Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a nonstop spectacle few can match. It begins on Main Street with an impressive array of brightly lit decorations. You’ll undoubtedly notice the occasional occasional “snow” flurries.
Iconic Disney characters (Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto) are dressed in bright and cheerful Christmas attire. Some are singing Christmas carols. Even the rides and attractions have a holiday theme.
Cinderella Castle glows in an ever-changing light show of Holiday illuminations … until the characters from Frozen appear and Queen Elsa uses her magical powers to transform the castle into a gleaming ice palace. It’s hard to top that.
Yet what sets Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party apart from the rest is the impressive Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Accompanied by bands and plenty of music, the parade features famous Disney characters waving from floats. And it includes classic Christmas icons such as elves, gingerbread men and Santa Claus himself. A terrific fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle provides the perfect conclusion.
A special separate ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Regular park tickets are not valid. The park closes early to set up and then opens again from 7 p.m. to midnight for all the holiday festivities. The main activities conclude by 10 p.m., which is a viable hour for young children who’ve been fortified with a nap.
Want the ultimate experience? Go with a reserved seating dessert party: the deluxe Tomorrowland Terrace features reserved seating during the fireworks, while at the Plaza Garden you’ll need to stand during the fireworks. Reserve well in advance; Tomorrowland Terrace seats go fast.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts in November but occurs only on special nights. See schedule. After December 23,Mickey’s Party changes to Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration held nightly until December 31. It is basically the same show, different name, and also starts at 7 p.m.
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