Disney Spills the Eggnog on Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

by | Aug 13, 2021 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News

You may just be getting into the Halloween spirit for the Disney After Hours Boo Bash, but the specter of Christmas is hovering just ahead on the horizon. If you’re the sort who’s already dreaming of trimming your tree, we now know the dates, times, and attractions on deck for 2021 Disney Very Merriest After Hours.


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Disney Very Merriest After Hours Runs Nov. 8–Dec. 21

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Photo courtesy of Disney

Here’s the answer to your most burning question: Tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021 go on sale Aug. 20. That means you have a whole week to touch base with your elves and pick out a date.

If you’re a guest of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, or Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort, you can grab your tickets a whole three days early on Aug. 17.

And as for those dates? This year’s event runs 24 nights from Nov. 8–Dec. 21. That’s 12 days of Christmas times two! Eight crazy nights times three!

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021 goes from 9 PM to 1 AM on the following dates:

  • Nov. 8
  • Nov. 9
  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 12
  • Nov. 14
  • Nov. 16
  • Nov. 18
  • Nov. 19
  • Nov. 21
  • Nov. 23
  • Nov. 28
  • Nov. 30
  • Dec. 2
  • Dec. 3
  • Dec. 5
  • Dec. 7
  • Dec. 9
  • Dec. 10
  • Dec. 12
  • Dec. 14
  • Dec. 16
  • Dec. 17
  • Dec. 19
  • Dec. 21

A Sneak Peek at a Holly Jolly Heck of a Time

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Photo courtesy of Disney

Of course, you can expect Walt Disney World to pull out all the stops to make Disney Very Merriest After Hours a crowd-pleaser. To start things off right, your ticket gets you into Magic Kingdom at 7 PM, so you’ll have 2 hours to explore before After Hours gets underway.

Because you’ll be there for the grand finale, you can drink in the Disney Enchantment fireworks spectacular, which turns the Cinderella Castle into a Beach of Magic. It’s all part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration.

When After Hours begins, two of the biggest highlights to look forward to are Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. That’s right—you’re getting two nighttime spectaculars.

But wait! There’s more! You’ll get to experience shorter wait times on more than 20 attractions—including the Jungle Cruise, temporarily rebranded the Jingle Cruise for the occasion.

Throughout the park, you’ll see Disney characters dressed up in their festive finest. And, of course, there’s a high chance of snow down on Main Street, U.S.A.

Add all this to dancing at Tomorrowland’s Club Tinsel, complimentary snacks and ice cream, and specialty food and drink to purchase, and you’ve got quite a night of making spirits bright ahead of you.

How Much are Very Merriest After Hours Tickets?

Tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours start at $169 and go up to $229 for all November and most December dates. The final two dates of December will cost $249. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 on select November dates.

Christmas is closer than you think thanks to Walt Disney World. Grab your tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021 next week and start the season off nice and early.


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Written by Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.