Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Was Canceled—But It’s Not All Bad

Allyson KoernerBlog, Magic Kingdom, News

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Even with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party canceled, guests can enjoy these festive party offerings in 2020!

Many of the Christmas festivities at Disney World have either been modified or canceled.

These include the Candlelight Processional, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, and gingerbread house displays at resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. 

But, even though some of the celebrations are modified and/or canceled, there’s still a lot to look forward to, especially at Magic Kingdom.

Guests visiting Magic Kingdom will be able to experience a few party exclusives that are usually only offered during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

The 2020 party was understandably canceled due to health and safety concerns, but as mentioned above, there’s a silver lining.

Not only do everyday guests not have to pay extra for a party ticket (they still must have valid theme park admission and a park reservation for entry), but they get to enjoy snacks, experiences, and more that are previously only available to party attendees.

So, with all that said, which MVMCP exclusives can you expect during Magic Kingdom’s 2020 holiday offerings?

CHRISTMAS SNACKS

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Orange Bird Christmas treat at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Tina Chiu

Even though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was canceled this year, not all of our favorite Christmas snacks have been!

The Orange Bird Christmas treat was only available during party nights in 2019. Now you can enjoy this snack all day at Magic Kingdom! See photos and our full review of the Orange Bird Christmas treat.

HOLIDAY RIDE OVERLAYS

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Jungle Cruise? No, Jingle Cruise! Photo by Julie de la Fe

Most ride overlays are not returning (or haven’t yet) for the Christmas season. Party exclusive overlays have yet to show up in the park, except for one.

The Jingle Cruise has returned for the 2020 season! While this was not a party exclusive in past years, it is a special ride overlay that you have to hit up during your Magic Kingdom Christmas visit.

CHARACTER GREETINGS

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Cavalcades are a great way to see your favorite characters! Photo by Evelyn Long

Special character greetings are a much-sought-after feature of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and we get it! Who doesn’t love to see our friends decked out in their holiday best?

While some party-exclusive characters won’t be returning this year, here’s where to find a few characters saying hello… socially-distanced, of course!

  • Santa Stitch will be waving and posing for photos on the Tomorrowland stage.
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends can be found saying hello on the porch of the Crystal Palace
  • Mickey, Minnie, and various Princesses may appear at the WDW Train Station on Main Street

Christmas CAVALCADES

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Photo by Sara Bryce

There are several holiday-themed cavalcades at Magic Kingdom featuring characters that guests normally only get to see during MVMCP stage shows or Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

Gingerbread Men, Elves, Reindeer, and the Toy Soldiers (who march with the Main Street Philharmonic), are MVMCP exclusives—and truly great ones. Be sure to welcome them with open arms when you see them during the holiday cavalcades!

CINDERELLA CASTLE PROJECTIONS

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Christmas at Magic Kingdom 2020. Photo by Sara Bryce

Unfortunately, the Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle aren’t happening this year. They are truly the best part of Christmastime at Magic Kingdom.

However, WDW is trying to make up for it by projecting different holiday scenes onto Cinderella Castle for guests to enjoy and take photos in front of. Normally, these types of holiday projections are only shown during the different MVMCP castle shows, but not this year!

THE BIG MAN HIMSELF

That’s right, guests even get to wave to Santa Claus! Typically, Santa would only show up during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, but now guests at Magic Kingdom (and Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney Springs) get to see him.

Speaking of the MVMCP parade and its featured floats/characters, even though it is a party exclusive, the parade would run about a week before Christmas for everyday guests. 

But, now, everyone gets to enjoy all of these previously mentioned MVMCP celebrations through December 30th!


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About the Author

Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.