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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Starts Next Week at Magic Kingdom Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Anyone else having visions of sugarplums? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Mickey, Santa and all your Disney friends are preparing for the return of our annual celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The special holiday festivities start Sunday, November 8, at Magic Kingdom Park with live entertainment, dazzling fireworks, a cheery parade and more!

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

The party begins with a visit from Arendelle royalty for “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage and featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. As a gift to the kingdom, Elsa lets it go and uses her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice.

Later, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride down Main Street, U.S.A. for “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey and his pals for the happiest of holiday parades.

New this year, the acclaimed contemporary a cappella group VoicePlay bring their amazing talents to the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. VoicePlay, who appeared on the TV show “The Sing-Off,” combine incredible vocal harmonies and an inventive “music without music” sound to create an unforgettable holiday concert experience. Give them a listen between performances of “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.”

Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes Club Tinsel for the evening when Phineas and Ferb show up, and that’s not all! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also includes the “Celebrate the Season” show, cookies and hot cocoa, visits with Santa Claus in Town Square, a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and favorite Disney characters on hand throughout the park to spread holiday cheer. To cap things off, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle with breathtaking fireworks and beloved music.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now. Get yours before dates start selling out.


  • Hi! I know it’s really early but I’m trying to plan our trip. Our hopes are to be there end of October so that we can attend MNSSHP and first part of November For MVMCHP. So can you give me any insight on the best dates to do both

  • Once evening falls, how does the park know who is there for the party and who is still there with regular admission tickets? We have party tickets and will arrive after 4 but advertisements say that space is limited. With so many people visiting the park, how do you determine who purchased party tickets?

  • Hi! So excited my family has tickets for the party this year. We have a reservation that evening for BOG; but, would hate miss anything; so, is there a schedule for the party events planned?

  • I read somewhere that you can get into the park at 4:00pm with your Special Event Ticket, even though the party doesn’t officially start until 7:00pm. Is this true? Thanks!

  • What time are the fireworks starting? Going for the first time with little ones and hoping they can last for the fireworks!

  • Is there going to be any Duffy presence at MVMCP this year?

  • Any chance they will have Olaf to meet and greet?

    • Becky – Olaf does like warm hugs, but this year he’s sticking to the parade and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” show.

  • We will be at the Christmas Party on Nov 8. I would imagine there will be a map with a timeline of all of the events happening, correct? There seems like so much going on, how do you plan this all?

    • Shea – Yes, event maps with show times will be available as soon as you enter the park for the party. When my family goes, we try to get there early and take a few minutes to look over the map and make a game plan for the evening. With a little forethought, you can definitely catch all the highlights!

  • Any word of the Candlelight Procession and Christmas Story concert? It has been the highlight of our Christmas season for years…and I have heard it was one of Walt’s favorite events, as well.

    • JC – At Walt Disney World Resort, the Candlelight Processional is presented at Epcot as part of Holidays Around the World. Opening night is Nov. 27.

  • Hi, with only one dance party – will the country bears still be there? Please say yes 🙂

    • Jayna – Those silly, singin’ Country Bears will be performing their Jamboree show over at Grizzly Hall. Once the Diamond Horseshoe reopens at the end of November, they’ll also be joining other Disney pals for the Holiday Hootenanny Dance Party, scheduled for event nights in December.

  • What time can I get in the park with a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas ticket? Do I have to wait until 7:00 or can we get in earlier? Thanks.

    • Michael – Your party ticket will get you into Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4 pm.

  • my family is going to be at the parks dec. 20th-24th and I noticed they stop the parties on the 18th, will there be any type of similar holiday celebrations during the time we will be there?

    • Andy – While there aren’t any after-hours parties scheduled during your visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of holiday cheer. “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” will be presented every afternoon beginning Dec. 19, and you’ll also be able to catch several of the other Magic Kingdom holiday shows during that time, as part of the regular operating day. And don’t forget Holidays Around the World over at Epcot, Holidays at Disney Springs and the final season of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

  • We attended MVMCP last Dec. and it also had a 40-50% chance of rain on our party night, not thunderstorms though. It was fine for us until the fireworks when the rain started, and they still had the fireworks. The party goes on rain or shine, maybe with some modifications but I would bet no refunds just due to weather, I think it states that when you buy your tickets. Hope it ends up dry for you 🙂

  • Will there be a special fireworks dessert party similar to the one from Mickey’ Not So Scarey Halloween Party?

    • Carol – The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is available on event nights, as long as you also have a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

  • I checked the weather for 11/8 & there’s a 40% chance of thunderstorms. How will the rain(HOPING NONE) impact Mickey’s Party? It’s our 1st time visiting during November & attending this special party….

    • Brenda – Rain can certainly have an impact on our ability to perform the parade and outdoor stage shows, but the team does everything they can to avoid cancellations and present the best show possible.

  • Does this mean no Rusty Cutlass?

    • Kari – That’s correct. The Rusty Cutlass band will not be appearing this year.

  • I will be in Orlando for a conference, and I’m planning on going for the first time on Nov. 10th. It may not be definite I’m free that night until right before the event. Can I purchase online as late as the night before? And if I don’t even know for sure I can go until the day of the 10th, will tickets be available at the TTC or do I risk them selling out?

    • Barry – Advance tickets are available for purchase up to two hours before the start of the event, based on availability. Tickets bought the day of the event are priced higher and must be picked up at Will Call. Regarding sellouts, that’s harder to predict. Historically, the early party dates in November have not sold out, but that’s not a guarantee. Most nights for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sold out, even in September.

  • Looking over these questions makes me think your life would be a lot easier if the party brochure was released. It would answer most questions. Brochure coming out?

    • Genette – I’m always happy to answer everyone’s questions! 😉 Our Guest Communication team is working on getting the map finished, but I’m not sure if they have plans to release it online before the event.

  • Will Scrooge McDuck be out to meet and greet? He is synonymous with Christmas at our house and my husband’s favorite!

    • Betsy – Uncle Scrooge is my wife’s favorite, too! During the party, look for him and his nephew Donald near Casey Jr. in Storybook Circus.

  • Shawn, Do you know if and what rides will still be working? and will there be fast pass options for the meet and greets, or are the crowds slim enough to not merit it?


    • Brian – Most of the Magic Kingdom Park attractions continue to operate during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; however, Fastpass+ service is not available during special events like this.

  • Oh my gosh!!! It sounds and looks amazing!!! I will be visited next year from Australia and I can’t wait. The weather will be a bit normal for me as it’s summer for us at Christmas time. Still, I can’t wait for the snow on Main Street. It sounds so cool! He He, sorry for the pun. I’m going to do so much next year at both Disneyland and Disney World and I can’t wait. Going to both special Halloween parties, the Christmas party at Disney World and then going back to Disneyland to see the park all done up and the Christmas Parade (I presume they have one.) So very excited and may even decide to go to two parties at DW. Will continue to follow the blog to see more about it. Way to go Disney!!!!

    • Christine – That sounds like an amazing trip! And yes, Disneyland Park presents “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” each year during the holiday season.

  • We’re going to the Christmas show for the 1st time next week. Does the Frozen Holiday Wish begin at 7pm? if I’m following the schedule correctly, are most of the events centered around the castle? I have 3 girls that are all about princesses so I think we’ll be skipping the Tomorrowland activities. Thanks!! Kim

    • Kim – “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is presented twice nightly. The first performance is at 6:15 pm for our day Guests, as well as party Guests who choose to arrive early (your party ticket gets you into the park any time after 4 pm). The time for the 2nd performance of the show varies from day to day, ranging from 7:30 pm – 8:20 pm, so you’ll want to check the schedule for the day of your visit. As for seeing the princesses, you’ll definitely want to head to Fantasyland to meet some of them, and look for Disney Royalty in the parade, which you can catch anywhere along the route from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Thanks Shawn I leave Saturday! Cant wait to see what goodies I HAVE to have this time 🙂

  • Are they not having a Very Merry Christmas party at Disneyland Resort?

    • Lorena – Disneyland Resort does not offer a separately-ticketed event during the holiday season.

  • Will there be a Stitch Christmas dance party this year? if not, Will Stitch be around?

    • Lori – Stitch can be seen in Tomorrowland, hunting down Santa as part of the “Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” show. The dance party in Tomorrowland is Club Tinsel, hosted inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

  • Will there still be a dance party with Woody, Jessie, & Bullseye?

    • Genette – The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon is still undergoing refurbishment through most of November. Once that work is done, though, the Holiday Hootenanny Dance Party will be offered for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights through Dec. 18.

  • If our tickets are linked to our magic bands, do we need to bring paper tickets?

    • Lisa – Once your tickets are linked, your MagicBand should be all you need. Speaking for myself, I always take along my paper tickets anyway, as a backup just in case (although I’ve never actually needed them).

  • Will there be a special members only thing like with the hollow ween party?

  • Now that you mention it, just what ARE sugarplums, and have Disney chefs ever created their own versions? 🙂

    And the MVMCP was my very first evening hard-ticket party when I first started going to the parks on my own, and I still have to get back for one more, if even just to M&G Sandy Claws.

    • Eric – I honestly have no idea, but they sure do sound good!

  • Will there be any new character meet & greets introduced this year? Will the princes still meet with their princesses?

    • Neil – Nothing new to announce on the character front, but I can confirm that Prince Charming and Flynn Rider will be joining Cinderella and Rapunzel in Princess Fairytale Hall on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights. During the event, Snow White will also be joined by her Prince, and Prince Phillip will be at Aurora’s side.

  • Nevermind I found it.

    • 🙂

  • Are they still doing free Cookies and Hot Cocoa I didn’t read anything about it in the description for this years celebration?

  • Will merchandise be available at the first party this year? Ive usually gone in December but this year we are catching the beginning so we can get Food and Wine as well. But sadly no Candlelight for me this year 🙁

    • Paul and Patricia – My buddy Steven Miller will have an update for you soon about the merchandise available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year. Stay tuned…

  • Do you know who will be featured on the MVMCP Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom card?

    • Stephanie – I haven’t seen it yet, so it looks like we’ll both be anxiously awaiting that news here on the blog! My boys are avid collectors of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards, and we’re all curious to see what that team has come up with for this year!

  • Any preview of this years merchandise?

  • Can you please describe Disneyland events for Christmas festivities?
    Thank You,

    • Stacey – The holiday season kicks off at Disneyland Resort on Nov. 13. In addition to traditional holiday attractions like “it’s a small world” Holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” and “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, guests at the Disneyland Resort will enjoy all of the spectacular new nighttime Diamond Celebration spectaculars: “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks in Disneyland Park, plus “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” in Disney California Adventure Park, which will be presented most nights along with the popular holiday version, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Look for more at and soon here on Disney Parks Blog.

  • we can’t wait – going for the first time on 11/10 – anyone have any suggestions for a must do (my daughter is 13 so some of it like visiting Santa she won’t care about).

    • Jill – The parade and all the shows are terrific! And for that age, I really recommend the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. The “Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” show is a ton of fun and features some of the best, contemporary choreography our dancers have ever pulled off. Between shows on the same stage, you’ll be able to catch VoicePlay, an incredibly talented group of five young guys who perform a cappella in a very modern way.

  • This will be my first time attending can someone tell me the best places to watch the fireworks. Also any other helpful tips about the Christmas party.

    • Krista – You’re going to have so much fun! Of course, great views of Holiday Wishes fireworks can be had from the newly expanded Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, but you can catch the show lots of places. Last year, my family and I found ourselves in Storybook Circus during fireworks, which was particularly impressive when some of the shots launched from the satellite sites around the park. The fireworks seemed to be right above us!

  • Can’t wait to see it. I will be there on 11/12. Saw it last year for the first time and it was such a great time.

    • 🙂

  • I can’t wait! Will Sandy Claws be back this year for meet-and-greets?

    • Danny – Yes! Jack Skellington will be wearing his “Sandy Claws” suit and waiting to greet you in Storybook Circus.

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