I am the first to admit that I am obsessed with Christmas- behind Halloween it is my favorite holiday, and I enter into the holiday spirit the very day after Thanksgiving. Christmastime is magical no matter where you are celebrating; however, to add an extra bit of holiday spirit and cheer into your holiday at Walt Disney World, look no further than Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Running select nights from late November through the end of December, the Magic Kingdom® Park is transformed into a world of Christmas cheer with all of those great Disney touches. The party runs from 7pm until midnight and features everything from exclusive parades and fireworks to special character meet and greets. If you love Christmas as much as I do, seeing this party is a must and is definitely worth the extra cost of the hard ticket admission price. Here are some of the highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that you definitely have to see while enjoying your night!
Christmas Music – In place of the usual theme-appropriate background music, Christmas music is pumped throughout the entire park. Even if you don’t enjoy listening to Christmas music, you will be singing along to the catchy tunes by the end of the night.
Special Character Meet & Greets – Throughout the party you can meet some of your favorite Disney characters as they are decked out in their holiday finest. The most popular characters by far are the Seven Dwarves who all sport winter scarves and hats (to protect themselves from that brutally cold Central Florida weather, of course!) If you want to meet the dwarves, be sure to line up at least one hour before the party starts near the New Fantasyland wall.
Complimentary Hot Chocolate and Cookies – Scattered throughout the park are various stations offering complimentary drinks and snacks to satisfy everyone’s holiday cravings. Be sure to check the special party specific park map for the locations of these snack posts!
Totally Tomorrowland Christmas – This dance party located in the heart of Tomorrowland® offers everyone the opportunity to rock out to some great Christmas music with some appearances from characters such as Stitch.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade – This parade runs twice during each party and features all of your favorite Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest. Santa even makes a special appearance at the end!
Snow on Main Street – During the finale of the twice nightly parade, Main Street, USA is turned into a winter wonderland as real snow comes drifting down on guests. When you add the snow to the beautiful lighting and wonderful excitement, you get a perfect holiday moment.
Celebrate The Season Show – This show is performed several times nightly in front of Cinderella Castle and features all of your favorite Disney characters rocking out to some of the best Christmas music around. Be sure to catch the show coinciding with sundown as you will be able to watch the Fairy Godmother help to turn the Castle into a glistening icicle by turning on the Castle Dream Lights.
Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season – Running once during each party, this special presentation of Wishes incorporates Christmas music with beautiful fireworks and a touch of Disney magic. Be sure to watch from Main Street for one of the best views.
Castle Dream Lights – Once nighttime hits, Cinderella Castle becomes a twinkling vision covered in gleaming icicles. These lights take almost a month to install and cover every inch of the castle. They are truly beautiful and worth taking the time to observe.
Jingle Cruise – Lastly, be sure to check out something entirely new this year to the Magic Kingdom. The beloved attraction the Jungle Cruise® has been turned into a holiday party in itself on the Jingle Cruise! With everything from decorations to some holiday appropriate corny jokes, this special version of the attraction sounds great. If you have gotten to experience it, please let me know how it was by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what you thought!
So there you have all of the amazing things to see and experience while enjoying the holiday at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. Even though you have to pay extra admission to experience the party, with all of these great activities and offerings it is definitely worth the money. If you do decide to visit during the party, be sure to deck yourself out by wearing a Santa hat or something of the like!
Have you ever experienced Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? What is your favorite part? Have you gotten to experience the Jingle Cruise yet? Be sure to let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!
(Photos from my personal collection.)
Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.