park.
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