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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

November 13, 2023
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is back for 2023 and sure to put you in the holiday spirit!  On select nights from November 9 to December 22, this hard-ticketed Walt Disney World event brings the holiday festivities to the Magic Kingdom with special fireworks, a stage show, parade, meet and greets, treats, and complimentary cookies and holiday drinks.  The party dates for 2023 are:

November: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30

December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

Tickets go on sale on July 6, but guests at Walt Disney World Resorts, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets as early as June 29 on the Disney World website. Tickets range from $159 to $199 per person depending on the event date. Here is what you can look forward to at the party plus some helpful tips.


What to See at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

Hosted by Minnie Mouse herself, this incredible fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle brings plenty of holiday cheer and features classic Christmas songs like “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  There is only one fireworks show during each party, so you won’t want to miss this!

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Catch this stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.  Join Mickey and friends as they dance and sing a medley of holiday favorites!  There are multiple showings of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration scheduled during each party.  

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

This classic holiday parade features Mickey and friends in their Christmas finest along with characters from Toy Story, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph, and more.  There are also iconic characters like the toy soldiers, gingerbread men, and Santa Claus!  

Frozen Holiday Surprise

Join Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and the Snowgies as Cinderella Castle is illuminated for the holidays!


What to Do at MVMCP

Mad Tea Party with its special holiday overlay

Attractions

Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Jungle Cruise all get decked out in Christmas theming for MVMCP!  Drive around the festively lit Tomorrowland Speedway Race Through the Holidays; Ride Space Mountain – Holiday Run with a special holiday soundtrack and lighting; spin around the Mad Tea Party with one of four special holiday mixes and special lighting; enjoy the festive cheer and jokes with the monsters at the Laugh Floor; and laugh along as the Jungle Cruise transforms into the holiday pun-filled Jingle Cruise!

Other attractions that are open during the party include:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion 
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Splash Mountain
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run (A virtual queue will be used during the party.)
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Head over to Rockettower Plaza Stage to join Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch for a Christmas party.

Club Tinsel

At Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland, join in on the dance party with characters like Chip ‘n’ Dale, Judy Hopps, and Nick Wilde from 7pm to 12am.

Disney Junior Jingle Jam

Your little ones can dance with their favorite Disney Junior characters like those from Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, The Lion Guard, and Doc McStuffins at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe from 7pm to 12am.  

Disney PhotoPass Experiences

Magic Shots during MVMCP (Photo Credit: The DIS)

Pose with your favorite Disney characters in their Christmas costumes or get some festive Magic Shots!  For Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, there are also three special interactive photo locations with holiday scenes.  One is in the courtyard by Cinderella Castle, another is in Tomorrowland, and a final one is in Adventureland. 

Below are some of the spots where you can find Disney characters:

Adventureland

  • Aladdin, Abu, Princess Jasmine, and Genie (Near Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
  • Captain Jack Sparrow (Adventureland Stage)
  • Peter Pan
  • Stitch

Fantasyland

  • Ariel and Prince Eric (Prince Eric’s Village Market)
  • Belle (Maurice’s Cottage)
  • Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Princess Elena (Princess Fairytale Hall)
  • Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming
  • Snow White and the Prince, Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip (Near Pinocchio Village Haus)
  • Merida
  • Eeyore, Piglet, Pooh, and Tigger (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
  • Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Vamparina (Storybook Circus)
  • Santa Goofy (Barnstormer)
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Minnie and Daisy (Dumbo the Flying Elephant)
  • Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Timon (Storybook Circus)
  • Alice, The White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee (Mad Tea Party)

Frontierland

  • Country Bears (Near Country Bear Jamboree)
  • Tiana and Naveen

Liberty Square

  • Santa (Near Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe)

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater)
  • Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally (Town Square Theater)
  • Mary Poppins

Reindeer Wranglers

In Frontierland, catch the Reindeer Wranglers leading a festive hoedown.


What to Eat at MVMCP

Cookie and hot cocoa distribution at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Complimentary Cookies and Holiday Drinks

Cookies, hot cocoa, eggnog, and apple cider are included with the price of your ticket.  Allergy-friendly treats and healthy options are also available upon request.  You can find them at several locations throughout the Magic Kingdom that are open until midnight, including:

  • Columbia Harbor House (Chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa)
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Snickerdoodles and hot cocoa)
  • The Lunching Pad (Buttercream frosted green sprinkle cut-out cookies and apple cider)
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Red velvet cookies and hot cocoa)
  • Tortuga Tavern (Gingerbread cookies and eggnog)

Specialty Treats

 Additional treats are available for purchase during the party.  They include:

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

  • Reindeer Chow Sundae: Chocolate soft-serve, pretzels, cereal, M&M’s chocolate candies, and hot fudge
  • Lump of Coal in your Stocking: Cookies ‘n cream milk shake topped with whipped cream, cookies ‘n cream crumbles, and a chocolate doughnut hole

Casey’s Corner

  • Candy Cane Tart: Chocolate tart filled with peppermint ganache and topped with festive meringue

Cool Ship

  • Magic Holiday Tree: Coconut, pecans, and M&M’s chocolate candies on a graham cracker crust

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

  • Holiday Pot Roast Melt: Slow-cooked beef on thick toast with cheddar and provolone cheese and beef gravy
  • Holiday Turkey Burger: Turkey burger topped with traditional stuffing, provolone cheese, and cranberry chutney on a brioche bun
  • Christmas Cookie Cake: Christmas cookie cake roll with buttercream and topped with holiday sprinkles

Golden Oak Outpost

  • Orange Gingerbread Shake: Orange cream slushy layered with gingerbread cookie crumbles and topped with whipped cream, gingerbread spice
  • Gingerbread Cake layered with cream cheese frosting and dulce de leche ganache topped with a gingerbread man chocolate piece

Main Street Bakery

  • Minnie-shaped Cinnamon Roll: Cinnamon roll topped with red icing, holiday sprinkles, and a chocolate bow
  • Letter To Santa: Flourless chocolate cake, hot cocoa mousse, and marshmallows topped with chocolate pieces

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

  • Chicken Tamale served “Christmas-style” with mild red chile and green chile-pumpkin seed sauces, cilantro rices, pinto beans, and quest fresco
  • Chocolate Eggnog Reindeer: Chocolate tart topped with eggnog mousse and chocolate antlers
  • Orange-Cranberry Pineapple Punch with a hint of “smoke” from the fireplace

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

  • Peppermint Brownie Sundae: Peppermint ice cream, hot fudge, and candy cane sprinkles served on a brownie

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

  • Holiday Waffle Sundae: House-made red velvet waffles topped with M&M’s chocolate candies, peppermint ice cream, and hot fudge
  • Milk and Cookies for Santa: Brown sugar cookie topped with chocolate chip cookie dough mousse, milk mousse, and chocolate chip cookies

Storybook Treats

  • Sugar Plum Sundae: Sugar plum soft-serve atop sugar cookie crumbs and topped with whipped cream, crisp pearls, and cotton candy

Sunshine Tree Terrace

  • Santa’s Belt Buckle: Pistachio mousse with a dark chocolate truffle center and a chocolate buckle
  • Cranberry Citrus Float with Orange-Vanilla Soft-serve Twist: Orange-vanilla soft-serve twist with Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry and fruity boba pearls

The Friar’s Nook

  • Holiday Ham Fried Pie: Flaky pastry filled with baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, and spiced pecans served with pineapple glaze
  • Italian Beef Tots: Tots covered in slow-cooked beef, cheese curds, zesty giardiniera, and pot roast gravy
  • Peppermint Snowman: Chocolate brownie topped with cookies ‘n cream peppermint mousse
  • Winter Milk Shake: Creamy coconut milk shake topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut cinnamon, and crisp pearls

Outdoor Vending Locations Near Cinderella Castle

  • Red Velvet Wreath: Doughnut topped with buttercream and holiday sprinkles
  • Hot Cocoa Churro: Churro rolled in hot cocoa powder and topped with marshmallows and peppermint candy pieces

More details on the specialty holiday treats available during MVMCP and during normal park hours in the Magic Kingdom can be found here


Schedule of Events

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • 4:00 pm – Admission into Magic Kingdom with MVMCP tickets begins
  • 6:15 pm – Frozen Holiday Surprise
  • 7:00 pm – Official start of MVMCP
  • 7:15 pm – Reindeer Wranglers
  • 7:40 pm – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • 7:45 pm – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • 8:05 pm – Reindeer Wranglers
  • 8:15 pm – Frozen Holiday Surprise
  • 8:30 pm – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • 8:35 pm – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • 9:25 pm – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • 9:25 pm – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • 9:30 pm – Reindeer Wranglers
  • 10:00 pm – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Spectacular
  • 10:35 pm – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • 10:45 pm – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • 11:00 pm – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • 11:35 pm – A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • 11:40 pm – Reindeer Wranglers
  • 11:55 pm – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Helpful Tips

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • Even though the party begins at 7pm, you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm with your MVMCP tickert to get a little extra park time.  
  • You’ll need to wear your MVMCP wristband throughout the party since Cast Members will be checking for them after 6pm.  You can pick up wristbands at the entrance of Magic Kingdom.  If you are already in Magic Kingdom before the start of the party, you can pick up your party wristband at Market Street Welcome, Tortuga Tavern, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, or Chamber of Commerce.
  • If you want to meet Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws, the line starts forming at 4pm, so hop in line if you get your wristband early.
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run is available only by virtual queue during the party. You can join the queue at 6pm.
  • If you’re looking for the complimentary holiday cookies and holiday drinks, the lines tend to be fairly long right at 7pm when the party starts.  If you go to the quick service locations a little later, the lines will be shorter.  
  • Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary ornament on Market Street, which is between Main Street Confectionery and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.  Distribution ends at 8pm. 
  • For Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, there are multiple showings.  The later ones tend to be less crowded since families with little kids tend to watch the earlier showings and then leave before the official end of the party.  
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade starts in Frontierland and ends on Main Street, so there are plenty of good viewing areas along the route.  However, if you are looking forward to “snoap” (the fake snow made of soap), stake out a spot along Main Street.
  • For Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, the hub is a popular viewing area since you get a good view of the castle projections, but the fireworks are quite expansive.  You can get a better view of the fireworks themselves if you are further back, closer to Main Street.  
  • Dessert parties are fun, but Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace or with Plaza Garden Viewing may not be the best use of your time at MVMCP.  Instead of spending more time and money to add the dessert party, go for the cookies that are included (you can get as many as you’d like) or treat yourself to the specialty goodies that are available for purchase.
  • Take advantage of mobile ordering food on the My Disney Experience app. Places like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café can be busy during the party, so it’s worthwhile placing your order early.
  • Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table are open for dinner during MVMCP, but you are much better off having dinner before the party, so you don’t lose time dining instead of enjoying the exclusive Christmas festivities.  The menus are the same as what is offered during regular park hours, so if you really want to dine at these restaurants, you may want to save them for another day of your trip.  
  • Disney buses, monorails, and boat launches continue to run during and after MVMCP, so you will have an easy route back to your resort.
  • If it’s rainy the night of the party, bring your umbrella, ponchos or rain jacket, and shoes that hold up in the rain. This way, you can stay comfortable and enjoy all the festivities despite the wet weather!

Start planning your Walt Disney World getaway and experience the holidays at the most magical place on earth!  Head over to the DVC Rental Store Confirmed Reservations page and view available reservations that can save you up to 65% off regular Disney room rates!

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