Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: A Complete Guide

by | Nov 8, 2023 | Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Walt Disney World Events, WDW Blog

Going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Find out how to make the most of your party time and ticket price as soon as you hit the gate.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is returning for 2023; tickets are already on sale! As we look ahead to the limited-time event coming to Magic Kingdom, we’re sharing a complete guide for everything you need to know about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. From the dates and pricing to the entertainment options, here’s everything you need to know about the returning holiday party.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 Dates and Ticket Prices

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party occurs on select nights in November and December, starting November 9th through December 22nd, 2023. Tickets cost anywhere between $169 and $199 per adult, or $159 to $189 per child aged three to nine. If you are a DVC member or an Annual Passholder, you can save $10 off the price of your ticket if you purchase online with your account linked.  

Ticket Prices By Date

MVMCP Date Age 10+ Ticket Price Age 3-9 Ticket Price
Tuesday, November 9 $169 $159
Friday, November 11 $169 $159
Monday, November 13 $159 $149
Tuesday, November 14 $159 $149
Thursday, November 16 $159 $149
Friday, November 17 $159 $149
Sunday, November 19 $189 $179
Tuesday, November 21 $189 $179
Wednesday, November 22 $189 $179
Sunday, November 26 $179 $169
Tuesday, November 28 $179 $169
Thursday, November 30 $179 $169
Friday, December 1 $179 $169
Sunday, December 3 $179 $169
Tuesday, December 5 $179 $169
Thursday, December 7 $179 $169
Friday, December 8 $189 $179
Sunday, December 10 $189 $179
Tuesday, December 12 $189 $179
Thursday, December 14 $189 $179
Friday, December 15 $189 $179
Sunday, December 17 $189 $179
Tuesday, December 19 $199 $189
Thursday, December 12 $199 $189
Friday, December 22 $199 $189


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 Arrival Information

Arrival Time and Park Reservations

Each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7 PM to midnight on each of the party nights. Ticket holders will be able to enter the park with their ticket as early as 4 PM on the valid date of their ticket. Since the tickets are date-specific, you will not be required to make a Park Pass reservation ahead of time. 

Pro Tip:

Here’s our tip for arriving at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: 

  • Since your park ticket will get you in starting at 4 PM, this can be a great day for you to enjoy the resort hotels or Disney Springs ahead of time. If you’re looking for a really long day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom can always be a park to consider beforehand, since it’s the park that closes the earliest. 
  • Try to arrive at Magic Kingdom between 4 PM and 5 PM if you can. Guests not attending the party are required to exit between 6 PM and 7 PM, so arriving early means you miss the departure rush.[/box]

Wristband Distribution

Once you arrive at Magic Kingdom, you’ll want to get a wristband showing you are attending the event. Since there is an overlap between when party guests arrive, and when regular guests are still at the park, you will need to show your wristband once the park closes to regular guests. There will be various checkpoints where you can receive your wristband, including at the park entrance upon entry.

 Pro Tip:

  • If you get to Magic Kingdom right at 4 PM, it’s easiest to get your wristband at entry.   
  • If you spent the day in Magic Kingdom prior to 4 PM, there will be other locations throughout the park where you can get your wristband showing you have a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Entertainment

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade 

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be returning to 2023! The party-exclusive parade includes appearances from beloved characters in their festive costumes, including Mickey, Minnie, gingerbread men, and even Santa Claus! The parade typically place twice a night from Frontierland all the way down Main Street, U.S.A., so there are multiple viewing locations. Prime viewing is usually on Main Street, U.S.A., so it can be worth waiting around for a good viewing spot.

Typically we’ve found the first showing to be a bit more crowded, so it can be worth waiting until the second showing if you want to avoid more of the crowds.

Showtimes: 8:30 PM, 11:00 PM

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration 

Gather around Cinderella Castle for an exciting stage show that features Disney characters, music, and even snowflakes in the air! The show typically takes four times throughout the night, so don’t worry if you miss the first showing. We have found the third or fourth show of the night to be particularly less crowded, but the amount of people can also depend on the weather for the night.

Showtimes: 7:40 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:35 PM, and 11:55 PM

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

As part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can enjoy the party-exclusive Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Host Minnie Mouse will invite you to enjoy the exciting fireworks display, which includes festive colors and holiday carols. The fireworks can be viewed throughout Magic Kingdom, with the best viewing near Cinderella Castle to see the projections. If you’re fine skipping out on the projections, hanging around closer to Liberty Square will still give you a great view of the fireworks.

Showtimes: 10:00 PM

Frozen Holiday Surprise

Gather around Cinderella Stage for a very special presentation from your favorite Frozen characters. You can join in on the celebration as Olaf and more than 100 of his Snowgie siblings decorate Cinderella Castle for the holidays. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff will all appear on the Cinderella Castle stage in new looks, each bringing something for the gathering.

Showtimes: 8:15 PM

Club Tinsel and Disney Junior Jingle Jam

Throughout the night, there are two dance parties taking place. In Tomorrowland, you can find Club Tinsel, while Disney Junior Jingle Jam takes place at Storybook Circus. Disney Junior Jingle Jam is a great event to visit for younger partygoers, as they’ll get to meet characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and The Lion Guard.


  • Club Tinsel: Intermittently 7 PM to 12 AM at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland
  • Disney Junior Jingle Jam: 7 PM to 12 AM at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Reindeer Wranglers

You can also check out the Reindeer Wranglers over in Frontierland! You can enjoy the Dapper Dans in their holiday get up singing beloved festive tunes.

Showtimes: 7:15 PM, 8:05 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:40 PM

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 Party Exclusive Snacks

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also includes specialty snacks exclusive to the party! The food guide contains items that are exclusive to the event, along with those that are also available during regular park hours.

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

  • Reindeer Chow Sundae: Chocolate soft-serve, pretzels, cereal, M&M’S chocolate candies, and hot fudge (New) (Available during MVMCP and regular park hours) 
  • Lump of Coal in your Stocking: Cookies ‘n cream milk shake topped with whipped cream, cookies ‘n cream crumbles, and a chocolate doughnut hole (New) (Available during MVMCP only)

Casey’s Corner

  • Candy Cane Tart: Chocolate tart filled with peppermint ganache and topped with festive meringue  (New) (Available during MVMCP only)

Cool Ship

  • Magic Holiday Tree: Coconut, pecans, and M&M’S chocolate candies on a graham cracker crust (New) (Available during MVMCP only)

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

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

The Friar’s Nook

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

Golden Oak Outpost

  • Orange Gingerbread Shake: Orange cream slushy layered with gingerbread cookie crumbles and topped with whipped cream, gingerbread spice  (New) (Available during MVMCP only)
  • Gingerbread Cake layered with cream cheese frosting and dulce de leche ganache topped with a gingerbread man chocolate piece (New) (Available during MVMCP only)
mickey's very merry chrismas party food

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Main Street Bakery

  • Minnie-shaped Cinnamon Roll: Cinnamon roll topped with red icing, holiday sprinkles, and a chocolate bow (Available during MVCMP and regular park hours)
  • Letter To Santa: Flourless chocolate cake, hot cocoa mousse, and marshmallows topped with chocolate pieces (New) (Available during MVMCP only)

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

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

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

  • Peppermint Brownie Sundae: Peppermint ice cream, hot fudge, and candy cane sprinkles served on a brownie  (Available during MVMCP and regular park hours)

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

  • Holiday Waffle Sundae: House-made red velvet waffle topped with M&M’S chocolate candies, peppermint ice cream, and hot fudge (New) (Available during MVMCP only)
  • Milk and Cookies for Santa: Brown sugar cookie cake topped with chocolate chip cookie dough mousse, milk mousse, and chocolate chip cookies (New)(Available during MVMCP only)

Storybook Treats

  • Sugar Plum Sundae: Sugar plum soft-serve atop sugar cookie crumbs and topped with whipped cream, crisp pearls, and cotton candy (New) (Available during MVMCP only)

Sunshine Tree Terrace

  • Santa’s Belt Buckle: Pistachio mousse with a dark chocolate truffle center and a chocolate buckle (New) (Available during MVMCP only)
  • Cranberry Citrus Float with Orange-Vanilla Soft-serve Twist: Orange-vanilla soft-serve twist with Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry and fruity boba pearls  (New) (Available during MVMCP and regular park hours)

Outdoor Vending Locations Near Cinderella Castle

  • Red Velvet Wreath: Doughnut topped with buttercream and holiday sprinkles (Available during MVMCP and regular park hours)
  • Hot Cocoa Churro: Churro rolled in hot cocoa powder and topped with marshmallows and peppermint candy pieces (New) (Available during MVMCP and regular park hours) 

Complimentary Cookies & Drinks 

Along with exclusive snacks, you’ll also have access to complimentary cookies and drinks including hot cocoa, eggnog, and apple cider. You can find these snacks (including allergy-friendly options), at the following locations:

  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland) 
  • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland) 
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) 
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland) 
  • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square) 

Character Meet and Greets

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not only filled with entertainment and treats but also plenty of characters to meet! For the full list, you’ll be able to take a look at the party map guide. Typically you’ll get the chance to meet Santa Claus, along with Mickey, Minnie, and more in their festive costumes.

Attraction Overlays

Along with shorter wait times at the rides, you’ll also get the chance to experience several attraction overlays! These include Space Mountain – Holiday Run!! which features holiday tunes, and Jingle Cruise, filled with holiday-themed puns and decor. Additionally, Mad Tea Party, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will have special overlays.

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Jingle Cruise. Photo by Brett Svenson

This year, you’ll also have the opportunity to join a party-exclusive virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run to experience the incredibly popular new attraction!

Exclusive PhotoPass Opportunities 

At the event, there will be special PhotoPass opportunities to take advantage of. Magic Kingdom will be decked out with holiday decor which makes the perfect background, and there will be multiple PhotoPass photographers around the park to take your picture. There will be special Magic Shots available as well, with more details still to come!


Posts by Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.

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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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